QUESTION: inequality and debt

question / pregunta: 

i am attempting to create a dynamic bubble chart that flow thru time by year with each bubble representing a value as described above in the subjects line. i will be focusing on around 1970 to the present. the objective is a visual representation of suppressed wages, rising debt, and lower quality of life thru time. any assistance you could provide would be greatly appreciated, and awesome.
sean mcalpin


Answer posted by:
jim miller

A possible start might be a Google search using site:edu,, etc - to find unpublished or recent reports from university departments. For example, Google gets about 20 hits for: "bubble chart" inequality debt site:edu

You can also try site:gov, but first try the search: "bubble chart" inequality debt , in, to find STATE as well as federal reports, documents, and web sites. I have no luck trying "bubble chart" inequality debt site:edu in Google images, but "bubble chart" inequality site:edu gets about 30. You can certainly try these searches in Google Scholar, without of course the site: edu, since Scholar IS all academic sources (at least we hope so!). But you would need to be onsite at a large university that subscribes to the many journals that Google Scholar indexes - or at least be going through a university's proxy server to get to Google Scholar.

If you are at a large academic library, you can also try commercial databases such as ScienceDirect, which defaults to full text search of all of its journals (all scholarly), and gets 3 hits for: Chart w/50 inequality w/50 debt. But authors often will not SAY if a chart is a bubble chart - you will probably have to look at a lot of charts or figures, to find a bubble chart that is not called a bubble chart. Also, that full text proximity search varies: Ebsco databases such as Business Source or Academic Search would require you to "select a field" TX-All text, and search: Chart n50 inequality n50 debt. JSTOR(default full text search) would say "chart inequality debt"~50. But JSTOR advanced search lets you select search of "caption", and that gets 7 hits for: inequality and debt. The thumbnail images don't appear to be bubble charts, but you may want to try looking in the full text PDFs, in case - or try different words.

Answer posted by:
jim miller

My earlier answer touched on sources for making bubble charts, but I need to add more on how to get the data for those charts. A possible start might be the Census Bureau, which gets 4 hits for: inequality debt "time series" (use the tiny search box at upper right); and 15 hits for: inequality 1970s. You might do well to skim quickly through the list of about 150 for: inequality "time series", in case they might have many different words implying inequality.

You can also try, which gets "about 322" hits for: Inequality debt "time series" 1970 2012. But note that this Bing search engine does a smart extract of what it finds most relevant - if you wait a minute or 2, that list drops to 35 or 36 hits. Compare a Google search for: Inequality debt "time series" 1970 2012 site:gov , which gets 168 hits. Note that Google's site:gov limiter will get different results than - partly because that site includes STATE as well as federal sites and documents, including ones with the old URLs like,,, etc. In Google you can also limit to site:edu , which will get some free research reports, preprints, etc. - very different from the results in, which is mostly commercial subscription journal articles, that .require you to be on campus at a subscribing university, or at least logging in via a student/staff password to their proxy server.