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Economics Research Guide: Research - Getting Started

Research resources for students in the economics department.


Welcome to the Economics Research Guide!  View the different tabs for current events in economics, database suggestions for research articles, help finding books and newly purchased book titles, research in statistics, and various web resources.

  Important Forms

And, Or, Not

Combine your search terms with AND, OR, NOT:

These are called Boolean Operators or search commands for describing what you want to find in a database.
AND NARROWS RESULTS results must include both words e.g. athletes AND injuries
OR BROADENS RESULTS results can include either word e.g. athletes OR players
NOT NARROWS RESULTS results must not include the second word e.g. athletes NOT professional

Select or Refine a Topic

Here are a couple of resources to help you choose or narrow down a topic.  Also check out the news feeds under Web Resources for more inspiration.

  Paraphrasing vs. Quoting

Paraphrasing is different from quoting, but it's not always as easy to do.  Here are some resources to help you learn how to paraphrase better.



  • to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
  • to use (another's production) without crediting the source
  • to commit literary theft
  • to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

(From Merriam Webster Online.)

Explore the links below to learn more about Plagiarism and how to avoid it.