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Economic Research: EconLit


EconLit is a comprehensive indexed bibliography with selected abstracts of the world's economic literature, produced by the American Economic Association. It includes coverage of over 1,000 journals as well as articles in collective volumes (essays, proceedings, etc.), book reviews, dissertations, and working papers.

Searching in EconLit

  • Type the search terms for your topic in the boxes provided. You can use the boolean logic "and," "or," and "not." It is possible to add or remove rows for search terms.
  • Select the field from the pull down menus at the end of each row, it is probably best to start with a keyword or subject search.
  • Click on the "Search" button once you have made all of your selections.

Viewing Results

  • You can refine your results on the left side of the page. You can narrow the results by date, full text, scholarly jrnls, or source type.
  • Click "Check for full text availability" to locate an electronic or paper copy of the article (see Screen shot 1), if it is available at SHU. You will be able to either link electronically to the journal or check the catalog for a paper copy.
  • Other articles on your results list - see Screen shot 2 - may display a full text pdf copy beneath the citation/abstract.
  • Click on the article title link to see the complete record.

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Managing Results

  • If you click on the article & open the record, you will see a few options on the right side of the page, including the ability to print, email, save, cite, or export your file.  The cite option will format your selected article's citation into whatever style guide you select (ie. APA).