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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 searches.


 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.


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


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


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.