Introductory Statistics

  • The Khan Academy has over 80 short instructional videos on a range of statistics topics from “mean, median and mode” through to most elementary hypothesis tests such as ANOVAs.
  • HyperStat Online Statistics Textbook
  • “A New View of Statistics”
  • Lecture notes by many statistics professors are also available online, so doing an internet search on any topic you are interested in can, with a bit of digging around, turn up something useful. What you turn up on the internet might give you enough knowledge to be able to locate a “higher quality” reference in the library for citing in your work.

 The following sources provide “gentler”, more conceptual introductions to the statistics covered in introductory courses.

  • Statistics Every Writer Should Know : A simple guide to understanding basic statistics, for journalists and other writers who might not know math.
  • D. Rowntree, “Statistics without tears: a primer for non-mathematicians,” (Scribner, New York, 1981).  SS&H: QA276.12 .R68 1981
  • G. Kranzler and J. Moursund, “Statistics for the Terrified” 2nd ed., (Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, 1999). Ipw QA276.12.K73
  • G.F.K. Naylor and L.E. Enticknap, “Statistics Simplified.  An Introduction for Social Scientists and Others.” (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Group, Sydney, 1981).
  • H. Motulsky, “Intuitive Biostatistics: A Nonmathematical Guide to Statistical Thinking,” (2nd ed.) (Oxford University Press, 2010).
  • D.B. Orr, “Fundamentals of Applied Statistics and Surveys,” (Chapman and Hall, New York, 1995).  SS&H: QA276.12.O77
  • D. Huff, “How to Lie with Statistics,” (Penguin, Harmondsworth, 1973). SS&H: HA29 .H82 1973 (Not a book on how to be dishonest, but a book on the ways statistics can be presented to give misleading conclusions.)

Advanced Statistics

Struggling to understand some more advanced statistics? Want to have at least a general idea what is being done in some of the research papers you are reading? Then these references might be of help.

  • A. Aron and E.N. Aron, “Statistics for Psychology,” (Prentice-Hall, Upper Saddle River, 1994).  SS&H: BF39.A69

    Ch17: Making Sense of Advanced Statistical Procedures provides a very helpful conceptual overview of many advanced statistical techniques.

  • B.G. Tabachnick & L.S. Fidell, “Using Multivariate Statistics,” 4th ed. (Allyn & Bacon, Boston, 2001).  SS&H and IPW QA278.T3 2001.
        See Ch 2: A Guide to Statistical Techniques.

Online statistical calculators

If you don’t have access to powerful statistical analysis software packages, then a range of online statistical calculators may be of some help. For links to these, see: