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Economics Research Guide

Welcome to the research guide for economics.  The economics courses offered in general do not have a significant research project as part of the course, however, the following resources are intended to expand the knowlege base in the subject area for those students who are interested in delving further into subjects covered in class.  The suggested databases are available linked from here and from the Electronic Resources section found on the 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 availability of an item in the on-campus collection through the online catalog, Voyager, accessed through the library home page.

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


Internet Resources


Government Resources


EUROPA – Activities of the European Union – Economic and Monetary Affairs  - The European Union’s website provides information on legislation, statistics and important developments on the international economy. 

IMF – International Monetary Fund Home Page accesses articles, news updates and statistics related to international economics and includes an educational section for students and teachers.

Census Bureau
Demographic information of all kinds, including income and poverty statistics and data on industrial sectors

U.S. Department of the Treasury
Official figures related to national debt and spending

U.S. Federal Reserve
Macro monetary policy information. Education (especially through the Reserve Banks websites).

Bureau of Economic Analysis
Keepers of official GDP and trade statistics

Bureau of Labor Statistics
Official unemployment and inflation figures

World Bank provides access to economic research and datasets by country and region.


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.

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.

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.

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

Pacific Research Institute
EnviroEconomics and other research. Focus on west coast, but national content. Responsible government perspective.

Texas Public Policy Foundation
Excellent state-level economic policy.

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


The Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics
Really good resource. Confluence of Economics, Christianity, and Business. Very interested in the moral case for markets and business. Pro-market.

Acton Institute
Catholic, general Christian perspective on economic policy. Limited-government, pro-market.

AEI Values and Capitalism
Excellent source for materials and discussion on morality and markets. Conservative / free-market.


Economic Scholarship and Education


Resources for Economists (RFE)  provides a list of more than 2,000 resources on economics maintained by the American Economic Association.

Ludwig von Mises Institute
Rothbardian take on the Austrian school of economics.

Foundation for Economic Education
One of the nation’s foremost economic education organizations. Excellent material. Free-market.

Tax Analysts
Lots of neat history of taxation in the United States. Especially attend to the “Tax History Museum.”

Learn Liberty.org
Excellent collection of educational videos on economic concepts.

Institute for Human Studies
Variety of resources for students studying economics and interested in continuing. Free-market.


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, edited by David R. Henderson, is available in the PHC collection at Ref HB 61 .C66 2007.


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 


American Economic Review (Print 2000-Present, Online 3/1/1911-2005)

American Economic Journal with individual publications in applied economics, economic policy, macroeconomics, and microeconomics (Print and online 10/1/2009 - Present)

American Economist (Online 10/1/1987-Present)
Business Week (Print 2000-Present, Online 1975-Present)
Economic Theory (Online 2002-1 year ago)
Economist (Print 2001-Present, Online 1975-Present)
Forbes (Print 2000-Present, Online 01/06/1992-01/30/2006)
International Economy (Online 1999-Present)
Journal of Economic Perspectives (Print 2000-Present, Online 1987-10/1/2005)
Journal of Law and Commerce (Online 1993-Present)
Quarterly Journal of Economics (Print 2001-Present, Online 1886-Present)

Southern Economic Journal (Online 1988-Present)


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.  If you have difficulty requesting an ILL in WorldCat, you may use the form on the website or request assistance from any of the library staff.

Turabian is the approved citation format for this course.  Check with the professor for premission to use other citation styles.  Information on proper citation styles is available in the PHC collection and online at OWL (Online Writing Lab).  


Created: Gladden, 2008. Revised: Thornhill, 2010. Reviewed: Prof. Nathan Russell, 2012, 2013. Updated: Russell / Thornhill, 2014.