Reviews for Understanding the Census : A Guide for Marketers, Planners, Grant Writers and Other Data Users

Choice Reviews 1996 November
A more accurate title for this volume would be "Understanding the 1990 Decennial Census of Population and Housing." It is larger and more detailed than Richard E. Barrett's Using the 1990 Census for Research (CH, Apr'95) and quite similar to the Census's own guide, 1990 Census of Population and Housing: Guide (1992- ). Written by a librarian, Understanding the Census is long and complex, like the Census itself. Census methodology, rationale, and processes are explained thoroughly. Changes made since 1980 are explained in sidebars. New technology, of which the Census Bureau is fond, is reflected in lists of Census CD-ROMs, and the Bureau's home page and Bulletin Board System addresses and how to access them. Numerous figures illustrate concepts and show basic data. Appendixes include acronyms, metropolitan areas alphabetically by city name, Census questionnaires, Summary Tape Files 1 and 3 data tables, and further reading. Lavin's book could be used as a textbook, or as a very detailed reference book for Census users. Copyright 1999 American Library Association