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ECON 305 - Economic Statistics

Econ 305 - Economics Statistics

The goal of this guide is to help  ECON 305 students locate high quality resources and use effective search strategies, for research related to their statistical analysis term paper.


Help Developing and Narrowing a Topic

Choosing a topic is often one of the most challenging aspects of the research process. You seek a topic that is not too broad nor too narrow.  You may wish to watch the video below, How to Develop a Good Research Topic, for some excellent tips.

 Also, review Narrowing a Topic and Defining a Research Question for help on this part of the research process.  



How to generate topic ideas

In order to generate ideas for your research paper, you could begin by looking at datasets found in the library’s statistical databases. For example, use the Data-Planet Statistical Data Sets database. Check out the “In the News” section for statistics that were just released or browse topics (listed below), looking for variables of interest:

  • Banking, Finance, and Insurance
  • Criminal Justice and Law
  • EASI Analytics
  • Energy Resources and Demand
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Government and Politics
  • Health and Vital Statistics
  • Housing and Construction
  • Industry, Business and Commerce
  • International
  • Labor and Employment
  • Natural Resources and Environment
  • Population and Income
  • Prices and Cost of Living
  • Recreation and Leisure
  • Stocks and Commodities
  • Transportation and Travel


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