The ESDS International website brings together information on all the major international databases discussed in this unit into a single resource:
For each database the website provides an online dataset guide containing information on the topics and countries covered, periodicity and time range of the database. In addition, dataset specific step-by-step guides to accessing international data via Beyond 20/20 WDS are available. The website also provides themed data guides, user guides relating to methodological issues, links to data provider documentation and a structured guide to freely-available international data.
The OECD Factbook 2007 is an online resource that provides data and commentary on world economic, social and environmental trends.
More general introductory books on the statistical concepts in this unit include:
Wright, D. Understanding Statistics: An Introduction for the Social Sciences. Sage, 1997
Argyrous, G. Statistics for Research, 2nd Edition, Sage, 2005.
Czaja, R. and Blair, J. Designing Surveys: A Guide to Decisions and Procedures, 2nd Edition, Sage, 2004.Robson, C. Real World Research: A Resource for Social Scientists and Practitioner-researchers, Blackwell, 2002
Koop, G. Analysis of Economic Data, John Wiley and Sons Ltd, 2004