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Google Scholar is a great starting place for initial research. Unlike a regular Google search, Google Scholar attempts to connect you with more "academic" content then information typically found on the web.
As with any web searching important evaluation work will still need to be done on each of the resources you are looking at. Use the following criteria to evaluation the information from Google Scholar or other web searches.
Websites can be produced by individuals or organizations.
Reputable websites will have authorship information easily visible,
including both the authors' names and credentials.
To use information in your research it must be judged accurate and
verifiable before use.
Look for the publication date of the website, frequent updates, and
dates for specific articles.
Does the information provided by the website meet your research need?
A website's purpose is the reason it was created. This should be very clear.
Note that some websites might present opinions as facts but they are
actually attempting to sell a product or persuade you.
Evaluation Web Resources
Use this information sheet for criteria to look for in evaluating web articles. Including a list of evaluation questions.
Accessing Articles from the Web
Watch this short video for how to get access to articles you find from a web search like Google Scholar. Remember, never pay for content, the library can get it for you!
Economic Reports of the President
The Economic Report of the President is an annual report written by the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers. It overviews the nation's economic progress using text and extensive data appendices.
Federal Reserve: Monetary Policy Report to Congress
Semi-annual report prepared by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and presented to the Congress of the United States.
Congressional Budget Office
The Congressional Budget Office is a federal agency within the legislative branch of the United States government that provides budget and economic information to Congress.
Regional Federal Reserve Banks
Carrying out the day-to-day operations of the Federal Reserve System, the nation is divided into twelve Federal Reserve Districts, with Banks in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Richmond, Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Dallas, and San Francisco.
Bureau of Economic Analysis
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis is your source of accurate and objective data about the nation's economy.
The home of the U.S. Government’s open data. Here you will find data, tools, and resources to conduct research, develop web and mobile applications, design data visualizations, and more.
Trading Economics provides information for 196 countries including historical data for more than 20 million economic indicators, exchange rates, stock market indexes, government bond yields and commodity prices. Select a country to view data.
The mission of the Department is to create the conditions for economic growth and opportunity. Use this site to explore Economic Indicators data.
American Enterprise Institute
The American Enterprise Institute is a public policy think tank dedicated to defending human dignity, expanding human potential, and building a freer and safer world.
The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization that conducts in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.
The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues.
Center for American Progress
The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan policy institute that is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans, through progressive ideas, strong leadership and concerted action.
The mission of The Heritage Foundation is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.
Institute for Policy Studies
IPS is a progressive think tank dedicated to building a more equitable, ecologically sustainable, and peaceful society. In partnership with dynamic social movements, we turn transformative policy ideas into action.
Progressive Policy Institute
Think tank for the Democratic Leadership Council.