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Social Trends & Indicators USA
(Four Title Set)

Editors: Robert S. Lazich
Monique D. Magee
Joyce Piwowarski
Linda Schmittroth
Publisher: Thomson Gale
ISBN: 7876-5906-1
Published in Fall 2003
Four Volume Set

Social Trends & Indicators USA

This 4-volume set extends the successful "USA" series by providing in-depth statistics on social issues presented with expert analyses that serves to put the data into context. By combining statistical data, presenting it graphically and charting figures over time, trends and patterns emerge. An analysis of those trends and patterns can shed light on the changes we have been through and hint at changes yet to come.

The four individual volumes are titled:

Social Trends & Indicators USA — Work & Leisure
Social Trends & Indicators USA — Community & Education
Social Trends & Indicators USA — Health & Sickness
Social Trends & Indicators USA — Crime & Justice

According to the American Reference Book Annual, in a review of this series:

"Statistics are easily found in any number of sources, but the uniquness of this series is its ability to bring alive current U.S. trends and concerns. We are all inundated with numbers, what is important is making sense of and being able to productively use the plethora of information surrounding us."

We have always been particularly proud of this review because it confirms that we acheived the goal we set for ourselves in making this reference. The writer and poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay has laid out the situation very beautifully in a poem. We quote part of the poem here, as we do also in the Introduction to Social Trends & Indicators USA.

Upon this gifted age, in its dark hour,
Rains from the sky a meteoric shower
Of facts... they lie unquestioned, uncombined.
Wisdom enough to leech us of our ill
Is daily spun; but there exists no loom
To weave it into fabric.

— Edna St. Vincent Millay

You could say that our goal in researching and writing Social Trends & Indicators USA was to weave a bit of fabric.