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EOF Summer Institute Library Assignment: Topic: Income and Wealth Inequality

A guide for finding resources for the Sociology library assignment for Summer 2019 EOF Summer Institute.

Research Question

Income and Wealth Inequality – Why has the national wealth gap gotten larger? Should the government intervene to make wealth more balanced?

Reference and Background Information

black and white icon of a page with an information symbolReference information helps you understand your topic better. Use the links below to search your topic and learn more before searching for more in-depth resources. 

  1. QuickSearch: The library's search bar for most of our resources. Search by keyword and then narrow down by Resource Type: Reference Entries.
  2. CQ Researcher: A library database for current events and hot topics. Search by keyword

Academic Articles

black and white icon of an articleAcademic articles (also called scholarly or peer-reviewed) are published in academic journals and can be found via the Rutgers Library website. Use the links below to search for articles.

  1. QuickSearch: The library's search bar that searches most of our databases. Search using keywords and then narrow down by Resource Type: Articles. 
  2. Google Scholar: Google's search engine for academic (scholarly) articles. Search using keywords. 

Suggested Keywords:

  • "income inequality" OR "wealth inequality" 
  • "income inequality" AND "wage gap"
  • "wealth inequality" AND "occupy wall street"
  • "income inequality" AND (impact or effect)
  • "wealth distribution"


black and white icon of a bookYou can find physical books and eBooks via the library website. Books that are held at Robeson are available for you right away. Books that are held at other Rutgers Libraries can be sent to Robeson in 3-5 days. Use the link below to search for books. 

  1. QuickSearch: The library's search bar that searches all of the library's books. Search using keywords and then narrow down by Resource Type: Books.

Data & Statistics

black and white icon of a chartYou will often find statistics in academic articles. You can also look on the open web for data and statistics. Government agencies and non-profit organizations often have openly available data and statistics. 

  1. Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): International organization researching economic issues. Search by keyword to see relevant reports. 
  2. U.S. Census Bureau: Income and Poverty: Government agency collecting and reporting data about the US. This page has reports related to income and poverty, including income inequality and distribution of wealth. 

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