ProQuest and Bernan Press have teamed up to rescue one of researchers’ most valued reference tools by publishing the Statistical Abstract of the United States beginning with the 2013 edition. The U.S. Census Bureau, responsible for publishing the work, announced in March 2011 that it would cease production of the Statistical Abstract after the 2012 edition, prompting widespread concern among librarians, journalists, and researchers about the disappearance of this essential research tool. The move ensures continuation of this premier guide to an extraordinary array of statistics, which has been published since 1878.
The Statistical Abstract is the recognized authority for U.S. statistics and directs users to where they can find more detail. Tables in the print edition are virtually identical in format as earlier incarnations. Improvements include a sturdy 8 1/2" x 11" hardcover with 25% larger type for much easier reading and photocopying, and even more tables than the last government edition on hot button topics of broad interest, including data on mortgages, student loan debt, religion, same sex households, child obesity, U.S. trade with China, and more. The ProQuest statistical editorial team also includes detailed bibliographic documentation, an updated back-of-the-book index, and updated introductory sections.
ProQuest is uniquely suited to the demanding editorial support that will be required to continue the Statistical Abstract. The company, which employs 25 statistical editors, has acquired, indexed and republished Federal statistics since 1973. Because of this resident expertise, ProQuest can assure the public that the high quality of the Statistical Abstract will be maintained. The dual role of the Statistical Abstract as answer book and source guide will be preserved.
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