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Books and more - do the libraries own it? check Voyager Catalog
Databases for Economic Research
E-Journals and Handbooks

Find Course Resources and Reserves
International Economic Information
U.S. & New York State Economic Information

      Federal banking system

Working Papers in Economics & Business


Calculators & Converters
Comprehensive Web Sites
Meetings & Conferences
Associations, Departments, Organizations
Job Sites for Economics Majors
Other Subject Guides to try:
      Data and Statistics
      Government Information

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Don't run around - request it!

Interlibrary Loan - if we don't have it, we'll get it for you



database links Databases for Economic Research

  • 34692
    UNdata Current
    Retrieves data series from more than 30 United Nations and agency databases in one search interface.
  • 31071
    EconLit Via EBSCO 1969-
    identifies articles, books, working papers and more, covering all aspects of economics. Some full text provided, links to more. View a 6 minute tutorial:
  • 6635
    JSTOR Varies by title from 1800s - 2000s
    A journal archive: provides full text of major economics journals from first issue, up to a 'moving wall' (3-5 years back).
  • 6652
    NBER Working Papers Novermber 1994 - current
    Search and print PDF's of working papers from the National Bureau of Economic Research.
  • 6781
    CEPR Discussion Papers 1999 -
    All Centre for Economic Policy Research Discussion Papers published since the beginning of 1999 (i.e. from No. 2050) are available as electronic (PDF) files.
  • 6685
    Social Sciences Citation Index Via ISI Web of Science 1900 - current
    The only indexing service that tracks 'who's citing whom': allows you to track research from an older paper up to the present, as well as general keyword or author searching. FindText enabled! click the FindText button for a menu of links to full text online (if available), and other options.
  • 31029
    Africa Development Indicators 1961--
    Social, economic, financial, natural resources, infrastructure, governance, environmental indicators for 53 African countries.


     RePEc - IDEAS the world's largest, freely available bibliographic database of work in Economics.

     Note: if the record includes the message: "Download Restriction: Access to full text is restricted to subscribers" and you are working at home, I recommend 

     setting up VPN and always using that connection from home. VPN makes it look like you're on campus to our subscription-only resources.



data iconResources for Data

  • 35440
    CompuStat Varies
    Financial, statistical and market data on active and inactive global companies throughout the world.

    Each user must register. Choose "University of Rochester River Campus Library" as Institution. Click here to create an account. Terms of Use

  • 6771
    World Development Indicators (WDI) Online 1960 - current
    Downloadable time series data for over 200 countries. Includes demographic, socioeconomic, market and environmental data.
  • 32187
    IMF eLibrary Data Current
    Unified access to all IMF economic/financial data & statistics for over 200 countries. Four databases in one: IFS, BOP, DOT, GFS.
  • 6944
    OECD iLibrary 1983-current
    Offers access to the full range of OECD statistical publications; coverage is global. Formerly known as SourceOECD.
  • 6772
    Global Development Finance (GDF) Online 1970 - current
    Downloadable time series data on debt and financial flow for countries that report debt to the World Bank.
  • 6915
    Global Financial Data Varies
    Downloadable financial datasets (exchange & interest rates, commodity prices, major economic indicators) for the US and other countries.

    Create a personal login for full functionality.

Note: here is a handout on Adjusting Data in the Global Financial Data database.


These and more related databases: Databases for Economics, Databases for Data and Statistics.




electronic reference books Good background, overview resources
      Give these resources a try when you are just starting to explore an idea, need an explanation of a term or concept, or other general research:

  • 6985
    Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History Varies
    Online access to an excellent resource for background information on economic history topics.
  • 6954
    Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Varies
    Revised and expanded edition of the 1998 print dictionary.


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euro iconBrit. pound iconyen icon Sources for International Economic Information

Note if you are looking for some data sets or time series to download and work or experiment with, look for the items marked with the data icon icon, or go to the list of Databases for Data & Statistics.




  • Euro Homepage - maintained by Giancarlo Corsetti at Yale; articles and working papers on the EMU and its currency.


  • data icon  European Economy Published two times a year, this journal offers almost 100 time series for the EU-15 countries, plus US and Japan for comparison. Figures are annual, from 1961 to current. Current issues in the Periodical Reading Room, past issues in the 3rd floor stacks, HC241.2.A272




  • data icon  International Data Base (IDB) - from the U.S. Bureau of the Census. Current and historical (1950- ) data, mainly demographic; construct your own report and view or download the data.




