Economics Subject Guide

"How to" guide to research on economic topics, how to find economic statistics, reports, etc.

Economics Librarian

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Start Your Research with Power Search

What is PowerSearch?

  • Search engine that searches the Library's article and e-book databases (e.g. EBSCOhost, ProQuest, JSTOR, Ebook Central, etc.) and the library catalog of print books available at Horn Library. 

How to get relevant results

  • If the results don't look that great, try using different search terms (think of different ways to express concepts, like synonyms)
  • Use the filters in the left-hand column to narrow down the result set, e.g. by discipline, date, type of publication, etc. 


General concept searching

  • Protectionism
  • India trade policy
  • NAFTA renegotiation

Specific phrase or name (words have to stay together in this order)

  • "Fair trade"
  • "America first" policy
  • "Trade Adjustment Assistance"

Searching for more than one concept (note capitalization of connectors)

  • Food security AND export controls
  • Doha Round AND agriculture
  • Worker displacement AND international trade

Searching using alternate keywords, i.e.synonyms (note capitalization of connectors)

  • WTO OR "World Trade Organization"
  • TPP OR Trans-Pacific Partnership
  • Labor unions OR unionization OR collective bargaining OR organized labor

Searching for all variations of a word

  • outsourc* will pick up outsourced, outsourcing, outsources

Searching with words with varied spelling

  • Globali?ation searches for both globalization as well as globalisation

Combining all these features

  • Transition economies AND (EU OR "European Union") AND (privati?ation OR capitalism OR free market)