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Eco4132 fall 2010

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Eco4132 fall 2010

  1. 1. Research Methods in Economics ECO 4132 Linda Hauck Spring, 2010
  2. 2. Objectives <ul><li>Literature Review </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Select resource discovery tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thoroughly search them </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Obtain text of books & articles </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Find Data & Statistics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Statistical & data indices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data consideration: source, format, series </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Create a Bibliography </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Refworks </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Literature Review: Document Types <ul><li>Books  Catalog, Worldcat, GoogleBooks, EZBorrow </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarly Journal Articles  specific editorial model, peer reviewed, referred </li></ul><ul><li>Working Papers  Informal publication, grey literature, scholarly drafts </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Literature Review <ul><li>Finding books </li></ul>
  5. 5. Literature Review <ul><li>Finding article databases: Subject Guides, Databases A-Z, Course & Topic Guides </li></ul>
  6. 6. EconLit with Full Text
  7. 7. Literature Review: Search Techniques <ul><li>Synonyms, related terms </li></ul><ul><li>Controlled vocabulary, JEL Classification </li></ul><ul><li>Truncation or phrase searching </li></ul><ul><li>Field searching </li></ul><ul><li>Boolean AND OR </li></ul>
  8. 8. Literature Review: EconLit <ul><li>How does employer based health insurance impact unemployment? </li></ul><ul><li>Does health insurance improve health? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the key variables that influence changes in wealth or income or economic status between generations? </li></ul><ul><li>Do remittances relieve poverty or contribute to underdevelopment? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Literature Review: Search Techniques
  10. 10. Literature Review: Chasing Citations & Getting Full Text <ul><li>Author, A. (year). Title article. Title Periodical. Vol#, pp-pp. Retrieved from electronic source. </li></ul><ul><li>Findit button </li></ul><ul><li>E-Journals A-Z/Catalog </li></ul><ul><li>Interlibrary Loan </li></ul><ul><li>Dissertations & Theses </li></ul><ul><li>NBER Working Papers </li></ul><ul><li>. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Citation Management with RefWorks <ul><li>Why use citation management software? </li></ul><ul><li>Create account </li></ul><ul><li>Add a reference </li></ul><ul><li>Export reference from database </li></ul><ul><li>5. Create folder </li></ul><ul><li>6. Create bibliography </li></ul><ul><li>7. Share references </li></ul><ul><li>8. Write N Cite </li></ul>
  12. 12. Statistics & Data <ul><li>Considerations </li></ul><ul><li>Form (print, pdf, xls, SAS, zip, SPSS) </li></ul><ul><li>Harmonized, comparability </li></ul><ul><li>Scope, frequency, units </li></ul><ul><li>Method, metadata </li></ul><ul><li>Finding Techniques </li></ul><ul><li>Leverage data from literature review </li></ul><ul><li>Use indices or directories or search engine </li></ul><ul><li>Keyword/Drill down searching </li></ul><ul><li>Check method/Metadata </li></ul>
  13. 13. Finding Statistics & Data
  14. 14. Practice <ul><li>Employment rates/unemployment rates </li></ul><ul><li>Life Expectancy </li></ul><ul><li>Health insurance coverage/availability </li></ul><ul><li>Country Remittances </li></ul><ul><li>Consumer Confidence </li></ul>
  15. 15. Final Tips <ul><li>Allow time for exploration & interlibrary loan or EZBorrow </li></ul><ul><li>Search systematically, but hope serendipity is on your side. </li></ul>

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