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LPS: Economic Development : Research Tools Overview

Multidisciplinary Databases

Subject-Specific Databases

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Background Resources

These resources provide contextual information.

Reading a Citation


Article citations have a journal/periodical title in addition to the article title. They will usually also show a volume and issue number.

  • Lee, D. & Saez, E. (2012). Optimal minimum wage policy in competitive labor markets.  Journal of Public Economics, 96(9), 739- 749.

Book citations generally show a publisher and a city of publication. Book chapters will include the title of the chapter as well as the name of the book.

  • Ros, J.  (2013). Rethinking economic development, growth, and institutions. Oxford: Oxford University Press.




Finding Articles

Screenshot of PennText article finderIf you have a complete article citation, or even just a journal title, you can use the PennText article finder on the Library homepage.

To find the full-text of an article, enter the journal name into the PennText article finder. A pop-up box will give you options to access the article online, in print, or the option to request through interlibrary loan.




See also Newspaper Databases and links to library subscriptions to selected newspapers & journals.

Finding Books

If your citation is a book, use Franklin, the Library catalog. Franklin will help you find the library in which the book is located, and the call number. 


You can search for a specific book by title, author, or ISBN. You can also do a keyword or subject keyword search to find books on a particular topic. 

Screenshot of dropdown for varied search



Resources for locating books:


Book not at Penn? Request it from another library using BorrowDirect or EZ-Borrow

Citations for Important Documents

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