FYE 1060: Politics, Economy, and Business

Books in the Main Stacks


Social Security

Environmental policy

Business and politics

Education and state

Citing Your Resources

Doing ethical research means citing sources. It is critical to credit writers for their work and their contributions to your research. To not do so is unethical and leads to plagiarism - unintentionally or not. Here are some sources to help you cite properly and to avoid the problem of plagiarism.

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  • NoodleBib
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Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Bulkowski, T. N. (2000). Encyclopedia of chart patterns. New York: John Wiley & Sons. Illustrates the “hows and whys” of stock charts and helps the researcher interpret whether “a stock is in bullish, bearish, or neutral” mode. Provides guidelines for interpreting statistics, too. Arranged alphabetically by name from “Broadening Bottoms” to “Triple Tops.” Reference HG 4638 .B85 2000

Consumer USA 2006. (2006).London: Euromonitor International. A data-loaded resource, detailing marketing parameters, consumer markets, manufacturer and brand shares, historical and forecasting information, country comparisons, analytical overviews, and more. Reference HC79.C6 C656 2006

Childs, W.R., Martin, S.B., & Stitt-Gohdes, W. (Eds.). (2004). Business and industry. 11 vols. New York: Marshall Cavendish. This encyclopedia includes brief entries on a variety of business-related topics: biographies of entrepreneurs and economies; overviews of particular industries; information on individual companies; and definitions of business-related concepts (governance, ethics, etc.). A great place to start your research. Reference HF1001 .B796 2003

Glasner, D. (Ed.). (1997). Business cycles and depressions: An encyclopedia. New York: Garland Publishing. A single volume providing brief descriptions of various cycles and depressions as well as definitions of major topics, such as “Natural Rate of Unemployment,” “Composite Trends,” and “Stock Market Crashes.” Some entries focus on the lives and work of major economists. Each entry includes cross-references and a bibliography. Though published in 1997, this volume is useful for a historical view economic ups-and-downs. Reference HB 3711 .B936 1997

Lanigan, J. (Ed.). (2000). Economics. Danbury, CT: Grolier International. This six-volume set includes entries on varies topics related to economics, intended to provide a basic overview of general principles and terms. Each volume covers a specific area of economics, and the following will be most useful for students in FYD 1060: “Volume I: Money Banking and Finance;” “Volume IV: The U.S. Economy and the World;” “Volume V: Economic Theory;” and “Volume VI: Economic History.” Each volume contains a table of contents, but specific topics can be located using the set’s index. Reference HB 183 .E26 2000

Markham, J. W. (Ed.). (2002). A financial history of the United States. 3 vols. New York: M.E. Sharpe. Here, the editor traces the history of finance in the U.S., from Columbus’ “discovery” of America to the Internet economy. These volumes read more like history texts than traditional reference books. Explicit tables of contents can lead readers to particular sections or issues of interest. Indexed. Reference HG 181 .M297 2002

Mokyr, J. (Ed.). (2003). The Oxford encyclopedia of economic history. 5 vols. New York: Oxford University Press. These in-depth entries, arranged alphabetically and written by scholars, address major topics in economic history. Entries include everything from “Ceramics” and “Cereals” to “War Finance” and “Water Control.” Outlines, arranged by geographic area or major topic, will help students locate all entries related to a particular geographic area or topic of interest. Volumes also include some maps, photographs, and suggestions for further reading. Indexed. Reference HC 15 .O94 2003

O’Connor, D., & Faille, C. (2000). Basic economic principles: A guide for students. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. A reference guide answering 15 important questions, such as “How Do Economic Systems Work?” to “How Does Government Stabilize the Economy?” These essays are meant to explain how “economic concepts and principles relate to our own lives as consumers, savers or investors, workers, and citizens.” Most essays include tables and graphs. Indexed. Reference HB 71 .O26 2000

O’Hara, P. A. (Ed.). (1999). Encyclopedia of political economy. 4 vols. London; New York: Routledge. Includes 450 alphabetically arranged entries on concepts and theories; general fields (money, finance, and regional economics); and major figures (Marx, Keynes, Veblen, etc.). Entries are brief and include a short list of “selected references.” Volume One includes topical outlines, pointing readers to all entries relevant to a particular area of study. Useful for a brief overview of concepts, theories, and major figures in the area of political economy. Reference HB 61 .E554 1999

