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Purdue Libraries Database of the Week: OECD iLibrary

January 20th, 2015

Welcome to Database of the Week.  This feature from the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management & Economics is intended to give you a brief introduction to a database that you may not know, with only basic information to get you started.  Hopefully, you will be tempted to explore this or other databases.

This Week’s Featured Database: OECD iLibrary, from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Find it:, Under the column headed Collections, click on List of Business Databases.

Description/focus: OECD iLibrary offers statistics, full text books, and reports from the OECD, whose focus is the world economy.

Start with this hint: The OECD iLibrary opening page has a menu bar to browse by theme, country, catalogue, and statistics. The basic search box finds your term in several fields, and then you can limit the results to books, papers, statistics, etc. If your subject is a phrase, be sure to use quotation marks: water policies will give different results from “water policies.”  The default for the Advanced Search is to look for your term in all fields, so limit to Title and Abstract to get a manageable number of hits.

Click here to see the basics of searching OECD iLibrary or try our Guide on the Side with this link.


Why you should know this database: The statistical databases in OECD iLibrary cover national accounts, economic indicators, trade, employment, migration, education, energy, health, development and innovation in both member and non-member countries.


How this will help students: Students searching for an international research topic can browse the OECD iLibrary Theme or Country menus for issues in Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia-Pacific.  The organization covers economic and social trends, from the labor force in persistently poor areas to the innovation and growth of the Internet economy.


Cost: Paid by the Libraries annually.



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