Political Science 310 Library Resources: Internet Sites

Be cautious when using information you find on web sites that you located by searching Google, Yahoo, Ask Jeeves, Vivisimo, etc. Anyone can make a web page and the information may not be reliable or accurate.

Analysis Outlook

Selected Gov. Agencies with Economic Data

Consumer Price Index/Cost of Living

Consumer Price Index

  • Consumer Price Indexes
    CPI Home Page from the Bureau of Labor Statistics; includes the CPI Inflation Converter which converts from 1980-2000; historical data from 1913; explanations under FAQ Frequency Asked Questions.
  • Cost of Living Calculator
    Computes cost of living changes from 1913 to the present based on the US CPI.
  • Historic Consumer Price Index, 1800-1998
    From the University of Michigan Documents Center, annual CPI from 1800-1912 from Historical Statistics of the United States, 1913-1998 from BLS.
  • Inflation Calculator
    Input a dollar amount and select years from 1800 to 2000 and it will calculate the value based on the Consumer Price Index.
  • Inflation Conversion Factors
    From Robert Sahr, Oregon State, with factors for converting the value of a dollar at each year since 1800 into current dollars.
  • What is a Dollar Worth?
    From the Federal Reserve Bank, Minneapolis to calculate value of dollar between any given year with annual consumer price index back to 1913.



Plagiarism and APA citation style

Remember to cite not only direct quotes, but also other people's ideas. If you paraphrase something, changing a few words to make it sound less like a direct quote, you still have to cite it. If you are uncertain, it is better to cite a source than to be accused of plagiarism for not citing something you should have.