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Development Economics

Getting Started

In addition to your textbook, course outline and class discussion, browsing books and specialized encyclopedias can be a good way to find out about feasible topics.


Falvey Catalog Use keywords to search our catalog, find the Library of Congress call number locations and browse the stacks.

Google Books provides snipets of books available in some of the finest research libraries around the world. 

EZBorrow  If we don't have a title you want in Falvey Library, borrow it from one of our partners.

Encyclopedias and Reports

Encyclopedia of World Poverty

Encyclopedia of Global Warming & Climate Change

Encyclopedia of Gender & Society

Encyclopedia of Global Health

OECD iLibrary Browse reports and studies by this NGO

CQ Global Researcher Comprehensive surveys of topics written for undergraduates.

New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Not really a dictionary, indepth authoritative and technical articles.


Most of the resources you use for this research project will be  academic scholarly articles.  These resources are best found through using Google Scholar and library subscription databases. If the full text of the article you need is not in the database, use the FindIt button to find an alternative source. 

EconLit with Full Text

Business Source Premier Includes trade, globalization and markets

Catholic Periodical and Literature Index News and scholarship relating for the Catholic community

Columbia International Affairs Online

Lexis-Nexis Academic Source for legal articles

PAIS International Public policy issues

Pollution Abstracts Technical and public policy research on the environment.

Social Science Full Text

Social Science Citation Index

Science Direct Good for economic issues and topics relating to agriculture and environment.

News and Supporting Information

You may want to supplement your scholarly research with current events, data and background information about a region or country.

Country Reports

BBC Country Profiles

Economist Intelligence Unit


Department of State Background Notes

Data & Statistics

IHS Global Insight Private aggregator of economic data

International Monetary Fund

World Bank

United Nations

Organization for Economic Cooperations & Development

Lexis Nexis Statistical Index to published statistics


Opinion Archives  Online access to Commonweal, The New Republic, The Nation and similar influential magazines on public policy

ABI Inform Search mainstreem economic news such as the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal.

Google News World Good for browsing headlines

Lexis-Nexis Academic International and foreign news

MidEast Wire  Mostly political news

Kyodo World Service East Asian news translations


The many governmental and private organizations devoted to studying and supporting economic development around the world are too numerous to list.  These directories can help you identify them.

Washington Information Directory

Leadership Directories  On campus access only.

lhauck Linda Hauck
Business Librarian
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Last Modified: Sunday, February 5th, 2012