How to Search for Data
Searching for numbers can be tricky. The first piece of advice would be to
KEEP CALM and Search ON.
A useful strategy is to ask a few questions before you begin to look:
1. What group or organization would collect that information?
For example: On time airline statistics - U.S. Bureau of Transportation (DOT) http://www.transtats.bts.gov/ot_delay/ot_delaycause1.asp
2. Why would they need the data and what whould they do with it?
3. Would they want to publish it?
4. Would they be required to report it to the governement? If so, which department?
5. Is there an outside group that would have an interest in the information, like a news organization or watchdog agency?
Make a list of important or KEY search terms. Start with Data and Statistics and words that relate to your topic.
For example "air travel" statistics AND data,
"on time" air travel data (statistics)
airport arrival and departure time data (statistics)
One more strategy:
Think about what database might have the information.
Spending a little thinking time in the beginning can save you lots of time in the end.