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Interdisciplinary Social Science Scholarly Databases
Indexes and abstracts articles in the fields of community development; crisis intervention;...
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Key US and California Government and Departments, Bureaus, and Agencies
Always consider which of the federal executive departments or agencies might be interested in your topic? Each of those will have useful statistics and reports. Some pretty standard agencies for economic topics include BEA, BLS, and Census Bureau,
State and local agencies are often as important. California has a number of state agencies that collect data and prepare statistical reports.
"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. (Google "think tanks and bias" to see any of the many sources that chart where on the spectrum any give one may fall. )
Below are some of the more well known think tanks related to economics:
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.
United States Data
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
Remember to consider which of the federal executive departments or agencies might be interested in your topic? Each of those will have useful statistics and reports. Some pretty standard agencies for data on economic topics include
- 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)
- 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
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.
And again, consider state and local agencies. California has a number of state agencies that collect data and prepare statistical reports.
International / Country Data
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.
- International Financial Statistics Yearbook. (Monthly issues also available)
- International Financial Statistics. Country Notes.
Consumer / Market Data
Company / Industry Data
For company and industry data and reports, see the resources list on the Business Administration Subject Guide under the headings "Company Information" and "Industry Information."
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New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. A single title, but invaluable to short, easy to understand definitions and explanations of economic concepts.
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Streaming Video Collections
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Some select Economics periodicals to browse:
Also see key local, state, and national newspapers for business news:
If we don't have immediate access to an article you need, you can always request it through Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) for electronic delievery in 3-4 business days.
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.
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.
- Writing handbook for Saint Mary's College of California (call #808.042 Sa24 at the Circulation / Reserves Desk)
- Writing research papers across the curriculum, by Susan M. Hubbuch (call #808.042 H862 at the Circulation / Reserves Desk)
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