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The Use of Libraries by Economists: A Personal View

  • Charles Kindleberger
Part of the International Economic Association Series book series (IEA)

Abstract

The paper, by a ‘consumer economist‘ discusses the use of libraries under four classifications: the personal library, the specialized library, the teaching library of a college or university, and the research library. In addition, it reflects briefly on the current problems of libraries ensuing from rising costs, increasing published materials, reduced budgets, etc. It gives the view of one who is not widely familiar with bibliographic aids, both literary and increasingly computerized, and concludes, perhaps erroneously, that such is the ambiguity in the words used by economists that it is unlikely that mechanical substitutes will be found for informal and personalized techniques, such as asking people who know a given field.

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Research Library British Library Subject Collection International Labour Office Rare Book 
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© International Economic Association 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles Kindleberger
    • 1
  1. 1.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUSA

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