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Political Economy: Books & E-books

Catalogs and Search Engines

Start Your Search.  Books, ebooks, journal articles, JSTOR, and other content rolled into one integrated library platform.  Does not include content from many business databases, numeric data, and content from Proquest.

Oskicat. UC Berkeley libraries catalog. Includes records for most UCB library materials, including books, e-books, journal and e-journal titles, films and videos, maps, archival materials, and much more. See also the Quick Guide to Oskicat and Oskicat Tutorial.

Google Scholar. Functions as both a key word database for articles and books. It automatically connects to select licensed content held by the UC libraries.

Google Books. Search the text of the books, view previews from books still in copyright, and read the full text of out-of-copyright books. To read the text of a copyrighted book, use find in a Library link to locate the book at UC Berkeley or search

Melvyl. Catalog for all UC Campus libraries, including selected libraries on campus not in Oskicat, e.g. the Law Library.

Background Reference Sources

CQ Researcher Plus Archive. Coverage of political, economics, and social trends, as well as criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and more. Geared especially towards undergraduates looking for background reading for commonly assigned paper topics.

Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Country Reports and Profiles. Indexes studies that provide analysis and forecasts of the political, economic, and business environments in more than 180 countries. Annual profiles are updated by quarterly reports.

International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. Online version of the 26 volume set published in 2001. It contains over 3800 articles spread over 99 subject areas.

Oxford Reference Online - Politics and Social Sciences. Access to nine reference sources published by Oxford University Press on the topic of World History, Geography, Politics and Sociology. Search all sources collectively or search within an individual title.

New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. Comprehensive encyclopedia of economic thought, containing over 1000 articles by over 1,500 contributors, providing both a current overview of economics as well as classic essays. 

Sage Encyclopedia of Political BehaviorThis encyclopedia “explores the intersection of psychology, political science, sociology, and human behavior…" Subjects covered includes, political psychology, government systems, and voting patterns among others.

Google Books

Why use Google Books? Library catalogs (like OskiCat) don't search inside books; using a library catalog, you can search only information about the book (title, author, Library of Congress subject headings, etc.).  Google Books will let you search inside books, which can be very useful for hard-to-find information.  You can then use Google Books' Find in a Library link to locate the book in a UC Berkeley library, or search OskiCat to see if UC Berkeley owns the book. Try it now:

Google Book Search

Ebooks

The UCB libraries have purchased several packages of e-books from commercial vendors and university presses.  Ebooks may be located by searching in Oskicat and/or Melvyl but there may be delays loading e-book records into these catalogs. 

Proquest Ebook Central. Our largest e-book collection, with over 50,000 titles on a wide range of subjects. Find them in OskiCat (keyword: ebrary) or search the ebrary website directly. Some advanced ebrary features require downloading reader software.

Cambridge Core Ebooks. Selection of current e-books from Cambridge University Press. We do not have access to all content.

DeGruyter Ebooks Complete. Includes all English language ebooks except those published in print only; also includes DeGruyter Archive 1759 - 1999

Elsevier Science Direct. Includes ebooks in economics, finance and econometrics.

Goldsmith's-Kress Library of Economic Literature. Collection of e-books from 1460-1850, and 466 pre-1906 serials. Focuses on economics and includes collections on banking, finance, and manufacturing. 

JSTOR.  Full-text access to scholarly journals and now books from a wide range of disciplines. Current issues from journals (the most recent 3-5 years) are generally not available in JSTOR. 

MIT Press Direct Ebooks.  Collection of MIT Press ebooks (not all MIT Press books are included). 

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the economy works. Research is conducted by university professors around the country, the leading scholars in their fields.

OECD iLibrary. Full-text publications and data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), including country studies, reports, socioeconomic datasets, and health. The statistics sections include data in international trade, telecommunications, foreign aid, migration, and other categories.

Oxford Scholarship Online. Cross-searchable library containing the full text of books in many subjects, including economics and finance from 2008 to present (not all listed content is accessible).

Project Muse. Hundreds of ebooks and journals articles in the social sciences and humanities.

Springer Electronic Book Package. Thousands of e-books the commercial publisher Springer. in several of the social sciences, including Business and Economics. Also includes Palgrave titles.  

Wiley Online Library.  Thousands of online books and journal articles including many in the economics disciplines.

UC Press E-Books Collection (eScholarship Editions). Online titles from the University of California Press - about 30% of the UC Press books, both in print and out-of-print are represented in this collection. Titles are viewable online but cannot be downloaded.

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