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QC/CUNY-subscribed Databases

Find Economics Databases from QC Library Website.

Recommended Databases:

  • Annual Review of Economics. Comprehensive review of the literature in economics help identify major trends in the field as well as find general overviews of research in specific subject areas of economics.
  • JSTOR Economics. Full-text journal articles with focus on economics literature.


You can use OneSearch to find both print book and e-books.

For more information about our E-book collections please see our Guide to E-books

The best place to start your search for books is OneSearch, which can be accessed from the Queens College Libraries homepage. OneSearch searches across multiple library resources from one interface. It finds books, articles, digital content, and other resources -- but it works best at finding books.

Start by entering basic search terms in the search box, then select "Search." You'll be able to limit your results in the next step.

Tip: If you know what you're looking for, use the title or author as your search term. 

Reference/Background Sources & Research Topics

  • Reference sources is usually the first place to start when you are learning and exploring a new research topic.
  • Using reference sources, you can get quick specific facts or an overview of a subject. 

Electronic/Online References & Print Reference Books

  • Reference sources can be electronic/online or print dictionaries, encyclopedias, bibliographies, handbooks, etc.
  • You can 24-hour access to electronic reference resources.
  • Print reference books are mainly shelved in the stacks of 3rd floor. To use reference books, please ask library staff at Library Borrowing Desk.

Some Reference books can help you get a quick start.


A scholarly article is written by a scholar or an expert, and provides a detailed analysis of a topic. It is written in the specialized language of a scholarly discipline (such as Sociology). It documents the resources the writer used by providing bibliographic citations such as footnotes, endnotes, and bibliography so a reader can check or repeat the research the scholar has completed.

A scholarly journal is edited by scholars, and any article published in the journal has usually been approved by the author's peers or by referees (other scholars expert in the subject who serve as editors or readers and critique the article before it is accepted for publication). This is why most scholarly journals are referred to as a Peer-Reviewed or Refereed journals. Use the following databases to search for journal articles on a topic. You can use other Databases depending what topic you are researching.

  • Annual Review of Economics. Comprehensive review of the literature in economics help identify major trends in the field as well as find general overviews of research in specific subject areas of economics.

Data Resources

ICPSR - Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, maintains a data archive of social science data for supporting quantitative research. The data are available in a collection of files that include relevant documentation.

To download data, you will need to create a MyData account. For further help, please get in touch with me.

  • IMF eLibrary - Periodicals, books, working papers and studies, and datasets from the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) eLibrary.

  • UN Data - A central repository of demographic, economic, and social data from several of the UN's agencies and divisions. The repository contains over 60 million data points for all of the world's countries. Access data by keyword search via the search engine or use the data explorer to drill down by database and subject.

  • USA Trade Online - Provides current and cumulative U.S. export and import data on over 18,000 commodities worldwide. Annual data 1998 to date. You need to register on the site to create a free account before you can use it.

  • World Bank data - Provides international social and economic data for over 550 development indicators and time series data for over 207 countries and 18 country groups. Includes social, economic, financial, natural resources, and environmental indicators from 1960 to 2000, where data are available.

  • More open data sources for Economics