Comparing the Atlas with CliffsNotes
Study guide material on economics
Cliffs Notes, and its Canadian predecessor, Coles Notes, have for decades provided study guides to literary works and to high school and university courses. The current version, called CliffsNotes (link on right and reference below), is operated by education publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and provides free online study guides for a range of subjects, including some of interest to MPP and MPA students (particularly Accounting Principles, Economics, Principles of Management, Statistics).
As can be seen from the comparison below, the Atlas concepts are more focused on public management problems and are generally more advanced than the entries in CliffsNotes.
Comparing the entries for economics
It is interesting to compare the Atlas entries and the actual CliffsNotes treatment of economics.
The CliffsNotes study guide’s 14 subcategories under Economics are similar to the 18 topics used in the Atlas under Economic Analysis and Macroeconomic Policy:
The 4 sub-sub categories under the CliffsNotes Demand, Supply, and Elasticity are fewer than 11 Atlas concepts under Supply, Demand, and Equilibrium in the table below, and the treatment of Market Equilibrium, for example, is more extensive than the CliffsNotes Equilibrium Analysis (see http://www.cliffsnotes.com/study-guides/economics/demand-supply-and-elasticity/equilibrium-analysis, accessed 26 April 2016.)
Core concepts associated with one Atlas topic
|Change in Demand vs. Change in Quantity Demanded||Demand Curve||Normal Good vs. Inferior Good|
CliffsNotes, Economics, at http://www.cliffsnotes.com/study-guides/economics, accessed 26 April 2016.
Page created by: Ian Clark, last updated 23 July 2016.
Image: CliffsNotes Study Guides, at http://www.cliffsnotes.com/study-guides, accessed 26 April 2016.