ECO202: Microeconomics (Prof. London)

This research guide will assist students in completing a position paper on an issue of economic importance.

Searching Library Databases

Some of the links below lead to library databases. Check out these links for tips if needed:

Articles for Your Position Paper

  • Use the business databases below for your position paper research.
  • Log in with your college username and password when prompted if searching from off-campus. 
  • Use Advanced Search to add a second subject with AND.
  • Search examples.
    • Facebook AND "privacy controls"
    • "loyalty programs" AND marketing
    • STEM AND employment
    • wine AND grocery
    • "organic food" AND demand
    • immigration AND "farm labor"
    • banks AND antitrust AND "United States"
    • "celebrity endorsements"
    • "sex discrimination" AND income
    • "age discrimination" AND employ* 
    • minimum wage AND evaluation
    • college athletes AND salaries
    • "Same-sex marriage"  AND  employee* AND benefits
    • "stock market" AND  "economic indicator*"
    • "Minimum wage" AND "living wage"
  • Limit to articles, by year and add AND "United States" as wanted. 

Find laws and court cases with this legal database, WestLaw: 

Statistics

Try Statista, a statistical database:

  • Find statistics for your topic: online retail sales, for example.
  • Citations for each chart are under the quotation mark (") icon. 

Then, try these government websites: 

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook is very useful for employment outlook data.
  • Census Bureau website offer business and demographic data.
  • Free government websites will not create citations.

Company and Industry Research

These business databases offer information about publicly-traded companies, such as Starbucks or Twitter. You can also research industry trends for casinos and the gaming industry, for instance.  

Download charts and graphs about your company with Yahoo Finance.

Use your computer's Snipping Tool accessory to grab chart images.