Economics Research Guide
Look in the following catalogs for books, videos and other types
of audiovisual items held in libraries.
- COD Library Catalog: the
COD Library only
- I-Share (formerly Illinet Online):
a catalog of items in 65 Illinois libraries
this country and around the world
- To find items at the COD Library about the Economic History of some country/state, go to the Library Catalog page, do a KEYWORD search, where the name of the location goes in the first box, and then type ECONOMIC CONDITIONS in the second box, and then click on the Submit button.
- Click here for a list of Electronic Books in the COD Library about economics.
Outline of the Library of Congress Classification System (what COD uses to shelve its books).
Other Nearby Public and Academic Libraries
List of Economics DVD's at the C.O.D. Library
List of Economics VHS tapes at the C.O.D. Library
Related C.O.D. Library Research Guides
Berkeley Law and Economics Working Papers.
Brookings Press Full-Text Books Online.
EconPapers Online (includes full-text books, chapters, and journal articles as well)
Environmental Effects of Agricultural Land Use Change: The Role of Economics and Policy. (U.S.D.A., 2006)
A Financial History of the United States.
Home Economics Archive from Cornell University Library. (Free online books and journal articles, from 1850 - 1950).
Library of Economics and Liberty. (Full-text classic books of economics online)
The National Academies Press.
Plan B 3.0, by Lester R. Brown.
The Wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith
You must have a valid College of DuPage library
card to access the electronic indexes and databases from off-campus.
- Academic OneFile (formerly Expanded Academic Index ASAP). An index to over 2500 magazines and journals covering a variety of topic areas including anthropology. This database provides references, abstracts, and many times the full-text of articles. A COD library card is required for off-campus use.
- Academic Search Premier (EBSCOhost) (1990-present) Magazines and journals.
- Blackwell Synergy. This is an index of articles published in journals that are printed by the Blackwell company. A wide variety of topics and journals are covered, but you only get bibliographic citations, no full-text articles. You can select a particular subject area to search in, or you can select a specific journal to search in by clicking on the broad subject, then selecting a small subject area from that next page, then selecting the particular journal title on the third page. You can move through the categories by clicking on the plus sign [+] to the left of the category name.
Researcher (Nov. 1991-present).Full-text articles covering
topics of current interest and controversy.
- Electronic Journals in Economics list.
- Environmental Economics journal. Many of its articles are free online full-text.
- FindArticles.com. Citations to millions of journal articles.
- Foreign Relations/Diplomatic History/International Relations index of recent articles, no full-text.
- The Free Library. A database of free magazine and journal articles.
- Google Scholar. This provides access to many free full-text articles, as well as citations to many other articles.
Monthly Catalog (FirstSearch) (1976-present) Catalog of
U.S. Government publications.
- H-NET Scholarly book reviews.
- IngentaConnect. This is an index to millions of journal articles, book chapters, reports, and more. Most are not available as full-text online items.
- JSTOR: Scholarly Journals Archive of Older Issues.
- Latin American Periodicals Tables of Contents (LAPTOC). No full-text articles.
- Military and Government Collection of articles.
New York Times
(ProQuest) (1980's-present).Full-text of four major national
newspapers including the New York Times.
- Open Access Journals Directory (free full-text journal articles)
- Project MUSE. This database provides citations and abstracts only.
- Research Papers in Economics. This tool indexes working papers, book chapters, and journal articles.
- SCIRUS. A search engine for citations to journal articles and links to web pages.
Wall Street Journal
- SocIndex Full Text. This includes citations and full-text articles in sociology, economics, and other related social science
- More COD Library journal and newspaper article databases.
- Does the C.O.D. Library own the journal that I need?
of the Difference Between Magazines and Journals
- Identifying Peer - Reviewed Scholarly Journals, Trade Publications, and Magazines (from ProQuest).
to Read a Research Study Article
- College of DuPage Economics Academic Program
- Agricultural Economics
- The Borderlands Encyclopedia: A Digital Educational Resource on Contemporary United States-Mexico Border Issues. (University of Texas at El Paso)
- Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) . http://www.bls.gov/
- Chicago Federal Reserve Bank.
- City Data.com. This site has lots of different statistics for nearby cities.
- Community Statistics by Zip Code.
- The Consumer Expenditure Survey. http://www.bls.gov/cex/
- The Consumer
Price Index. http://www.bls.gov/cpi/
- The Consumer
Price Index for the Chicago Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical
- County and State Employment Dynamics from the Quarterly Workforce Indicators.
- Dollar Times Financial Calcluators.
- DuPage County Department of Economic Development and Planning.
- Econdata.net for U.S. data.
- Economic Freedom of the World Report.
- Economic Indicators,
- Economic Information Portal ("Liber8" - Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis).
- Economic Policy Institute.
