There are several ways to search for information on this site. Depending on what you know and/or are looking for, some will be more efficient than others. These are some useful tips you might want to try, and the situations to which they are best suited.
Located at the top of the right side bar, this works like Google and is useful for when you can identify key words in the statistic and/or its source name, especially document sources, because those are the consistent features of every statistic posted. The author has been conscious to try and write out all abbreviations used, as well as use abbreviations where they exist, in the headline statistic or body text so that the posting will show up in either type of searches. For example, CO2 and carbon dioxide, or US and United States.
It is recommended that those using this search method identify the rarer words in what is being sought, but yet, keep it simple to a few words.
Please do not use plural forms of words unless the plurals involve more than the addition of an s at the end of the word. Plurals would not be found if they were not used, whereas singular forms would show up in searches when plural forms were used, i.e. emission is in emissions.
It is not recommended that you type in per cent or percent or % in your search. Generally, the symbol is used, but also, sometimes the data is not available in percentages so by searching it, you might eliminate the search result you were seeking. However, you might try it anyway since sometimes percent or per cent is in the excerpt text quoted from the source.
Category names cannot be searched, unfortunately, to use the Search Bar as a cross-category search, like for “Demographics Canada” to look for only Canadian demographic statistics. It is hoped that with site development through recruitment of a pro bono web page designer with more web skills than the author, this will become possible so as to list the categories as part of the body text rather than as a separate item after each posting.
This is best if you know a category in which the statistic you are looking for would fall, and if the category does not have an overwhelming number of statistics unless you are willing to look through them all. Just click on the category at right and all the statistics classified as being in that category will be displayed. Unfortunately, there are no ways currently to search multiple category listings to narrow things down, like Greenhouse Gases Nova Scotia to narrow the list further, but it is hoped in the future that someone may help the author to allow such searches on the site.
Canadian Provincial Statistic Search
Statistics posted pertaining to Canadian provinces are posted with a Nova Scotia focus for the needs of the author residing in Nova Scotia. The statistic is found from a table within a PDF document and posted in words for the Nova Scotian numbers. In almost every case, the same statistic is available for all Canadian provinces and territories, and the identical statement could be made for each province and territory if the numbers from the source cited were just replaced within the statement, along with the province or territory name. This statement is made within the body text of each posting, with all province and territory names typed out so that it would be searchable. However, if you are looking for a provincial statistic on a topic by scanning headline statistics, please click on the Nova Scotia category at right in the list of categories, find the statistic for Nova Scotia similar to the one you want, click on the source and find the numbers for your province of interest. If you are searching using the Search Bar, please do the same for results turning up for Nova Scotia in its headline statistic and follow to the source for other provincial and territorial numbers.
Canadian statistics are headlined separately from identical Nova Scotia statistics, again, for the author’s uses, but the same process could be applied to the Canadian statistics. It’s just not as efficient because there are numerous Canadian statistics not available with provincial and territorial breakdowns, whereas the Nova Scotian statistics almost always come as part of a complete set of provincial and territorial statistical breakdown.