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Why EconBiz? Find relevant publications quickly

The search for quality research publications on current topics is often difficult. If, for example, you are looking for reliable work on the subject of "equal pay", you must first filter out newspaper reports or political action platforms in order to access academic texts on the subject. Scholarly search engines such as Google Scholar favor publications that have already been quoted frequently, so that older publications are often found at the top of the list and even a restriction to current years does not produce the desired result in many cases.

In EconBiz, you can quickly find the publications you want by adjusting sorting or filtering. If you still cannot find the right results, tools such as the Standard Thesaurus for Economics (STW) and specially trained personnel (Research Guide EconDesk) can help you. The STW helps to find suitable search terms and corresponding publications. If, for example, a publication deals with "unequal pay structure", but the term "equal pay" does not appear anywhere in the publication, this text would not be found without additional steps or search for synonyms etc. In addition, EconBiz offers professional help via the integrated contact options in the Research Guide EconDesk.

Access to publications is also not always easy and often depends on whether you are sitting at an institutional (e.g. university) computer or use special connections (such as VPN or HAN). EconBiz shows access options and offers personal support. The integrated help options can be used to show the way to the desired full text for the complex access options.

Depending on the topic and search terms, it is possible that too few or too many relevant hits are found: In these cases the integrated tips help to increase or reduce the number of hits.

In EconBiz, private and public lists of favorites can be created on any topic and labeled with a description and tags. A public list of favorites can be used, for example, to make the literature available for a course.

The games, videos etc. in the area "Research Skills" help to acquire information literacy.

In the introductions found here brief explanations of the points listed above are provided.

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