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EconLit provides citations to articles found in more than 700 journals [list of the journal titles]. EconLit also provides information about dissertations, books, and papers on economic topics. Published by the American Economic Association, and updated monthly, the EconLit database contains more than 730,000 records. EconLit includes information indexed since 1969 in the Journal of Economic Literature (JEL) as well the Index of Economic Articles and the full-text of JEL book reviews.

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A truncation symbol in EconLit is an asterisk (*), and when this symbol is put at the end of a word, the database will be searched for all of the possible endings--suffixes--for that word. For example, the command "finance*" will have the computer search engine look for "finance," "finances," or "financial."

A phrase is indicated with quotation marks ("") so that words that are surrounded by quotation marks are searched as a single string. For example, "welfare reform" will be searched as a two word phrase.

Two Boolean operators that are important in finding information are AND and OR. The AND is used to connect two different concepts and the OR is used between concepts that are synonymous. It is critical to put parentheses around a search expression that contains an OR. Here is an example:

"welfare reform*" AND (child* OR adoles* OR youth*)

The first part of this statement will find material about welfare reforms. The second part will look for the words "child or children or children's" or "adolescents" or adolescence or "youths". The AND then links the first set with the second. This should be an effective way to look for welfare reform issues related to children or youth.

John Dillard, Science and Social Sciences Librarian

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