Reliable full-text source for economic research, this database contains all of the indexing available in EconLit in addition to full text for hundreds of journals including the American Economic Association journals. This database also contains many non-English full-text journals in economics & finance and volume and issue browsing is available for all full-text journals.
This is an excellent place to start if you are looking for newspaper articles. Provides full-text access (and indexing and abstracts) for 350 international and U.S. newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Star Tribune.
Lots of current and historical data on inflation, unemployment, productivity, and more. Using the Subject Tables is a good way of navigating this large and detailed site. Or you can check out the Economy at a Glance, which includes Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) information.
These books can be useful to get started on your project.
From "Average Weekly Earnings" to the "Value of the Dollar", this book explains the various indicators used by economists. For each indicator, you'll learn where and when it is available, its content, the methodology behind it, its accuracy, relevance, and recent trends.
A handy reference to the jargon of international trade. Also included are international dialing codes, weights and measurements, key word translations, air and sea shipping information, and similar information.
You'll probably find longer, more detailed entries in other sources, but this is a good online source for basic information about Great Depression topics. Catch up on things like the Hawley-Smoot Tariff of 1930 and the creation of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Suggestions for further reading are included. Use it online!
A nice encyclopedia for background reading and quick overviews of business cycle topics. Note that it was published in 1997, so it will be more helpful for historical research than as a guide to current events.