Statistics, according to the Encyclopedia Brittanica, is the science of collecting, analyzing, presenting, and interpreting data. This would make data the raw material for statistics. First you collect a bunch of numbers (data), then you make a statement about it, e.g. calculating a percentage (statistics). But we do use these terms interchangeably. Here are some "stats" about MCC students:
Numbers are important and can be powerful when making statements, decisions, or trying to win arguments. Graphs are a common form of data presentations and look good in a slide presentation on a topic with opposing viewpoints, as well as in a persuasive essay or research paper. This guide is a collection of data sources and includes citation help.
Attribution - In the process of assembling this guide I used the following source of information, cited here in MLA format:
Bauder, Julia. The Reference Guide to Data Sources. 2014. Print.