Economics information resources: Books & articles


Not sure where to start? Our Start Your Research Here guide provides you with an overview of the research process as well as links to suggested resources. Remember that careful research takes time and creativity!



To browse for new books, check out our list of new Economics books at the SFU Library this month.

Use the SFU Library Catalogue to search for books by title, author, or subject keyword(s). Use the Catalogue Search Guide to learn how to search efficiently.

Ebook collections

SFU Library provides access to many ebooks from publishers such as Harvard, Oxford, and Edward Elgar.  All ebooks are listed in our catalogue. Search for your topic, then use the options to limit your results to Resource Type: Books and Availability: Online Access. See this sample search for ebooks on econometrics, for instance. 

You can also search or browse through specific collections. Here are a few key collections that you won't want to miss: 

Journals + magazines

Search for journals and magazines in the Library Catalogue using the A-Z Journal List.

Ulrich's Periodicals Directory provides publication and other information about thousands of journals, magazines and newspapers worldwide.  Use this directory to find all journals and magazines on your topic, learn who publishes them, how often they are issued, and whether they are scholarly (refereed) or popular.

Journal articles

Start with these key databases to find articles in the field of Economics.

  • ECONLIT : Your best place to start with any research in Economics
  • Web of Science: Not just for science... This database also provides rich access for economics and related disciplines
  • Business Source Complete: Despite the name, BSC also covers hundreds of economics publications
  • JSTOR: An archival collection of core journals in many subject areas. Note: JSTOR does not contain recent volumes of the journals it covers
  • Agricola: Includes articles on agricultural economics and rural development
  • GEOBASE: Covers topics such as economic growth, sustainable development and economic impact
  • Google Scholar: Indexes articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies and preprint repositories

For further suggestions, see the full list of Economics databases.  You may also want to view Business AdministrationSociology, Political Science, and History databases if appropriate for your specific research topic.  

News articles

To find news articles, check out our News Resources guide or try these key newspaper and media sources:

  • Canadian Newsstream: Major and small-market Canadian newspapers
  • CBCA Complete: Canadian focus on current affairs, business, science and the arts
  • Factiva: Over 35,000 news sources from around the world, including hundreds of economics and policy analysis publications
  • Nexis Uni: Worldwide coverage of news, government, business and law
  • Financial Times: Global Economy: Extensive news, comment and data analysis for the global business community
  • Wall Street Journal: International coverage of business topics and financial news
  • The Economist: Reporting, commentary and analysis on world politics, finance and business trends
  • Bloomberg Businessweek: News and analysis of finance, technology, innovation, management and small business

From the web: a roundup of economic news and opinion

Financial Times: Global Economy + US Economy  + EU Economy + Africa Economy + Asia-Pacific Economy + Brazilian EconomyEconomy (general). Note that SFU students, staff, and faculty have full access to the Financial Times, but with an unusual login method. See this blog post for details.

Tim Harford, The Undercover Economist: Start with his recent articles. Mr. Harford is an economist, Financial Times columnist, BBC broadcaster, and the author of nine books. There's also an RSS feed for his publications. 

Relentlessly Progressive Economics: The Progressive Economics Forum’s blog is "a source of real-time commentary on Canadian economic policy issues from some of your favourite progressive economists." The PEF "brings together over 200 progressive economists, working in universities, the labour movement, and activist research organizations." Here's their RSS feed option.

The Economist Explains: Analysis of economic angles to major news events. Covers "subjects topical and timeless, profound and peculiar, explained with The Economist's trademark clarity and brevity." Also has an RSS feed option. SFU researchers have online access to all issues of The Economist from 1843 to the present.