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Articles & Books

EXPERT TIP: You can search articles and books to determine sources of statistical data used by the authors.  Alternatively, some databases in the Statistical Data section below also include narrative/textual analysis (e.g., IMF e-Library, OECD iLibrary).

  • EconLit with Full Text
    Index of academic literature as far back as 1886 and often including the full text
  • New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online
    Classic reference source with in-depth scholarly articles on theoretical and historical topics
  • ABI/Inform Complete
    Business and economic literature index from ProQuest, including many trade publications as well as academic literature
  • Business Source Complete
    Business and economic literature index from EBSCO, including many trade publications as well as academic literature
    Text of important core journals (with a 3-5 year lag) back to 19th century; strong in several economics-related fields

Statistical Data

EXPERT TIP: Many sources of US economic data are provided free by government agencies rather than from the subscribed databases below. See our research guide to US economic data.

  • UNdata
    Includes major UN databases and those of several related IGO's
  • Data Catalog [World Bank]
    Empirical data from the World Bank, some back to 1960
  • IMF e-Library
    Contains the International Financial Statistics (IFS) database and other IMF databases and books
  • Global Financial Data (GFD)
    Focuses on long time series of stock and bond indices and macroeconomic data.
  • Historical Statistics of the United States
    Good for long statistical time series relating to the USA, mostly derived from government data
  • OECD iLibrary
    Text of OECD publications since 1998 plus key statistical databases (e.g., Intl. Trade by Commodity Statistics; IEA data)
  • ProQuest Statistical Insight
    Indexes government, IGO, and private sources of empirical data (usually online or on microfiche in Perkins Public Docs.)
  • UN Comtrade
    Detailed commodity-level trade data from the UN Statistics Division

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