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Choose a topic and get enhanced library services
- Examples of past Economics Honors Theses can provide some ideas for topics that you might want to pursue.
- The JEL Classification Codes provide an outline of subjects in economics. You can drill down from a broad to a narrower topic to get ideas for a theses topic. The Journal of Economic Literature Literature (JEL) organizes its reviewed articles using this system, and these descriptors are assigned to articles and books indexed in EconLit.
- North-Holland Handbooks in Economics includes at least 40 titles, each focusing on a broad area of economics and with many in-depth survey articles. You may need to register with a duke.edu email address to get access, or look up the title in the library catalog to get an authorized link to free access.
- Recent NBER Working Papers can be a good way to browse current research. The "Bibliographic Search" box searches words in titles, and the "Full Text Search" looks for terms in the entire paper (good if your term is not so common or is a narrow subject). Give them your.edu email address to get free copies.
Special services that the library provides for students working on a Senior Honors Thesis.
- OIT Software Distribution (one-year license usually costs $50 for students, staff, and faculty, but Stata is free for Economics students working on Honors Theses)
- All machines in the CDVS lab in The/Edge have Stata installed. Some lab computers are also available remotely. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Besides the voluminous documentation that installs locally with Stata, help can be found online and in books.