Guide to sources

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Research Guide 15
ritish statistical data: a guide to sources

This is a guide to sources of statistical information, including both printed and online. The print sources described are mainly held in the Headington Library, but some titles are available at Wheatley and Harcourt Hill.

1. How to find relevant sources

  • Use this guide – it lists sources (both online and printed format) by subject. Multi-topic sources are listed first, followed by those for specific subjects.

  • Browse in the Statistics Collection (at Headington this is on the Mobile Shelves on Level 2, Zone C).

  • For specific, named sources, use the Library catalogue to find shelfmark.

2. Multi-topic statistical sources

Annual Abstract of Statistics Statistics Collection 314.1 GRE
Social Trends Statistics Collection 310 SOC
Online: UK National Statistics Publication Hub - provides links to the latest statistics produced by UK government departments & hosts all first releases of national statistics. Office for National Statistics (for online versions of printed series listed above and immediate access to data on a wide range of topics) Government services and information, including departments. A single point of access to a wide range of secondary data including large scale government surveys and the UK Census. Gives access to data in the social sciences and humanities. Search the catalogue to see what is available - registration is required to access the data. Parliamentary website including Hansard. Use the search option to find specific, detailed statistics. Data for Neighbourhoods and Regeneration (detailed data on a range of topics for local areas)


A census is held every 10 years. It provides detailed data on the British population, including age, birthplace, residence, migration, housing, employment etc.

2011 Census: Available at:
1971 - 2011 Census: Online access to datasets, especially for academic institutions
Atlases using 2001 census data:

  • Identity in Britain: a cradle to grave atlas Statistics Collection 304.60941 THO

  • People and places: a 2001 census atlas of the UK. Stats Collection 304.60941 DOR

3. Subject specific statistical sources


Construction Statistics Available at:

UK New house-building statistics Statistics Collection 301.540212 NEW (up to 2007). Later years at:

Home Office

Ministry of Justice
Economic, Financial and Employment

Economy themed statistics are available at: and at (select Economy and/or Labour Market)

Economic & Labour Market Review (previously Economic Trends) Statistics Collection 331.0212 GRE Also available via A-Z list of E-Journals and at (ceased publication May 2011)
Local Government Financial Statistics England Statistics Collection 352.42140942 GRE . Latest issues online at
Regional Competitiveness and State of the Regions Statistics Collection 330.0212 GRE. Later editions (now entitled Regional Economic Performance Indicators) at
United Kingdom National Accounts (Blue Book) Wheatley Statistics Collection 339.30212 NAT. Latest issues are online at (select Economy)


Education and training statistics for the United Kingdom Statistics Collection 370.21 EDU Also at
Higher Education Statistics Agency
Department of Education -

Office for National Statistics


Department of Energy and Climate Change

Digest of United Kingdom Energy statistics Statistics Collection 338.4766260212 GRE Also at

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

South East England State of the Environment at

Department of Health

Health and Social Care Information Centre statistics at

Health Statistics Quarterly available via the A-Z list of E-Journals and via the Office for National Statistics Publications Index
Health Survey for England Statistics Collection 362.10942 GRE Also at

Leisure, Lifestyle and Family spending

British Social Attitudes. 303.380941 BRI and via the A-Z list of E-Journals. Later years online

Family Food Statistics Collection 339.48641300212 GRE Also at
Family Spending Statistics Collection 339.40212 FAM. Also available at
Life in Britain: using millennial Census data to understand poverty, inequality and place. Statistics Collection 339.460941 LIF
Mintel Leisure Intelligence Statistics Collection 338.4779 MIN Reports cover how people spend their leisure time, including sport, holidays, food and drink, retail etc. Also available online via the Library Web pages Select Databases.
Social Trends Statistics Collection 310 SOC and online via the publications tab - search “Social Trends”
Population (see also Health)

Annual Abstract of Statistics Statistics Collection 314.1 GRE

Population themed statistics at
Tourism and hospitality

Mintel Leisure Intelligence Statistics Collection 338.4779 MIN Also available online via the Library Web pages Select Databases
Visit Britain
A range of printed statistics are available in Headington Library at Statistics Collection 338.4791

Transport Statistics Great Britain Statistics Collection 388.021 TRA Also at (Select Travel and transport)

Department for Transport
Transport and travel themed statistics at

4. Published guides to statistical sources

  • Guide to Official Statistics (2000). Statistics Collection 314.1016 GUI

  • Sources of non-official UK Statistics (2006). Statistics Collection 314.1016 MOR

5. Further help

The Office for National Statistics, based in Newport, Wales offers an enquiry service - telephone (0845 601 3034) or email at:

For further help at Brookes, please ask at the Help Zone or Enquiry Desks or contact your Academic Liaison Librarian. At Headington, Lindsay Sellar is also always willing to try to help.


May 2015


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