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Economics: Intro

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

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.

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.

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 Sources

Annual Review of Economics Reviews of the literature in economics for the year. See also the Annual Review of Financial Economics for reviews of the literature in finance.

Handbooks in Economics. (Elsevier). Reference titles covering developmental economics, econometrics, finance, game theory, industrial organization, labor, and more.

Journal of Economic Literature.  From the American Economic Association, designed to help researchers keep track of the flow of economic literature.  Contains many review articles.

New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. Encyclopedia of economics authored by over 1,500 contributors, providing a current overview of economics as well as classic essays.  Greatfor general essays and background information on economic concepts and issues.

Key Economic Data Portals

  • CEIC Global - Detailed macroeconomic and financial data for countries worldwide.
  • Data Planet - Easy access to US and international economic, social, and political indicators.
  • FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data). US economic data from the Federal Reserve Bank.
  • Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS). Census microdata for the United States back to 1850 as well as other nations. 
  • Social Explorer - Current and historical United States census data in an easy to use interface.
  • Statista - Facts and publications on media, business, politics, and other areas. 
  • Wharton Research Data Service (WRDS). Web-based data service from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, providing financial, economic, and company data.  Restricted to UCB Students Staff and Faculty: register and a password will be sent by email.

Electronic Resource Finder

One of the most important research section of the library web site is the Library Electronic Resource Finder. This is the library directory of databases and other information resources, organized by subject (e.g. political science) type (e.g. encyclopedias) as well as other categories. It also contains a link to a comprehensive listing of library e-journals.

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