Focus on … Economy

Looking to get started on research in the economy domain but don’t know where to begin?  Why not try these electronic resources available on

The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online

The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online offers a liberal and scholarly overview of the whole sphere of economic thought.  It is a dynamic resource tailored for researchers in economics.  The dictionary also offers non-economists the opportunity to find more information on issues that impact on them or to enhance their knowledge of a particular subject area from an economic perspective. Historians, for example, will find the biographies of key figures particularly interesting, and people in the field of international relations will find the economic look at terrorism, world trade and foreign aid an excellent addition to current literature.

The dictionary is a dynamic resource which:

    • offers excellent search and browse facilities, both full text and advanced;
    • contains hyper-linked cross-references within articles, making it an indispensable tool for researchers and students;
    • features carefully selected and maintained links to related sites, sources of further information and bibliographical citations;
    • enables users to bookmark searches and articles, along with their own notes, in My Dictionary, or add links to articles on social bookmarking sites;

To find out more about what the dictionary has to offer, view the demo or give it a try.


As the world’s foremost source of references to economic literature, EconLit —the American Economic Association’s electronic database—adheres to the high-quality standards long recognized by subscribers to the Journal of Economic Literature (JEL), and is a reliable source of citations and abstracts to economic research dating back to 1969. It provides links to articles in all fields of economics, including capital markets, country studies, econometrics, economic forecasting, environmental economics, government regulations, labour economics, monetary theory, urban economics and much more.

EconLit indexes six types of records: journal articles, books, collective volume articles, dissertations, working papers, and full-text book reviews from the Journal of Economic Literature. These sources bring the total records available on the database to more than one million.

OECD iLibrary

As one of the most comprehensive online resources on the world economy, society, education and environment, OECD iLibrary is a powerful tool for people working at academic institutions, in the private sector and at governmental or non-governmental organisations.

OECD iLibrary contains all the publications and datasets released by OECD, The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, The International Energy Agency (IEA), The Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), The OECD Development Centre, PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), and The International Transport Forum (ITF) since 1998 – over 1 200 journal issues, 3 300 working papers, 2 900 multi-lingual summaries, 7 700 e-book titles, 16 000 tables and graphs, 25 000 chapters and articles, and 480 complete databases with more than 4.5 billion data points.

Emerald Management Plus

Emerald Management Plus offers a growing collection of high quality, peer reviewed articles from over 230 online business and management journals, spanning 24 subject areas. New titles in the field of management are automatically available as soon as they are published.

In the Economics arena, Emerald Management Plus provides full-text access to the following journals:

Agricultural Finance Review

  • China Agricultural Economic Review
  • Humanomics
  • Indian Growth and Development Review
  • International Journal of Development Issues
  • International Journal of Manpower
  • International Journal of Social Economics
  • Journal of Chinese Economic and Foreign Trade Studies
  • Journal of Economic Studies
  • Journal of Financial Economic Policy


This has just been a sampling of the principal resources available in Economy.  Click here for access to the full list of resources including Bankscope, Factiva and IBFD.



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