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Research Tools

The resources here are intended to provide students with suggested websites for identifying existing research studies and locating data. The Reference Librarians at Swem are invaluable when you need help using a resource or trying to word a tricky query. When writing any paper, you should always look for specific guidance from your professor on acceptable sources and data requirements.

Most economics research involves the use of two types of sources:

Published research - Regardless of the writer's goals, most papers include an up-to-date review of past research called a "literature review." This page contains a list of organizations that publish economic findings.

Data - When writing papers that involve quantitative analysis, a challenging part of the project is finding the data to test your research question. Here is a list of sources that have data you can use.