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Statistics Searching Resources: Learning Activity for FYSS

Selected statistical sources

1. Pair off with your neighbor and share with each other ideas for a Freakonomics style question or topic to research for the class project. For each topic come up with some questions to ask and keywords to search.

2. Use Opposing Viewpionts, a subscription database available from Lane Library (link below) to find an article about your topic. Draw on the keywords you generated.  Why did you choose this article? Email yourself the article.

Also explore the Pew Research Center, an open access website of authoritative research on public policy issues. 

3. Use Google Scholar ( to identify some scholarly, peer reviewed articles on the topic (use the same keywords, but this resources will filter for scholar sources.)
Be prepared to share briefly with the group the information resources you found and list some ways the newspaper article, information from Opposing Viewpoints and Pew differ from the peer reviewed articles from scholarly journals. 

From the Pew Research Center

Ratings of religious groups vary more widely among older than younger Americans

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