Global Economic Recession

This guide is designed to help you research information about the global economic recession. It includes an index of scholarly sources that should be used. Included in the list are websites and search engines that will be helpful in your research. If you have any trouble finding these sources, please ask a librarian for help. Good Luck! Any comments or suggestions are welcome!

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The online catalog provides access to the Library's collection of approximately 40,000 books, periodicals and audio-visual titles. These resources may be used to find information for assignments or general interest.

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Good Search Terms to use

  • Global Financial Crisis
  • Credit Crunch
  • Bailout
  • Foreclosure
  • Financial Crises
  • Recessions--History
  • Bank Failures
  • Fiscal Stimulus
  • Housing Bubble

New Books

Iceland, John. Poverty in America: A Handbook. Berkley: University of California, 2013. Print.
Call Number: HC110.P6 I25 2013

Stockman, David Alan. The Great Deformation: the Corruption of Capitalism in America. New York: PublicAffairs, 2013.
Call Number: HC106.84 .S76 2013

Circulating Books

Madrick, Jeffrey G. Age of Greed: the Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America, 1970 to the Present. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011. Print.
Call Number: HC79.W4 M33 2011

Milanović, Branko. The Haves and the Have-Nots: a Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality. New York: Basic Books, 2011. Print.
Call Number: HC79.I5 M547 2011

Rajan, Raghuram. Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy. Noida: Collins Business, 2010. Print.
Call Number: HC110.I5 R35 2010

Davies, Howard. The Financial Crisis: Who is to Blame? Malden: Polity Press, 2010. Print.
Call Number: HB3717 2008 .D384 2010

Sorkin, Andrew. Too Big to Fail : the Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System and Themselves. New York: Viking, 2009. Print.
Call Number: HB3722 .S659 2009

Lewis, Michael. Panic: The Story of Modern Financial Insanity. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2009. Print.
Call Number: HB3722 .P36 2009

Phillips, Kevin. Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism. New York: Viking, 2008. Print.
Call Number: HC106.7 .P52 2008

Krugman, Paul. The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008. New York: W.W. Norton, 2009. Print.
Call Number: HB3716 .K77 2009

Goodman, Peter S. Past Due: The End of Easy Money and the Renewal of the American Economy. New York: Times Books, 2009. Print.
Call Number: HC106.83 .G66 2009

Bamber, Bill and Spencer, Andrew. Bear Trap: The Fall of Bear Stearns and the Panic of 2008. New York: Brick Tower Press, 2008. Print.
Call Number: HB3722 .B36 2008

Barth, James. The Rise and Fall of the U.S. Mortgage and Credit Markets; A Comprehensive Analysis of the Market Meltdown. Hoboken, N : J. Wiley & Sons, 2009. Print.
Call Number: HG2040.5 .U5 R57 2009

Reference Books

Rosenberg, Jerry Martin. The Concise Encyclopedia of the Great Recession 2007-2012. Lanham: Scarecrow Press, 2012. Print.
Call Number: REF HB3743 .R67 2012

Electronic Books


The library has recently added 20,000 online books from the vendor Ebrary. This is the “community college” collection, of interest to students and faculty at 2-year colleges. All books are simultaneously available to all RCC users.

Contagion : The Financial Epidemic That is Sweeping the Global Economy... and How to Protect Yourself from It
By: John R. Talbott

China and the Global Economic Crisis
By: Sarah Y. Tong and Yongian Zheng

In And Out Of Crisis
By: Greg Albo [et al...]

Impoverishment of Nations : The Issues Facing the Post Meltdown Global Economy
By: Leigh Skene

Global Economic Prospects 2010: Crisis, Finance and Growth
By: staff at the World Bank's Development Prospect's Groups

Global Slump: the Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance
By: David McNally

Uprising: Will Emerging Markets Shape or Shake the World Economy?
By: George Magnus


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's periodicals section for articles about the global economic recession.
  • Businessweek
  • The Economist
  • Fortune
  • Newsweek
  • Time


Access to millions of journal, magazine, newspaper and reference source articles through our research databases.

Credo Reference

Credo Reference is a good source for introductory information to a subject.Through Credo Reference database, RCC students can gain access to 2,977,685 entries from 284 reference sources. This database has over 60 entries with the keywords "global recession" and over 150 for "global financial crisis."

Academic Search Premier

Provides full text for more than 3,800 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including over 600 full-text articles mentioning "global financial crisis", and over 50 full-text, peer-reviewed articles mentioning "global recession."

Academic OneFile

Academic OneFile is the premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. Here you can find over 550 full text articles with the keywords "global financial crisis" and 250 full-text, peer-reviewed articles with the keywords "global recession."

