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Economics

The Economics subject guide gives you access to useful library databases and trusted Web resources, relevant for researching many topics in economics or finance

Dictionaries & Encyclopaedias

Dictionaries and encyclopaedias are helpful places to start your research, as they define & clarify concepts and terminology. Good encyclopaedias will usefully summarise a topic, and many offer suggestions for further reading.

Rather than use free Web sources (which are often unreliable), you could use the range of reference books at HB 61 on floor 3. The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics has excellent articles, and is also available online (and regularly updated):

Open access dictionaries that may be of limited use:

For the social sciences more broadly, consult this excellent resource:

International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. 2nd ed. (Elsevier: 2015)

Books

After looking at reference material you might want to learn about a topic in a bit more depth, and books are a good starting point, as they are usually more suitable than journal articles for establishing an understanding of a topic.

Academic books come in various flavours and include:
1. Introductory textbooks
These are often referred to on your reading lists and you can find a great selection in the Student Collection on Floor 1, as well as online

2. Short books
These have become popular in recent years, as they are cheaper & faster to publish, often deal with contemporary topics that are appealing to students, and are quicker to read! The Library has purchased all of the Oxford Very Short Introductions series, which cover all subject areas, but there are many other examples available in print or online.

3. Handbooks
These can be highly useful, as they summarise research across a broad subject area and its subfields. A very useful resource that the Library subscribes to is the highly regarded series Handbooks in Economics, published by Elsevier, and these are available on the ScienceDirect database. Many others are available from publishers including Routledge, Edward Elgar, Springer Palgrave, etc. Use "handbook" as a keyword in library search to find them

4. Monographs and Edited Collections
Monographs are just scholarly books written by an academics, and are useful if you need to pursue a topic in more depth. Good examples of these can be found through the library search & browsing the shelves, and the library subscribes to the Oxford Scholarship Online collection of ebooks in Economics.
Edited collections have chapters written by different authors that relate to the title or theme of the book as a whole, and you might find that selected chapters from edited books are relevant to your topic.

Another useful source that we subscribe to is OECDiLibrary. We have access to all publications that the OECD produces. Although not academic books as such, they offer high quality insights into many of the topics of interest to economists.

The library search does include the contents (i.e. chapter details) of some books, but not all. Google Books or Amazon Book Search can be helpful in finding out the contents details of specific books. Browsing the library shelves is a really good way of doing this too, as books on similar topics are shelved together.

Open Access textbooks are still unusual in Economics, but there are some, including:

Advanced macroeconomics : an easy guide by Campante, Sturzenegger & Velasco (LSE Press, 2021)

The library search does include the contents (i.e. chapter details) of some books, but not all. Google Books or Amazon Book Search can be helpful in finding out the contents details of specific books. Browsing the library shelves is also a good way of finding relevant material, as books on similar topics are shelved together. Economics books are mostly shelved on floor 3, with reading list books on floor 1 (Student Collection). A summary of the classification is given below.

Letters

Numbers

Subject

HA

 

Statistics

HB

71-74

Economics - philosophy & method, relation to other subjects

 

71.5-71.6

Econometrics

 

75-165

History of economic thought

 

171-172.5

Economics, macroeconomics & microeconomics textbooks

 

199

Economic growth theory. Dynamics

 

201-236

Value. Price.

 

501-615

Capital. Capitalism. Risk. Markets

 

771-841

Distribution. Welfare economics. Consumption.

 

849-3700

Population. Demography

 

3711-3840

Crises. Business Cycles.

HC

30-59

Economic history, by period

 

60-62

Economic aid. Development studies

 

91-710

Economic history, individual countries

HD

1-91

Production. Management

 

101-2206

Land. Agriculture

 

2321-4730

Industry

 

4801-8942

Labour. Wages. Unemployment

 

9000-9999

Industries and trades

HE

 

Transport. Communications

HF

1-4040

Commerce. Trade

HG

 

Finance

 

201-1486

Money

 

1501-3540

Banking

 

3811-4000

International banking. Foreign exchange

 

4001-4495

Corporate Finance

 

4501-6270

Investments. Speculation