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  • 1. Research Methods in Economics ECO 3132 Linda Hauck January 14, 2010
  • 2. Objectives
    • Literature Review
      • Select resource discovery tools
      • Effective search tips
      • Obtain text of books & articles
    • Find Data & Statistics
      • Statistical & data indices
      • Data consideration: source, format, series
  • 3. Literature Review: Document Types
    • Books  Catalog, Worldcat, GoogleBooks, EZBorrow
    • Scholarly Journal Articles  specific editorial model, peer reviewed, referred
    • Working Papers  Informal publication, grey literature, scholarly drafts
  • 4. The Literature Review: Finding Books
  • 5. Literature Review
    • Finding article databases: Subject Guides, Databases A-Z, Course & Topic Guides
  • 6. Literature Review: Search Techniques
    • Synonyms and related terms
    • Controlled vocabulary (JEL Classification)
    • Truncat* and “phrase searching”
    • TI: Field searching
    • Boolean searching with AND OR
  • 7. Literature Review: EconLit
    • Do inadequate wages or migration policies contribute to the persistent nursing shortage in the U.S.?
  • 8. Literature Review: Search Techniques
  • 9. Literature Review: Chasing Citations & Getting Full Text
    • Author, A. (year). Title article. Title Periodical. Vol#, pp-pp. Retrieved from electronic source.
    • Findit button
    • E-Journals A-Z/Catalog
    • Interlibrary Loan
    • Dissertations & Theses
    • NBER Working Papers
    • .
  • 10. Literature Review Practice
    • Does investing in preschool education have lasting effects?
    • Christopher Kilby writes extensively on foreign aid, you may want to look at his work.
  • 11. Finding Statistics & Data
    • Leverage data from literature review
    • Use indices
    • Keyword/Drill down searching
    • Always check metadata/method
  • 12. Final Tips
    • Topic Orientation: New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, texts, books
    • Allow time for exploration & interlibrary loan
    • Search systematically, but hope serendipity is on your side.