Economics Resources

Introduction
Reference Materials
Data Sources
Articles
Websites
Help

Introduction

This guide is intended to provide an introduction to resources available from the University of Lethbridge Library in the area of Economics.  It is a guide to get you started; there are many more resources available, so this is just a jumping-off point for your research.

If you require more help finding resources, please visit the Information and Research Assistance Desk on level 10 of the library, or phone us at 403.329.2263.

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Reference Materials

Reference materials can provide a good overview of a subject and lead you to further related resources, and are a great place to start your research.  Some reference material specific to the area of Economics include:

New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online

Handbooks in Economics

Concise Encyclopedia of Economics

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Data Sources

OECD iLibrary
The OECD iLibrary contains statistical data, books, journals and working papers released by OECD, International Energy Agency, Nuclear Energy Agency, OECD Development Centre, PISA, and International Transport Forum since 1998. Full-text access is available only for statistical products, the Factbook, and the Decisions, Recommendations and other Instruments of the OECD.

International Financial Statistics
International Financial Statistics (IFS) is a standard source of international statistics on all aspects of international and domestic finance. 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.

WDI Online
Produced by the World Bank, this database provides essential information for studying the growth and development of countries throughout the world. Access data (more than 900 indicators) on 227 countries, with 18 regional and income groups, for 49 years (where data is available).

UN Data
Provides access to United Nations statistics, including international economic, social, financial and development topics.

Statistics Canada - CanSim/EStat
CANSIM (Canadian Socio-Economic Information Management System) is Statistics Canada's online resource for Canadian socio-economic statistics on labour, health, income, trade, education, manufacturing, investment, justice, travel and tourism, etc.

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Articles

Journal articles contain more up-to-date research than books, and are a great way to supplement your research. The library subscribes to many indexes and databases which allow you search by keyword, subject, and many more fields to find articles on your topic. These tools provide not only the citation for the articles, but often abstracts (summaries of what the article is about), and increasingly link you to the full text of the article. If the full text isn't available either from the database in which you found the citation or by clicking the 'find full text' button, you can try obtaining the article via interlibrary loan. Ensure that the articles you are citing are scholarly in nature; for guidelines on how to evaluate journal articles, see our how-to guides.

Be sure to check several different databases, as they will all contain different information.  Remember, your subject might be somewhat multidisciplinary in nature, so consider what other subjects' databases you may want to search, as well as the databases that specialize in multidisciplinary or general topics.

EconLit
The American Economic Association's database provides comprehensive information on all fields of economics including accounting, capital markets, country studies, econometrics, economic forecasting, environmental economics, government regulations, labor economics, monetary theory, urban economics and more.

NBER (National Bureau of Economic Research)
Access working papers by more than 1000 leading scholars in the fields of economics and business, as well as statistical data.  

Economist Intelligence Unit
Access comprehensive economic, political and business analysis for over 200 countries. Includes company analysis, industry trends, and management strategies.

ABI/Inform Global
Search nearly 3,000 worldwide business periodicals for in-depth coverage of business and economic conditions, management techniques, theory, and practice of business, advertising, marketing, economics, human resources, finance, taxation, computers and more.

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Websites

Statistics Canada
From Statistics Canada's free site, you can access a selection of free statistical information on a wide variety of topics, from agriculture to wholesale trade. A search engine offers access to the data, which may be browsed by subject, by province or metropolitan area. Remember to check the library's subscription to CanSim/EStat (see Data, above) if you are asked to pay for any of the StatsCan charts you are interested in.

coface - Country Risk and Economic Research
Contains country risk ratings and brief risk analysis for individual countries, as well as business climate ratings and analysis. Also contains data for comparison of risk by sector.

Economic Education Web
While this site was designed for educators, it contains many useful links, especially under the "Economics Resources for College Teachers" section. Divided into general topic areas, can help point you to some useful resources on the internet.

EconomicsReliefWeb
Information on humanitarian crises around the world, including analysis, maps, and infographics.

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Help

If you have difficulty finding or using the information you require:

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 Content Revised: August 22, 2011
 Content Created: July 26, 2004


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