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ECON 325 - Prices, Property, and the Problem of the Commons: Resources

Evaluating Databases

The databases listed above are tools for research. How do they stack up? Try searching: valuation AND water. Then evaluate the results according to the following questions:

  • How would you characterize the search results, according to number and relevance? Is it mostly economics, or other disciplines too?
  • Does it contain the most recent issues of journals? What was the most recent journal article result?
  • Does the database include working papers? Books?
  • Does it contain journals likely to publish research on your topic? For example, does it index articles in the Journal of Environmental Economics & Management?
  • Does it search the full text of articles?
  • Can you identify what publications have cited an article?

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