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Graduate Student Library Introduction

Understanding Data and Statistics

Many graduate programs will require you to understand, find, analyze, interpret, and collect data and statistics. The ODU Libraries are here to help you make sense of it all!

Statistics are data that has been analyzed in some way – percentages, graphs, charts – also called “statistical data," so you can visualize the data connections.

Data include sets of raw numbers, usually with many variables, and with the capability of being manipulated.

For more information about Data and Statistics, and where to find them, check out our in-depth Data & Statistics Help Guide!

Which of the following would most likely be an example of statistics?
Numbers in an SPSS file: 12 votes (70.59%)
A colorful chart included in a research article: 4 votes (23.53%)
A professor's gradebook in Blackboard: 1 votes (5.88%)
Total Votes: 17
Which of the following is an example of data?
Grades in an excel spreadsheet: 8 votes (88.89%)
A word cloud desribing my feelings about data: 0 votes (0%)
A line graph showing number of clicks on this page per day for the past year: 1 votes (11.11%)
Total Votes: 9