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Economics Library Guide

Research tools for economics.

Books Matter

Books and journal articles are the most common way to access scholarly research in your field, but each has advantages and disadvantages.  Books take longer to research, write, and publish, so the information is not as current as in journal articles, which are shorter and slightly faster to publish.  However, because they are longer and took more time to produce, books offer more thorough coverage of a topic, draw on a wider range of preexisting scholarship, and often excel in placing an argument in broader thematic and disciplinary context.

Consider a scholarly book in your own research, and look for the following:

  • Helpful introduction and overview of the topic;
  • Comprehensive literature review, outlining the major scholars and existing points of view on the topic;
  • Detailed study of the topic, usually broken down into manageable chapters;
  • Extensive bibliography to help you and other scholars find related works on the topic.

WorldCat

Ready to expand your search beyond Howard-Tilton? Use the WorldCat database to search for books, journal titles, audio, video, and other materials in libraries across the country and around the world.  Use InterLibrary Loan (ILL) to borrow items from other libraries!

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Search the collections of Howard-Tilton in multiple formats, or use the drop-down menu to preselect books, articles, media, and other types of materials.





 

Google Books

Google's Book Search interface is available in over 35 languages, and its digital library collection includes items gleaned from partnerships with libraries, publishing houses, and individual collectors.  Try Google Book Search.

 

Suggest A Purchase

Tulane University's online form for making suggestions for book acquisitions.

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