Information Resources for Economics

Article Databases | Periodicals | Websites | Thesis Statements | Citing Sources | Investment Info

Magazine and Journal Article Databases

EbscoHost Journal Databases

Business Source Premier "provides full text for over 2,800 scholarly business journals covering management, economics, finance, accounting, international business and much more."

Regional Business News "is a full text newswire database that incorporates business wires from all over the world. Included in this database are A&G Information, Africa News Service, Inter Press Service, Resource News International, South American Business, M2 Communications, PR Newswire, Business News Wire, Canadian Corporate News, News Bytes News Network and Phillips Business Information Highlights. This database is updated on a daily basis."

Academic Search Premier "provides full text for more than 3,600 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies."

Newspaper Source "contains full text for regional U.S. newspapers, international newspapers, newswires, newspaper columns as well as other sources. This database also contains indexing and abstracts for national newspapers."

Periodicals

There are too many relevant periodicals to list comprehensively, but here are a few examples.
Economist http://www.economist.com/
The online edition of this weekly economic news magazine.

Far Eastern Economic Review
http://www.feer.com/
This is the electronic version of a weekly news and business magazine from Dow Jones. It has feature articles, news by country, links to recommended Web sites, etc. This is free, but you'll have to register to use the service.

Honolulu Newspapers
database from ProQuest http://system4.lib.hawaii.edu/sproxy/proxy.php?21
Full text articles from the Honolulu Advertiser (from 2004) & Star Bulletin (from 2001).

Hawaii Newspaper Index
http://ipac2.librarieshawaii.org:81/ipac20/ipac.jsp?profile=#focusfocus
Brief citations to articles from the Honolulu Advertiser & Star Bulletin (from 1989).

Hawaii Newspapers Linkshttp://library.wcc.hawaii.edu/HNI.html
Links to many Hawaii newspapers, including those from other islands.

Websites

Economics Search Engine (ESE) http://ese.rfe.org/
Indexes 10,000 world wide economics websites. Sponsored by the American Economic Association.

Economics Links from Librarian's Index to the Internet http://www.lii.org/pub/topic/economics
Librarian-selected Annotated links to quality online economics information sources.

Global Macroeconomic and Financial Policy Site http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~nroubini/asia/
This site from the New York University Stern School of Business provides this collection of articles and links relating to the study of macroeconomics. You can search the site, or brows through articles on world economics, including country specific information, current news and hot topics.
 
 

The Economist: Markets and Data
http://www.economist.com/markets
 
Various stock market indeces and commodity prices, and more.
 
 

Economic Indicators
From the US Department of Commerce's Economics and Statistics Administration, with monthly compilations of economic indicators covering prices, wages, production, business activity, purchasing power, credit, money, and Federal finance.

Resources for Economists on the Internet
http://rfe.wustl.edu/
Comprehensive, annotated directory of economic resources on the Internet. A Virtual Library site sponsored by the American Economic Association.

University of Hawaii Economic Impact Report
http://www.hawaii.edu/ovppp/inter/interecon830.html
From the University of Hawaii website. Requires a PDF reader.

Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism Library
http://www.hawaii.gov/dbedt/index.html
Includes reports, statistics and links to other resources

Euro http://ec.europa.eu/economy_finance/euro/index_en.htm
Official Euro website from the Economic Union

Euro Home Page
http://www.econ.yale.edu/~corsetti/euro/
Information on the Euro, compiled by a Yale faculty member.

LatinFocus: The Leading Source for Latin American Economies
http://www.latin-focus.com/
"find the latest available data from government sources, economic forecasts, market analysis covering economic performance, political risk assessments and financial market developments". Includes economic indicators several individual countries and Latin America in general. You can also find news articles, facts, statistics, economic reports, and useful links for particular countries.

Handbook of International Economic Statistics, 1998
http://www.cia.gov/cia/di/products/hies/
This CIA publication has basic historical statistics (1970, 1980 and 1990-97)about the economic performance of many countries and regions around the world.

