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E/M 280: Public Finance
This guide will point out places to find research by economists as well as public information about state and federal budgeting. Don't hesitate to ask a librarian for help - that's what we're there for. If you're not in the library, feel free to send an e-mail to me: fister at gustavus dot edu or try our chat reference.
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Table of Contents:
Finding research and analysis by economists
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.
- Social Sciences Citation Index (Web of Knowledge)
A multidisciplinary index with searchable author abstracts covering the journal literature of the social sciences, including anthropology, history, law, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, psychiatry, political science, public health, social work, sociology, urban studies, and women's studies. SSCI indexes more than 1,725 journals spanning 50 disciplines. In addition, it is possible to retrieve a list of works that have cited a specific author or specific work. May be searched simultaneously with Arts & Humanities Citation Index and/or Science Citation Index Expanded through the Web of Science interface.
- Social Science Research Network
A repository for research primarily in the social sciences, but with some coverage of fields in the humanities. Most of the papers found in this database are freely available, but some (marked with a $ icon in search results) are only available for purchase. The repository includes peer-reviewed articles published in journals as well as conference papers, white papers, and reports not otherwise formally published but still scholarly in nature.
- Google Scholar
This search engine points toward scholarly research rather than all Web-based sources. It is stronger in the sciences than in the humanities, with social sciences somewhere in between. One interesting feature of Google Scholar is that in includes a link to sources that cite a particular item. If you are using Google Scholar on campus, you will find articles available through the library's subscription databases linked. To view these links when searching off campus, use our Google Scholar Off Campus Link. Not all of the articles in Google Scholar are free; the library can obtain many of them for you through interlibrary loan.
Favorite Google Hacks
- limit your search to government sites by adding to the end of your search string site:.gov; you can also put in an agency's URL: site:.bls.gov
- limit your search to .pdfs, a common format for scholarly papers, by adding filetype:pdf
- exclude a file format or a domain from a search by putting a minus sign before a limit: -site:.ca or -filetype:ppt
- use the date limiters on the left-hand side of the page to focus on current results.
- SAGE Premier
Search the full text to over 500 scholarly journals published by SAGE in a range of disciplines, including many social sciences titles. Many journals include full backfiles - back to 1960s or earlier. To search articles by discipline, click on the "Browse" tab, then click on the "Articles by Discipline" tab. Another option is to browse current journals by subject area; for example, you can browse issues of the journal Public Finance Review. All of the articles in this database are full text.
Finding current news
- Obtaining the actual articles
By clicking on the yellow "find it" button, you can check to see if an article that you're interested in is in our library, either in full text or in print. A third option available is to fill out a form to request it from another library - ILL or Interlibrary Loan. This takes anywhere from 24 hours to several days and usually results in your receiving an e-mail with a URL and pin number to retrieve your article from a web server. In rare cases the library may contact you to see if you need the article; there are times when we have to pay a copyright fee, so double-check before we proceed.
NOTE: Many economists are making their articles available online through their own webpages or through online depositories such as SSRN. BEFORE you fill out an interlibrary loan form, copy and paste the author and title of the article right into a Google search. You may be able to find a copy immediately.
- Google News
A specialized search that collects news stories from around the world. Use the "edition" drop down list to choose news from countries other than the US. Stories are updated continually. Some newspapers have opted out of indexing or have content behind a paywall (for example, The Wall Street Journal); in these cases the library database Proquest Newsstand may be a better alternative.
- LexisNexis Academic
Search current news, business information (including business news and corporate financials), and legal news and information. International news sources are also included.
Federal budget information
- 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).
- Budget of the United States Government
The contents of the 2012 budget chapter by chapter in pdf format.
- Economic Report of the President
Prepared annually by the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, this publication explains the rationale for the president's budget submitted to Congress. Of particular interest are the tables that cover income, production, and employment in time series. The report is available in PDF format (1995 to the present). For downloadable spreadsheets, choose Statistical Tables for the year.
Federal agencies of note
- United States. Congressional Budget Office
A nonpartisan office that provides the Congress with timely and unbiased information. Includes analysis of budgetary proposals, cost estimates for bills, revenue effects of budget functions - simply an amazing array of data and analysis.
- U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
From the Department of Commerce. Offers regional, national, and international economic data. Includes working papers, surveys of current business, and interactive data tables.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Offers statistics on consumer price, employment, wages, inflation, productivity, the U.S. economy, etc. This is a gold mine of current statistical data and reports covering consumer spending, employment, wages, productivity, occupations, international trade, and industries. Also shows "The U.S. Economy at a Glance."
- U.S. Government Accountability Office
An excellent source of non-partisan in-depth analysis of issues from textbook prices to the cost of disaster relief. This congressional service provides "oversight of federal programs; insight into ways to make government more efficient, effective, ethical and equitable; and foresight of long-term trends and challenges." To see what's available, search or go to the browse by topics page.
Minnesota budget links
- U.S. Department of the Treasury
The "steward of U.S. economic and financial systems" offers reports on the economy and budget as well as other issues.
- Minnesota North Star
A portal for Minnesota state agencies and government services.
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