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EC Thesis: Tips and Reminders

Examination of methods of analysis commonly used in economics and business. Emphasis on non-experimental and quasi-experimental designs necessitating the use of models. and large sample methods, case studies, surveys, regression and forecasting.

Where to look

Take a look at the Economics and Business Subject Guide.

It provides links for

searching library catalogs, ours and others,

finding artilces, news databases,

country and industry information,

data and statistics,

economic indicators, and

internations links

along with tips on searching, recommended websites and tools.



Consult a variety of fields related to your topic.

Pay attention to biases in your sources!

Remember to distinguish between scholarly (peer-reviewed) and popular articles.

For some critieria about this see box below for the The Vodka Ad Test Or a Quick Guide to Evaluating Periodical Articles.

While it is often appropriate for background information and starting research, keep in mind what Wikipedia founder Jimmie Wales said:
   “For God sake, you’re in college; don’t cite the encyclopedia.”


The Vodka Ad Test

Or a Quick Guide to Evaluating Periodical Articles

Flip your magazine or journal over. What kind of ad is on the back cover? If there is a vodka ad, car ad, or cigarette ad, this may not be considered a scholarly source. But let’s go on to more definitive measures…

Scholarly Articles have:

  • Bibliography, footnotes, or endnotes. This provides evidence of the research that was conducted to produce the article.
  • Written by expert(s) in the field. Usually there is information that describes the author’s credentials and current position.
  • Published by Associations, Research Institutes, University Presses.
  • “Peer reviewed.” Refers to the policy of experts in the field examining journal articles before acceptance for publication.
  • Written in the jargon of the field for scholarly readers (professors, researchers or students.)
  • Illustrations that support the text, such as tables of statistics, graphs, maps, or photographs

Popular Magazines on the other hand:

  • No footnotes or references.
  • Written by journalists who are usually not experts in the field.
  • Easy to read. Intended for lay audience. Informative and entertaining.
  • Short articles.
  • Many advertisements throughout the magazine.
  • Glossy, slick. Illustrated with graphics and photos.
  • Unsigned articles.

These criteria apply to all periodicals (online or print).

Extended Loan Periods for Tutt Library Books

Thesis students have extended loan periods for Tutt Library books.
(i.e., does not include Prospector or ILL materials), inform circulation staff to alter your status.

Loan periods last for 60 days with one renewal. 


ILLIAD – Interlibrary loan software

  • set up an account or make sure yours works
  • to request materials not in TIGER or Prospector
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