Selected African Economics articles available for free

By Victoria Bird|September 26, 2013|Africa, Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

To celebrate the start of the new academic term, Wiley have kindly provided free access to a selection of articles on African Economics from across our social science and humanities journals. All articles are freely available until 31 December 2013. Access the full list of articles are on Wiley’s website. A total of 50 have been made available for use, and can be read online, downloaded, printed and saved. Examples of available

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IMF e-Library for SOAS staff and students

By Victoria Bird|September 12, 2013|Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

The IMF eLibrary for the UK Data Service is available via Mimas and offers the entire catalogue of IMF publications in several digital formats. It is an indispensable tool for economics research and analysis including over 10,000 periodicals, books and working papers from 1951 onwards containing information and perspective on macroeconomics, globalisation, development, trade and aid, technical assistance, demographics, emerging markets, policy advice, poverty reduction and more. Access from: http://www.soas.ac.uk/library/resources/a-z/data/. It

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Open Data for Africa

By Victoria Bird|July 26, 2013|Africa, Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has completed the network of Open Data Platforms in all 54 African countries. This resource provides data on a myriad of topics- ranging from food prices and economic data, through to mobile telephone ownership. It will allow open access to the data needed for managing and monitoring development results in African countries, including tracking progress on the Millennium Development Goals. The Open Data Platform is

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Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Country Indicators free from World Bank Group

By Victoria Bird|July 19, 2013|Financial and Management Studies|0 comments

Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Country Indicators (MSME-CI) provides both the latest global snapshot and historic data back 20 years on the number of MSMEs in 132 world economies. Finding answers to questions such as: How many MSMEs are there in a given country? What share of employment do MSMEs provide? What is the firm size-breakdown within the MSME sector? How did the number of MSMEs change over the past

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Your passport to global market information- try it now!

By Victoria Bird|June 17, 2013|Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies|0 comments

Passport, provided by Euromonitor International offers global, regional and country level online market research, monitors industry trends and gives you strategic analysis and a market size and market share database for products. Subscribers use the system to support a wide range of academic research projects: · Global Trend monitoring · Cultural change in the 21st century · Economic development in developed and developing countries · Market and Company analysis ·

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Webinar week at UK Data Service: Five free online sessions

By Victoria Bird|May 2, 2013|Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

Social scientists from all sectors are invited to participate in a series of webinars designed to introduce the data and resources available through the newly formed UK Data Service. All webinars are free of charge and open to anyone in the UK and overseas. Spaces are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please reserve your spot by booking at the links below. An introduction to data available from

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Datastream e-training sessions

By Victoria Bird|April 10, 2013|Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies|0 comments

There is a series of e-training sessions being run by Thomson Reuters about Datastream, which might be of use to those collecting data for their dissertations. Details of the upcoming sessions below: Datastream in Office: Learn how to use Datastream from within Excel, Word and PowerPoint Thomson Reuters Datastream University Q&A Session: ask specific questions based on your research You can access these sessions from any PC- you do not

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Trial ProQuest Social Sciences Premium Collection

By Victoria Bird|April 9, 2013|Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Law, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

We currently have trial access to the ProQuest Social Sciences Premium Collection until 7 July 2013. The trial provides access to the following resources, in addition to those the Library already currently subscribes to from ProQuest: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA) (1987 – current) ERIC (1966 – current) PAIS International (1914 – current) PILOTS: Published International Literature On Traumatic Stress (1871 – current) ProQuest Criminal Justice (1981 – current) ProQuest

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EIU Country Data

By Victoria Bird|March 20, 2013|Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

You can now access the Economist Intelligence Unit’s CountryData database to find detailed financial information for 50 countries, from 1980 to the present- and with forecasts for up to 2030 for some key variables. It’s also possible to obtain summary information of the EIU Country Outlook reports. EIU CountryData contains over 280 variables, divided into the following major categories: Gross domestic product, Fiscal and monetary indicators, Demographics and income, Foreign payments, External debt stock,

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Statistics, databases and websites – guidance for SOAS students beginning dissertations

By Victoria Bird|March 19, 2013|Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

Beginning research for your dissertation can make you feel a little lost, especially when you are searching for statistics or other data. Statistics and other factual databases are not just for Mathematicians, or Economists- they can provide powerful evidence for any Social Science discipline. This post will introduce some of the sources for non-specialists. Start point- Library databases A good start point is to consider what you actually need in

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