  • data icon  OECD Statistics Portal (see also OECD iLibrary listed with databases above: full subscriber access to all OECD publications and data)


  • data icon Penn World Tables - choose and manipulate datasets for 152 countries and 29 subjects.



  • The World Bank. Many of their publications are available in PDF format, plus information on regions and countries. See also World Development Indicators, listed under databases above.


  • The World Factbook from the CIA: very useful compilation of a wide range of current facts and figures, plus maps, for all the countries of the world.


  • Haven't found quite the right link? You may also want to try the International sections of the UR Libraries' subject guide to Data and Statistics.


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dollar icon Sources for U.S. and New York State Economic Information


Note if you are looking for data sets or time series to download and work or experiment with, look for the items marked with the data icon icon.




  • Census Bureau homepage
      Also from the Census:
    • American FactFinder
    • 2007 Economic Census information now on the web (the Economic Census only appears every 5 years)
    • County Business Patterns - useful for finding data on industries, number of establishments, and employment.
    • CenStats Databases - Date from the U.S. Census databases, inclding the Consolidated Federal Funds Report, International Trade Data, U.S. counties, County Business Patterns and the Annual Survey of Manufacturers.  Data for specific geographic ares, data sets, commodities may be available.


  • CRB Commodity Yearbook - our best available source for historical commodity price and production information, e.g. aluminum, corn, gold, lumber, paper, even pork bellies.  Print & CD-ROM: latest edition in Business & Government Information Library HC 14.C73.






  • data icon Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research - ICPSR. A motherlode of social survey data! Massive collection, but be warned: requires knowledge of SAS, SPSS, Stata, or similar statistical package to work with these data sets. This is not the source for a project that's due tomorrow (or even next week!). Suitable for major, in- depth, long-term research.




  • The New Economy Index - provides "a new set of economic indicators, gathered from existing public and private data, to illustrate fundamental structural changes in the U.S. economy." Site explores what's new about the "new economy", what impact it is having, and what the future holds.






Haven't found quite the right link? You may also want to try the U.S. sections of the UR Libraries' subject guide to Data and Statistics.


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Federal Banking System


Most journals, newsletters, and working papers published by the Federal Reserve Banks (FRBs) are available at their websites.

"One Stop" Access to all Federal Reserve Sites

FRB Board of Governors
FRB Atlanta
FRB Boston
FRB Chicago
FRB Cleveland
FRB Dallas
FRB Kansas City
FRB Minneapolis
FRB New York
FRB Philadelphia
FRB Richmond
FRB St. Louis - home of the Liber8 economic research portal
FRB San Francisco
Fed in Print- Index and abstracts for all Federal Reserve System
economic research documents; links to full text if available.

Links to other U.S. Government sites are listed at the University of Rochester Libraries' Business & Government Information Library website.


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calculator linksCalculators & Converters


  • Multi-purpose Sites
    • How much is that? - Part of the Economic History Services web site, sponsored by the Economic History Association and others. Provides a whole list of calculators concerning the US dollar and British pound; growth rates, GDP, earnings, and financial indicators (interest rates in the US and UK; DJIA daily closing values, 1885-present).
    • Financial Calculators: Mortgage Loans, Credit Cards and More: CalculatorPlus is a comprehensive source of free online financial calculators; also includes Savings, Retirement, and Business calculators (break even, cash flow, financial ratios, profit margin, etc.)
    • Mortgage and Finance Calculators - "Over 100 Personal Finance Calculators;" a long list of calculator sites for mortgages, home and auto loans/leases, CDs, debit, credit, college savings, taxes, and retirement. Emphasis on mortgages, but plenty for all the other topics as well.
  • Currency Converter - current exchange rates
    • - just a quick, easy currency converter.
  • CPI / Inflation
  • Salaries / Cost of Living
    • The Salary Calculator - Use this calculator to compare the cost of living in hundreds of U.S. and international cities. Includes several other tools for figuring relocation costs, etc. Compare to:
    • Cost of Living Comparison - A calculator to compare cost of living between US cities.


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globeComprehensive Web Sites/Guides


  • Bill Goffe's Resources For Economists On The Internet
  • - the Library of Economics and Liberty. A notable new resource: offers full-text of classic economics texts, articles and essays on contemporary topics, a citation generator with choice of formats, reading lists and reviews of material to help you start further research, quote of the day, etc. Lauren F. Landsburg is the editor, Prof. Mark Bils is on the advisory board.
  • Liber8 - international, national, and regional resources, commentary, and data from the Research Library of the St. Louis Fed. Includes FRED, International Economic Statistics (IES) database, national economic indicators, etc.

Associations, Organizations...


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