The main collections of books can be found on Levels 4 and 5 of the Library.
Books in heavy demand are placed in the Short Loan Collection on Level 1. The Short Loan Collection contains 1 day loan books; 7 day loan books are shelved with the ordinary loan books on the upper levels.
Most economics books are shelved on Level 4 between 33 and 339.
Use the Library catalogue to find the exact shelfmark and location for each book. If you are searching for books on a particular topic, use a keyword search.
Labour economics 331
Business forecasting 658.40355
Operations research 519.29
Health economics 338.433621
Industrial relations 331.88
You can use the Electronic Books page to access eBooks on economics. The most useful collections for economics textbooks will be the NetLibrary, Ebrary and MyILibrary collections. MATHSnetBase, STATSnetBase and Safari Books Online could also be useful.
Other online dictionaries can be found on Credo Reference.
There are also links from reading list titles on the Library catalogue to electronic versions of the text - look for "e-link"
- Kompass United Kingdom (38) QR
- International directory of company histories 658.045/INT
Online Databases are the best way to search by topic for journal articles. Some databases will link to the full text of articles, others will only supply bibliographic details. Key databases for Economics are:
Business Source Complete: Provides full text articles from over 2,900 English language journals published worldwide, covering all areas of business and management. Coverage can go back as far as 1886, though most journals are included only from the 1990s onwards.
Econlit: 1969 onwards with selected abstracts. Contains citations and abstracts to the literature in economics.
ISI Web of Knowledge: This service contains: Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975 to present); Science Citation Index (1900 to present); Social Science Citation Index (1956 to present); Index to Scientific and Technical Proceedings.
JSTOR Arts & Science Collections: is a collection of full text journals, most going back to Volume 1, Issue 1 (in some cases going back to the 18th or 19th Century). Many subjects are covered across the Sciences, Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities.
The Library takes certain daily British broadsheet newspapers. Recent copies are on Level 1 of the Library and older copies are kept on Level 2.
British newspapers and a huge variety of international papers can also be read online on Nexis. You can also search across a number of newspapers via Nexis. Links to individual newspaper titles can be found on Ejournals@surrey
Times Digital Archive, 1785-1985: The complete digital edition of The Times (London) capturing the entire newspaper, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos divided into categories to facilitate searching.
Also of interest may be The Times (1910-1999) and The Sunday Times (1970-1999) which are held on microform on Level 2 of the Library.
Use the Library Catalogue to find printed and microform copies of newspapers.
Printed statistics are on Level 2. The collection includes statistics from the British Government and international organisations such as the UN.
There are two sequences in the statistics collection, books all with the shelfmark beginning 31 and also statistical journals shelved in A-Z order by title.
Some useful publications in the Statistics Journals section might be:
- Economic Trends
- National Accounts of OECD Countries
- United Nations Statistical Yearbook
See also the Statistics page.
The following sites might also be of interest:
UK National Statistics : the official site of the Government Statistics Office
Eurostat : The official site of the EU statistical agency
UN Statistics : statistics covering all aspects of the work of the United Nations
OECD : Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's site on economic and social statistics on member countries
Official Statistics on the Web : a site hosted by the University of Auckland, New Zealand containing free statistics about most countries
Statistics Agencies: Comprehensive listing of UN, national and other statistical agencies
The following guides to UK statistics are in the Quick Reference section on the ground floor:
Guide to Official Statistics is at 016.3141/GUI
Sources of Non-Official UK Statistics is at 016.3141/SOU
European Union publications
These are available in the library in the EDC collection (European Documentation Centre) on Level 2.
Good Study Guides
- The good study guide 378.147226 NOR
- How to write essays 808.042 CLA
- Effective study skills 371.30281/PRI
- Developing work and study skills 650.1/LEE
- Write great essays 808.066 LEV
- Smarter Study Skills Companion 378.00941/MACM
Guides to Referencing
Look at the help pages provided by the University of Surrey.
Further guides are available from:
Also look at Pears, R. A and Shields, G. (2010) Cite them right: the essential referencing guide. 8th ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan which is available in the Library at 808.02 PEA
Online Exam Papers are available from 2003.
Use ESDS International (available via Online databases) to access IMF, OECD, World Bank and IEA datasets
Data.gov.uk gives access to free UK datasets and official statistics across Government and Public Sector.
World Bank datasets freely available on the World Bank web site
World Government Data is a portal to a number of free data web sites maintained by governments worldwide
Photocopies of recommended readings may be found in the Articles Collection in Short Loan. These may be a chapter from a book or a journal article which is not otherwise in the Library stock. Your lecturer should indicate to you if they have placed readings here.
See the Online Databases page for links to Business Source Premier, Econlit, ISI Web of Knowledge etc.
Journal of Economic Literature 1969- is also in the Abstracts section on Level 2.
The Economics section of the Bulletin Board for Libraries Information Service offers a large list of internet Economic resources
EDIRC (Economics Departments, Institutes and Research Centres)
This currently links to 9594 Institutions in 226 countries.
Official website of the European Union
International Economics Gateway
A number of domains relevant to international economics
High quality resources on the internet evaluated by subject specialists in UK universities (previously Sosig Economic links)
Resources for Economists on the Internet
Well known Resources for Economists site selected by Bill Goffe
The Virtual Economy
This site includes a library with details of economic theory & economists, and case studies of the impact of changes in the economy
An extensive list of economic websites categorised under broad economic subject areas. New entries no longer added as of April 2006
World Bank Provides access to World Bank knowledge, statistics and information
Company annual reports
Northcote - links to annual reports on the internet: Links to annual reports of over 100 UK listed companies, including the full FTSE 100