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Economics: Articles & Working Papers

Finding journal articles


Contains the full-text of many of the classic economics journals, some as far back as the 1880s.

& ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry

Contain journal articles in full text, which can be searched along with a variety of professional, trade and business articles.

RBSCOBusiness Source Complete

Definitive scholarly business database, providing a of bibliographic and full text content.

American Economic Association

The AEA’s electronic bibliography, EconLit, indexes over 120 years of economics literature from around the world.


A bibliographic database which combines a number of subjects, inlcuding economics, into one database, and provides access to abstracts going back as far back as 1869.

Gives access to electronic French journals relevant for economics, social and political sciences; coverage generally starts with 2001 issues and includes current content.

Finding working papers

Services like RePEc and SSRN allow for a more controlled searching of working paper series and author pages.
Recent working papers are very easy to find via Google and Google scholar, although you may find it difficult to determine which is the most recent version depending on how you access them.

Citation searching

For citation searching, i.e. finding out what articles have cited an article or book after publication go to -

  • Social Science Citation Index, part of Web of Science®, which uses citations for relevance and article ranking.
  • SCOPUS, a bibliographic database for science, medicine and some social sciences going back as far as 1869.
  • Google Scholar also has 'cited by' links but these are not yet fully reliable.
  • To find articles and books cited within books try searching Google Books with the reference in quotation marks.

Guide: TOCs & Alerts

ZETOC logo The Zetoc service provides Z39.50-compliant access to the British Library's Electronic Table of Contents (ETOC) of current journals and conference proceedings.
You can Search for citations of journal articles and conference proceedings; set up, modify and delete email Alert; or set up RSS feeds for journals.
The Journal Tables of Contents Service makes it easy to keep up-to-date with newly published scholarly material by enabling users to find, display, store, combine and reuse thousands of journal tables of contents from multiple publishers.


Oxford Research Archive contains research publications and other research output produced by members of the University - copies of journal articles, conference papers, theses and other types of research output.

Guide: Google Scholar

You can search for journal articles in Google scholar and use the "Find it@Oxford" link to access electronic versions. scholar is the largest database of scholarly literature; it gives you quick, relevant results but sometimes too many, and it lacks search tools.