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Key Literature Indexes and Collections
EconLit with Full Text
Index of academic literature back to the 19th century (articles, books, working papers, conference papers, and reports).
Full text online of all issues of important core journals (with a 3-5 year lag) back to 19th century, including many in economics, finance, statistics, and business.
Journal of Economic Literature (JEL)
Besides articles, includes extensive book reviews, an annotated list of new books, table of contents of current periodicals, and selected abstracts of articles.
NBER Working Papers
Working Paper Series (National Bureau of Economic Research)
RePEc (Research Papers in Economics) is a collaborative effort volunteers worldwide to enhance the dissemination of research in Economics and related sciences. The heart of the project is a decentralized bibliographic database of working papers, journal articles, books, books chapters and software components, all maintained by volunteers.
Indexes public policy literature back to 1915, including articles, government documents, and grey literature.
Articles and reports on education, including economic and policy aspects.
Web of Science
Good for following citations (material cited by an author, plus later articles that cite that work).
Set preferences to "Duke University Libraries": choose Settings, then Library Links. You'll have the "Get It @ Duke" link in your search results.
Business and economic literature index, including many trade publications and market research report as well as academic literature. From ProQuest.
Business Source Complete
Business and economic literature index, including many trade publications as well as academic literature. From EBSCO.
Key Data Sources
FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data)
Includes FRED, with 40,000 economic time series; ALFRED,with archival (unrevised) time series; FRASER, with historical US federal govt. economic publications; and several other components. From the St. Louis Fed.
Wide variety of socioeconomic datasets from the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Global Financial Data
A collection of financial and economic data provided in ASCII or Excel format, such as stock market indexes, interest rates, and exchange rates. Especially useful for very long time series and international coverage. Requires creating a login (free for Duke users).
World Bank Data Catalog
Empirical data and development-related indexes from the World Bank.
Contains International Financial Statistics (IFS) and other IMF databases and books.
Includes major UN databases and those of several related IGO's.
Detailed commodity-level trade data from the UN Statistics Division.
Full text of OECD publications since 1998, plus key statistical databases such as ITCS and those from the IEA.
ProQuest Statistical Insight
Indexes government, IGO, and privately published sources of empirical data. Some full text online, or on microfiche in Perkins Public Documents collection.