Finding subject resources for Economics

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Finding Books

In the UA Libraries Catalog, use a "Keyword" search to find relevant books. If you know the title, select the "Title" tab, then enter the beginning of the title. You can also try a "Subject" search to locate appropriate subject headings. Select the heading to retrieve a list of books from the catalog.

To browse books on Economics, visit the HB-HD call numbers located on the second floor of Bierce Library.

  • Comparative economics: HB75, HB90, HC59, HD82
  • Economic development: HD82-89
  • Economic history: HC1-710
  • Economic policy: HC, HD82-85, HF1401-2580
  • Economics (general): HB
  • Bibliographies: Z7161, Z7164
  • Mathematical economics: HB74
  • Labor economics: HD4901-4902
  • Macroeconomics: HB171-171.5
  • Space in economics: HB199, HD58, HD82, HT391
  • Welfare economics: HB99.3

Other places to look for books include ebrary books, Online Books Page for Economics, OhioLINK, and WorldCat. If the item you need is not available in the UA Library Catalog or through OhioLINK, request the item through Interlibrary Loan (ILL)'s ILLiad system.

Finding Theses, Dissertations, and Papers

Much research is never published in a journal or book. This research is often difficult to find using article databases and library catalogs. Use NBER Working Papers, Dissertation Abstracts, or Papers First to find more research on your topic. Check the UA Libraries Catalog for the title of the item you would like to locate. If it is not available, request the item through ILL.

Finding Articles

There are no articles in the UA Libraries Catalog. You must search an article database to find citations to articles on your topic.

The list of article databases recommended for Economics can be generated by selecting Subject Guides from the main library homepage, then navigating to Economics in the right-hand box by clicking Business and then Economics. Students doing research in Economics are often referred to Econlit, Academic Search Complete, and Social Sciences Citation Index (ISI Web of Science) as good starting points, but there are other useful resources available.

Use a "Keyword" search, and then refine the search using the subject field within the database. If the full text is not available in the database, use the "Find It" tool in the database to access O-Links, which will indicate whether we have an electronic subscription to the journal. If UA does not have the article electronically, search the title of the journal in the UA Library Catalog to see if the library has it in print. If it is not available in the library, request the article through ILL.

Finding Full-Text E-Journals

The University of Akron subscribes to many e-journals in full text. To view the list of e-journals related to economics, select "E-Journals" in the UA Libraries Catalog. Under "Browse e-journals by subject", select "Business and Economics". Navigate to the appropriate subject. Each e-journal will include one or more links to the years that are available to use.

If you know the title of the journal, use the title search in the "E-Journal" tab of the UA Libraries Catalog.

Finding Internet Resources

When using Web resources for research, it is important to determine the authority and accuracy of the information. Evaluate the source before using, based on whether it is current, and whether it is provided by an unbiased source. Your instructor may have specific instructions on what may be used.

To locate Internet resources that may be appropriate to your research, use the "Research Tools" finder under the "Research Tools" tab of the Bierce Library home page. By filtering the "Research Tool Type" to "Websites", you can then enter keywords related to your research and generate a list of tools. If the list is too long, try narrowing it by adding keywords. If there are no results, try a broader search ("Europe" instead of "France").

Finding Statistical Data Sources

To find statistical data sources, begin on the "Research Tools" page. Enter keywords related to your search and click "Go."  Filter by "Research Tool Type" and select "Data Sets".  For data collected by the U.S. Government, a good place to start is FedStats. World Development Indicators Online is a major source of international data. For economic time series, try FRED, the economic database from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Reference Bibliography

  • Carson, Thomas, ed. Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. Economic History. 2 vols. Detroit, Mich.: Gale, 1999. Reference HC102 .G35
  • Darnay, Arsen J., ed. Economic Indicators Handbook: Time Series, Conversions, Documentation. Detroit, Mich.: Gale, 2000. Reference HC103 .E26 2000
  • Durlauf, Steven N., ed. The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. 2nd ed. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. Reference HB61 .N49 2008
  • Greenlaw, Steven A. Doing Economics: A Guide to Understanding and Carrying Out Economic Research. Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2006. HB74.5 .G734 2006 (Includes: what is research?, the research process for economics, literature survey, economic writing, revising the paper, locating economic data, primary data, and secondary data.)
  • Hodgson, Geoffrey M., ed. Elgar Companion to Institutional and Evolutionary Economics. Brookfield, Vt.: E. Elgar, 1994. Reference HB99.5 .E45 1994
  • Magill, Frank N., ed. Survey of Social Science. Economics series. Pasadena, Calif.: Salem Press, 1991. Reference HB61 .S94 1991
  • Markandya, Anil, et al. Dictionary of Environmental Economics. Sterling, Va.: Earthscan Publications, 2001. Reference HC79 .E5 D53 2001
  • Mokyr, Joel, ed. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History. New York:Oxford University Press, 2003. Reference HC15 .O94 2003
  • Northrup, Cynthia Clark. American Economy: A Historical Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, Calif.,: ABC-CLIO, 2003. Reference HC102 .A66 2003 - also available through OhioLINK Electronic Book Center.
  • Taylor, John B., ed. Handbook of Macroeconomics. New York: Elsevier, 1999. Reference HB172.5 .H36 1999

E-Reference Sources

  • Search "indicators" in "Research Tools" to locate a number of sources for economic indicators.
  • Search "demographics" in "Research Tools" to locate sources for demographic data.
  • Index of Economic Freedom