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ECON 3700 - Writing as an Economist (Spring 2024): Searching - Strategic Exploration

What Are You Searching for?

Your instructors do NOT want you to write a scholarly literature review or to do independent research involving original theoretical or empirical analysis.

When you write about your chosen economic puzzle, you need to:

  • Provide support for your claims or arguments, or,
  • Use empirical support (real life examples), or known economic thinking to rule out alternative explanations.

How do you do it? 

By searching, by exploring information strategically for sources to use in your writing.

"Searching for information is often nonlinear and iterative, requiring the evaluation of a range of information sources and the mental flexibility to pursue alternate avenues as new understanding develops."

- Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education, The Association for College and Research Libraries, 2016.

Go to the links below for practical help using good tools to help you find empirical sources

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