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ECON 480: Labor Economics: Home

What's in this guide?

These pages will help you successfully complete your assignments for ECON 480. Meet with Nancy to talk about where to get started, finding sources for your assignments, or anything about doing research for economics assignments. Or, send an email.

Source types

that you may use in this class.

  • Peer-reviewed or scholarly literature:
    • articles about research written by scholars that are reviewed by other scholars before they're published in academic journals
    • Anatomy of a Scholarly Article
  • Working Papers (esp for COVID-19 related topics)
    • "research papers that have not been published in a journal or vetted through a peer-review process." (source)
  • News & Opinion Magazines
    • tend to contain investigative journalism as well as commentary/editorials. They often explore current events or ongoing debates in society.

    • Though not peer-reviewed, news articles from reputable & specialist publications (like The Economist, Wall Street Journal, and Financial Times) may be helpful for your presentation assignments.

    • Learn about Evaluating News Sources
  • Industry Reports
    • a comprehensive account of a particular industry, containing a depth of information, facts and statistics. (source)
  • Think Tank Research Reports
    • "Think tanks" are "institutions that generate public policy research, analysis, and activity."
    • Reports from these types of institutions are usually timely on current events and issues.
    • More about using think thank research reports

Information about Citing Sources

How to Use Databases

These videos teach you how to search in library databases to find scholarly articles, reports, some working papers, and more.

1. How to develop good keywords that will tell the database what you want.

There are 2 main search sites for library databases that you will use, EBSCO and ProQuest. Most databases for scholarly articles that you will search in use one of these sites. The next videos show you how to search.

How to search in EBSCO databases like EconLit

How to search in ProQuest databases like PAIS Index

Google Scholar: Set Up Library Links

Articles & Reports


Use Advanced Google searching

Search U.S. government websites for articles, reports, and information about your presentation topic. Use this structure for your keywords:

  • e.g. "minimum wage United States"

Data & Statistics

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