Regions and Countries (The World Bank)
http://www.worldbank.org/html/extdr/regions.htm
A great site for extensive data on the economies of developing nations and regions of the world. You'll find overviews and detailed economic data.

Federal Reserve Bank
http://www.federalreserve.gov/sitemap.htm
Frequently Asked Questions, links, and other information related to the Federal Reserve Banking System

History of Economic Thought
http://cepa.newschool.edu/het/
Information on over 500 economists, both historic and contemporary.

GlobalEDGE
http://globaledge.msu.edu/
"Created by the International Business Center at Michigan State University (IBC), globalEDGE™ is a knowledge web-portal that connects international business professionals worldwide to a wealth of information, insights, and learning resources on global business activities"

World Bank
http://www.worldbank.org/
This site includes data on the countries that the World Bank assists. Check out the publications, reports, and educational resources.

World Economic Outlook - May 1999
http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/weo/1999/01/
This is a publication of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that looks at world economic developments and the outlook for the future. This particular report studies economic policy issues in Asia and economic development strategies in emerging market countries

SICE: Foreign Trade Information System
http://www.sice.oas.org/
Information and documents on trade agreements and treaties, intellectual property rights, investment treaties, and related links, arranged both by topic and by country.
 
First Hawaiian Bank Economic Forecasts http://www.fhb.com/hm_econ.htm
Reporting on the current situation and outlook for the local economy.

Narrowing Your Topic

View this PowerPoint presentation on narrowing your topic.

The Research Prossess

Use the LILO tutorial to guide you step-by-step through your research project.


Thesis Statement

Your paper needs a thesis statement - a sentence that describes your specific topic, and what you're going to say about it. This gives your paper direction as you write it, and assists your reader.

A good, quick explanation on writing effective thesis statements can be found at the Online Writing Lab (http://owl.english.purdue.edu/workshops/hypertext/ResearchW/thesis.html). In fact, this is part of a larger tutorial on writing research papers (http://owl.english.purdue.edu/workshops/hypertext/ResearchW/index.html).


Works Cited List

You must tell your audience or reader where you got your information (data, images, ideas, quotes, etc.), whether it's from a book, podcast, blog, journal article, personal interview, email exchange, photo, sound recording, video clip, or wherever. Why?

  • To give credit where credit is due.

  • To increase your own credibility in the eyes of your audience.

  • To help your audience find those items for their own research.

  • To avoid plagiarism. 

Information on how to cite using the APA style format can be found online.

  • The Online Writing Lab (http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/research/r_apa.html) has good guidelines on citing both electronic and print sources.
  • The APA website can also give you the run down on their guidelines for citing electronic sources.
  • Fill in the blanks to let the Citation Machine format your citations, or use a similar fill-in-the-blank Citation Builder.
  • Librarians are also extremely useful in helping you cite a source. Don't be shy about asking them to help you out!

Some Useful Websites for Investment Information

These are just a few Web sites useful for finding information about stocks. All of them have some free information available. Each will allow you to get even more information if you create a free login with them. For example, each of these provide some way for you to track stocks automatically - but you must sign up for a free account first. Some services and information is made available to only paid subscriber - but you will be able to find what you need for free.

Hoover's Online http://www.hoovers.com

A good site for finding company and industry information. Find out about a company's industry and sector, who their main competitors are, SEC filings, stock performance, and more. Industry information includes an overview, description, competitors, financials, associations, and more.

Morningstar

Morningstar http://www.morningstar.com

There's a lot here. Get in depth stock quotes and fund information, create a portfolio to track your investments, use the Stock Selector or Fund Selector to find top performers using various criteria, etc.

Yahoo Finance

Yahoo Finance http://finance.yahoo.com

This is another good site for finding information about stocks. You can view charts, historical quotes, and news stories related to your stocks. This also has a portfolio manager, though it is not as easy to use as some of the portfolio trackers at the other sites listed on this page.

Compiled by Brian Richardson and Tara Severns. Updated 02/04/10