Answered By: Berkeley College Library
Last Updated: May 16, 2020     Views: 307

To find information on the pros and cons of capitalism, check the search hints below for help with keywords to use. Then try searching some of the following library resources: 


For introductory/encyclopedia articles: 


For essays on issues in the news ("income inequality") or Pro/Con articles (Capitalism) :



For scholarly/non-scholarly and analytical articles: 


For books and ebooks: 


If you are not sure which pros and cons of capitalism you would like to research, you can begin with entering general search terms in the library catalog or database text boxes.  Here are a few examples of 
combinations of search terms:  

  • capitalism AND benefits

  • capitalism AND advantages

  • capitalism AND "economic benefits"

  • capitalism AND problems

  • capitalism AND drawbacks

  • capitalism AND socialism AND comparison

  • "economic systems" AND comparison

  • capitalism AND "social aspects"


You should be able to find specific examples of pros and cons among your search results.  You can then use these pros and/or cons as new search terms for additional searches.  Here are a few examples:

  • ​capitalism AND poverty

  • capitalism AND "social inequality"

  • capitalism AND innovation


Please see the videos below for directions on:

1. How to find the library's databases

2. How to search the library catalog


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