Accessibility may not always be easy when it comes to data. As modern day students, it is expected that all your project and thesis needs will be available online. This may not necessarily be true or sufficient. Google search while useful does not contain all the answers, and can be restrictive in its historical perspective.
The library is a great source of complex information. In your search, journals and books are not the only sources of statistics or data (which are two different terms, by the way, but are still used interchangeably). Newspapers, from as far back as the 1950s, thesis projects of other students and institutional reports not found online, can shape the form and context of your paper or thesis.
I remember researching for a paper on education in Trinidad and Tobago and felt stuck by the shallow angles I found online. I visited the University of the West Indies West Indiana floor and spent weeks going through newspaper articles from the 1960s to present and government reports on education published in the 1970s. I also found studies hidden away in the nooks of the aisles on the progress of education in Trinidad and Tobago, for example, “Education in Trinidad and Tobago. Report of the Working Party. 1954”. The librarian was my anchor in my search and pulled books I could not find myself, but for which I had references.
Obviously, I love the search and visiting the library is part of the search. I love flipping through pages, I love analysing numbers, I love learning history and, most of all, I love creating a story of my own. There are other aspects of the search that doesn’t involve the library, books or computers. The search is a wide range of activities that one must love. Hence, you too must love the search, for it is crucial that any document you write must be deep and engaging so that you can achieve that A grade.