Tuesday, January 30, 2007

New Database: SourceOECD

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an international grouping of 30 member countries "sharing a commitment to democratic government and the market economy. With active relationships with some 70 other countries and economies, NGOs and civil society, it has a global reach. Best known for its publications and its statistics, its work covers economic and social issues from macroeconomics, to trade, education, development and science and innovation."

SourceOECD is an online portal that delivers the OECD thousands of publications and data sources online. The resource includes access to OECD books and periodicals in PDF format, as well as interactive access to OECD statistical databases in which data can be selected and downloaded as MS Excel™ (.xls) or Comma-delimited text (csv) files.

SourceOECD is an open access portal. But the great majority of web-based materials on their servers are only available to institutional subscribers like the Sawyer Library. It's the difference between seeing a (indicating allowed access), or a (indicating you will not be allowed to access particular content) when you find a useful material. So, although you can hit SourceOECD from anywhere on the web, make sure that you access it from the Sawyer Library's proxyized links which we maintain on our database lists and guides. That way, all current faculty and students will be able to make full use of all the many sources of country and regional information related to social issues, economics, and global markets available here.

The homepage of the database includes links to new materials on the main body of the page. Also keep an eye out for the links in the left frame to "OUR TOP 12 MOST FREQUENTLY USED SERVICES." In the colorful top border, you will find tabs that bring users to the main sections of the the site, which include Books, Periodicals, Statistics, At a Glance, Working Papers, and Reference resources. When in doubt you can also just search for the country or topic you are interested in using the search box right below the top border.

[FIND SourceOECD on our "Databases by Subject" List in three categories: "Business and Management," "Social Sciences," and also "General Resources." ]

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