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ECON 486: Gender and Economics

What's in this guide?

This guide is your starting place for research in ECON 486. Have a question? Email your librarian, Nancy, or schedule an appointment by clicking on the buttons below.

Keep track of your articles! Use Zotero to save articles you find and generate citations for your bibliography.

In-Class Activity: Evaluating Sources

At the end of this exercise, you will have:

  1. Evaluated sources provided in class for relevance, authority, and credibility.
  2. Gained familiarity with questions to ask and consider when evaluating sources.

In class sources:

  1. Birth Control: The Case for the State
  2. Beyond the Classroom: Using Title IX to Measure the Return to High School Sports
  3. Why is the Teen Birth Rate in the United States So High and Why Does It Matter?
  4. Wages of Virtue: The Relative Pay of Care Work


Types of journals

Definitions of Source Types

Here are the terms and definitions for source types as used in this library guide:

  • 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
    • "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.  Some showcase a variety of perspectives, while others tilt in an ideological direction. Others are intensely ideological or partisan, but they still fall into the general category of news and opinion magazines

    • Learn about Evaluating News Sources
  • Trade Publications
    • these keep professionals up to speed on a given industry’s trends, debates, news, professional development opportunities, and best practices. Sometimes trade publications have articles that contain a few citations, but they are not the forum in which scholars share original research studies and literature reviews.
    • these types of publications may discuss gender in different industries

Developing Keywords

How to Develop Keywords

Tutorials for Database Searching

How to do an advanced search in databases through EBSCOhost (e.g. EconLit)

How to do an advanced search in ProQuest databases (e.g. Sociological Abstracts)

Citing Your Sources & Plagiarism

UnPaywall & Google Scholar

Install UnPaywall browser extentsion for free full-text articles
  1. Go to
  2. Click "Get the extension"
  3. UnPaywall will provide links for free full-text articles when available
Get library access through Google Scholar
  1. Go to the Google Scholar homepage.
  2. Click on the 3 lines in the top left corner, select settings.
  3. Choose "Library Links" from the menu on the left side.
  4. Search for "University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill - Find article @ UNC".
  5. Check the box next to the appropriate name.

Interlibrary Loan

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Can't find the article, book, or report you need at our library? You can request it from another library through interlibrary loan.

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