Key Databases for Journal Articles: 

Additional Databases: 

Good to know:

  1. Within a database, limit your search to scholarly articles when it is appropriate to disregard other resources.
  2. Never limit to full-text only as we may subscribe to the journal you find from another vendor.  Use the Get it! icon to search for the full text when it is not immediately available.
  3. Use available options to search more than one database at a time.
  4. Look for the option to set up an RSS feed or to Create an Alert.  You are then notified when a new entry is added to the database that meets your search criteria.
  5. Use the Interlibrary Loans RACER form to request items not held at Carleton’s library.  

Citation Searching

Use citation databases to find if a particular author and/or paper has been cited by other authors.


Web of Science    

       Select Cited Reference Search from top tool bar.

You have the article

      Brecher, RA and CF Diazalejandro, 1977.  Tariffs, foreign-captial and immiserizing growth.  J. International Economics 7:4: 317-322

       Enter one author in cited author box

              Brecher R*  (use surname, first initial and truncation symbol)          

       Retrieve abbreviation of journal name from list provided, and enter year of publication.  

               J INT ECON


From the list, select the article and click on Finish Search at the top of the list.

Results show the article has been cited 177 times - the most recent in  2016.


Note the option Create Alert to be notified of any future citings of this article.


       Choose Author Seach from top tool bar.

       Enter author's name and affiliation if known

             Khalaf L*  Carleton University

       Select displayed result.  On right hand side all published articles by the author will be listed.  Click on article for citing references.

Remember to see if an citing article has itself been cited.

Tips for effective searching -

If you find one relevant article for your reseach it can lead to other relevant papers by the following:

  • using the databases, including OMNI, look to find all papers & books published by the author or co-authors
  • explore the bibliography in the paper for sources
  • using Web of Science or Scopus, look for articles that cite the article you found.    Remember, some databases will also list citing articles but those lists are limited to the current database.  The Web of Science and Scopus are more comprehensive, with coverage from multiple databases. 


Visit the Data Centre on the basement level of the library and explore their collections.

Statistical consultants are available for SPSS and Stata.  

Corporate & Industry Data

Country Data 

Trade Data

Explore the subject guide Trade: Public Policy and Statistics for additional sources.



Industry and Trade Statistics (Industry Canada)

Statistics Canada 


United States

U.S. Dept of the Treasury

Economic Indicators (U.S. Dept of Commerce)

Federal Reserve Board


China Data Online 

Eurostat Euro-Indicators


Grey literature is an important source of information.

Grey literature is defined as "information produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry in electronic and print formats not controlled by commercial publishing" ie. where publishing is not the primary activity of the producing body." ICGL Luxembourg definition, 1997. Expanded in New York, 2004


Policy Reports and Working Papers

Think Tanks​​

Content last reviewed: May 31, 2021