Economics subject guide



Finding journal articles

The easiest way to find journal articles is to do a keyword search for your topic in LibrarySearch.

We also have a range of databases to help you find journal articles and other relevant material for your subject (they may not all be included in LibrarySearch).

Some databases only give you the reference, but most provide a 'Full text' button if we have a subscription to the article. All our databases are listed in the A-Z of e-resources.

Databases for Economics

EBSCO Business Source Complete The most important journal for Economics students within EBSCO Business Source Complete is the Journal of Economic Literature (JEL, also known as Econlit): EBSCO provides access to full text for JEL from 1969-2004; serves as an index only for JEL content from 2005 to the present.

EBSCO also retrieves results from other journals.
EconLit with Full Text Authoritative index and full text for key economics journals and books, provided by the American Economic Association.
IBSS (International Bibliography of the Social Sciences) This indexes about 3,300 journals and 6,000 multi-author books per year. Coverage starts in 1951 and has a UK and European bias lacking in many US based sources. The core disciplines indexed are anthropology, economics, politics and sociology.
Orbis Bank Focus Database of banks worldwide. The information is sourced by Bureau van Dijk from a combination of annual reports, information providers and regulatory sources. Contains detailed information on 42,000 institutions with financials (30,000 US and 12,000 Non-US), including 5 years’ history for listed banks and 3 years’ for unlisted.
Osiris Database of information on listed, and major unlisted/delisted, companies around the world. The information is very detailed and includes a lot more than financial reports.
ProQuest Business Premium Collection Comprehensive collection of literature for business, economics, management, finance and related subjects. Includes thousands of full-text journals and papers. Covers from 1971 to the present.

Useful general databases

  • Click Login (top right), then Other Institution login, then choose 'UK Access Management Federation' from the drop down list, then click University of Kent.
A multidisciplinary database indexing content from over 20,000 titles.
Periodicals Archive Online (from ProQuest)


Access to the full runs of over 700 journals across key subject areas in the humanities and social sciences; the archive spans more than two centuries of content and multiple languages.
Web of Science Despite its name, this indexes over 8,000 journals from all subjects published from 1970 onwards. It also gives citation data.
Google Scholar (Kent link) Academic version of Google. Search results are restricted to academic content, As well as content from journals, Google Scholar indexes reports, grey literature and working papers.
Zetoc Mainly a current awareness service from data provided by the British Library. It includes searchable details of 20,000 journal titles and 16,000 conference proceedings covering all subject areas from 1993 onwards.

Personal current awareness services based on table of contents information from individually selected journal titles or selected keywords are also available from Zetoc Alert and Zetoc RSS.

Other information sources

  • Business & Management Collection (Henry Stewart Talks): seminar style audiovisual talks presented by world leading scientists to keep researchers up to date. Click Browse Series for an alphabetical list of topics covered


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Last Updated: 07/08/2018