Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I get the most out of SAGE Stats?

  2. For a detailed User Guide to help you through the resource, please click here!

  3. How can I add a SAGE Stats widget to my EBSCO Discovery Service?

    You may wish to embed a SAGE Stats widget in your EBSCO Discovery Service. You may request the widget be added by EBSCO by emailing, or you can do so manually using instructions from EBSCO here. The iFrame URL for the SAGE Stats widget is: If a patron searches a term or phrase in your EBSCO Discovery Service, and the SAGE Stats widget is embedded on the search results page, the widget will allow patrons to easily link out to that same search in SAGE Stats.

  4. How can I make SAGE Stats more discoverable?

    The SAGE Stats Discoverability Checklist contains suggested steps and additional information that will help ensure your users can easily locate data provided on the SAGE Stats platform, which includes the products State Stats and Local Stats.

  5. What browsers are supported?

    The SAGE Stats platform functions best using Internet Explorer 9 or higher, and the latest versions of Firefox, Safari, and Chrome. Visualizations may appear dysfunctional in older browsers.

  6. What is the difference between SAGE Stats, State Stats, and Local Stats?

    SAGE Stats is a data visualization and research platform hosting comprehensive data collections. The SAGE Stats platform currently hosts two data collections, State Stats and Local Stats. State Stats is the collection of data measures in this site that span all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Local Stats is the collection of data measures in this site that span all counties, cities, and metropolitan statistical areas. In the social sciences, not all data are measured at the local level, and not all data are measured at the state level. Privacy laws and methodology limitations are a few reasons why researchers collect data for only one geography type.

  7. How can I cite the data?

    On any data page there is a CiteNow! icon to the upper left of the data view, a pair of quotation marks. You can then copy and paste a citation in several formats or export it into a citation management tool. Citation formats are Bluebook, Chicago and MLA. Export options include EndNote, ProCite, Reference Manager, RefWorks, Word Processor (.rtf). Please note the automatic citations reference SAGE Stats, and not the original source of the data. However, specific source information is available for each data series.

  8. Where does this data come from?

    The data in the collections is pulled from many different data sources by experienced editors. You can see the source information for the data you are viewing on the Source tab of any data series. Each year of data has a different set of source information, so the source information is provided to users year-by-year.

  9. How often is this data updated?

    The data series in the data collections are updated over the course of the year, generally on a quarterly basis.

  10. What years are covered in the product?

    The collections in SAGE Stats generally include data collected from 1980 to the present. Year ranges vary from source to source, and sources publish their data on varying schedules. For instance, some crime statistics for 2011 were only released in late 2012. Health and death data, in particular, tend to have a multi-year lag.

  11. I used to access State Stats on the old CQ Press platform. How does that platform relate to this one?
  12. The content between State Stats on the old platform and State Stats on the new platform is identical. For more information about the migration of State Stats to SAGE Stats, please click here. To learn about about the URL redirect pattern between State Stats and SAGE Stats, please download this spreadsheet.

  13. How do I sign up to get SAGE Stats?

    For a free trial to State Stats or Local Stats, click here.

  14. My product question isn't answered here.
  15. Please feel free to contact our technical support staff at if you have further inquiries about how to use SAGE Stats.