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E/M 283: International Trade and Finance

Spring 2011
Finding Information

The library has many tools to help you conduct research on your topics. Use this guide to explore a selection of sources available to you. If you have questions, encounter problems, or simply want to talk about your topic, stop by the Reference Desk to chat with any of our librarians. You are also more than welcome to contact me directly at

To create forms and tables:
OANDA: The Currency Guide
Global Competitiveness Report

For context and analysis
Business Source Premier regional news coverage and country briefings

Librarian: Michelle Twait
Professor: Henry Hays

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Reference Books
Reference books are an excellent place to start your research. These specialized encyclopedias provide overviews of topics, giving you both a sense of the scope of the topic and good search terms! Some reference books also have suggestions for further reading; locate these books and articles to use as sources in your paper.
  • Statistics
    • Africana : the Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience. (Ref. DT14.A37435 1999) This vast work covers a range of materials regarding countries, the history and development in Africa, the African Diaspora, and African American experience.
    • China Statistical Yearbook (Ref. HA4631.C47)
    • International Historical Statistics : Europe 1750-1993. (Ref. HA 1107.M55 1998) There are several volumes in this series that contain historical statistics.
    • International Historical Statistics : the Americas 1750-1993. (Ref. HA 175.M55 1998)
    • International Historical Statistics : Africa, Asia and Oceania 1750-1993. (Ref. HA 4675.M55 1998)
    • Regional Surveys of the World: Africa South of the Sahara. (Ref. DT351 .A37) The 2009 edition is in reference.
    • Regional Surveys of the World: Central and South-Eastern Europe. (Ref. HC244.A1 C46) The 2009 edition is in reference.
    • Regional Surveys of the World: Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia. (Ref. HC244.A1 E29) The 2009 edition is in reference.
    • Regional Surveys of the World: Far East and Australasia. (Ref. DS1 .F3) The 2009 edition is in reference.
    • Regional Surveys of the World: Middle East and North Africa. (Ref. DS49 .M62) The 2009 edition is in reference.
    • Regional Surveys of the World: South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. (Ref. F 1401.S68) The 2009 edition is in reference.
    • Regional Surveys of the World: Western Europe. (Ref. HC240 .A1 W47) The 2009 edition is in reference.
    • Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific. (Ref. HA1665.S73) Contains tables and statistical resources for Asia and the Pacific, including social development, economic growth, trade, and many others.
    • Statistical Yearbook for Latin America and the Caribbean. (Ref. HA755.A68 1997) Contains tables and statistical resources for Latin America, including social development, economic growth, trade, and many others.
    • Statistical Handbook of Latin America. (Ref. HA935.S79 v.36) Contains data pertaining to geography, transportation, population, health, employment, production, trade, and lots of financial data.
  • Conditions
    • Global Information Technology Report. - available online.
    • Human Development Report. (Ref. HD 72.H85 yr.) These works were published for the United Nations Development Programme. The library owns the 1995-2010 reports.
    • Statistical Handbook on Poverty in the Developing World. (Ref. HC59.72.P6 S73 1999)
    • World Development Report. (Ref. HC59.7 .W659) Covers economic conditions in developing countries. The latest edition (2010) is in Reference, earlier editions are in the stacks on the third floor under the same call number.
    • Yearbook of Labour Statistics. (Ref. HD4826 .I63) Latest edition (1999) is in Reference, earlier editions are in Oversize (on the third floor) under the same call number.
Finding Books
For books in the Gustavus library, use the MnPALS catalog. Write down the call number and location information. Use the maps on the library's website, the tags on the sides of shelves, or stop at the Reference Desk to figure out where your book is shelved. To request books from other libraries, visit the Interlibrary Loan page for more information or use the FindIt! button in WorldCat.
  • MnPALS Plus

    The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. Choose "All Libraries" in the search options to search other MnPALS libraries (such as Minnesota State schools) and request books through Interlibrary Loan. View our MnPALS Plus tutorial.
  • WorldCat

    Includes over 40 million bibliographic records representing cataloged resources in 400 languages owned by libraries around the world. Materials date back to the 11th century. Owning libraries can be identified for books, journals, archival resources and electronic resources. Access to WorldCat is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM); the database can also be searched through its free web interface, at
Finding Articles
Search for articles in any of these databases. If the full text is not available through the database, click on the yellow FindIt! button. The FindIt! button will search all other databases and our print copies to see if we have access to the article. An SFX screen will pop up, directing you to full text options. If you see an option for ILL, it means we will have to request the article from another library. Click the Go button next to the ILL option to be taken directly to the ILL form.
  • Academic Search Premier,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=aph

    The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier indexes nearly 8,050 publications and provides full text for nearly 4,600, including more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage also includes many newspapers and popular magazines and spans virtually every area of academic study since 1975. Updated daily. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM). View our Academic Search Premier tutorial.
  • Business Source Premier,uid&profile=bsi

    Full-text coverage to more than 2,800 scholarly journals and trade publications in business, economics, political science and public administration. Selected Datamonitor company reports and EIU country documents are also available. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
  • CIAO

    Columbia International Affairs Online contains references to working papers, conference proceedings, journals, books, policy briefs, economic indicators, and more, from 1991 to the present. The database focuses on theory and research in international affairs.
  • EconLit,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=ecn

    The EconLit database, produced by the Journal of Economic Literature, includes subject indexing and abstracts to 685 journals, books, dissertations, and working papers in the field of economics and allied disciplines.
  • LexisNexis Academic

    Search current news, business information (including business news and corporate financials), and legal news and information. International news sources are also included.
  • ProQuest Newsstand

    Indexing and selected full text access to over 350 newspapers from around the world. Archival coverage begins in 1985 for some titles. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
  • World Development Indicators

    WDI is a database of global information and statistics compiled yearly.
Websites of Interest

Additional Resources
Use these pages to explore other library resources.
  • Citing Your Sources

    Start here to find information on citing your sources in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style.
  • Off-Campus Access

    Instructions for accessing article databases from off campus.
  • Reference Desk

    Hours for fall semester at the Reference Desk are: Monday - Thursday 10:00 - 5:00 & 6:00 - 10:00, Friday 10:00 - 5:00, and Sunday 2:00 - 10:00

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