Reports are always more interesting and convincing if they contain data or statistics. Some research numbers and results can add a really surprising or interesting twist to your papers. This list provides some good places to start if you want to support your opinions with some research data.
This great site provides insight into what the public really thinks about a wide spectrum of topics. Examples are: what teachers think about teaching; America's views on crime and punishment; how minority populations feel about educational opportunities; what American teenagers really think about their schools; public attitudes about global warming; and much, much more! The site provides free access to press releases on dozens of research studies, so you don't have to browse through dry percentages.
Statistics on cigarette smoking, birth control use, child care, working parents, marriage probability, insurance, physical activity, causes of injury, and much more!
You'll find information on income, employment, poverty, relationships, ethnicity, ancestry, population, houses and living conditions.
Read the White House briefing room statistics on employment, income, money, prices, production, output, and transportation.
Find crime trends, trends on investigations, gun use, convictions, juvenile justice, inmate violence, and more.
Find statistics provided by the "federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education." Topics include dropout rates, performance in mathematic, school performances, literacy levels, postsecondary choices, and early childhood education.
This site provides "geopolitical data, statistics on the human population, Earth and more." Find interesting facts about the countries of the world, like the largest cities, biggest airports, historical populations, capitals, growth statistics, and natural phenomena.
Curious about religions of the world? This site has information regarding religious movements and their countries of origin, predominant religions, biggest churches, affiliations of famous people, holy places, movies about religion, religion by location—it's all there.
Internet usage reports from the U.S. government, with information about online behavior, entertainment, age of users, transactions, time online, effect of geography, usage by state, and much more.