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EC Thesis: Data

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.


Time Series
same phenomina over specificed length of time

Cross Section
1 point of time in multiple places

combination of time series and cross section data


General Data Sources

Before starting consider which government, agency or organization might have collected data on this topic.
Also consider the time period -- current or  historical, and the format -- table to print or data to download to a spreadsheet.


EconLit, Business Source Complete (Ebsco Databases)

- show graphs in results list

Zanran Numerical Data Search,

- a search engine for finding data and statistics
- the search results are numerical data presented as graphs, charts and tables.

Wolfram|Alpha: Computational Knowledge Engine,

- gives access to the world's facts and data and calculates answers across a range of topics

Government Sources

- census (population, economic, agricultural, etc.)
- ".gov"

Helpful Links


Don't forget to cite your data sources.


APA Style - Online Data Sets

Point readers to raw data by providing a Web address
- use "Retrieved from"

or a general place that houses data sets on the site
- use "Available from"


United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. (2008). Indiana income limits [Data file]. Retrieved from