Resources by SubjectBasic Guide to Resources about Public Finance

  Reference Sources (Background)
Locating Books
Locating Articles And More (Databases & Indexes)
Locating Data and Statistics
Evaluating Sources
Citing Sources

Reference Sources (Background)

Credo Reference (full text; current)
Over 500 reference books and sets from several publishers covering all subject areas.

Oxford Reference Online- Business and Management or Oxford Reference Online- Economics full text; current)
Search dictionaries and reference books published by Oxford University Press.

Browse the Reference area in the HJ call number area for additional reference sources. You might also browse JK, which is political institutions and public administration (United States) or K which is law.

Locating Books

In the Library of Congress Classification, books about economics are generally in HB-HJ, with HJ covering public finance:

The library's online catalog, providing access to books, journals, music, and movies in the library.

A catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

Books and articles not owned by our library can be obtained from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan. Allow sufficient time for processing.  Average turnaround time is 3-5 days for articles and 3-14 days for books, excluding holidays and weekends. Submit ILL requests well in advance of deadlines.

Locating Articles And More (Databases & Indexes)

EconLit with Full Text (some full-text; 1886 to present)
Articles from journals, books, and other resources on economics and related fields.

ABI/INFORM (some full-text; 1980 to present)
Articles from magazines and journals on accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management, and data processing.

Business Source Complete (dates vary, generally 1980s-present, includes some titles to 1886; some full-text)
Articles from scholarly and popular sources in all areas of business, economics, and related fields

PAIS with ProQuest Political Science(some full-text; 1914 to present)
Covers political science, international relations and public policy with articles, books, hearings, government publications, etc. from 120 countries.

Dissertations & Theses Global (full text 1997 to present; citations & abstracts primarily 1861 to present, some citations 1637+)
Covers master's theses and Ph.D. dissertations worldwide in all disciplines.

Factiva (full text; 1968 to present)
Covers global news and business information, including newswires, newspapers, magazines, and company reports.

LexisNexis Academic (1980 to present, full text)
An excellent source for current general and business/economics news, both U.S. and worldwide. Also includes legal information and government rules and regulations.

Military and Government Collection (some full text; dates vary, mostly 1980s to present)
Covers news sources and scholary research on all branches of the military and government.

Regional Business News (1980s-present, full text)
Full text of over 80 regional business publications in the United States.

OmniFile Full Text Mega (some full text; most 1994 to present, with some 1982 to present)
Articles from scholarly and popular sources in all disciplines.

Academic Search Complete (1988 to present, some full-text)
Articles from selected popular magazines and scholarly journals in all disciplines.

Once you know which journals you need, search Journals A-Z to see if they are online or in the library.

Locating Data and Statistics

See the library's Reference Quicklinks page on Statistics and Data Sets for additional sources and for international and multinational data sources.

Economics and Statistics Administration (U.S. Department of Commerce)
Includes links to data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Economic Census  and other information from the Census Bureau, and other resources.

Gateway to data and statistics from all U.S. federal agencies.

VASTAT (Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, University of Virginia)
Links to Virginia statistics and data, compiled from a variety of sources.


American Economic Association

Policy Institutes ("Think Tanks")
This is an alphabetical list from the University of Michingan of non-profit research organizations which engage in public policy analysis and research.  **While some policy institutes are non-partisan, many are not. Make sure and explore the organization's political and economic philosophy, as many think tanks advocate public policy and sponsor research with a particular political agenda.

NIRA's World Directory of Think Tanks

Federal Sites:
Portal site to federal agency information; see category "Money and Taxes"
Federal site with documents, press releases, etc. concerning the Financial Stability Plan. and
Materials issued by the Office of the President.
Department of Commerce

Board of Governors/Federal Reserve System

Economic Report of the President

Economic Research -- Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
FRED II, includes over 1000 U.S. economic time series; other working papers and economic resources.

State and Local Governments:

State Government Links (

American Hometowns – Cities, Counties, and Towns (
links to municipalities

Commonwealth of Virginia
For local government links, go to "Explore Virginia"

Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Sources (R-MC)

Is it POPULAR or is it SCHOLARLY? (R-MC)

Critical Evaluation of Resources on the Internet (University of Alberta Libraries)

Citing Sources

Guides to the major citation styles (MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian) are available at the Reference Desk.

Citing Full-Text from Library Databases (R-MC)

Citing in MLA, APA, and Chicago Styles (R-MC)

KnightCite (Calvin College)
Automatically formats citation information according to MLA, APA, or Chicago styles. Be sure to double-check the result for accuracy!

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