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ECON 355: International Trade

Course guide for ECON 355 at UBC, Okanagan Campus

Finding Sources

Think about your selected topic - who would collect the data that you would like to find? Would it be collected nationally, by an international non-governmental organization, by a province, state or territory - or a different governing or organizational body entirely? Is the trade policy question that you are analyzing of relevance to two countries, many countries, or an entire region? Are you concerned a specific geographic area or industry within a country? All of these questions can help to clarify where to look for data and statistics.

  • To find articles on your policy topic, search within EconLit, a core database in the field of economics. You can also search in Summon, which covers articles, books and news sources available through UBC Library, regardless of discipline. 
  • To find background information and define terms, search within The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics and Oxford Reference: A Dictionary of Economics
  • To find relevant data and statistics for your trade policy analysis, you need to consider the questions above. Searching within the domain of the websites of the data collecting body is a useful way to find existing reports and analysis. Ex. Google search, site:gov.bc.ca "okanagan wine exports"
  • You may find that news sources can be an excellent way to start to understand the impacts of trade policy; they can provide helpful language and context for searching the academic literature and in making sense of data and statistics. UBC Library provides free access to many Canadian and international news sources. 
  • Citation Style Guides through UBC Library