Guide to the Research Collections
GENERAL RESOURCES IN ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Resources in economics and business administration (including those on transportation and communication) have for many years formed a significant proportion of the total holdings of the Research Libraries, as shown by the following statistics:
These figures provide a conservative estimate of holdings in the area, excluding large numbers of government publications shelved with the general collection of public documents, items housed in the Jewish, Slavonic, and Oriental Divisions, and recent acquisitions of microform sets (such as the annual reports of all companies listed on major United States and Canadian exchanges).
The library collects comprehensively in most areas within economics and business administration. The field is such that many publications dealing primarily with the local, rather than the national, scene in foreign countries do not find their way into the collections. Similarly, less material is available on the economies of smaller states outside the northeastern region of the United States than on New York and surrounding states. As research in this field emphasizes the use of recent publications, the library gives higher priority to their acquisition than to that of older imprints, although it makes an exception to this policy in the case of already established special collections. The library does attempt to obtain a very high percentage of all publications of research value for certain areas within the field: economic history, banking, industrial relations, accounting, and advertising.
The collection of reference material is strong; the library orders almost all such publications in all languages. The policy is especially true in regard to bibliographies, indexes, and other bibliographic tools, extending to the published catalogs and accession lists of libraries with important resources in the field.
A large collection of serials embraces titles from all over the world, with generally complete files of major journals and a good representation (although not always beginning with the first volume) of those of lesser importance. The fact that the Union List of Serials
can locate but few copies of some journals in other libraries indicates the library's strength in the more unusual publications; not infrequently the library's set may be one of as few as five available in this country. Older foreign titles present in complete sets, for example, include the Revue économique et financière, Der National-Oekonom Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik, Swedish Journal of Economics, Giornale degli economisti,
and Revista de ciencias económicas
(Argentina). Among the more recently established journals are Australian Economic History Review, Actividade económica de Angola, Economia internazionale, Estudios económicos, Ekonomska politika
(Yugoslavia), Royal Nepal Economist,
and La Tunisie économique.
University monograph series in economics and related fields constitute another strong portion of the resources. These files, usually complete, represent the publications of departments, faculties, or institutes of economics from such universities or institutions as Bordeaux, Buenos Aires, Catholic University (Santiago, Chile), Central University of Venezuela, Columbia, Halle, Jena, Kobe, Oxford, University of the East (Manila), Stellenbosch,
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and Wisconsin. A related group consists of the publications of American university schools of commerce and business administration.