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Subject Guide: Economics

How Do I Find?


Macroeconomic Data

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis – Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED)

  • browse Categories to find the type of data you’re seeking (for example: Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and Components — Personal Income and Outlays — Disposable Personal Income)
  • look in the “Freq.” (frequency) column to select the reporting period you need [W = weekly; M = monthly; Q = quarterly; A = annual]
  • select the link from the data description to display a data chart (usually a 5-year graph)
  • below the chart, look for alternate date ranges (1-year, 10-year, etc.)
  • above the chart, note options for viewing and downloading data
  • download is usually available as a plain text file (.txt) or Microsoft Excel file (.xls)

Bureau of Economic Analysis

  • includes national, regional, international, and industry data

Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • includes inflation and consumer spending; wages, earnings and benefits; employment and unemployment; productivity; industry data; and more

Find industry data from the Economic Census – U.S Census Bureau

  • Economic CensusGeographic Area Series → Select State(s) and Industry (drill down for specific NAICS code)
  • American Fact Finder →  Select Geographic Area / Industry or Product / Data Set
  • For additional help, see the book Industry research using the economic census: how to find it, how to use it by Jennifer C. Boettcher and Leonard M. Gaines; Location:  Reference Collection   Call Number:  HC101 .B594 2004


Interest Rates

Federal Reserve Bank – Selected interest rates

  • includes federal funds rate; prime rate; t-bill rates; discount rate


Bureau of Labor Statistics – Consumer price index

Bureau of Labor Statistics – Producer price index


International Economic Data

IMF – International Financial Statistics (IFS)

  • Change the retrieval period first!
  • Use the Browse feature to select Country Tables , World Tables , or Economic Concepts
  • Follow steps to select series and display results (in HTML, Excel, CSV)
  • For explanation of statistical series — as well as symbols, codes, and abbreviations — use in tandem with print counterpart (in Library Current Periodicals room)

GlobalEdge (Michigan State University) –  International Data Base


Economics Research

Find articles using databases available through the TCNJ Library

Find working papers in Economics


Other Economics Resources – Economics A-Z

American Economic Association – Resources for Economists on the Internet

Rutgers University Libraries – Research Guide for Economics


Writing Resources / Style Guides

Citation & Style Guides (TCNJ)

Guide to Style Manuals (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism (Duke University)

Citation Styles and Plagiarism (Emory University)



School of Business

Business Building, Room 114
The College of New Jersey
P.O. Box 7718
2000 Pennington Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628