Library & On-Line Resources

Once you have narrowed your topic, for your literature review you should read widely. One approach is to find the most recent publication on your topic and then look up its references to earlier books and journal articles. A more systematic approach is consulting the various indexes on the economics literature. Many indexes are now available on the Library’s web site.

Remember depending on your topic, your may also wish to consult some of the other library guides, and the handouts for other subjects such as Political Science, etc.

In addition, you may be able to identify a few journals that are especially relevant to your topic. Browsing through recent issues may be an efficient way to locate useful articles.

Interlibrary loan enables you to obtain books and articles not in the Bates collection. An interlibrary loan takes time; do not leave your requests until the last minute and then expect to read the item in the next day. Books obtained on interlibrary loan are free and photocopies are 10 cents per page.

In your research you should avoid relying on sources like encyclopedias, popular magazines (like Newsweek or Time) and most newspaper articles, except when these sources contain original material or facts not available from other sources.

The Internet, and especially the World Wide Web, are rapidly expanding sources for researchers. Bill Goffe’s Resources on the Internet for Economists is a good place to start looking. It has many links to other sites.