This site has many online articles about economic issues, data,
and various online calculating functions.
- Economic Report of
the President. (http://www.gpoaccess.gov/eop) Printed copies
available in the General Collection at HC 106.5 .A 272.
Librarian's Index to the Internet.
- Economic Statistics. (http://econstats.com)
- Economy Track: U.S. Labor Market (from the Economic Policy Institute)
- Employment Dynamics from the Quarterly Workforce Indicators for States and Counties.
- Environmental Economics resources, from EnviroLink, online environmental community.
- Environmental Economics and Indicators, from the World Bank. (data and publications)
State Economic Profiles. http://www.fdic.gov/bank/analytical/stateprofile/
- Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
- Financial Calcluators from Dollar Times.
- FRASER: Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research. Lots of statistics.
- Freelunch.com. From Moody's, this site presents data on a variety of topics in spreadsheet form.
- GAPMINDER.org. This organization creates online charts and graphs for various socio-economic statistical topics.
- HEARTH: Home Economics, Research, Tradition and History, full-text archive of materials from Cornell University.
- How Much is That Worth? A database of statistics that compares the costs/monetary value of items and services across many different years.
- Illinois Data
- Illinois Department
of Commerce For state data.
- Illinois Economic Development Directory.
Economic Facts Database.
- Illinois Prevailing
Wage Rate . For Public Works projects, by county.
- Illlinois Statistical Abstract.
- Illinois Statistical Sites Online.
- Illinois Statistics Arranged by Subject and Agency.
- Immigration Debate Research Guide (COD Library)
- JobWatch.org. This sites
tracks trends and conditions in the labor market.
to government statistical websites
- MapStats. This site allows one to find statistics by geography, and retrieve statistics in tablular format.
- Midwest Economic Information from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. '
- Moody's Economy.com. With lots of statistics and research reports.
- National Association for Business Economics (NABE). Lots of statistics.
- National Bureau of Economic
- National Center for Environmental Economics (NCEE), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- NIBIDC: Northern Illinois
Business and Industry Data Center
- Northeast-Midwest Institute.
US Executive Branch Web Sites
- Researching Private Companies, from the U.S. Library of Congress.
- Resources for Economists on the
- Social / Demographic / Economic Statistics. Subdivided into local-, county-, and state-level electronic and printed COD resources. Although developed for marketing classes, it can certainly be utilized for other purposes as well.
- State and County Local Employment Dynamics from the Quarterly Workforce Indicators.
- State and Local Government web sites directory.
- State Economic Data Official Sources. (Association for University Business and Economic Research)
- State Facts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture
- StateMaster.com. Lots of figures arranged by state and topic area.
- StatesPerform (statistics from the Council of State Governments)
- Statistical Abstract of the United States
- Statistics selected by your Geography from Fed Stats/Map Stats.
- United States Bureau of the
Census Lots of economic and demographic statistics.
- U.S. Economy at a Glance.
- USA.GOV. This is the primary gateway to U.S. government information online.
States Legislative Branch
- Virtual Library:
Economics . Keyword searching for economic topics.Good place
to start your Web searching. http://dir.yahoo.com/Social_Science/Economics
Foreign Economic Information Resources
Look up countries in the reference books listed here to read
about recent economic conditions and trends, along with recent
Economies of the World. Reference HC 59.3 .E 27 2005.
International Monetary Fund (IMF) Terminology: A Multilingual Directory.
The Penguin International Dictionary of Finance.
Economic Freedom of the World. Reference HC 10 .E 3746. This item provides statistics and analysis of countries' economic situations.
Guide to the World's Major Emerging Economies . Reference
HC 59.7 .B 87 2000.
Index of Economic Freedom. Reference HB 95 .I 48. For each country, there is a brief discussion of the country's tade policy, fiscal burden of government, property rights, government intervention in the economy, wages and prices, capital flows, and business regulations.
Finding Economic History Information about Other Countries
And be sure to look at the other Reference books listed on the Economics Research Guide above here.
Country Studies , from the U.S. Library of Congress. Select a country, then check the Table of Contents for the section on the nation's economy.
Encyclopaedia Britannica . Reference AE 5 .E 363. Look up the entry for the country, which should have an economic section. There are other big Encyclopedia sets there as well.
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History . Reference HC 15 .O 94 2003.
The Princeton Encyclopedia of the World Economy . Reference HF 1373 .P 75 2009.
Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life . Reference GN 333 .W 67 2009.
Worldmark Encyclopedia of National Economies . Reference HC 15 .W 675 2002.
Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations . Reference G 63 .W 67 2007. Look at the Economy section.
CURRENT OR RECENT INFORMATION
Countries and Regions , from the World Bank.
Country Background Notes , from the U.S. Department of State. Scroll down to click on the country name, then on the Country page, on the left click on ECONOMY to be taken to that section.
