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Economics Research Guide

  • Find Background Info
  • Find Books
  • Find Articles
  • Citing Sources

Find Background Info

Background sources, such as specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries, are an essential piece of the research process. They can help you:

  • Gather information about your topic and understand the scope of the research.
  • Locate reliable sources and to clarify keywords.
  • Pinpoint important authors, texts, ideas, and keywords about the research area—knowing what the primary phrases and concepts are will help you a lot as you are searching library databases and online sources.

Business Collection

Business Collection is a comprehensive business resource for the undergraduate researcher seeking economy news or personal investment decisions. Business Collection provides full-text coverage of all business disciplines including economics.

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Credo Reference

Credo Reference is a multi-publisher collection of high-quality reference titles. Available titles also include a range of multimedia options, including thousands of high quality diagrams, photographs, maps, and audio files. Credo includes several books on topics in economics, finance and business.

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Economics & Finance Books in Credo

Find Books

Print and e-books are valuable sources for academic research. They will help you to gain an overview of your topic and often contain in-depth information about the scholarship or history of research on a subject. Some books are written by single authors, while others include essays or chapters by multiple scholars within a discipline. Don’t let the length of books intimidate you because you don’t need to read them from cover to cover. Look at the table of contents and index to find the sections that are relevant to your work.

Find Books Using GriffinSearch

You can use GriffinSearch to find print and e-books available through Giovale Library. To get started, search by keyword or type in the title of a book here:

WorldCat

WorldCat.org lets you search for books, articles, videos, and other material that are available in libraries worldwide. If you are doing in-depth research on a topic and are considering requesting resources through interlibrary loan, WorldCat can help you discover resources that might not be in the Giovale Library collection.

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InterLibrary Loan (ILL)

InterLibrary Loan is a service where patrons of one library can borrow books and other materials and access journal articles that are owned by another library.

InterLibrary Loan

Utah Academic Library Consortium

Giovale Library participates in the Utah Academic Library Consortium (UALC) and Westminster College students have reciprocal circulation privileges at UALC partner libraries. Each UALC library has different circulation policies, but all require current, valid, legal photo identification and proof of current enrollment at Westminster. Some libraries may also require other verification methods, so it is recommended that you contact the member library you are interested in for details.

Utah Academic Library Consortium

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Find Articles

The Giovale Library provides access to a number of subject databases that you can use to find journal articles on topics within a specific discipline or field of study. The databases listed on this page are those that are most useful for finding research published in the field of economics. 

GriffinSearch

GriffinSearch is a good starting place if you are looking for books, journal articles, films, and other materials available in the library. In addition to searching the Giovale Library catalog for physical materials, GriffinSearch finds e-books and articles from several of our databases.

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ABI/INFORM Collection

ABI/INFORM Collection features thousands of full-text journals, dissertations, working papers, key business and economics periodicals such as The Economist and Sloan Management Review, country and industry focused reports, and major news sources like the Wall Street Journal. Its international coverage gives researchers a complete picture of economies, companies and business trends around the world.

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Business Economics & Theory Collection

Business Economics & Theory Collection provides access to full-text academic journals and magazines with a strong emphasis on titles indexed in EconLit.

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Business Source Premier

Business Source Premier features full-text journal articles on banking, economics, finance, business, management and much more. This resource contains popular business publications such as Business Week, Forbes, Harvard Business Review and hundreds of scholarly, peer reviewed journals.

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EconLit

EconLit features and indexed bibliography of economics and finance literature including journal articles, dissertations and working papers.

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JSTOR

JSTOR is an archive of full-text articles from journals in the humanities and social sciences, including nearly 180 peer reviewed economics journals. It includes retrospective coverage of peer reviewed publications as well as access to many current journals.

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Citing Sources

Citing your sources helps you avoid plagiarism and shows that you’ve done the research to become knowledgeable about your topic. Proper citations allow your readers to track down your sources and helps them understand how your research is connected to the work of others in your field. On this page, you will find guides and tools to help you format citations and you will learn about what constitutes plagiarism.

How to Cite Sources

With all of the many ways that you can plagiarize someone’s work, either accidentally or intentionally, how can you make sure that you’re citing your sources correctly, each and every time? One way is to become familiar with reputable sources that will help you either learn or confirm that how you are citing your source is correct.

PurdueOWL contains writing guides, grammatical rules, and citation help that will assist with many writing projects. They offer a detailed Formatting Guide for APA, which contains complete examples for just about any source you may use in footnotes/endnotes, in-text citations and reference lists.

Zotero is the ideal tool to gather, analyze, and document all of your sources. It is compatible with GriffinSearch and other library databases, allowing you to save citations and articles while you research. Visit the Zotero website to find out more, or stop by the library for some help getting started.

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism means taking someone else’s work or ideas and trying to pass them off as your own. Plagiarism can either be intentional or unintentional, and even the most careful writer could accidentally plagiarize without fully knowing it. For example, did you know that it is plagiarism even if you misattribute a quote to the wrong author? Even if you cited the source and took care to put it in your biography, if the wrong person received credit for someone else’s work, it can still be considered plagiarism. Other forms of plagiarism include:

  • Copying and pasting someone else’s work and turning it in as your own
  • Using a quote from someone without giving them credit
  • Not putting a quotation in quotation marks
  • Changing a few words here and there, but keeping the main ideas of a sentence without giving credit to the original author
  • Copying pictures from Google or another website to use without saying where you found the image

Of course, all of these scenarios of potential plagiarism can be avoided by knowing how to properly cite your sources.

Need help with your research?

Get in touch with:

Erin Merrill

Christopher Dasanjh

Librarian, Head of Collections & Access
Liaison Librarian to the Gore School of Business
801.832.2256
cdasanjh@westminstercollege.edu

Librarians are happy to answer questions via email, phone, or in-person.

Contact Chris with a question or to schedule a research help appointment.

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