Economics ⁄ Business Research Guide
Choose a topic that is interesting to you and which will work within your assignment's parameters. Usually your research goal is to locate published scholarship (books and journal articles) to read on your topic.
Remember to evaluate the accuracy of your resources, and think critically about their arguments. When in doubt, check with your Economics instructor.
First, read a good summary of a your topic in an encyclopedia, like those listed in the Books section. Second, once you know the basics on your topic, search for more published scholarship, such as books in the CUNY Catalog or other catalogs.
Encyclopedias & Dictionaries
- Money Glossary
- A comprehensive listing of over 7,200 financial terms for the fields of business and economics.
- New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics
- This 2nd edition of the authoritative economics reference dictionary/encyclopedia contains over 1,850 essays by leading economists covering all aspects of economics.
- The New Palgrave Dictionary of Money and Finance (Ref. HG151 .N48 1992, 3 vols.)
- An authoritative dictionary/encyclopedia covering the world's financial markets, financial systems and products. It supplements the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, which is cited above.
- The Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History (Ref. HC15 .O94 2003, 5 vols.)
- The nearly 900 entries in this encyclopedia cover on a global level the huge interdisciplinary field of economic history.
- The CUNY Catalog
- Search for books at the Queens College libraries, as well as other CUNY libraries.
- New York Public Library
- Search CATNYP, the catalog of the research libraries at NYPL. Books at the research libraries are non-circulating and must be consulted on site. NYPL has one of the premier research collections in the country and is open to all New York State residents.
- Other Library Catalogs
- Search the library catalogs of regional libraries such as the Queens Library, Brooklyn Public Library, New York University, Columbia University, etc.
- Search for books in the national catalog for the United States and Canada. Includes holdings from libraries in other parts of the world, primarily European or English-speaking.
Articles (Search Databases)
A journal article is written by a scholar or an expert, and provides a detailed analysis of a topic. It is written in the specialized language of a scholarly discipline (such as Sociology). It documents the resources the writer used by providing bibliographic citations such as footnotes, endnotes, and bibliography so a reader can check or repeat the research the scholar has completed.
A scholarly journal is edited by scholars, and any article published in the journal has usually been approved by the author's peers or by referees (other scholars expert in the subject who serve as editors or readers and critique the article before it is accepted for publication). This is why most scholarly journals are referred to as a Peer-Reviewed or Refereed journals. Use the following databases to search for journal articles on a topic. You can use other Databases depending what topic you are researching.
- Foremost source of periodical citations to economic literature. Includes links to topic areas such as econometrics, economic forecasting, environmental economics, monetary theory, labor economics.
- Business and Company ASAP
- Information on companies, markets, industries, market trends, mergers & acquisitions, management theory, company overviews.
- ABI/INFORM Global
- Abstracts to articles from worldwide business periodicals. In-depth coverage of business, including theory & practice, management, advertising, marketing, finance, corporate culture, human resources.
- SAGE Management & Organizational Studies
- Covers the full-text of 40 journals, with up to sixty years of backfiles.
Journals (Browse e-Journals)
- Cover-to-cover full-text from a journal's first issue until about five years ago.
Reports, studies, and data are sometimes available from the major scholarly organizations for the study of Economics.
- National Bureau of Economic Research
- Federal Reserve Bank Board of Governors
- International Monetary Fund
- World Bank
Reports or studies written by research institutes or non-profit think-tanks can also be useful.
Continue your search for reports, studies and information by browsing these Economics web gateways.