Who is the creator of the statistics? What is the purpose for creating this information?
What indicators are most interesting? What population is most relevant? What figure is being displayed (i.e., is it a percentage, an average, an index number?)
When were the statistics compiled? What time frame do the statistics cover? What is the periodicity?
Which geographies are most appropriate to help answer the research question? Do students need state level or county level statistics? Which levels are realistically available?
How can the statistics be accessed? Does the library have the resources on hand? Do the statistics need to be accessed from another library or website?
Source: ACRL Keeping Up with… Statistical Literacy