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Economics: Finding Information and Keeping Current

Search Strategy

Once you have defined the scope of your research topic, the next step is think about the range of resources available.

Library Search:

This is your first port of call and contains  a record of all the material catalogued by the Library.   Search the catalogue to find the location of books on your reading lists.


These are more advanced than textbooks and normally  contain essay  contributions from key writers in a particular subject field,  providing a holistic approach to a topic.


 Scholarly or peer reviewed journals provide a forum for academic debate and contain the latest research in a subject. They can be published monthly, quarterly, half yearly, annually or even biannually. Available in  two formats either  print or electronic (online).


To access the content of an online journal you normally link to a database. Some database may only provide an abstract to a journal article rather than full text access.

Institutional Repository (Open Access)

A good source for working papers


Researchers are using blogs to communicate progress updates on various stages of  projects they are involved with.

Social Media:

Most research organisations are using Twitter and Facebook  as outlets to publicise their latest reports.

Thinking Strategies

Learn to think differently by adopting some of the techniques listed below for completing various projects and assignments.

Mendeley tutorials

Listed below are step by step instructions for using Mendeley to organise your references efficiently

Critically evaluating Information Sources

Critical Thinking Infographic - Devised by University of British Columbia