Pendergast, S. & Pendergast, T. (Eds.) (2002). Worldmark encyclopedia of national economies. Detroit, MI: Gale Group. This four-volume set provides “comprehensive overviews of the economic structure and current climate of 198 countries and territories.” Entries are arranged alphabetically and provide a brief overview of the political system and economic history of each nation, as well as statistical information in the form of charts and graphs. This set is useful for background and for making comparisons between different nations and economic systems. Each entry includes a bibliography for further reading, a timeline of major events, and a brief paragraph outlining future trends. Each volume covers a different region of the world (Africa, Asia and the Pacific, the Americas, and Europe). Reference HC 15 .W67 2002

Rabin, J. (Ed.) (2003). Encyclopedia of public administration and public policy. New York: Marcel Dekker. Nearly 300 articles discuss the policy aspects of a broad range of topics, including health care, taxes, education, the environment, trade, labor, welfare economics, citizenship, and much more. Each entry provides numerous references and further reading suggestions. Reference JK3 .E526 2003 (2 vols.)

Vaidya, A. (Ed.) Globalization: encyclopedia of trade, labor, and politics. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO. Over a hundred entries discuss issues impacting, and impacted by, globalization. Two volumes are presented in four parts, including trade and investment, major business and economic sectors, international blocs and organizations, and more. Articles are signed and substantial in length, with reference lists following. Reference HF1359.G5854 2006 (2 vols.)

Handbooks & Almanacs

Dun and Bradstreet. (2002). Dun and Bradstreet industry norms and key business ratios. Murray Hill, NJ: Dun & Bradstreet, Inc. Published annually in the areas of Agriculture, Mining, and Construction; Finance, Real Estate, and Services; Manufacturing; Wholesaling; and Retailing. This gathering of data is used by companies to analyze, plan, and strategize in particular areas of industry. Reference HG 4061 .I522 2003–2004

The Economist. (2003). Guide to economic indicators: Making sense of economics. 5th ed. Princeton, NJ: Bloomberg Press. A concise and readable guide explaining the meaning of major and minor indicators, their significance, and how they are used in generating economic data. Arranged by broad topic. Indexed. Reference HC 103. F9 2003

International Monetary Fund. (2003). International financial statistics yearbook. Washington, DC: IMF. Exactly what the title says it is; a compilation of financial statistics for nations that are members of the IMF. Tables in the front of the volume allow for comparison between these nations, while the following tables allow readers to compare data in various areas over several years within a particular country. Reference HG 61 .I57 2003

Shim, J.K., & Siegel, J.G. (2001). Handbook of financial analysis, forecasting and modeling. 2nd ed. Paramus, NJ: Prentice Hall Press. Provides formulas and modeling techniques used to evaluate and analyze the financial health of a business. Includes worksheets and a CD-rom. Reference HG 4011 .S46 2001

The World Watch Institute. (2003). Vital signs 2003: The trends that are shaping our future. New York: W.W. Norton. Includes more than just economic trends, but brief discussions of trends in food production, transportation, health, and the environment. Each entry is accompanied by descriptive, concise charts and graphs. Useful for an overview of a variety of trends, providing a good picture of where the planet and its people are heading. Reference HD 75.6 .B76 2003

Find Subject Articles

Political Science Databases

Newspapers/Current Events Databases


American Economic Review
CQ Weekly
Foreign Affairs
Harvard Business Review
Journal of Business and Economic Studies
New York Times
Political Science Quarterly
Wall Street Journal

To find indexing and full-text information for these titles, check the Journal Locator.

Web Sites

Business Web Sites
Political Science Web Sites

Web Sites for FYE 1060

For policy research:

The Brookings Institution
This private, nonprofit organization researches and analyzes current social, economic, and political issues to inform policy makers. International in scope.

For general conditions of economic activity and forecasts:

U.S. Department of Commerce: Bureau of Economic Analysis
A link for the Survey of Current Business is located on the left side of the page.

U.S. Federal Reserve Bulletin
Economic Report of the President
For the index of leading indicators:

The Conference Board
This site features global business cycle indicators, organized by country (on the left side of the page).

National Bureau of Economic Research

For qualitative forecasting:

Institute for Supply Management http://www.ism.ws/

Survey Research Center, University of Michigan

Livingston Survey of the Philadelphia Federal Reserve

For macroeconomic forecasting:

Ray C. Fair’s “Estimating How The Macroeconomy Works”

A compilation of economic data maintained by John Irons, a Senior Economic Research and Policy Analyst ad Staff Economist at OMB Watch.

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