Empirical Legal Research

Stanford University Libraries’ Guide: Find Statistics

This guide provides links to sources of statistics on a variety of topics. Use these sources to find statistics from polls, surveys, government documents, international organizations, and private sources. These sources cover a wide variety of topics, time periods, and countries.

Current Index to Statistics

Contains bibliographic citations to publications in statistics and related fields. As of 2003, the database indexes the entire contents of 162 core journals, selected articles from about 1200 additional journals (cumulatively), and approximately 11,000 proceedings or edited books.

Duke Law Data Sources

Recommended sources for data sets and statistical compilations with links.

Journal of Empirical Legal Studies

The Journal of Empirical Legal Studies (JELS) is a peer-edited, peer-refereed, interdisciplinary journal that publishes high-quality, empirically-oriented articles of interest to scholars in a diverse range of law and law-related fields, including civil justice, corporate law, criminal justice, domestic relations, economics, finance, health care, political science, psychology, public policy, securities regulation, and sociology.  Both experimental and nonexperimental data analysis are welcome, as are law-related empirical studies from around the world.  For off-campus access use: HeinOnline EZPROXY

Empirical Legal Studies Blog

The ELS blog serves as an online forum to discuss and provide links for emerging empirical legal scholarship, provide conference updates, discuss empirical claims that have emerged in public and political discourse, facilitate discussion for guest empirical scholars and assess current empirical findings and methodologies.  The blog is a collaboration between Professor Jason Czarnezki  of the Marquette University Law School, Professors Michael Heise and Theodore Eisenberg of the Cornell Law School, and William Ford, Bigelow Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School.

UCLA School of Law’s Empirical Legal Scholarship Bibliography

Covers empirically-driven legal scholarship with articles from 134 different publications: 87 student-run law reviews or specialized journals; 31 peer-review or professional published legal periodicals; and 16 journals from other academic disciplines.

ProQuest Statistical Insight

Provides statistical data from U.S. government publications from 1973, state and private sources from 1980, and international organizations from 1983.

Bureau of Justice Statistics

Statistics and data sets “on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government.”

Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) CountryData

An analytical database of worldwide economic indicators and forecasts which covers 115 countries and gives access to 271 economic series and more than 750,000 individual data points. With tools for segmentation, mapping, concentration ranking, and distribution of selected data.

Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)

Economic accounts statistics that enable government and business decision-makers, researchers, and the American public to follow and understand the performance of the Nation’s economy.

Historical Statistics of the United States: Earliest Times to the Present

Comprehensive and thoroughly revised edition reflects thirty years of information and new scholarship, providing a comprehensive compendium of statistics from over 1,000 sources, recording every aspect of the history of the United States.