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The basic tools for most research in economics will include journal articles, working papers, material from books, and statistics.  Looking for articles, working papers, and books can be confusing at first.  A few simple tips help to make the process much easier:


Searching for articles:  If you have the citation, check to see if Bard subscribes to the journal the article appeared in by opening “JOURNALS” tab on the Library Main Page.  Enter the name of the journal there and you will see if you have access to the issue you need.  If we do not subscribe to the journal you are looking for you can then request a scanned copy of the article you need by using ILLIAD, our rapid interlibrary loan system.

If you are searching for articles on a particular topic, the best way is to choose one of the Economics Databases we subscribe to.  Try EconLit, or Business Source Premier (BSP), first.  Go to the Database tab on the Library Main Page and choose the Database you want.  You can search by author, by key word, by date, by topic, and more.  Each Database also has a “help” key within it that will offer ways to narrow or expand your search.  Many of the articles that your search finds will have an automatic link to fulltext.  (Some may offer a choice of HTML or PDF – choose PDF when searching in economics, the charts and tables are much clearer.)  If you are not offered an automatic link to full text, just search for the article following the path provided above. 

Working Papers

These are articles that have not yet gone out for peer-review.  As they have not yet undergone that rewrite process they will likely be a bit less polished but be more contemporary.  They are fine to use as references in papers.  The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) and the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) are the best sources for these.  Neither the SSRN nor the NBER search engines are as detailed as those of EconLit or BSP, but both are very easy to use and should give you good results. 


We have two principle collections of economic texts here at Bard:  the Stevenson Library and the Library at the Levy Economics Institute.  Both can be searched together on FELIX, our search engine.  Economics books at the Stevenson Library are usually found on the third floor and may be browsed there and borrowed as any other book.  The Levy Library is housed in Blithewood and has closed stacks, which means that the collection is not open to in-person browsing.  Books are borrowed from the Levy Library by clicking on an automatic link each record for a Levy Book has.  (See below).

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