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This subject covers: the social science that seeks to analyze and describe the production, distribution, and consumption of wealth. (Britannica Online)

Article Databases and Indexes

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Contains bibliographic citations and selected abstracts to the professional and scholarly literature in the field of economics and allied disciplines, including journals, books, chapters in books, conference proceedings and dissertations.

MNCAT Article Discovery is the Library's powerful new tool that simultaneously searches hundreds of databases, including popular ones such as JSTOR, Project MUSE and Medline.

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.

Use this popular research database to find business articles from 2,200 journals and magazines in marketing, management, information technology, operations, human resources, accounting, finance and economics dating back to 1965. Additional company and industry profiles from Datamonitor are included along with country reports and SWOT analyses.

Remote access available for University of Minnesota -- Twin Cities students, staff and faculty
Coverage 1998-present for most titles

Humanities & Social Sciences Retrospective searches the most important journals in these subject areas. Covers 1907-1984.

Since its establishment in 1914, PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) has chronicled issues in the public debate through highly selective coverage of a wide variety of sources, including references to monographs, periodical articles, notes and announcements, government documents, policy reports and analytics. Addition of the Archive to our current PAIS International database extends comprehensive access to public and social policy information.

Indexes, Other

BMI Research (formerly, Business Monitor International) is a respected source of specialist news analysis, data and forecasts on Country Risk (political, economic, business and financial risk) and Industry Research (analysis of 22 industry sectors, with company profiles) across the globe, with a strong emphasis on emerging markets. Search by industry or country. The service includes extensive data as well as global development project information.

General Reference Sources

Biographical Sources

Describes careers and contributions of major economists.

An introduction to the lives & works of one hundred modern economists

A biographical dictionary of major economists, 1700-1986


Contains over 1,900 articles by more than 1,500 of the world's leading economists.


Provides information on all major aspects of American economic life, from colonial times to the 1970s, and includes references for further reading.

Provides a wide coverage of the field of economics, including definitions and explanations of concepts, terms, theories, institutions, and a comprehensive timetable of economic events.

Public Opinion Resources

Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research. There are seven project areas to find reports, polls, and data sets: Center for the People and the Press, Project for Excellence in Journalism, Social and Demographic Trends, Forum on Religion and Public Life, Pew Internet and American Life Project; Hispanic Center, and the Global Attitudes Project.

An independent, nonpartisan resource on American public opinion covering politics, elections, current events, national security and other issues. Collects numerous polls from major news organizations.

Statistics and Data

Data Resources

Located within the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, ICPSR (Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research) provides access to the world's largest archive of computerized social science data, both publicly and privately collected and published. This includes data sets for countries world wide that cover demographics and census, opinion polls, urban studies, education, economics, geography, legal systems, governments and elections, political behavior and attitudes, health care and other social indicators.

Off-campus access is available, but users must first create a free account on campus at Create a New Account in order to download data.

This resource is paid for the Dept. of Political Science.

The World Wealth and Income Database provides access to data on the historical evolution of the world distribution of income and wealth, both within countries and between countries. Currently, the database includes relatively detailed DINA series for the full distribution of both income and wealth for the USA, France and China. Similar series will be added for other developed and developing countries in the future. For most other countries, the database focuses upon top income shares series for over 30 countries, and series on the structure of aggregate national wealth and national income for nearly 20 countries. For more than 190 countries, it includes series on aggregate national income at this stage.

Statistical Resources

BEA's national, regional, and international economic accounts present basic information on such key issues as U.S. economic growth, regional economic development, and the nation's position in the world economy. Access to their statistics and the data used to derive the statistics comes in multiple forms, from static tables to downloadable data files for statistical analysis.

Provides access to statistical data produced by U.S. Federal agencies, States, private organizations, and major intergovernmental organizations. There are up to 2 billion charts, maps, views, rankings, time series and tables available for use in the Data-Planet repository. Data-Planet Statistical Datasets offers powerful capabilities to compare & contrast multiple data series, perform statistical calculations on the data, and customize output views.

Many of the data sets are available for download as GIS data -- look for the "Map" icon to identify this functionality.

This Web site is a starting point for locating guides to regional economic activity. It provides 1,000 links to socioeconomic data sources, arranged by subject and provider and pointers to the Web's best data collections.

Bureau of Labor Statistics provides current data and graphs on labor force, employment, unemployment, hours, earnings, productivity, consumer and producer price indexes.

