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Economics Research Guide: Find Books

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Searching for books and other resources

Use the library catalog to identify and locate books, video, audio and other material in our library. It is often best to begin with a detailed keyword search. Once you have identified an item that is within the scope of your research, use the subject headings found in the record describing it to locate similar materials. Also, when you retrieve a book from the shelf, you may wish to peruse the books shelved near it as they are likely to be on the same, or a related, subject.

Use WorldCat to identify materials held by other libraries around the world. Most of these you will need to request via interlibrary loan should you wish to use them. ILLiad, our interlibrary loan system, is linked below. Please feel free to use the interlirbary loan service, but be sure you have planned for the time it will take for books to be shipped here. Articles are usually delivered electronically and, therefore, much quicker.

Google Book Search offers certain advantages such as the ability to search the full-text of works as well as the ability to view the text of works that are no longer restricted by copyright. If you find something in Google Books that appears to be useful for your research, but you cannot view the book, be sure to check to see if the book is in our library. If not, you can place an interlibrary lon request.

Locating Books in the Library

Below is a very general outline of the major Library of Congress Classification areas in which materials in economics and related areas can be found. Most of these materials will be located on the main floor of the library. Using the library catalog is best to pinpoint materials; however, the areas listed below can also help guide you to areas in which you can browse for materials.

HA1-4737      Statistics
HB1-3840      Economic theory.  Demography
HC10-1085    Economic history and conditions
HD28-9999    Industries.  Land use.  Labor
HE1-9990     Transportation and communications
HF1-6182     Commerce
HG1-9999     Finance
HJ9-9940      Public finance

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