Some useful resources for Economics are listed below.

Key Resource

Business Source Complete

Access information:Access on and off-campus.
Description:The world’s largest full text business database, Business Source Complete provides full text for nearly 3,300 scholarly business journals, including full text for more than 1000 peer-reviewed business publications. This database provides full text for more than 300 of the top scholarly journals. Updated daily.

China Economic Statistics

Access Information: Access on and off campus
Description:China Economic Statistics offers time-series records on macro-economic data, industry and sector data, regional data with over 10,000 economic indicators.

China Local Gazetteers

Access Information: Access on and off campus
Description:Collection of Chinese local gazetteers published after 1949, covering all regions of China. There are over 26,400 volumes of e-books included in this database which contain a range of information covering various aspects of local economic, social and political life.

Datastream Advance

Access Information:Available in the uCreate suite on the first floor of the Main Library. Edinburgh University users may contact the Data Library for acces: Business School students and staff should contact the Business School Hub:
Description:Historical share price and other market, economic and accounting data for listed companies and macroeconomic data. Datasets from developed and emerging markets with coverage most complete for the UK.
Coverage:1965 - present (varies).


Access information:Access on and off campus.
Description:The database version of Journal of Economic Literature and Index of Economic Articles indexing international literature in the field of economics. Abstracts are included.
Coverage:From 1969 to date.

The Economist

Access information:Available via Factiva: click on ‘Source’ and select Economist from A-Z list.
Description:Full text of the weekly publication which covers international politics and business news and opinion.
Coverage:Full text from 4th January 1981 to present.


Access information:Access on and off-campus. Off-campus access - choose University of Edinburgh from list then click Select button.
Description:Detailed financial information of all UK and Irish companies updated monthly with up to 10 years of data.
FAME allows you to search by any combination of over 300 criteria including: geographic location, SIC code or activity description, number of employees, statement items, ratios, credit score/rating, legal form, year of incorporation, holding company/subsidiary.
Company comparisons can be achieved using the Peer Analysis option whilst the Statistical Analysis option allows you to produce market sector reports.

Finance and market datasets

Access information:Varies with resource/product.
Description:Annual reports and company accounts; stock exchange and banking analysis; current and historical global information.

IBSS (International Bibliography of Social Science) Online

Access information:Access on and off campus.
Description:Produced by the British Library of Political and Economic Science. One of the largest and most comprehensive social sciences databases in the world, indexing 2600 journals and 6000 books per annum, in the core disciplines of economics, sociology, politics and anthropology.
Coverage:From 1951 to date.

Additional information

Further help using IBSS is available.

IDEAS - Research Papers in Economics

Access Information:Freely available
Description:Access to RePEc's (Research Papers in Economics) collection of about 1.2 million on-line Economics working papers, journal articles and software from 75 countries. Freely available full-text download for many.

Key Resource


Access information:Access on and off-campus.
Description:Full-text journal archive service providing access to complete back runs of all the scholarly journals currently available in JSTOR. Recent volumes are excluded, usually the last 3-5 years, but each year a further year is added to the archive.
Each title is listed in the Library catalogue.
The collections currently available are: Arts & Sciences 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12; Biological Sciences; Health & General Sciences; Ireland. The 19th Century British Pamphlets Collections is also available via JSTOR.
Note:There is an issue with the display of navigation icons on the JSTOR platform via EZProxied links. This is being investigated as a matter of urgency. A workaround is available - once on the JSTOR site click "login" in the top right hand corner. Select University of Edinburgh from the Login via institution menu. The page will reload with navigation icons in place. 02/12/2014.

Keynote Market Research

Access information:Access on and off-campus. Choose University of Edinburgh from drop down list to login.
Description: Market intelligence information. Key Note Ltd is a long-established market research publisher providing business information to corporate and academic customers throughout the UK.

Morningstar Company Intelligence (Formerly Hemscott Company Guru)

Access information:Access on campus or via the VPN.
Description:Detailed information on the UK's business leaders and their companies. Full biographies are available for many quoted company directors, detailing careers, directorships, ages and recreations.
Get the latest AFX and regulatory news, stock performance information, share prices and graphs and details of companies' corporate advisers. Download detailed reports for quick reviews of company activities. Updated daily.

Key Resource

The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

Access information:Access on and off campus.
Description:The online edition of The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics contains the full text of the 8 volume print edition, the 2008 second edition of which the Library also stocks. The online Dictionary is a dynamic resource for economists containing hyperlinked cross-references within articles, and it features carefully selected and maintained links to related sites, as well as incorporating quarterly additions and updates. The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online offers search and browse facilities, both full text and advanced.

OECD iLibrary

Access information:Access on-campus. Access off-campus currently via VPN only.
Description: The iLibrary provides access to a substantial amount of free content, including the OECD Factbook, OECD Working Papers, Key Tables, Multilingual Summaries and most 'At a Glance' publications.
*Not all content is subscribed to. An alternative source is the UK Data Service's UKDS.Stat service:*


Access information:Access on and off campus.
Description:Provides financial information on 55,000 listed and major unlisted/delisted companies worldwide (43,000 are non-US companies). The information includes: standardised and "as reported" financials (including restated reports), SEC filings, detailed earnings estimates including recommendations, ownership, stock data, news and ratings.

Oxford Scholarship Online

Access information:Access on and off campus
Description:Complete text of scholarly books published by Oxford University Press in the subject areas below.
Coverage:Business & Management, Classical Studies, Economics and Finance, History, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Neuroscience, Palliative Care, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health and Epidemiology, Religion, Social Work and Sociology. We have access to over 10,700 e-books.
Note:The mobile version of their website has a fault - the ability to download chapters for off line reading is missing. This is expected to be fixed in an update scheduled for Feb.2015

UK Data Service (UKDS)

Incorporates data and services formerly provided by the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS).

Access information:Available on and off-campus. Choose Login via UK federation. Also requires separate registration with UK Data Service
Description:The UK Data Service is a comprehensive resource funded by the ESRC and delivered by the UK Data Service to support researchers, teachers and policymakers who depend on high-quality social and economic data.
Coverage:1971 - present

Additional information

Please refer to the Data Library for more information on statistics and data.

Web of Science Core Collection

Access information:Access on and off campus.
Description:Citations and abstracts to millions of journal articles and conference proceedings from all subjects. Impact factors, h-indexes and email alerts available.
Coverage:Citation Indexes: Science and Social Sciences (both 1900 onwards), Arts & Humanities (1975 onwards), Conference Proceedings in Science and Social Science & Humanities (both 1990 onwards), Books in Science and Social Sciences & Humanities (both 2005 onwards). KCI-Korean Journal Database (1980 onwards), SciELO Citation Index (1997 onwards).
Chemical Indexes: Current Chemical Reactions (1986 onwards), Institut National de la Propriete Industrielle structure data (1840 onwards), Index Chemicus (1993 onwards).

Finding articles which have in their reference lists a work you found useful ('cited reference searching'):

Journal Citation Reports:

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