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This guide is a starting point for resources relevant to Economics.

Scholarly Articles: Databases

These databases will provide the most independent, peer-reviewed, economic theory-based research. Search for any keyword or topic within them. 

Scholarly Articles: Journals

If you would rather search within a specific journal, here are a few highly-regarded titles in our subscriptions: 

Current News

News and Trade Magazines

These are generally shorter and more practical than scholarly sources -- intended for the practitioner rather than the researcher. 

Web Searching


Some scholarly content, as well as some government information and datasets, can be found on Google, Bing, or other commercial search engines. 

The most useful search tip: Use site limiting

Type or (no space after the colon!) in the search box, along with your regular search words. It'll limit only to government or educational institution websites. 


Google Scholar --  Google Scholar logo

This is a different search than regular Google -- it contains more scholarly, government, and school repository sites. It's bigger than any single library database, so it can be a great place to look if you are not finding much in the library databases. 

The downside is that these sources are often not free. If you find good content, but it's asking you to pay -- DON'T PAY! First, connect Google Scholar to UW-W library to see what we already have access to. If we don't have it that way, then request the item via InterLibrary Loan for free. 

What is a scholarly source?

The biggest difference between scholarly and popular (e.g., newspapers, magazines) sources is that scholarly sources go through a rigorous quality check before being published, a process called Peer Review.  Watch the video below to learn about it.