This guide emphasizes selected Web resources relevant to Economics; resources in other electronic formats and in print versions are also included.

EconLit and Other Selected Indexes

  • EconLit Web version via EBSCO

    Stanford users have access to the the Web version of EconLit via EBSCO.

    EconLit is the single most important indexing and abstracting service for Economics and related fields. It is compiled from the Journal of Economic Literature and the Index of Economic Articles, which are produced by the American Economic Association. EconLit provides citations and selected abstracts for articles in more than 600 journals, as well as articles in collective volumes (essays, proceedings, etc.), books, book reviews, dissertations, and the Cambridge University Press Abstracts of Working Papers in Economics. Coverage begins with January 1969, with abstracts for selected records beginning in 1987. Book reviews are included beginning in 1993.

    Additional information about Econlit (but no access to the database itself) is available at the EconLit Home Page.

  • ABI/Inform (with full-text Wall Street Journal)

    ABI/Inform provides indexing of journals in business, finance, management, and related fields. Indexing is provided for year 1971 forward, with selected full text availability of articles for recent years. The full text of the Wall Street Journal Eastern Edition is provided from January 1995 to the current day's issue. To focus only on the WSJ, use the Search for Publication feature on the opening page. The Web version is provided through UMI's ProQuest Direct service.

AGRICOLA, Dissertation Abstracts, PAIS International

These indexes are all available via the Web to Stanford users through the same OCLC FirstSearch service as EconLit.

  • AGRICOLA indexes and abstracts worldwide journal, book, and other literature on agriculture and related topics, including agricultural economics. It is produced by the National Agricultural Library and is the online equivalent of the printed Bibliography of Agriculture.
  • Dissertation Abstracts provides bibliographic information and abstracts for Ph.D. Dissertations from U.S. and Canadian Universities. For additional information about locating dissertations completed at Stanford and at other universities, please see the Dissertations and Theses page.
  • PAIS covers journal articles, books, and government publications on public and social policy literature in the fields of economics, business, political science, international relations, and related fields.
  • Academic Universe

    Selected Lexis-Nexis files via a Web interface. From Stanford IP addresses only.

  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)

    IBSS covers in one cumulation journal articles and books from 1981 forward for economics, political science, sociology, and anthropology. The cumulative and interdisciplinary nature of the web version are major advantages. The printed equivalent for the economics citations is the International Bibliography of Economics, with coverage back to 1952.

  • Social Science Citation Index via ISI Web of Science or Social SciSearch at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)

    SSCI provides interdisciplinary coverage of journals in the social sciences, including economics. Access is available by author, by key words in titles, and by cited reference (in the Citation Index). SSCI is the only index in the social sciences providing citation searching, whereby a user can take a known item (article, book, dissertation, etc.) and locate later journal articles that cite to the original known item.

Guides to Web Resources in Economics

  • William A. Barnett's Selective Resource Page for Economists

    Professor Barnett of Washington University provides one of the most useful guides available. His selections encompass the most important resources, and the addition of ratings helps to lead users to the most useful sites.

  • Resources for Economists on the Internet (Bill Goffe)

    Bill Goffe of the University of Southern Mississippi provides the most comprehensive guide, although using it is not as fast and easy as the William Barnett guide.

  • WebEc - World Wide Web Resources in Economics

    WebEc is a "classification effort to improve the availability of free information in economics on the WWW." It categorizes and describes materials that "could be of interest to mainly academic economists." The original site is from the Dept. of Economics at the University of Helsinki, with several mirror sites available. The umbrella Web site for WebEc is NetEc, "a volunteer effort to improve the communications of research in Economics via electronic media."

  • Law and Economics Resources

    The Law and Economics section of the FindLaw site.

  • International Economics Network

    This guide is available in either German or English. It includes an alternative site and interface to Bill Goffe's Guide, but check if this is in fact the most recent edition available.

  • Useful Information for Economists (Univ. of Victoria)

    If a shorter guide of only a few pages is needed, this guide from University of Victoria provides a good starting point.

Economics Journals - Full Text and Lists

  • JSTOR (Stanford access only)

    The JSTOR project provides browsing, searching, and printing of the full text of selected key journals in economics and several other disciplines. For most journals emphasis is on complete coverage of back sets, but the most recent years are not included. Journals include: American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, and Review of Economics and Statistics.

  • ABI/Inform, plus full-text Wall Street Journal (Stanford Access Only)

    ABI/Inform provides indexing of business, finance, management and related journals from 1971 forward. For recent years it also provides direct links to the full text of selected articles.

    Wall Street Journal is available through the same UMI's ProQuest Direct service. Full text of the newspaper is provided beginning with January 1995 and continuing to the current day's issue. For browsing and reading WSJ only, use the Search for Publication button on the first page.

  • Economic Journals on the Web

    Alphabetical lists of economics journals, with links to information about each title and various publishers' search capabilities, when available. In a few instances, the full text of articles may be provided.

Economics Working Papers

  • Stanford University Economics Department Working Papers

    This site provides abstracts of Working Papers beginning with 1995, with links for downloading.

  • Economics Working Paper Archive (EconWPA)

    EconWPA, based at Washington University, is an archiving and distribution service that includes subject categories (based on the Journal of Economic Literature classification system) and various search capabilities.

  • WoPEc - Working Papers in Economics

    WoPEc provides links to working papers available on the Web. As part of the NetEc project, it provides search capabilities for itself and other NetEc projects.

