Statistical Insight is a unique library resource that allows you to discover reports from a vast array of agencies and organizations by allowing you to search for information found in statistical tables from this form of [? gray ?] literature. It's best to start out searching broadly on your topic without including the geographic area. For example, let's start by looking for the phrase "poverty rate" in the basic search.
You will notice right away that your results were automatically limited to the last five years. So let's modify and expand our search to include all available dates.
I'd like to point out that your search strategy appears up here on the top. And also, you can see past search strategies under Recent Searches. This is a great way to communicate your search strategy to others so that you can formulate better strategies for finding relevant information.
There are many ways we can begin to explore this large set. Let's explore by looking at the first facet source.
This allows you to drill down to the source or organization responsible for the statistical tables in this results set. It's a good idea to take note of what organizations or agencies are reporting on your topic because you may want to explore those by doing a Google search to see whether or not they have other relevant information on your topic.
You can also drill down by geographic region. You'll notice that they have specific country reports. But sometimes, you need to keep in mind that there are regional reports that may be relevant. For example, you may find a report that is by country, that has your country in it, but it's looking regionally at the issues of poverty.
Finally, I want you to explore the subject tags that are used to describe these tables. And in this case, you can see that "poverty" was used to describe around 2,500 tables in our results set. However, in this database, there are a lot more than 2,500 tables that have been identified as related to the subject "poverty."
You can expand your search by writing down the subjects that are relevant for your search. And in this case, we'll take "poverty." We'll modify our search by going to the Advanced Search, putting in "poverty" as a subject term, and again, selecting All Dates. And you can see that we went from 2,500 records to over 28,000 records.
Again, you can drill down by exploring different regions of the country. So we'll go ahead and select "Zimbabwe." And you can see there are 28 tables that are relevant to poverty in Zimbabwe.
So what do you want to look for and how do you want to proceed with your search results? Remember, explore the facets to identify core agencies and organizations. But also look at the index terms to identify subjects used to describe, because you may want to use different terms as you are formulating your research question.
As we look at the record for each one of these, you'll notice that some of them say "PDF," some of them say "table." If there is "PDF" or "table" next to the record, then you can be assured that this is available through full text through this particular product. In some cases, you may need to search, LION search, to find out whether or not we have the particular title.
So in this case, "Why Has Poverty Increased in Zimbabwe?"-- it's not available in full text in this particular resource. What you'll need to do is take the report title-- "Why Has Poverty Increased in Zimbabwe?"-- cut it and paste it into LION search, and you discover, yes indeed, we do have that particular title in full text.
Finally, even though we may not have that available in full text, we do have this particular record in a microfiche collection. What you'll want to do is write down this particular number-- the record number-- and make a request through interlibrary loan so that this can be scanned and sent to you for your research.
There is a section in the module that will show you how to properly cite this material. Unfortunately, the publisher has not created a simple citation tool like most databases that we own. Essentially, you'll need to copy and paste information found either in the info title or the bib title. And the format for that is in the section called "Citing Technical and Research Reports." Best of luck finding reports for your topic.