FAOSTAT, from the Food and Agriculture Organization, contains over 1 million time-series records covering international statistics in the following areas: Production, Trade, Food Balance Sheets, Fertilizer and Pesticides, Land Use and Irrigation, Forest Products, Fishery Products, Population, Agricultural Machinery and Food Aid Shipments from 1961-.

The Global Financial Database is a collection of financial and economic data provided in ASCII or Excel format. There are 20,000 historical or current data series which may be downloaded directly from the web site. Global coverage includes stocks, bonds, treasury bills, interest rates, commodity prices, CPI, GDP, exchange rates, indexes, population and more.

To access the database, click on the red LOGIN link located closer to the top of the page. In the next page, select "Login Anonymously" for library access. Note that there is a monthly download limit of 2,000 series on the anonymous log-in. Students, Faculty, staff can create a personal account using University of Minnesota e-mail address.

Guide for finding historical US stock prices using Global Financial Data.

IFS (International Financial Statistics) Online provides statistics on all aspects of international and domestic finance from 1948-. It reports, for most countries of the world, current data needed in the analysis of problems of international payments and of inflation and deflation, i.e., data on exchange rates, international liquidity, international banking, money and banking, interest rates, prices, production, international transactions, government accounts, and national accounts.

ILOSTAT is a statistics database maintained by the International Labor Organization, like LABORSTA. For pre-2008 data, visit LABORSTA, and for post-2004 data, visit ILOSTAT. The ILOSTAT database contains over 100 indicators covering more than 230 countries and economies. Indicators include labor population, employment, unemployment, salaries, labor costs, strikes, and occupational injuries. It relies heavily on official data submission from national authorities.

The ITC DataWeb provides access to extensive U.S. tariff and trade data from 1989-.

LABORSTA provides free access to yearly statistics of employment, unemployment, hours of work, wages, labour cost, consumer price indices, occupational injuries, strikes and lockouts from 1969-2000; monthly statistics of employment, unemployment, hours of work, wages, consumer price indices from 1976-2002 and "October Inquiry" statistics of wages and hours of work in 159 occupations from 1983-2000 and retail prices of 93 food items from 1985-2000.

OECD iLibrary is the online publications portal of the 34-country Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. OECD iLibrary is OECD's Online Library for Books, Papers and Statistics and the gateway to OECD's analysis and data. It replaces SourceOECD, and hosts all content so users can find - and cite - tables and databases as easily as articles or chapters. Video User Guide.

Index to statistical publications from US and state government agencies, international intergovernmental organizations, professional and trade organizations, business organizations, commercial publishers, independent research organizations, and universities.

This database provides international statistics on all major social and economic subjects. It replaces the older database "UN Common Database" which will be discontinued in mid-2008.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) offers several different databases for data on international agricultural trade. These databases are maintained by FAS and other U.S. government agencies. Coverage varies widely and some statistics can be found in print publications back to the 1920s or even earlier.

Wide variety of economic statistics and charts including stocks, interest rates, foreign exchange rates, inflation, economic indicators, weekly economic analysis, topical studies, cybereconomics, monetary and fiscal policies, economic history, and other related sites

Central reference point for tables and maps made available on the Internet by the World Bank. Also includes information on methods, modelling tools and technical assistance for users of World Bank statistics.

The WEO database from the International Monetary Fund is created during the biannual World Economic Outlook (WEO) exercise, which begins in January and June of each year and results in the WEO publication, which is released in May and October. Selected series that are available in the publication are now available on this website at the time of the release of the WEO press version (late April and September). If necessary, these figures will be revised in order to maintain consistency with the published World Economic Outlook. NOTE: GDP and GDP per capita for all countries in current prices from 1970 (where data available) can be viewed from here.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

Citation managers are software packages used to create personalized databases of citation information and notes. They allow you to: import and organize citation information from article indexes and other sources save links to pdfs and other documents, and in some cases save the document itself format citations for your papers and bibliographies using APA and many other styles include your own notes

Mendeley is a freely available citation manager that helps you manage your PDF collections.

Brief tutorial on using Mendeley to organize PDFs.

Research Guides

Give credit to those whose work you use in your own writing and help others find your sources. Find information on citing sources using major styles and avoiding plagiarism. (University of Minnesota Center for Writing)

Style Manuals

A selected list of sources available in Wilson Reference Services.

Writing Guides

The Rhetoric Department, English Department, Center for the Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing and the General College Writing Center have come together to bring you writing support in one place.

Library Information

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