You can find many official and unofficial sources of data and statistics on your own through a search engine. Follow some of these tips to find more sources:
- Search in the language if you can. While the webpage may be available in English, there is almost always more information in the original language.
- In Google, search the country-level domain using "site:". For example, to search the Russian internet you would search "site:.ru". For example "Газовая статистика site:.ru" will help you search for gas statistics on all Russian webpages and "site:cbr.ru/statistics/ Газовая статистика" would search the Russian Central Bank (cbr.ru) website for gas-related statistics.
- In Google, search for PDFs or CSV files containing reports, documents, and data or other files using "filetype:". For example, to search for PDFs on the Russian government site you would search: "site:government.ru filetype:pdf"
Most countries have specific websites for official governmental statistics, open governmental data, and for state bank statistics & data.