Global Issues in Context

This database offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. Here you can find many news, magazine, academic journal, reference and even podcast sources on the global economic crisis.

Issues and Controversies

Issues and Controversies helps researchers understand the crucial issues we face today, exploring more than 800 hot topics in business, politics, government, education, and popular culture. Here you can find over 200 articles and over 200 reference sources on the topic of "financial crisis."

Streaming Videos

Full length and segment videos from Films On Demand.

Films On Demand

Bill Moyers Journal: Facing the Economic Fallout (57 minutes)
Amidst historic economic failures, this edition of the Journal takes an in-depth look at what led to the financial meltdown, what it means for American
families, and how it may affect voters in the run-up to the 2008 elections. Bill Moyers speaks with prescient political and economic critic Kevin Phillips,
author of Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism. Moyers also sits down with New York Times
business and financial columnists Gretchen Morgenson and Floyd Norris to discuss who wins and who loses in the financial turmoil. An essay on America’s current
Gilded Age concludes the program.

Breaking the Bank(60 minutes)
It all began on a fateful weekend in September of 2008 when the American economy was on the verge of melting down. Then–Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson, his former protégé John Thain, and Ken Lewis, one of the most powerful bankers in the country, secretly cut a deal to merge Bank of America and Merrill Lynch. This episode of Frontline draws on high-profile interviews with key players Lewis and Thain to reveal the story of two banks at the heart of the
financial crisis, their rocky merger, and the government’s new role in taking over—or, in the minds of some, nationalizing—the American banking system.

Bill Moyers Journal: The Business of Poverty / Facing Up to the Economy(57 minutes)
As more and more companies view low-income Americans as opportunities for profit, the “poverty business” is taking off. In this program, Bill Moyers
Journal and Exposé: America’s Investigative Reports follow a team of BusinessWeek reporters as they track corporate practices that some say
are exploiting the working poor. Bill Moyers then talks with economist Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, and New
York Times journalist Bob Herbert about the severe economic challenges facing the government and the populace. A Moyers essay on the Iraqi government’s
$79 billion surplus rounds out the program.

The Era of American Dominance Is Over: A Debate (70 minutes)
The global financial crisis has called into question the viability of the American model of capitalism. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have shown the
limits of American might. And the spending of the U.S. government has grown hazardously dependent on offshore investors. Is the era of American dominance
over? That is the question in this Oxford Union-style debate as panelists make their case. Speakers for the motion cite changes brought on by the financial
crisis, the end of post–World War II illusions, and the lessons of history, while those against point to American intellectual leadership, the ongoing
economic influence of the U.S., and the lack of ideological challengers. Questions from the floor follow. The final vote? Overwhelmingly against.


**Mind Over Money** (60 minutes)
This program investigates the shattering impact the recent global financial meltdown had on how economists think. Why did so few of the brightest minds in
finance not only fail to predict the crash but also argue that it was impossible? With insights from experts and scientific experiments that highlight
the hidden money drives in us all, NOVA explores how human psychology and finance interact under extreme market conditions.

**Inside the Meltdown**(57 minutes)
This edition of Frontline investigates the causes of the 2008 economic meltdown, the worst American financial crisis in 70 years, and how the government responded. The film chronicles the inside stories of the Bear Stearns deal, the Lehman Brothers collapse, the propping up of insurance giant AIG, and
the $700 billion bailout. It also examines what Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke didn't see, couldn't stop, and haven't been able to fix.

Web sites

There are many good websites with information on the global economic recession. These web sites have been evaluated by library staff. Remember to always evaluate internet resources. To find out more about evaluating web sites, Cornell University has a very good guide.

Financial Times

The Financial Times is a large business news resource with a whole page dedicated to the global financial crisis. Here you can find articles on business and financial data, news, analysis and more.

This website is funded by the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, a private, non-profit corporation. The page is set up like a blog with current media news stories on the economy.

World Bank Global Monitoring Report 2009

Global Monitoring Report 2009, prepared jointly by the staff of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, provides a development perspective on the global economic crisis.

Debt Rising in Europe

This set of interactive maps from the New York Times website shows how the different countries of the European Union rank in terms of debt.

BBC Global Economy Report

The BBC is the largest broadcasting organization in the world and is publicly funded. This page contains background information,articles, up-to-date information and even a glossary on the global economic situation.

Time Photo Essay

Here you can find Time Magazine's photo essay on the global financial crisis with "A look at the world as it deals with the global financial crisis."

Citing Sources: Style Guides

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The Owl at Purdue: APA Formatting and Style Guide
The Owl at Purdue: MLA 2009 Formatting and Style Guide

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General Library Information

Research guide prepared on 11/28/11 by Becky Ferris, Updated 3/15/14 by Joy Singletary.