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Useful websites for Applied Writing
Statistics are used by academics to support and develop arguments and theories. Use statistics in assignments or research to add weight to your arguments.
UK Official Statistics from the Office for National Statistics
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is the most important source for UK official statistics. It collects, analyses and publishes statistics about the UK’s economy, society and population.
ONS statistics cover a range of different topics and subjects. You can browse the different categories using the grey menu bar on the homepage.
Statistics from government departments
Government departments also release statistics related to their functions and the policies that they implement.
UK Government Research and Statistics
You can use this page to search for official statistics released by government departments. As a starting point, you may wish to use the 'Organisation' menu on the left-hand side to search for 'Home Office' or 'Justice'.
Other useful statistical sources
United Nations Statistics Division
The UNSD collates and publsihes statistics and reports from global sources on topics such as human development, economics, the enironment, security, and populations and society.
Guidance on using Internet resources
With millions of resources available on the internet, it can be difficult to find relevant and appropriate material even if you have good search skills.
The following tips will help you to develop your website evaluation skills for your reading, assignments and research. They're also handy for assessing any information you come across, online or offline, in your studies or in your life outside of university.
- Use the CRAAP Test developed by the Meriam Library in California. CRAAP stands for ‘Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy and Purpose’.
- Ask your Academic Service Librarian for help with improving your information evaluation skills. They offer one-to-one support tutorials and workshops throughout the year.
- Use Virtual Training Suite which provides free online tutorials on using the internet for many subjects. It covers general skills and more specific, subject-relevant topics.
Ideas corner: Videos and Podcasts
Podcasts from BBC Sounds
The BBC Sounds podcasts library has a huge range of shows on a variety of subjects to provide you with information and inspiration for your projects.
Leading experts and thinkers share their ideas in short talks on topics such as technology, design, education, business and the issues facing the World today.
TV and Radio programmes
Box of Broadcasts is an online streaming and archive service for TV and radio programmes for universities.
You can view and record over 2 million TV and radio programmes including off-air recordings from the BBC going back to 2007. You can also record programmes up to 30 days after broadcast from over 60 TV and radio channels.
Box of Broadcasts also allows you to create clips from programmes and share these with other users. You can keep your recorded programmes and clips for as long as you need them. You can also search other users’ content.