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Economics For The Citizen

Welcome to the Research Guide for Economics

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Welcome to the research guide for your course in Economics! The suggested databases are accessible from this page and from the Electronic Resources section of the PHC Library home page. Print resources are available in the PHC on-campus collection or by mail to distance learning members of the PHC community. You may check the location and the availability of an item in the on-campus collection through the online catalog, Voyager.

Professional library assistance is available on campus, by phone at 540-441-8400, or by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu.

Internet Resources

Government Resources

Think Tanks, Research, and Public Policy

  • Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reviews the government's budget decisions. The Center has a strong progressive perspective that is pro-distribution. You will need to double check their assumptions and numbers.

  • Economic Policy Institute covers many areas of research focusing on "fairness." It promotes anti-trade, highly regulated markets.

  • National Bureau of Economic Research Highly respected, non-partisan, but influenced by close relationship with government. Economic research on variety of topics, among them study of national recession and recovery.

  • American Enterprise Institute Solid economic and cultural research. Large board of scholars. Good outreach. Conservative / free-market.

  • Competitive Enterprise Institute Excellent work on issues related to commerce and environment. Free-market / libertarian.

  • Tax Foundation Excellent analysis of tax policy/consequences. Federal/state/local. Several good data sets. Low-tax / free-market.

  • Heritage Wide variety of economic topics. Publishes the Index of Economic Freedom. Conservative.

  • Fraser Institute Very excellent work on wide variety of topics. Publishes the Economic Freedom of the World Report. Free market. Canadian.

  • CATO Wide variety of research topics. Quite libertarian, heavily free market, almost isolationist. Double check their studies from other assumptions.

  • Buckeye Institute Good state-level think tank. Well respected.

  • Mackinac Flagship state-level think tank. Excellent work on state spending/taxes and education policy.

  • Pacific Research Institute Enviro-economics and other research. Focus on west coast, but national content. Responsible government perspective.

  • Texas Public Policy Foundation Excellent state-level economic policy.

  • Mercatus University-based economic research and policy organization. Focus on regulation and economic growth.

  • Center for American Progress Broad policy think-tank. Some economic policy. Pro-regulation, pro-government, pro-controlled markets, anti-individual. Double check their studies and numbers

  • Brookings Institute Well respected. Solid research. Centrist perspective. Pro-market, but with government control/oversight. Pro-government.

Christianity, Morality, Ethics and Economics

Economic Scholarship Education

Specific Resources

  • Index of Economic Freedom- very visual and appealing. Published by Heritage, this site offers good scholarship that is often hidden in footnotes and appendices.

  • Economic Freedom of the World from Frazier Institute and CATO Institute. Highly scholarly with many resources. Used by many economists.

  • Debt Clock Numbers about U.S. debt, spending, revenue, population with brief explanation of sources

  • U.S. Government Spending Excellent source of information on spending by all levels of government. Tons of information if you manipulate the tables and charts.

  • U.S. Government Revenue Excellent source of information on revenue by all levels of government. Tons of information if you manipulate the tables and charts.

  • World Trade Organization (WTO) has the goal of helping producers of goods and services conduct their business by creating stability and predictability within markets.


  • LexisNexis allows users to search the dossiers and SEC filings of public companies, as well as access journal and newspaper articles that contain the latest in economic data.

  • ProQuest and Academic Search Premier provide access to a number of scholarly works that may be helpful in your research.

Reference Works

21st Century Economics: A Reference Handbook, vol. 1, 2 (2010) edited by Rhona C. Free is available in the PHC collection at Ref HB 171 .A19 2010.

Index of Economic Freedom: the link between economic opportunity and prosperity (2009, 2010) by Terry Miller and Kim Holmes is available in the PHC collection at Ref HB 95 .I524.

Concise encyclopedia of economics 

Dictionary of economics, edited by Graham Bannock, R.E. Baxter, and Evan Davis, is available in the PHC collection at Ref HB 61 .B33 1998.

Dictionary of economics by John Black, is available in the PHC collection at Ref HB 61 .B554 1997.

Everyman’s dictionary of economics by Arthur Seldon and F.G. Pennance and edited with a new introduction by Colin Robinson is available in the PHC collection at Ref HB61 .S39 2005.


Search the catalog using the following Library of Congress subject headings:
Economic policy
Free enterprise
Government spending policy
United States--Economic conditions

Selected Journals

Research Tips

  • Search by subject: Once you have located one item in the catalog, you may click on the subject term within the record to find other items on the same, or similar, subjects.

  • Once you locate an appropriate resource, potential valuable resources may be listed in the item's bibliography.

  • If you are unable to locate an item in the PHC online or on-campus collection, you may request resources through Interlibrary loan (ILL). ILL requests may be made directly into the library database WorldCat. 

  • Citation assistance is available at OWL (Online Writing Lab) for Chicago/Turabian, MLA, and APA styling formats. 


Created: Gladden, 2008. Updated: Thornhill, 2010. Reviewed and updated: Prof. Nathan Russell/Thornhill, 2012, 2013, 2016. Updated: Thornhill, 2017, 2018.

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