Information Services

Statistical data

Some useful resources for statistical data are listed below.

Census Data Support Unit: Census Flow Data

Access information: Available on and off-campus from WICID (the Web-based Interface to Census Interaction Data). Choose Login via UK Federation. Registration is required. Follow the registration link for details.
Description: Census flow data (also known as interaction data) relate to flows of people between places, both origins and destinations.
Coverage: Migration and commuting data from the 1981, 1991, 2001 and 2011census data.
Additional Information

For more information and advice on online Census material is available from the Research Data Service.


CHCC Historical Censuses Collection

Access information: Available on and off-campus from CHCC. Registration is required.
Description: The service provides access and support for a range of historical datasets, promoting and facilitating increased and more effective use of data in research, learning and teaching.
Additional Information For more information and advice on online Census material is available from the Research Data Service.



Access information: Freely available
Description: Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union.  It provides the European Union with statistics at European level that enable comparisons between countries and regions.


Historical Statistics of the United States : Millennial edition online

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Access on and off campus.


The standard source for the quantitative facts of American history.  This resource brings together 37,000 data series on topics ranging from migration to health, education and crime. Custom tables can be created, and data downloaded in Excel and csv format



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Access on and off campus


IBISWorld is an online industry intelligence solution.  Each of its industry reports provides the most detailed performance data and analysis on the market; supply chain information; forecasts; risk scores; operating strengths and weaknesses; analysis of external drivers; major player market strategies; and industry profit and costs benchmarks. Reports are updated 1-4 times per year depending on how fast moving the industry is ensuring the most up to date research possible.  In addition to coursework/assignments, these reports would be of use to students researching industries for placements, future careers (including start up research) and interview preparation.  A user guide can be downloaded here.

Coverage: Covering over 400 UK industries at SIC L5, over 700 US industries at NAICS L5 and over 400 UK Brexit Imact Statement reports.


International Monetary Fund (IMF) eLibrary

Access information:

Access on and off campus.


Direct access to the IMF’s periodicals, books, working papers and studies, and data and statistical tools. Includes  information and perspective on macroeconomics, globalization, development, trade and aid, technical assistance, demographics, emerging markets, policy advice and poverty reduction.

Note Although free to all from 1st January 2020, some features require creation of a personal account.


Access information: Access on and off campus

Mintel Reports provides market research reports on a range of UK consumer and industrial products and services.

Coverage: Reports on Beauty and Personal Care; Drink; Food; Leisure; Retail Overview; Technology    Report sections can be printed or downloaded, but it is not possible to print or download entire reports. 

Mintel Trends provides reports on shifts in consumer behaviour by industry, demographic, theme and region. 


Access information: Access on and off campus. Select Log In, Federated Log In and University of Edinburgh, you may be prompted for your University Login.
Description: Mintel Market Sizes containing global data on market size, market share and forecast data for thousands of consumer goods categories worldwide. 


OECD iLibrary

Access information: Access on and off campus.

Subscribed resources available via the iLibrary include the OECD/IEA Energy iLibrary, OECD Observer and OECD Economic Surveys.

The iLibrary also provides access to a substantial amount of free content, including the OECD Factbook, OECD Working Papers, Key Tables, Multilingual Summaries and most 'At a Glance' publications.

Alternative source:

Not all content is subscribed to. An alternative source is the UK Data Service's UKDS.Stat service.

Access to full content available from the National Library of Scotland. Registration required. Please note your main address must be in Scotland


Access Information: Freely available

Research, guidance and statistical publications made available through Public Health Scotland "Scotland’s lead national agency for improving and protecting the health and wellbeing of all of Scotland’s people".

Roper iPoll

Access information:

Access on and off campus. 

Optional individual registration. Click the login button, find the University of Edinburgh from the drop-down menu and use your University email address to register.

Description: The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research is one of the world's leading archives of social science data, specialising in data from surveys of public opinion. The data held by the Roper Center range from the 1930s to the present. Most of the data are from the United States, but over 50 nations are represented. You can search for datasets by keyword, country, surveying agency, timeframe and type of sample.
Note: Some datasets require a separate agreement with the individual researcher(s) requesting access and are unrelated to institutional membership.Specific requirements vary across studies.

Access information:

Access on and off campus.


Statista is one of the world’s largest and most extensive statistics and market data platforms.  With a team of over 120 statisticians, database experts, analysts and editors, Statista provides students, faculty and researchers with an innovative and intuitive tool for researching quantitative data and statistics from 22,500 sources and on 80,000 different topics (with a focus on the United Kingdom, the United States, and China ), giving access to more than 1.5 million statistics, forecasts, dossiers, reports and infographics  downloadable in all popular formats, including PowerPoint, Excel, PDF and PNG.  More than 20,000 Studies, over 3,000 Dossiers, and all major Industry Reports.  Detailed forecasts for more than 450 different industries from 40 advanced economies and developing countries. Campus License subscribers also have full academic publication rights to all statistics in this database

Coverage: Arts and Humanities, Health and Life Sciences, Science, Engineering and Technology  and Social Sciences.  Updated daily.


Access Information: Freely available

A range of official statistics about Scotland for information and re-use. Datasets can be explored by theme, organisation, or geography. You can search for datasets, places or postcodes. Or you can access the data programmatically using our APIs. Major publishers of data on this website include the Scottish Government, National Records of Scotland, and NHS.

Additional information:

Queries regarding this website can be directed to


Access information: Available on and off-campus. Choose Login via UK federation. Also requires separate registration with UK Data Service
Description: The UK Data Service is a comprehensive resource funded by the ESRC and delivered by the UK Data Service to support researchers, teachers and policymakers who depend on high-quality social and economic data. The UK Data Service provides access to over 7,000 digital data collections for research and teaching purposes covering an extensive range of key economic and social data, both quantitative and qualitative, and spanning many disciplines and themes. Key data in our collection: UK surveys, Cross-national surveys, Longitudinal studies, Census data, International macrodata, Business microdata.
Coverage: 1971 - present

Additional information:

Please refer to the Research Data Service for more information on statistics and data.


Access information: Freely available
Description: For global economic policies. Using Documents & Reports (previously known as World Development Sources (WDS)) search and a browse the full-text of 27,000 World Bank publications:
  Analytic & Advisory (in-depth background, strategic priorities, and direction for lending activities).
  Project Documents (loan documents released to the public according to the project cycle; Publications & Research (Formal publications, working papers & informal series from departments around the Bank).
  The Data & Research section provides access to statistics and research output, including: research briefs, policy research reports, World Bank economic classification of countries, Global Economic Prospects online.

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