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Economics Research Guide — Library Sources

ECONOMIC DATA

CANADIAN GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL SOURCES
  • CANSIM Tables
    (Canadian Socio-Economic Information Management System from Statistics Canada)
    Contains over 1.2 million time series, covering a wide variety of social and economic aspects of Canadian life. Data can be displayed or exported in many different formats, including graphic and spreadsheet formats.
  • Census Data
    • Canadian Census Analyser via CHASS - provides current and historical aggregate census data as well as access to individual microdata files of the Census of Canada for 1971 to 2006 censuses. The microdata files provide a random sample of actual census records with identifying geographic information removed. The microdata files are suitable for regression analysis and other statistical methods.
  • Equinox
    Canadian microdata from Statistics Canada social surveys
QUEBEC GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL SOURCES
UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL SOURCES
INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS STATISTICAL SOURCES
NON-GOVERNMENTAL STATISTICAL SOURCES

For other sources of numeric data, including stock, commodity and economic, see the following guides:

GOVERNMENTS AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

For broader information, including analyses and other types of publications.

CENTRAL BANKS

NON-GOVERNMENTAL SOURCES

ARTICLE DATABASES

Main databases for economics
  • EconLit
    Citations with some abstracts to literature in the field of economics. Includes journal articles, dissertations, working papers, conference proceedings, book chapters and essays. International in scope. Updated monthly. 1969 onwards.
  • Business Source Complete
    Includes access to management, economic and finance journals including, Harvard Business Review, Global Economy Journal (BE Press) and more.
  • ProQuest Business Databases
    A major journal database for all aspects of business including economics. Includes access to major Canadian newspapers and magazines.
  • Web of Science
    Citation indexes (Science, Social Sciences and Humanities) allow searching by cited author or work as well as by author, title, subject, and keyword and related records. 1989-onwards.
Additional databases
  • Factiva
    Offers full-text access to major international business and financial publications such as the Wall Street Journal and the Economist.
  • Canadian Research Index
    Indexes Canadian municipal, provincial and federal government documents.
  • CPI.Q
    Indexes Canadian periodicals and magazines.
  • CBCA Complete
    Indexes Canadian periodicals and magazines; particularly strong in business and trade journals.

See also subject guides to: Finance, Political Science.

DICTIONARIES & ENCYCLOPEDIAS

  • New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics online
    The online edition of The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics contains the full text of the 8 volume print edition published in 2008 and includes quarterly additions and updates since then. This is an excellent resource to gather background information and important readings on topics related to Economics.

WORKING PAPERS

These are major sources of working papers available online. Working papers are also indexed in EconLit.

page last updated on: Friday 13 December 2013

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