Economics and international development
If you study economics or any aspect of international development this guide is for you.
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Where are my books in the Library?
You will find most Economics books on level 4 starting at shelf number 330. For help ask a member of staff on the floor or watch Find a Book in the Library.
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Databases enable you to do a more strategic search than you can on Discover. They help you find information quickly and efficiently by allowing you to search using a combination of search terms, to filter and narrow your results (by date or subject area for example) and save your searches for later.
Key databases for Economics and International development:
If you are looking for journal articles the main databses are:
- Business source elite indexes the full text of key business and finance journals,
- Proquest Central is a large multidisciplinary database. It indexes over 19,000 individual journal titles as well as newspaper articles, dissertations and reports. Use the filters in the results screen to narrow to journal articles. If ProQuest Central is too general, use the option “change databases” to search just a part of the database, for example try ABI/Inform,
- Science Direct - don’t be put off by the name. This full text database covers business and Finance.
- Passport includes data and statistics on economics, finance and trade.
Some databases provide help guides - these are available within the Discover record for that database. If you need further support, contact your librarian.
Websites can offer a range of information, for example policy documents and statistics, which may be difficult to find elsewhere. Some notable examples include:
- International Monetary Fund (IMF)
- World Development Report
- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
- World Trade Organization (WTO)
- BBC Country Profiles
- World Bank
- UK Data Service
- Fraser of Allander Institute (Scotland/economics)
With such a wide variety available you need to ensure that the sites you are using are trustworthy. We provide guidance on evaluating websites.