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2.4 Finding quality economics materials on the Web
Creating a course Web page will usually involve making links to external sites. In the next few
sections we will look at issues connected to linking, starting with the question of how to find
useful content. There are some dedicated projects that seek out the most relevant sites for
economics teaching or research and categorise them helpfully. By using these before trying
general search engines, you can save time.
- For learning and teaching materials specifically, there is the Economics Network links
database, which is the largest online links
database specifically aimed at economics higher education.
- A search for economics on MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and
Online Teaching, a US-based gateway) brings up many tutorials, lesson plans and other materials,
along with users' reviews and comments.
- Resources For Economists is a very comprehensive guide, covering not just teaching resources
but every other kind of link that an economist might need.
- The Intute catalogue is a UK-based source of thousands of
economics and business studies links, searchable and browsable by specific topic.
Importantly, Bized offers a mailing list informing users of weekly updates on the website,
which it is well worth investigating.
For information on how economics lecturers or students may learn to evaluate the worth of
materials they find on the Web (including guides to how material should be referenced), you
may wish to consult an interactive tutorial called the Internet Economist.
Figure 3 A simple self-test question with immediate feedback