Research Methods in Economics ECO 3132 Linda Hauck Business Librarian Linda.Hauck@villanov.edu
Literature Review“A literature review is a Inclusion Determined by summary of what is currently known about some issue or field on the • Subject basis of research • Geography evidence, and/or of what lines of argument there • Time period are in relation to that • Research issue or field.” method/designHammersley, M. (2004). Literature review. In M. Lewis- Beck, A. Bryman, & T. Liao (Eds.), Encyclopedia of social science research methods. (pp. 578-580). Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications, Inc. doi: 10.4135/9781412950589.n503
Topic Selection Sources Orientation• Personal Interests • Wikipedia and other• Internships encyclopedias• Course work • Library Catalog• The news
Research ToolsEssential EconLit with Full TextFaculty Top PicksGoogle Scholar,Social Science Research Network,Social Science Citation IndexInterdisciplinary PubMed, Medline,ERIC, Education Full Text,Sociological Abstracts, WorldwidePolitical Science Abstracts, others onSubject Guides
EconLit Content• Scholarly/Peer Reviewed Articles – Theory – Research – Reviews• Books-and chapters• Working Papers
Searching EconLit: Techniques• Synonyms and related terms• Controlled vocabulary (JEL Classification)• Truncat* and “phrase searching”• TI: Field searching• Boolean searching AND (Green) OR (Red)
Sample QuestionWhat factors are contributing to themancession (disproportionate genderbased unemployment)?
PracticeSend form with topic, JEL classifications and one on point APA citation.1. Does income inequality contribute to economic instability?2. What is the economic return on a college degree?
Getting Full Text & Chasing Citations Journal Finder, Search Catalog or EZborrowGoogle it!
Finding Data• Leverage Data from Literature Review• Subject Page, Economics, Statistics for frequently used sources http://library.villanova.edu/research/subject -guides/economics-and- statistics/#Statistics• Statistical Insights- General index
Final Tips• Allow time for exploration and interlibrary loan• Search systematically, but hope serendipity is on your side.