ECO201: Foreign Economy Report Project (Profs. London/Riggi)

Use this guide to complete the ECO201 Macroeconomics Foreign Economy Report Project.

In This Guide

Links in the boxes below match each section of the Foreign Economy Report assignment  (A, B, C, etc.).

A) Overview; B), C), D), E)

1) Start with the CIA's World Factbook for background, trade and economic information, Gini coefficient (income distribution), current issues.

  • Most questions are answered though this site. See the One-page Summary for quick overviews. 

Citations: Free government websites usually do not offer citations. Create your own; see the "I. Works Cited" box on this page for help.

 

2) globalEDGE (Michigan State University)

  • Click on your country's listing.
  • Left column: see History, Statistics, Risk, "Memo," etc.  
  • Country Comparator feature compares your country with the United States. 


4) World economic data: 

 

3) This encyclopedia database offers historical information about countries: 

World News Sources

Use these to browse for news articles about your country. 

B) Current Issue, H) Future

Use Advanced Search in these databases.

  • Limit to most recent years.
  • Search ideas are listed below.
  • These library databases offer citations
  • ProQuest offers Country Economic Forecasts from Oxford University. 

[Your country] AND

  • "economic forecast*" 
  • Coronavirus OR COVID-19 OR pandemic
  • econom*
  • recession
  • "economic expansion" OR "economic growth"
  • "business cycles"
  • "government policy"
  • political
  • financial
  • inflation
  • immigra*
  • touris*
  • employment
  • "international economic relations"
  • "foreign relations"
  • sanctions
  • statistics​
  • war
  • Olympics
  • "World Cup"
  • "natural disaster*"

Search notes:

  • Use quotation marks for phrases. 
  • An asterisk (*) searches for all word endings. This is called truncation, or wildcard searching.
    • econom* = economy, economies, etc. 

Use the Start Your Research Here search box on the home page to find any missing facts.

Articles on Monetary Policy and Pandemic

The ProQuest Central article database searches millions of articles from thousands of newspapers, magazines and journals, including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. 

Here's a link to ProQuest Central articles on the effect of the pandemic on United States monetary policy.

C) Trade, H) Future

The Statista database offers statistics and reports on your country, with citations. 

  • First, just search for your country. Then, add:
    • [your country] AND econom*
    • [your country] AND GDP
    • Download as a PDF or PowerPoint slide.
  • Then go to dropdown menu:
    • Outlooks > Country Outlook > click a country > Select segment (Economy, Labor Force, etc.) > download chart or Statista Country Report.
    • Reports > Country Reports> type in a country. The library has paid for your access to these reports.   
  • Statista will create a citation for each individual statistical table, not an entire report. 

F) Gini Coefficient (Income Distribution)

  • Search FRED for Gini [your country]
  • Download and customize these charts:
    • Edit Graph > Add Line > Add: Gini Index for the United States. 
    • Download the graph, or do a screenshot.
      • To grab an image: In Windows: press Shift/Windows/S keys. Snap a box around the section of the page. It will create a copy that you can edit and insert into a document. 
      • Or, use your computer's Snipping Tool (in Accessories) to grab chart images. 

Citations: Create your own. Citations are not usually offered by free websites. 

G. Business Cycle

If you haven't already found information on your country's business cycle (expansion, recession), try this: 

I) Works Cited

Library databases will create draft APA or MLA citations for you. Use the resources below to confirm that they are correct. 

Check your drafts with the English Division's Center for Reading and Writing.

Here's an APA citation for the CIA's World Factbook, using India as an example. Make sure to add hanging indents. 

Central Intelligence Agency. (2022, February 10). India. In The world factbook. https://www.cia.gov/the-world-factbook/countries/india/

To create hanging indents in Google Docs for your citations page:

  • Highlight the section to be indented.
  • Choose Format > Align & Indent > Indentation options > Special indent > Hanging

Searching the Web

Use a search engine like Google to find any missing pieces of information.

  • Save time and effort in a Google search by going to Settings > Advanced Search.
    • Add words like GDP, limit to .gov, and limit to within the last year. 
    • Make sure to check your information sources! Are they credible?
      • Do sources agree with other reliable sources? 
  • Google and free websites do not write citations for you. 
    • Use the OWL links above, and check your drafts with the CRW. 

For tutorials and more tips on web searching, see this library page: 

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