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Multisearch & Economics Article Databases


Discover articles from many of our databases.

Indexed bibliography with selected abstracts of the world's economic literature (over 300 economic journals and collected volumes).

Essential economic data coupled with superior business management research and insights from the world’s most widely-quoted source of management and economic research. (Not included in Multisearch)

Includes abstracts and indexing to articles from over 1,000 worldwide business periodicals. Includes Wall Street Journal. (Not included in Multisearch)

The industry's most popular business research database, features the full text for more than 2,100 journals. Includes Harvard Business Review.

Other Article Databases

Business and General Focus

Online service providing full-text access to the journal resources of a management library....

Provides access to full text resources on topics including current and general news; business...

Academic OneFile indexes nearly 13,000 academic journals, magazines, newspapers, and reference...

This scholarly collection offers full-text coverage of information in many areas of academic...

Political Science Focus

PAIS International covers literature in the fields of economics, political science, public...

Interdisciplinary Social Science Scholarly Databases

Unified search of Arts & Humanities, Science, and Social Sciences Citation Indexes. Indexes...

Research database indexing articles in more than 2000 peer-reviewed journals in science,...

Online service providing full text access to journals in science and technology; biological,...

Taylor & Francis Complete includes the Social Science and Humanities Library of 680 online...

Provides image and full-text online access to back issues of selected scholarly journals in the...

Full-text access to journals published by the Johns Hopkins University Press and other presses....

Research Institutes

Key US Government Departments, Bureaus, and Agencies

Bureau of Economic Analysis - GDP, international and regional information with data series, and news releases.

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System - Press releases, articles from the Federal Reserve Bulletin, links to the 12 Federal Reserve districts, and a summary of current US economic conditions. A comprehensive site.


Think Tanks

"Think tanks" are policy Institutes that research contemporary and important social and economic issues. Often housed by universities or afflicated with political action groups, think tanks are a wealth of great data and analysis, though not without bias. Research the background of think tanks to know more about their positions.

Below are some of the more well known think tanks related to economics:

Brookings Institution

Cato Institute

Conference Board

Heritage Foundation

The Hoover Institution

National Bureau of Economic Research


Public Policy Institute of California

Also see the comprehensive guide to think tanks from the Library of Harvard's Kennedy School. Use the customized Google search they developed to search for your topic in hundreds of known think tanks.

National, State, and Local Data Sources

ProQuest Statistical DataSets is a Web-based research solutions tool that provides fast and easy access to more than 14 billion data points from licensed and public domain datasets within a single interface.


United States Data

US Census: The US Census is the definitive source of demographic data of the United States. Browse or search by topic or geography. Includes Factfinder, a useful tool for quickly looking up individual communities (by county, city, or zipcode)

Statistical Abstracts of the United States. Authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States. Coverage: 1790 to present

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. "Source of US economic statistics including national income and product accounts (NIPAs), gross domestic product (GDP), and related measures of national, regional, industry and international accounts."

Business Statistics of the United States: Most current editional available in print in the Reference Room.

FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data): "Download, graph, and track 240,000 US and international time series from 76 sources."

State and Local Data

An online source for California and U.S. public policy issues with an emphasis on statistics.

County and City Data Book. From the US Census. Latest published in 2007.

California Economic Statistics and Indicators. From the California Department of Finance, this resources includes county profiles, state-wide economic indicators, and more.

International Data Sources

ProQuest Statistical DataSets is a Web-based research solutions tool that provides fast and easy access to more than 14 billion data points from licensed and public domain datasets within a single interface.


International / Country Data

Presents political and economic information on countries and territories as well as international organizations. Features statistical data and directories.


UNdata: Over 30 individual databases of UN data combined into a single search engine. Includes over 60 million records

World Bank Open Data: "Open access to data about development in countries around the globe." Includes World Development Indicators, Global Finance Development, and others datasets.

Select OECD data is available electronically

Select IMF data is available in print in the Reference Room.

Consumer and Marketing Data Sources

ProQuest Statistical DataSets is a Web-based research solutions tool that provides fast and easy access to more than 14 billion data points from licensed and public domain datasets within a single interface.


Consumer / Market Data

Features news and analysis on various product, service, and supply industries. Includes detailed consumer data for the US and 205 other countries.

Mintel reports analyze market sizes and trends, market segmentation, and consumer attitudes and purchasing habits, as well as assessing the future of the market. Important note: The Mintel resource requires you to create your own individual log-in. You must create a log-in yourself before your first use. The log-in does not need to be your SMC email, but of course can be. Continue to use that log-in each time you use the resource.

Books and Videos

Albert Search

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Reference and e-Book Collections

New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. A single title, but invaluable to short, easy to understand definitions and explanations of economic concepts.


This collection includes over 9,400 e-books encompassing a variety of business topics such as...

Business Expert Press's Digital Libraries are filled with practical, concise books covering...


Ebrary Academic Complete is a highly interactive eBook database from ebrary that covers all...

A database of reference encyclopedias and handbooks published by SAGE covering the social...

Provides searchable full-text e-book versions of many reference works, including multi-volume...


Streaming Video Collections

Includes over 640 Business & Economics videos. Topics range from marketing strategy, entrepreneurship, international busines, and much more.

Includes over 1,600 full-length videos, as well as shorter clips in the area of Business & Economics. Topics include business education, business technology, business ethics and law, accounting and taxation, economics, management, and marketing.

Kanopy is a leading distributor of tertiary educational videos. Titles available in this...


Citing and Writing


The accepted format for citing sources in the social sciences is the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. The School of Economics and Business Administration (SEBA) at Saint Mary’s College, too, emphasizes the use of APA in SEBA course work. For help citing sources use the Library's APA Format Guide

APA Style Guide for Business - A supplement to the regular APA Style Guide highlighting common, hard to cite data-focused resources.

The full manual is available in the Library.


Other helpful resources

See our short animated tutorials on APA citation on our YouTube channel.


Writing Assistance

Questions about grammar and structure? Don't forget to refer back to your ENGL 3, 4 and 5 writing manuals. We have a couple of copies on Reserve if you need to quickly refer back to rules on commas, noun/pronoun agreement, structuring your paper, or other issues.


The Writing Center

Having trouble putting it all together? The SMC Center for Writing Across the Curriculum (or, "The Writing Center") offers peer-to-peer advising sessions for both undergraduate and graduate students. You can call or stop by to make an appointment, or can also drop in and do a session immediately, if an adviser is available. See their website for more information, or stop by 1st floor De La Salle, or call them at 925.631.4684