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Hi! My name is Jon Ritterbush, liaison to the Department of Economics. This guide will assist you in beginning your research. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have.


The library facility includes approximately 90 computers with a suite of office applications available to patrons to prepare documents, such as presentations, research reports, or, to access the Internet. Calvin T. Ryan’s catalog and the majority of the holdings in the library are indexed in an online catalog. E-books, journals, and other electronic resources are available through the catalog by faculty and students from any computer with Internet access, throughout the world.

Study rooms and a classroom provide spaces for students to practice presentations in an educational setting. Audio-visual equipment also facilitates classroom preparation and opportunities to view the electronic media maintained by the library.

Reference service is available in person, via email, and through a chat service. As with the library’s digital resources, chat based reference service is available from any computer with Internet access, throughout the world. In addition to the Calvin T. Ryan Library reference staff, expert reference librarians from other institutions provide back-up reference service. This service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Finding Materials in the Library

In the Library's online catalog, try a keyword search: economics, money and banking, macro-economics, micro-economics, or international economics, for example.

Finding Peer-Reviewed Articles

Suggested Databases:  

  •  Business Source Premier 
    Indexes scholarly business journals and other sources, providing full text for more than 2,300 journals. Also includes industry & market research reports and country reports. Covers all areas of business.
  •  CQ Researcher Online 
    Published quarterly, controversial topics are addressed in a balanced, unbiased manner of political and social issues, with regular reports on topics in health, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the U.S. economy.
  • EconLit
    EconLit is the foremost source of citations and abstracts to scholarly literature in economics including journal articles, books, and dissertations. 
  • Encyclopedia of Economic History 
    International in scope, the general conceptual categories of the work are: Geography; Agriculture; Production Systems, Business History, and Technology; Macroeconomic History and International Economics; Banking and Finance; Labor; Natural Resources and the Environment; and Biographies.
  • Morningstar Investment Research Center 
    Includes research and independent opinions on thousands of stocks and mutual funds.
  • USA Trade Online 
    A service of the U.S. Department of Commerce, it provides current and cumulative U.S. export and import data on more than 18,000 export commodities and 24,000 import commodities worldwide. 

United States Statistics

  •  2007 Economic Census 
    The economic census provides a detailed portrait of the United States' economy once every five years, from the national to the local level. The 2007 Economic Census covers most of the U.S. economy in its basic collection of establishment statistics.
  • Bureau of Economic Analysis
    The Central Intelligence Agency's World Factbook contains statistical and textual information on the countries of the world.  Information on economic, population, and geographic topics can be found within in this resource.  The nation’s “economic accountant,” the BEA prepares estimates of key national, international, and regional aspects of the US economy.
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics 
    An independent national statistical agency that collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates statistical data for the Department of Labor.
  • Census Bureau 
    Use this site to access a variety of demographic and business statistics collected by the Census Bureau.
  • Census of Agriculture 
    The Census of Agriculture is the leading source of facts and figures about American agriculture. Conducted every five years, the Census provides a detailed picture of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. It is the only source of uniform, comprehensive agricultural data for every state and county in the United States.
  • LexisNexis Statistical Insight 
    Provides a comprehensive source to federal statistics. This source also provides abstracts and indexing to US, state and local governments, and privately published and international and intergovernmental statistical sources.
  • NBER Data Links 
    The National Bureau of Economic Research offers links to a variety of US economic statistical sets as well NBER’s own collection of data sets.
  • Nebraska Databook 
    Contains Nebraska data including economic trends, research reports, statistics, profiles and demographics.
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States 
    Published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Sources of data include the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many other Federal agencies and private organizations. 

International Statistics

  • CIA World Factbook 
    The Central Intelligence Agency's World Factbook contains statistical and textual information on the countries of the world.  Information on economic, population, and geographic topics can be found within in this resource.
  • International Financial Statistics Yearbook (print edition only in library) - * HG61 .I57 2009 
    Annual compilation of detailed financial statistics from the IMF. Includes 30 years of data.
  • International Trade Administration 
    Trade statistics and other international business information from a division of the US Department of Commerce.
  • OECD Statistics 
    Statistical data on the member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
  • World Bank Data 
    Formerly accessed at the World Bank Indicators (WDI) database, World Bank Data provides statistical data including over 550 development indicators and time series data from 1960-2000. Data sets are from over 200 countries and 18 country groups.
  • Professional Organizations

    Other Professional Organizations/Information:

    • American Economics Association 
      AEA encourages economic research, publication, and the freedom of economic discussion. They are responsible for publishing several journals, and maintain a website called Job Openings for Economists.
    • Association for Social Economics 
      The association was formed to advance scholarly research and writing about the great questions of economics, human dignity, ethics, and philosophy. Its members seek to explore the ethical foundations and implications of economic analysis, along with the individual and social dimensions of economic problems, and to help shape economic policy that is consistent with the integral values of the person and a humane community. 
    • National Association for Business Economists 
      The NABE is an association of professionals who have an interest in business economics and who want to use the latest economic data and trends to enhance their ability to make sound business decisions. There are approximately 2,500 members representing more than 1,500 businesses and other organizations from around the world.
    • Society for the Advancement of Behavioral Economics 
      SABE is an association of scholars who are committed to rigorous economic analysis and are interested in learning how other disciplines further our understanding of economic behavior. An important function of SABE is to serve as a forum for research which may not find either comprehension or acceptance in conventional economics societies.

    Subject Guide

    Jon Ritterbush

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