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ECB 313: Econometrics

Raw Data Sources

Data Sources

US Government Data Sources

Available through Boston Public Library

All Massachusetts residents and students can sign up for a Boston Public Library ecard and access ebooks and databases, including the statistical databases listed below.

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Also known as peer-reviewed articles, scholarly articles are sources that are:

  • written by experts in the field
  • reviewed by other experts in the field (hence the peer-reviewed)
  • intended for an academic audience

While you can find scholarly articles through general search engines, databases contain a feature where you can narrow your results to only scholarly articles.

Find Subject-Specific Articles:

Find Articles in Multidisciplinary Databases:

Data Sources

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Books and eBooks often provide a broader overview and cover more information than a scholarly journal article.

You don't need to read an entire book to use it in your research. Use the index at the back of a book to find the information you need.

To find books and eBooks, you can either:

  • Search the NOBLE catalog
  • Browse the stacks for a book related to your topic

HA 1-4737 Statistics

HB 1-3840 Economic Theory, Demography

Students working on laptops in mezzanine.Forming your Search String

The more complicated your question, the less likely a search engine can understand it. To get the best result, identify keywords and like terms to create a search string.

Example research question: How does observance of Muslim holy days impact economic growth in Muslim-majority countries?

Keywords: Muslim holy days, economic growth, Muslim-majority countries

Like terms can include synonyms and also examples of your keywords. If you don't get results from searching your keywords, it doesn't mean that the research doesn't exist. It could mean that the researcher used different language to describe the same topic

  • Muslim holy days: Islamic feasts, Ramadan, Eid al-Adha
  • Economic growth: financial growth, GDP
  • Muslim-majority countries: Islamic countries, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey

Search strings connect your keywords and like terms together for the best results.

Too many results? Use AND to narrow results

Muslim holy days AND economic growth AND Islamic countries

Too few results? Use OR to broaden results

Muslim holy days OR Ramadan AND economic growth OR GDP AND Islamic countries OR Muslim-majority countries OR Qatar

If you find an article or book that you can't access, don't pay for it! Instead, submit an inter-library loan (ILL) request, and you'll receive articles within a few days!

Are you looking for a specific article, like an article that you found referenced in a bibliography? Search for the journal in Journal Finder, linked below: