Barbara A. Mento
Virtual Data Center Manager
Senior Economics, Computer Science and Mathematics Librarian

O'Neill Library 313

Find Economics Resources
Find Statistical and GeoSpatial Data
Find Computer Science Resourses
Find Mathematics Resources

Professional Activities

 Find Economics Resources:

1. Browse the Economics Research Guide for links to major data sets, software and organizations which support teaching and research in Economics. It is a good place to start either a research paper or a search for basic economics statistics. This guide links to sources for time series data, working papers, software and current economic news including major newspapers. If you need additional help please contact Barbara Mento. Either email a question or set up an appointment for a full consultation.

2. Find Economics newspapers and journals in the Quest Journal Catalog. Select view holdings to see both print and online formats.

Economics E-Journals can be searched by title and at: E-Journals
You can also search specific titles full text such as Financial Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Business Week and Fortune.

3. Search Economic and Statistical Databases for a list of online bibliographic and numberic databases which are available to BC faculty and students.l

4. Visit the Economics Collection Policies page describes the Boston College Economics Collection providing information on the scope strengths of the economics collection and key resources used by economics researchers. .

5. Get current news regarding Economics Courses, Faculty Profiles and Research, Seminars and Economics Department News visit the Economics Department web site.

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Find Statistical and GeoSpatial Data

1. Search the Statistical Data Catalog
Includes information about key research datasets and can be searched by title, keyword or subject. Records include descriptions of the data, available formats (including SPSS, SAS and STATA), documentation and direct download links whenever possible. The catalog includes U.S. and International data and current strengths are in Health Care, Social and Economic Indicators and Education.

2. Use Statistical Finding Aids :

Statistical Sources
This guide provides links to statistical compendiums and large data

Subject Specific Guides:
Community Analysis Resources

sets both U.S. and international. Economics Statistics
  Finding Data
Statistical Universe Finding Spatial Data
This database is an index to State, National and International level Foreign Trade Statistics
statistics primarily from the U. S. Government. Health Statistics
  U.S. Census Data

3. Browse Data/Statistics, which is a portal to deliver data and services supporting quantitative research at Boston College. VDC experts work closely with faculty and students to identify the data needs of the BC community. The VDC team also maintains a to provide information about and easy access to key datasets and GIS research and support on campus.

4. Search Economic and Statistical Databases
This is not a complete list. Please contact Barbara Mento if you don't find what you need.

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Find Computer Science/IT Resources


Find Mathematics Resources

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Professional Activities

Recent publications:
"Data Mining and Data Warehousing". Co-authored with Brendan Rapple. Abstract. ARL SPEC Kit 274, August 2003
"ABLD/EBSLG 2000 Meeting" Journal of Business and Finance Librarianship v.6, no. 3, 2001 p.21-53.


"Enhancing Data Analysis With GIS" Abstract ESRI Education User Conference. May 2003. Co-authored with Constantin Andronache, et. al.

Earlier publications:

"Academic Business Library Directors' Meeting" Journal of Business and Finance Librarianship v.5, no. 3, 2000 p.43-54.
"Academic Business Library Directors' Meeting" Journal of Business and Finance Librarianship v.4, no. 1, 1998 p.57-62.
"Launching a Gopher at the O'Neill Library" Library Instruction Round Table News. March 1994.
"Accounting and Taxation". Business Sources on the Net. 1993.
"Reference Roving at Boston College: Point of Use Assistance to Electronic Resource Users Reduces Stress," with Adeane Bregman, College and Research Libraries News 53 no. 10
(November 1992): 634-635.

Editorial board
Journal of Business and Finance Librarianship 1997

Cochair Boston College eLearning Action Group. 2003-

Special Libraries Association 1981-
    Boston Chapter President 2000-2001
Awards Committee 2004.
    Director of Finance 1994-1995
    Sci/Tech Committee Chair 1992

SLA Award for Innovations in Technology, 1995

ICPSR Official Representative
Boston College is a member of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. BC researchers have access to over 5,000 datasets. ICPSR also offers a series of classes and workshops during their Summer Program in Quantitative Methods. Contact Barbara Mento with any question regarding accessing ICPSR data or ICPSR workshops.


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Questions or comments contact Barbara Mento: || 617-552-3354
O'Neill Reference and Instructional Services Department || O'Neill Room 313
Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
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Updated: January 3, 2008