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Training Economics: 1. Introduction


This LibGuide gives an overview of much-consulted information sources. By performing a number of assignments you can learn how to search for economic literature in an efficient manner. 


Finding economic information is not usually a goal in itself, but a step that has to be taken when you are doing research, irrespective of its scope. Even minor research for an essay or assignment, etc., will consist of the following stages: choosing a topic and delineating it, formulating a question, finding information, processing the information, writing. This LibGuide is concerned with the stage of ‘finding information, mainly literature’.

Still have any questions?

When you still have a question or when you want to report problems please ask the library. If you are in need of subject specific advice please get into contact with your teacher or with one of our subject specialists.

Information for economists

Digital information for economists

Much information for economists is available electronically, but not all of it is accessible for free in the Internet's public domain. Much of the information can be found in subscription databases paid for by Utrecht University. A number of these frequently used databases are explained in this LibGuide. They are only accessible when you consult them at the University or from home using your Solis ID (the screen 'Login' wil appear when necessary). See also the Economics page of the University Library.

Printed information for economists

It is not always sufficient merely to consult databases and websites alone. Sometimes a visit to the Library will be necessary, in any case if you want to consult or borrow books, or consult or photocopy printed articles in journals, use reference materials, etc. On the Library's website you may learn more about how to borrow books.

Directions to Search engines

Within the University network or at home, click in the following order:

Library website > Search engines > choose a discipline or select from 'quickly go to'

Access from home

Utrecht University staff and students have off-campus access to the electronic journals, e-books and electronic databases of Utrecht University Library.

Logging in
Always start on the homepage of the Utrecht University Library :

When you open a database, e-book, article or electronic journal a login screen appears: log in with your Solis ID and Solis password.
You only have to log in once, your data are saved during the rest of your browser session

When consulting search engines or using apps the proxy of your institution may be asked for. The Utrecht University address of this proxy is:

More information?
See Acces frome home on the library's website.

The University Library City Centre: much is online, but enjoy the building too

Nowadays you can collect and consult many information sources online, wherever you are. But there is more. You are welcome to visit the library University Library City Centre and check out its facilities.

There is also a University Library in The Uithof. There you will find print books and journals on Science and Social Sciences. The facilities offered are almost the same.