Selected Resources for: Economics (general aspects)

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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. This is the automatic choice when you search from the "Articles and Databases" tab.


Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier provides full text for thousands of scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications.

This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education.
Find business articles from 2100 journals and magazines in marketing, management, information technology, operations, human resources, accounting, finance and economics dating back to 1965. Business Source Premier includes company and industry reports MarketLine and country analysis from the Economist Intelligence Unit, Business Monitor International, CountryWatch, Icon Group, and PRS.

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

Humanities & Social Sciences Retrospective searches nearly 1200 of the most important journals in these subject areas. Updated, uniform subject headings facilitate your search, with the original subject headings also provided. Subjects Covered Include: Addiction Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Area Studies, Art, Classical Studies, Communications, Community Health & Medical Care, Corrections, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Dance, Economics, Environmental Studies, Ethics, Family Studies, Film, Folklore, Gender Studies, Geography, Gerontology, History, International Relations, Journalism, Law, Linguistics, Literary & Social Criticism Literature, Minority Studies, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Planning & Public Administration, Policy Sciences, Political Science, Psychiatry, Psychology, Public Welfare, Religion and Theology, Social Work, Sociology, Urban Studies.

Use this index for broad coverage of social science issues worldwide. Includes articles, books, conference proceedings, government documents, and book chapters.


Indexes, Other

Business Monitor International (BMI) is a leading 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

Great economists before Keynes

Describes careers and contributions of major economists.

Great economists since Keynes

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

Who's Who in Economics, 2nd ed.

A biographical dictionary of major economists, 1700-1986


Dictionaries

Contains over 1,850 articles by more than 1,500 of the world's leading economists.


Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia of American Economic History

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

McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Economics

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

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, is a membership-based, ICPSR provides access to the world's largest archive of computerized social science data. 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. See the New User Tutorial .


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.

The Conference Board Business Knowledge Research Collection is a searchable database of full-text research reports on the latest issues in business management and US and global economics. Topics include: business trends, leadership decisions, performance excellence, corporate governance, HR, productivity, customer relationship management and more. Economics material includes US and global economic indicators and analysis and forecasts of US and international economic conditions.

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.Choose "Login Anonymously" for library access.

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. A user guide is located at http://elibrary-data.imf.org/Help.aspx.

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 Production, Supply and Distribution database is down during the US Government Shutdown. However, some downloadable datasets for agricultural commodities for countries around the world can be found via the Internet Archive: Downloadable Data Sets.

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

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).


Style Manuals

A selected list of sources available in Wilson Reference Services.


Writing Guides

Economist style guide

The essentials of writing for this discipline.


Library Information

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