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Good places to gather background information on a topic or get ideas when choosing a topic.
- specific factual information such as dates
- overviews or summaries of topics
- recommendations for additional sources
Types of reference sources
- specialized encyclopedias
- statistical compilations
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Selected Online Reference Sources
Offers balanced, in-depth analyses of contemporary topics by veteran journalists, pro and con arguments by experts, chronologies, and annotated bibliographies to guide additional research.
Selected Print Reference Sources
These are located on Dimond Main Level and represent just a sampling. For more reference resources, search the library catalog or contact the Research Center.
Comprehensive access to statistical information from state and federal government agencies, IGOs, and nonprofit organizations.
Health Statistics & Data Management (NH DHHS)
Collects, stores, analyzes and disseminates NH health-related data, including birth, death, hospital, cancer and behavioral risk factor surveillance information.
A web-based data analysis system that produces reports about common community health indicators.
National Center for Health Statistics
The nation's principal health statistics agency.
A project of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, designed to provide free, up-to-date, and easy-to-use health data on all 50 states on more than 500 health topics.
Extensive population, housing, economic, and geographic data from the US Census Bureau.
Quick Health Data Online
Previously known as the National Women's Health Indicator Database. Provides state- and county-level data. Data are available by gender, race and ethnicity and come from a variety of national and state sources.