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Economics Senior Project Research Guide

This guide will help you to find the articles, books, and data you need for your economics senior project.

Getting Started -- Creating a Research Question and Tips for Research

How to Write a Research Question

A good step by step article on how to write your research question.

Narrowing a Topic and Developing a Research Questions 

A one sheet to help you develop your research question, and then to narrow it down to make sure you can cover it all.

Research Notebook
Use this form-based 'Research Notebook' as a way to help guide your data search (keywords, defining your research topic vs question etc)

Search for Scholarly Peer-Reviewed Articles for Your Literature Review

Going though your Cal Poly portal, click on the LIBRARY tab, then in the search box type in the name of resource you'd like to use. For example type in ECONLIT. When you are in the database, use your search terms to find articles on your topic. 

Data Set Sources

This web tutorial provides a conceptual guide, and a very general introduction to strategies for finding data on a topic
Intro-to-Data Visualization
ESRI Business Analyst Online (BAO)

BAO is a Web-based tool for accessing location-based demographic, marketing and business data, for detailed insights about consumers, their lifestyles, buying behavior, and business locations. (email with request to create a log-in)


Data Sources from Our Library


Get Helping Finding Data Sets

Students can set up an appointment for more in-depth help on finding data. Russ White's hours will be posted here, along with our student Peer Assistants