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Department of Economics

Chris Poehlmann, Subject Librarian

I. General Purpose

The University Libraries collect materials in the field of economics to support the undergraduate program, the graduate program (both Master's and Ph.D. levels), and the individual research of faculty and students. The collections also support coursework and research in the Department of Finance. The focus of the collection is on the traditional fields of economics, including microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics, international economics, development economics, labor economics, mathematical economics, monetary economics, public finance, game theory, and regulatory economics.

II. Subject and Language Modifiers

Languages: English is the primary language of the collection. Significant works in other major languages are occasionally selected.

Geographical Areas: There are no geographic restrictions on economics materials. Information on economics of the developed and developing world are collected.

Chronological Periods: Although most materials selected cover contemporary economics issues, significant historical works are also selected.

III. Description of Materials Selected

Types of Materials Collected: Materials in all formats are selected for the economics collection. Monographs and serials comprise the majority of materials. Particularly important are the "working papers" series published by a number of universities and research agencies, which present the first reports of research in the field. Since the government collects, analyzes, and publishes a large amount of economic information, government documents are an essential part of the collection, particularly the publications of the Department of Commerce and the Department of Labor.

Electronic datasets are important for research in the field of economics. The library acquires datasets as requested, including those belonging to the ICPSR collection, Datastream, and the Research Insight/Compustat database. Complementing the electronic databases are the microform statistical files included in the American Statistics Index (ASI), Statistical Reference Index (SRI), and Index to International Statistics (IIS) collections.

Indexes and abstracts are useful for researchers in identifying published and unpublished works of interest. The library subscribes to indexes significant to the field, especially the Econlit Database.

The Internet is becoming a primary source of information in the field of economics. Many data files and archives of working papers are now available through the Internet and many more will be available in the near future.

Types of Materials Excluded: Textbooks and collections of reprints are excluded. Theses and dissertations are generally not selected, but may be acquired by special request.

IV. Subject and Collection Levels [Collection Level Descriptions]

Economic Theory Research Level
Mathematical Economics Research Level
Econometrics Research Level
Labor Economics Research Level
International Economics Research Level
Development Economics Research Level
Monetary Economics Research Level
Public Finance Research Level
Regulatory Economics Research Level
Economic History Instructional Level, Advanced

V. Other Factors

Acquisition of materials should be balanced between economic theory, descriptive analysis, normative analysis, and analytical studies. Economic studies of individual nations or regions are usually ordered by the Area Studies Subject Librarian. Economic histories or materials on the historical analysis of economic factors are purchased by the History Subject Librarian.

VI. Internal Notes

Materials that fall under the category "-- Economic Condition" are not a primary resource for economics study, although they may be purchased to support the core collection. Firm ordering is done in consultation with the department when materials do not involve economic analysis. The approval plan is very important to the collection and provides the bulk of new materials.

October 2003

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