Contextual Sources

When you have an idea for a research project, it is often helpful to place your questions within the context of the literature.  Scholarly encyclopedias and bibliographies do just that.  Of course you will also need to search the literature via article databases for "literature reviews" and research studies, but first see if your topic is covered by either of these sources.

  The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics
Indepth articles that explain economic concepts, methods & historical developments and figures written by leading scholars.

  Oxford Bibliographies (Oxford University Press)  Tutorial
We subscribe to the following topics related to economics: International Relations, Islamic Studies, Latin American Studies, Management, Political Science and Psychology. Oxford bibliographies are designed to be starting points for research and offer peer-reviewed, annotated bibliographies.

 Economic Article Databases: Best Bets

EconLit with Full Text (EBSCO)
Indexes and abstracts journal articles, books, working papers, and dissertations in the field of economics based on the Journal of Economic Literature's subject classification. Provides access to the full text of selected journals including all American Economic Association journals. Coverage goes back to 1886.

Google Scholar
Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Scholar search tips

Scopus (Elsevier)
Provides citations and abstracts to peer-reviewed journals, books, and conference proceedings in all major disciplines. Provides information on citing and cited references for each article.

Web of Science (Clarivate)  Tutorial
Web of Science is a multidisciplinary database providing access to the following: Social Sciences Citation Index (1956-present) Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Social Science & Humanities (1990-present).

Other Useful Article Databases

Economics touches on many other fields of study, so you may benefit by searching the literature of related disciplines.  Behavioral economics topics will be situated in the psychology literature.  Industrial economics may be covered in the general business article databases and questions related to trade may be well indexed by political science databases.  For a complete list of article databases by topic use our Subject Guides  Top databases are listed below.


  ABI/INFORM Complete (ProQuest)

  AGRICOLA (National Agricultural Library/USDA)

  Business Abstracts with Full Text (EBSCO)

  Business Source Premier (EBSCO)


  FED in Print



  MEDLINE (Thomson Scientific / ISI Web Services)

  NBER National Bureau of Economic Research

  PAIS International (ProQuest)

  PAISArchive [1915-1976]

  PsycINFO (ProQuest)  Tutorial

  Research Papers in Economics

  Social Science Research Network (SSRN)  Limitations on Use

  Social Sciences Full Text (EBSCO)

  Sociological Abstracts (ProQuest)

Data & Statistics

Despite or because of the ubiquity of data and statistics, finding good data to work with can be vexing.  The following list of sources include open government data & proprietary subscribed data sets for browsing.  A common way to identify relevant data is by a careful reading of the data sections in research papers.  Databases that offer panel or time series data or simply index/abstract data are listed below.



  Bureau of Economic Analysis

  Bureau of Labor Statistics

  Census of the U.S. Economy

  Center for Economic Studies (Census)

  China Data Online (China Marketing Research Co.)

  Conference Board Business & Economics Portfolio

  Data-Planet (Sage)


  Economist Intelligence Unit


  Federal Reserve Economic Research & Data

  Global Financial Data  Limitations on Use

  Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970

  ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan)  Access Instructions

  IMF Data Free

  International Labour Organization

  OECD iLibrary

  PRS International Country Risk Guide (ICRG) Tables  Limitations on Use

  Penn World Tables

  PolicyMap  Tutorial

  Principal Global Indicators

  Rodney Fort's Sports Business Data

  Statistical Abstract of the United States

  Statistical Insight (ProQuest)  Tutorial


  UNESCO Institute for Statistics

  United Nations Statistics

  WRDS (Wharton Research Data Services)  Limitations on Use  Access Instructions

  World Bank - DataBank  Tutorial


  Falvey Library Catalog
Search Falvey Memorial Library\'s collection. Many titles are available electronically.


  HSTalks: The Business & Management Collection

  LinkedIn Learning

  O'Reilly for Higher Education  Tutorial  Access Instructions

  Evaluating Journals and Articles

Journal metrics & rankings are imperfect but frequently used ways to gage the quality of research studies.  The following tools publish journal level metrics such as impact factor, immediacy index,&  H Index to name a few.  For definitions and keys to understanding these metrics use the help links.

SJR Scimago

JCR Journal Citation Reports

Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities

Peer reviewed research articles need to be evaluated for quality by considering the research methods, data used and analysis provided.  Nonetheless metrics such as citation counts do suggest which papers are garnering attention.  The following business databases offer article level metrics.


Google Scholar

Web of Science (Clarivate)

Creating Citations

Academic integrity guidelines mandate the attribution of sources used in written work.  Commonly scholarly academic writers use the  American Psychological Association (APA) Style or the Chicago Manual of Style.  The complete APA Style Manual is not available online, but you can link to reliable aids listed below.

The citation management softwares listed below help you generate and organize references, but are not a substitute for knowing the style.  When you use them, verify the accuracy of the citations created.  Databases such as EconLit have handy citation generation tools, but you should check their accuracy too.

  Chicago Manual of Style Online, 17th ed.
The 17th edition of the Manual is the most current. The online version includes a Citation Quick Guide with examples. The Library's website offers a short introduction and overview to the Notes and Bibliography System commonly used in the humanities.

  APA Style Guide to Electronic References
How to cite electronic references according to APA 6th Style.

  Purdue OWL: APA

Free Citation management tool supported by the Library

Free citation management owned by Elsevier