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Economics and Business: Advanced Techniques

Use advanced techniques in EconLit:

  Find Review/Survey Articles

 Step A:

 Use the JEL subject classification system
  and the EconLit Thesaurus to identify
  subject terms.

 Use them to perform searches in EconLit.

 Step B:

 Use the Index of Journal Titles in
 EconLit to perform a search for

  Journal of Economic Perspectives
  Journal of Economic Literature.


 Step C:

 Use the History search in EconLit
  to combine


 Step D:

 Browse the results for relevant review/survey  articles.


Mine bibliographies

Option 1: Bibliographies

Examine the references in articles you've already found
then use Find Journals to get access or request via ILL.


Option 2: Tracking Citations

Web of Science

It contains 3 Scholarly Citation Indexes:

  • Science (1900-present)
  • Social Sciences (1900-present)
  • Arts & Humanities (1975-present)

Find influential articles and track citations.
Find what newer articles have used the original it since it was published.

Recommended for advanced users.

    - note the "Cited by" links
    - check the search within those results box

        A Citation Map with forward and backward views. Source: Web of Science (Thomson Reuters)

Searching Options

Search more effectively in bibliographic databases

When you search for articles, don't rely strictly on keyword searches.

Authors: After identifying important articles in your area, search for more articles by those authors.
Descriptors: Also, search in databases like EconLit for an article you've already read. Look at the descriptors used by the database to describe it. Perform new searches based on those descriptors.
Organizations: Organizations publish reports, too. If you identify a relevant organization, like the Mediamark (a company that surveys the public), for example, search for that organization as an author.
Advanced Search Screen: There are many options such as document type (case studies, book chapters, etc.), language or geographic limiters, NASIC codes, and so on.

Country Risk

Country risk and business climate with overviews of rated financial, political, and economic factors.

Coface: country risk and economic research

National Banks+

Central Bank Websites

  • data and information
  • by country
  • not all are in English


International Economic Statistics (IES)

  • Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
  • worldwide economic indicators.

European Central Bank

  • statistics,
  • monetary policy
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