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Econ3132 spring2011

  1. 1. Research Methods in Economics ECO 3132 Linda Hauck January 14, 2010
  2. 2. Objectives <ul><li>Literature Review </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Select resource discovery tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Effective search tips </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>
  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: Finding Books
  5. 5. Literature Review <ul><li>Finding article databases: Subject Guides, Databases A-Z, Course & Topic Guides </li></ul>
  6. 6. Literature Review: Search Techniques <ul><li>Synonyms and related terms </li></ul><ul><li>Controlled vocabulary (JEL Classification) </li></ul><ul><li>Truncat* and “phrase searching” </li></ul><ul><li>TI: Field searching </li></ul><ul><li>Boolean searching with AND OR </li></ul>
  7. 7. Literature Review: EconLit <ul><li>Do inadequate wages or migration policies contribute to the persistent nursing shortage in the U.S.? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Literature Review: Search Techniques http://www.aeaweb.org/jel/guide/jel.php
  9. 9. 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>
  10. 10. Literature Review Practice <ul><li>Does investing in preschool education have lasting effects? </li></ul><ul><li>Christopher Kilby writes extensively on foreign aid, you may want to look at his work. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Finding Statistics & Data <ul><li>Leverage data from literature review </li></ul><ul><li>Use indices </li></ul><ul><li>Keyword/Drill down searching </li></ul><ul><li>Always check metadata/method </li></ul>
  12. 12. Final Tips <ul><li>Topic Orientation: New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, texts, books </li></ul><ul><li>Allow time for exploration & interlibrary loan </li></ul><ul><li>Search systematically, but hope serendipity is on your side. </li></ul>

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