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Welcome to the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library and the History 501/2/3 Economics OWHL Guide.
Economics research may present different challenges than the research process you are used to in your previous classes. Economists, politicians, and social scientists produce a lot of information, and sorting through it to find useful information can be difficult. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
- Where should I start?: In general, you have three options: a specific country (ex: United States), an event (ex: passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act), or an issue (ex: gender pay gap). You will probably touch upon all three eventually in your research, but one of these will be your first way in.
- Read carefully. As you read news articles, reports, blogs, and so on, look for words that will point you in the right direction for other research (i.e. "A recent World Bank research report states..." Make a note to go and find that World Bank research report).
- Bibliographic Mining. Look at the bibliographies of the sources you already have. This is a great place to find additional sources that might be relevant and helpful.
- Use the Full Text Finder. If you have a journal article citation, search for the journal in the Full Text Finder to see if it is available through one of the OWHL's databases. If it isn't available, simply stop by the library and ask for helping submitting an inter-library loan (ILL) request.
- Books and articles will only get you so far. Economics research takes many different forms (policy reports, original research, working papers, statistics...) and much of it can be found through an effective Google search. Remember to always evaluate any sites you find before incorporating the information into your own research.
Reference Databases: Country Information
Europa World Plus
This database provides in-depth essays on different aspects of individual countries, specializing in economic and historical information.
World Almanac Online
This resource offers access to essential statistics on hundreds of global topics in a searchable format.
World Geography and Culture
This reference database provides a comprehensive overview of countries and U.S. states, with information on people and cultures, geography, government, and more.
Reference Databases: Specific Topics & Economics
New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics
Written by leading figures in the field including many Nobel prize winners, this is the definitive scholarly reference work for a new generation of economists.
CQ Researcher: 1923 to the Present
In-depth reports written by award-winning journalists on controversial and important topics of the day, from 1923 to the present. Professionally fact-checked, topics include economics, social issues, international affairs, politics, civil rights, public policy, and more.
Issues & Controversies
Explore hundreds of contemporary hot topics in politics, government, business, society, education, and popular culture, including global issues and foreign policy section.
Current News Coverage
International Newsstream (ProQuest)
Provides content from more than 660 of the world’s top newspapers, including The Times (London), The Bangkok Post, El Norte, Financial Times, The Guardian, Jerusalem Post, South China Morning Post, The Daily Telegraph, Asian Wall Street Journal, and the BBC Monitoring series of publications.
Newspaper Source (EBSCO)
This database provides selected full text for 25 national (U.S.) and international newspapers. The database also contains full text television & radio news transcripts, and selected full text for more than 200 regional (U.S.) newspapers.
This database provides today's news from publications across the globe.
World News Digest
This database provides contemporary news from global organizations and publishers, magazines, websites, and government agencies.
Want to read the New York Times?
All members of the PA community – faculty, staff, and students – have free digital access to the New York Times through the OWHL. Once you register for an account, you will have unlimited access to the Times for one year and can read it via the website or the app (both iPhone and Android).
To register for an account, go to nytimes.com/grouppass while physically on campus and connected to PA's network. Then create a free NYTimes.com account using your PA e-mail address.
If you have any questions or trouble registering, just stop by the OWHL.