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Economics (brief version)

Where to Start


the most important resources

RFE - Resources for Economists on the Internet
A great, comprehensive place to begin! It is now sponsored by the American Economic Association. Highly valued by academic economists.

coverage:

all of the links are to sites that have free or mostly free sources
brief annotations are provided for each link
classification of categories is simliar to the Journal of Economic Literature
a web search engine is available
links include: data sets, econ journals with some web access, jobs, economists

when to use:

instead of a word search on google
to get to links that have been selected and evaluated by economists
browse categories to get to major links and understand types of source
use faculty, ITS liaisons, and librarians for in-depth indentification of sources

EconLit
The American Economics Association produces EconLit, the main discipline access point for scholarly journal articles and over 500 collective volumes, plus books, dissertations, and working papers.

coverage:

1969 to date
indexes 650 journal titles
includes references to edited volumes and chapters in books, book reviews, dissertations
also indexes Cambridge University Press's Working Papers in Economics
no full text, only bibliographic citations
indexes economics and a limited number of related sources
organized by the Journal of Economic Literature categories

when to use:

for in-depth searching in economics
to get an idea of what and how much is available on a topic
to identify scholars writing on a topic
to identify the citation for a particular article

hints:

no true subject searching or thesaurus available
subject searching based only on the 600+ categories
keyword searching does not allow for as much precision

JSTOR
JSTOR, originally a pilot project funded by the Mellon Foundation and member colleges and
universities, provides electronic access to the complete archives of core scholarly journals in the
disciplines. The most recent years are not available.

coverage:

the "moving wall" of 2 to 5 years varies by journal
otherwise, all issues of a journal are available
currently 22 economics titles included new journal titles are added on an infrequent basis

when to use:

instead of a word search on google
to find the major articles on a topic
to identify scholars by topic
to get a feel for what is being written in an area

hints:

searching can vary from words or phrases in the full text or titles
not all journals have abstracts
or, not all journal abstracts are included
use Browse to identify a journal
the complete table of contents is available for each issue
use the JPRINT for higher quality printing (rather than Netscape)
copyright "fair use" laws and restrictions apply
linking to articles using stable URLs now available

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gov docs Pr (no.).9: (Gov Docs number varies with each President)
Economic Report of the President Transmitted to the Congress
This is the analysis by the administration of current domestic and international economic policies and trends. The Council of Economic Advisors extensive annual report provides a detailed account and background information for economic decisions.

coverage:

available 1954 to date in print Gov Docs on 3rd
online access beginning in 1995
President Bush's number is PR 42.9: and President Clinton's is PR 43.9:
narrative reports with statistical tables
footnotes and agency sources are cited

when to use:

instead of a word search on google
to find statistics
to see how the administration viewed a policy

hints:

searching can vary from words or phrases in the full text or titles
not all journals have abstracts
linking to articles using stable URLs now available

Gov Doc Ref or Ready Ref C 3.134:
Statistical Abstract of the U.S., 1878 to date.
Great starting point for statistical information; various formats:

Academic Universe
Indexing of nearly 5,000 publications covering news, finance, health and medicine, and governement information; coverage varies from a few years up to 20 years.

a link to more resources in economics

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