  • National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Working Papers

    NBER Working Papers and reprints can be searched by author, title, abstract key words and by Working Paper number. Since Stanford has a subscription to the paper version of the Working Papers, Stanford users can download the full text of Papers at no additional charge. (Note that some pages at this site may link only to an abstract when in fact full text is also available. Try the Working Papers Search function for links to full text.) The paper copies of the Working Papers are found in Green Library, call number H 62.5 .U5 N35. Stanford's online public catalogs, Socrates and Socrates II, in many cases do not provide cataloging for individual working papers, so searching the NBER Web site provides useful added access.

Economics Departments and Associations

Guides to Data on the Web

  • ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research)
    Stanford is a member of ICPSR. Data available from ICPSR is frequently already owned by Stanford (use the Socrates Online Catalog as a first check) and made available through the Social Sciences Data Service. ICPSR data sets not already owned by Stanford can be acquired for Stanford users by SSDS from thee ICPSR Web site offers extensive, searchable information on ICPSR data sets. For more information, contact the Social Sciences Data Service or Ron Nakao at
  • Social Science Data on the Net (U.C. San Diego)

    The UCSD site is an excellent annotated guide, with searching and browsing capabilities, to social science data on the Internet, as well as to data archives and catalogs.

  • Economics Data Links (WebEc)

    WebEc's list of annotated links to data guides, collections, on-line and off-line data sources.

Quick Statistical Information

  • Stat-USA

    STAT-USA is a fee-based online source for business and economic information produced by the U.S. Federal Government. Files include National Trade Data Bank, National Economic, Social & Environment Data Bank, and data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Access from Stanford IP addresses only.

  • Econ Data and Links (CSU Fresno)

    This site uses tables to provide a variety of current statistical information, with links to more detailed information at other sites. Maintained by John A. Shaw of CSU Fresno.

  • Consumer Price Index
  • Producer Price Index
  • International Price Indexes

    The CPI, PPI, and International Indexes are provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Web site.

  • The Universal Currency Converter

    Quick currency conversions for any amount specified. From Xenon Laboratories.

  • OANDA Currency Converter

    Currency conversions not only for current date but also for dates going back to January 1, 1990.

Selected Data Sources - U.S. & International

  • DRI Basic Economics (Stanford access only)
  • EconData from Inforum (Univ. of Maryland)

    The EconData service of Inforum at the Univ. of Maryland provides for downloading various economic time series produced by U.S. government agencies.

  • Historical Census Data from Harvard

    As part of an on-going project to support courses in American History, this WWW site provides access to historical US census data from 1790-1860 (ICPSR 0003) "Historical, Demographic, Economic, and Social Data."

  • Integrated Public Use Microdata Series

    IPUMS combines into a single database individual level samples of the U.S. population drawn from various censuses between 1850 and 1990. IPUMS strives to assign uniform codes to variables across all years to simplify comparisons between different censuses. It is a project of the Social History Research Laboratory at the University of Minnesota. Registration is required before data extraction is permitted.

  • Panel Study of Income Dynamics

    PSID is a longitudinal survey done since 1968 at the Survey Research Center, University of Michigan. It emphasizes economic and demographic data from a sample of U.S. individuals and families. (Check also in Socrates for PSID data tapes distributed by ICPSR and available at Stanford through the Academic Data Service).

  • US Bureau of the Census Data Extraction System (DES)

    DataFerrett is a data mining tool that accesses data stored in TheDataWeb through the internet. DataFerrett can be installed as an application on your desktop or use a java applet with an internet browser.

  • 2002 Economic Census Reports

    The Economic Census profiles American business every 5 years, from the national to the local level.

  • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
    Information about and selected data from various BLS programs. Includes the Consumer Expenditure Surveys, also the Economy at a Glance summaries, and other options.
  • Current Population Surveys

    CPS is the primary source for information on U.S. labor force characteristics. A monthly survey of some 50,000 households is conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Bureau of the Census. This site includes entry into Data Ferret, which llows for retrieving tables and extracting data from the Annual Demographic Survey (March CPS) as well as other features.

    For enhanced data extraction from the Current Population Surveys in a non-Web environment, the CPS Utilities CD-ROMs from Unicon are available on the Data Extraction Station in Jonsson Government Documents. As of February 1998, the March (Annual Demographic File), October (School Enrollment) and Outgoing Rotations (Earnings) files are available in this format.

  • Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC)

    TRAC is a data gathering, data research and data distribution organization associated with Syracuse University. TRAC's data on the Internal Revenue Service, revised in April 1997, was deemed the "most extensive collection of IRS data ever assembled outside of the agency." Access to IRS information requires registration but is free.

  • Penn-World Tables

    The Penn World Table provides purchasing power parity and national income accounts converted to international prices for 168 countries for some or all of the years 1950-2000. The European Union or the OECD provide more detailed purchasing power and real product estimates for their countries and the World Bank makes current price estimates for most PWT countries at the GDP level.

  • International Data Base

    This data collection is a compilation of demographic and socio-economic data created in the US Census Bureau's International Programs Center. This site offers two features: 1) selected demographic data by country can be directly accessed, or 2) the entire contents of the International Data Base can be retrieved from this site to your computer. The program requires 40 MB of hard disk storage and takes about 2 hours to transfer via FTP. It comes with menu driven software allowing the user to customize the information search and output.

  • Foreign Labor Statistics

    This site offers direct access to over 200 series of labor statistics, including price, compensation, labor cost, employment and unemployment data for the countries of the world.

Social Science Data at Stanford

For detailed information about Social Science Data Services at Stanford, please consult the Social Sciences Data Service web pages.

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