How to do research in Economics

Library resources for researchers working on economics, economic development, economic history and other areas of economics research


Topic-specific keywords will help improve your results in a general multidisciplinary database like Google, Google Scholar, HOLLIS, or Academic Search Premier.

Add keywords like these to your search:

  • Topic terms – economic policy, labor economics, economic theory, monetary policy
  • Geographic terms – Europe, China


The best tool for your project may be a specialized search engine, also known as a database. These databases are subject-specific or format-specific search tools:

Econlit (via HarvardKey) -- The top database for scholarship in this field. Comprehensive bibliography of economics literature with selected abstracts and full-texts.

Business Source Complete (via HarvardKey) -- Articles from academic journals, magazines, and trade publications, as well as current company, industry and region reports.

Dig Deeper

The Getting Started in Economics Research Guide points to many helpful resources for economics research.

Databases for Economics- explore the full list of Harvard Library databases in this subject category.


Diane Sredl, the library liaison to Economics, is available to support researchers via email or in-person consultations. 


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