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How Statistics and Data Can Misinform: An Introduction...

About This Guide

This is not a guide to statistics as taught in an "Introductory statistics" course; rather, it refers to biases in perceiving, interpreting and presenting information.



Use the TABS  to find different resources:


  • has links to CSM Library databases of books in print and online 

Basic Concepts Explained: 

  • links to sites and videos explaining concepts like average and mean, sample size, standard deviation...
  • examples of common biases in interpreting data

Sources of Statistical Information:  

  • links to CSM Library databases with statistical information
  • links to selected external sources with data and statistics

Evaluating Resources: 

  • great (and short!) tutorials on evaluating resources - including statistics and data

Citation Resources: 

  • visual guide to deciding on when to cite,
  • a short answer to "Why cite?"