Europa Regional Surveys : For each country there is a section on recent economic events and statistics.
Africa South of the Sahara . Reference DT 351 .A 37.
Central and South Eastern Europe . Reference D 1058 .C 46.
Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia . Reference D 1058 .E 37.
The Far East and Australasia . Reference DS 1 .F 3.
The Middle East and North Africa . Reference DS 49 .M 5.
South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Reference F 1401 .S 68.
South Asia . Reference DS 334 .S 68.
Western Europe . Reference D 1050 .W 4.
World Economic Outlook , from the International Monetary Fund.
The World Factbook , U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Very basic facts and statistics.
Some countries were colonies for a long time, so there might not be much information about them very far back. There will be more information about many countries after the Second World War (post-1945), when many countries became independent from their colonial rulers, and more information about their economic conditions became available.
For BOOKS about individual countries or regions, in the Library Catalog do a keyword search here: http://lrc.cod.edu/search/X
In the first search box, type in the name of the country or region, and in the second search box, type in: economic conditions or economic history or economy
ALSO, general history books about a country should also have a section about the economic history of a country.
For JOURNAL/MAGAZINE/NEWSPAPER ARTICLES about individual countries, you can try these databases listed here: http://www.cod.edu/library/resources/databases.htm
Academic One File, Academic Search Premier, Business Source Complete, History Study Center, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times
At the database search screens, you can click on the link for the ADVANCED SEARCH. At the next ADVANCED SEARCH screen, in the first search box, type in the name of the country or region, and in the second search box, type in: economic conditions or economic history or economy
Then be sure to scroll down below the search boxes and click on the FULL TEXT search limitation feature, so that you get back citations that have links to the full text of the articles.
For other general information , you can do a Google search using the search phrase, “economic history of country name “. You may not be able to use that particular web site or page, but maybe it will point you to other quality information sources.
International Marketing Data and Statistics
HA 42 .I 56.
Foreign Statistical Agencies List
EUROSTAT. Statistics from the European Community.
Fedstats (Search engine to find statistics from U.S. government agencies; just type in the country's name in the search box).
GAPMINDER.org. This organization creates online charts and graphs for various socio-economic statistical topics.
GeoHive: Global Statistics.
International Economic Statistics database (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis)
International Historical Statistics . Reference HA 154 .M 51.
International Trade Statistics (W.T.O.) . Reference HF
1371 .I 584.
OECD Economic Outlook . Reference HC 10 .O 18.
OECD Employment Outlook . Reference HD 5701 .O 215.
Statistical Yearbook (U.N.) . Reference HA 12.5 .U 63.
Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific . Reference
HA 1665 .S 73.
World Cost of Living Survey . Reference HD 6977 .W 67
World Economic and Social Survey . Reference HC 59 .A
The sources below are indexes to where statistical data can be
Global Data Locator Reference HA 36 .K 87 1997
Statistics Sources Reference HA 154 .M 51.
To find regular books in the General Circulation Collection, CLICK HERE to do a KEYWORD search then in the first line change the drop down menu to SUBJECT, and in the search box type in ECONOMIC CONDITIONS, then on the second line change the drop down menu to SUBJECT, and in the search box type in the name of the country that you want to find books about.
Asian Development Bank.
Atlas of Global Inequality. This site allows for the comparison of one country to another, with statistics for the period 1960 - 2000.
Center for Latin American Economics (Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas)
Central Eurasian Interactive Atlas. This also includes statistical data and other types of information.
information via Yahoo.com (Just
select the name of the country from the list provided, and then
select either "Business and Economics," or "Government").
Country Reports.org. A collection of cultural, historical, statistical, and geographic information about countries.
Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.
Government Web Sites
Handbook of Latin American Studies. Citations-only database from the U.S. Library of Congress.
Inter-American Development Bank (IADB).
Gateway from Alta Plana
International Monetary Fund (IMF).
This site allows one to generate rankings and maps of nations.
Organization for Economic Cooperation
and Development (OECD)
Structural Adjustment - A Major Cause of Poverty. From GlobalIssues.org.
UC Atlas of Global Inequality. This site allows for the comparison of one country to another, with statistics for the period 1960 - 2000.
Economic and Social Development
United States Overseas Loans and Grants, a.k.a. "The Greenbook".
Virtual Librarian Regional Studies. From here you can
select a region and country.
The World Bank.
Checklists & Worksheets
The Library can obtain copies of articles or books from other
libraries for you. Inquire at the Reference Desk. You may also
consult journal title lists from other libraries in the area.
Economics Faculty Internet Homepages
Rosa Lea Danielson
Mitchell B. Fisher
Lewis R. Jones
Reference Desk: 630-942-3364
Dan Blewett, Reference Librarian
Office: SRC 3035