In conjunction with a possible FAQ, I'm adding this as a CW to collect resources that users with basic questions can refer to prior to posting questions.

What are references that you have found personally useful, or have recommended to others, to learn statistics? Please include either a url or a full citation.


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The Wikitrilogy: Wikipedia, Simple Wikipedia, and Wikiversity

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    $\begingroup$ Cool, didn't know about Wikiversity. Thanks! $\endgroup$
    – Mike Mazur
    Commented Jul 21, 2010 at 2:19
  • $\begingroup$ +1 Wikipedia is a big one -- to fulfill the requirements relating to search and research, for many basic questions a read of the relevant wikipedia page before posting is a no-brainer. If a question can be answered by quoting the first few sentences of the relevant wikipedia page you have to wonder if any research was done at all. $\endgroup$
    – Glen_b
    Commented Feb 2, 2017 at 6:56

It's also worth trying google.

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    $\begingroup$ You should hyperlink that so everyone knows how to get there. $\endgroup$
    – ars
    Commented Jul 21, 2010 at 13:02
  • $\begingroup$ The point of the website is to have questions answered without the need to spend hours searching for a solution. Any question (or 99% of them) can be answered with research. OK, some answers can be found in less than a minute, but even then, the answer might not be at a level the person can follow, or in other cases the topic might benefit from discussion. It would be good not to start turning down legitimate questions just because the answer can be found somewhere. I got a reply pointing me to a google scholar search with lots of academic papers that are very technical. That isn't the point. $\endgroup$
    – Vivi
    Commented Jul 21, 2010 at 20:37
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    $\begingroup$ @Vivi: A questioner should put a minimal amount of effort into asking a question. I think that it's reasonable to do a little background work in order to formulate a good question. $\endgroup$
    – Shane
    Commented Jul 21, 2010 at 20:48

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