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) From Michigan State University.

  • Click on your country's listing for economic data.
  • Download the "Memo" PDF summary (left column).
  • Or, use the Country Comparator feature.

4) World economic data: 


3) This database offers historical information about countries: 

B) Current Issue, H) Future

Use Advanced Search in these databases.

  • Limit to most recent years.
  • Search ideas are listed below.
  • Citations: These library databases offer citations. 

[Your country] AND

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

Use quotation marks for phrases:

  • "economic forecasting" 

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.

Monetary Policy OR Fiscal Policy
AND "united states" OR "federal reserve"
AND covid-19 OR coronavirus OR pandemic

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
  • 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 prepaid for your access to these reports.   

F) Gini Coefficient (Income Distribution)

Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED), from St. Louis Federal Reserve.

  • FRED offers graphs with Gini coefficients (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 a selected screenshot: on a Windows computer, press the Shift, Windows and S keys. Snap a box around the section of the page. It will create a copy that you can insert into a document. 
    • Use your computer's Snipping Tool (in Accessories) to grab chart images. 

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

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: 

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.

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