Sourcebook of global statistics /
George Thomas Kurian.
New York, NY : Facts on File, c1985.
xi, 413 p. ; 29 cm.
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New York, NY : Facts on File, c1985.
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Includes index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1987-02:
Sourcebook ... describes 209 statistical publications that contain comparative international statistics, and are published by governmental and private organizations. Included are books, annuals, and monthly and irregular serials. Almanacs, yearbooks, and encyclopedias are excluded if they contain statistics ``borrowed from primary sources.'' National and local statistical publications are also excluded but reference is made to a nonexistent appendix that is said to contain a list of major national statistical sources. Each entry lists title, year of publication, publishing frequency, languages, pages, edition, indexes, dates of coverage, existence of updates, scope, sources of data, how the publication is organized, summary of the contents, new features, the number of tables, charts and graphs, an evaluation, publisher, most recent price, and whether the data are available on computer tape or in an online database. Titles are listed alphabetically and indexed by subject, country, and issuing organization. The information on machine-readable formats, although not found elsewhere, is of limited value here because the source of the format is not given. The index seems put together with minimal thought and no authority control; there are four entries under IMF and six under International Monetary Fund (IMF). Subject terms seem to be compiled from the summaries of contents but are not done comprehensively and, again, are without authority control. There are errors: e.g., contrary to Kurian's assertion, the Supplement to the World Trade Annual reformats data by country but does not update them. Not recommended.-J. Dionne, Yale University This review is reprinted from the July/August 1986 issue correcting a reviewer error. The Yearbook of Labor Statistics, previously cited as being omitted from this work, is in fact, included. CHOICE apologizes for any embarrassment we caused the publisher.
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