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ECON 222901/MHON339801: Forecasting/Thesis Research


Getting Started

Key resources for locating time series data with monthly, quarterly or annual frequencies. Data, including economic indicators, allow students to apply forecasting theory to actual business and economic time series data.


This guide is a starting point for research covering honors thesis and forecasting  literature review and key data sources.
For more specific business guides on Company, Industry, Marketing and Social Responsibility go to Business & Management Guides.  For Forecasting, use the Industry guide for trends and forecasting information. For thesis topics that are interdisciplinary, go to our main Research Guides page and select a discipline. 

Articles are great places to identify data sources. Be sure to cite all of your resources. 

RefWorks  is an easy to use tool for managing your bibliography. Most databases allow direct export of cittions into RefWorks. 

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Identify Data Needs

Find Articles includes database to search for articles and other documents on industry, management and economic issues. Use the cited references  within the article for more relevant  articles and also note sources of data which are cited in the articles!.


For international indicators use Find International Time Series. International agencies may calculate indicators in different ways. Make sure your data is comparable.

Historical company financial information can be found at Company Time Series Data. Compustat has the longest time series for sales and other financial statement data on a quarterly and annual basis.


Subject Guide

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Sonia Ensins
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Boston College