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Navigating and Searching the ABS Website tutorial

Welcome to 'Navigating and Searching the ABS Website'. This tutorial aims to help you find your way around the ABS website and introduce you to searching the website.

At the ABS home page we can see that the page is divided into four general regions. At the very top of the home page you will find general information about the ABS. This includes a Help link where you can find tips to search the website and how to use what you have found including more instructional videos like you are watching now. Back on the home page.

The centre of the page highlights recently published statistics, media releases, and featured information.

Finally there are two navigation menus. The Global Navigation Menu runs along the top of the website and can be found on all ABS website pages. And it's here we find the 'First Visit?' link which, amongst other things, reminds us that data accessed via the website is free of charge, customised data is available for a fee through a consultancy service, and that there are learning materials and a help line available to assist you. Back on the home page

The Left Hand Side Navigation Menu has shortcuts to the major statistical indicators and other key products and services. Unlike the Header Navigation Menu this Menu will change or disappear depending on what ABS web page you are viewing.

Let's have a look at some different ways of searching the ABS website.

For example, if you want to explore changes in Australian society over time, you can click on the 'Australian Social Trends' link and it will take you straight to a range of articles and key statistics across all areas of social concern. Notice how the content in the left hand panel has changed with links appropriate to the current page. Most publications on the ABS website have a series of five tabs that are used to access additional information. Use the Downloads tab to access the data in Excel spreadsheets and print publications in PDF formats.

Or, if you are looking for data from the five-yearly Census of Population and Housing, you can use the Census Data link to search for data for a particular location or topic. Or you can go straight to one of the online tools to access data in the format that best suits your needs.

If you want an overview of a particular topic, like statistics on the environment, then have a look at the shortcuts under Themes to see if it appears there. Here you will find a whole range of topics grouped under five major themes. Click on Environment. Back to the home page.

If you already have the appropriate information then you can use the 'Statistics' link to search by catalogue number, by release date, or by title. Those unfamiliar with ABS products will find a search by topic much easier. Again back to the home page.

If you are unable to find the information you need then please contact our National Information and Referral Service found under the Contact Us link.

Thank you for watching this tutorial, we hope you found it useful.

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