It is not always easy to find primary and secondary sources to back up your thesis, while the Internet has a constant flow of information, it can also be overwhelming and confusing at times to find relevant data and solid research to back up your paper, at least that's how we have felt over the past few months, but fear no more! Here are some options for you beyond your Google Search.
Research gate is a platform build for Scientists by Scientists, think about this platform as a place where you can ask questions to PhD researchers about any topic, search for specific keywords and follow people working in research projects. Here is what they say about themselves:
Statista has become the go to place when it comes to finding meaningful data, an intelligent business model build upon Open Data sources, Statista creates comprehensive data material such us infographics and reports. Some of its content is delivered as Creative Commons although a large proportion of its content is premium, nevertheless Statista seems to be available in many educational institutions.
World Economic Forum
The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. I have been following them for over 6 months and the amount of quality articles published is, to say the least, exceptional. They are extremely active in Social Media as well, you just need to check their Facebook stream to get a sense. The articles would also provide you with links to other sources that will become relevant in the future.
Founded by two former Facebook employees Quora is a Social Network where you can ask any question, search for answers, follow interesting people that are actively sharing their wisdom. There is a bit of business involved here where Experts will promote their companies while answering specific questions, but there is a tendency to be ethical about it, those experts will always disclose for whom they work and what their role in the company is. Did I mention Jimmy Wales is a stakeholder?
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OCED)
OCED is an intergovernmental organisation with 35 country members, it was founded right after II World War with the objective of managing the famous Marshall Plan, since then it has evolved along the decades to be a referent in publications such us the well known PISA Report delivered every year. Very engaged in Social Media, they publish reports around different economic subjects on a regular basis and their infographics are neat, probably due the fact that they have a budget of 363 Million euros a years to spend ;).
The World Bank
5 different institutions working for a World free of Poverty, the infographics and Open Data is a gold mine for Entrepreneurs looking for macro trends for those dry business plans while seeking investment, they have released a really nifty compilation for 2016, check it out!
Hope you like the compilation! if you know of any other Databases, just connect with us and let us know :)