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An introductory overview of the literature, data and other sources of information for research in economics.

Get started with economics research

Welcome! This guide will help you ask, investigate, and answer research questions in economics. We'll also connect you with key resources at the library + where to ask questions.

a diagram showing five circles with a counter-clockwise cycle representing an ongoing cycle between the stages. The stages read: Think & Plan; Discover; Gather & Analyze; Write & Publish; and Share/Impact

Research is an iterative process. Image embedded from McMaster University

Keep in mind this process is iterative! You may find yourself jumping around as you learn more. Here are the key stages of the process - you can find more about each by clicking links in the menu.

The research process:

  1. Prepare for research
  2. Find and cite key sources:
    • Peer-reviewed articles and working papers
    • Books and e-books
    • News and trade periodicals
  3. Find data (if appropriate)
  4. Write your research with literature review and citation
  5. Share your work

Ask a question via your librarian (Cass)

Welcome! As a Social Science Data Librarian, I provide support to learners and researchers in economics. You are welcome to reach out to me at any point - whether it's about an assignment, research project, dataset or tool, or something else.

Send an email: You can reach out with your question at:

Book an appointment: You can use this self-service link to book a time: Book an appointment during office hours.


Keep in mind: Brown students at ALL levels report they are still learning to conduct research and navigate resources. You're not alone! We're here to help!

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Access to all e-resources: 

You can access all electronic resources linked form this guide when you are physically on campus, logged in via Shibboleth, or using the Brown VPN.

Free New York Times / Wall Street Journal access!

Did you know that as a Brown student, faculty, or staff member, you have full access to the NYT and WSJ? It's a nice perk! Learn how to set this up:

Learn new skills to help with your studies and research:

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