May 22, 2022

Economics & Finance History: FRASER Digital Library Announces Search Improvements

FRASER is an important and useful, “digital library of U.S. economic, financial, and banking history—particularly the history of the Federal Reserve System.”

From the Announcement:

FRASER is always looking for ways to improve access to the rich primary source documents and data that are our mission to collect and digitize. Recently, we’ve implemented a new searching and indexing tool that provides a number of immediate improvements to our search results. Among the benefits are better overall control of relevancy ranking, improved performance and reliability, and new and more-advanced search methods.

The post goes on to discuss

  • Phrase Matching
  • Wildcard Matching
  • Fuzzy Matching
  • Searching Inside a Document

More Research Databases from the Federal Reserve

  • FRED
    “Download, graph, and track 508,000 US and international time series from 86 sources.”
    “ALFRED allows you to retrieve vintage versions of economic data that were available on specific dates in history.”
  • GeoFRED
    “GeoFRED allows you to create, customize, and share geographical maps of data found in FRED. Easily access the details and adjust how the data are displayed. You can also transform the data and download it according to geographic category and time frame.”
About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.