Good research has a variety of sources. Accuracy and recency should be major concerns.
Books: Frequently, by the time data is incorporated into books about economics, that data is badly dated. Books are better resources for gaining perspective, getting an overview and learning analytical techniques.
Refereed Journals: The Journal of Economic Education, the American Economic Review and the Journal of Economic Perspectives are typical refereed journals that have research that has been reviewed by experts in the field. These are some of the best sources for research.
Newspapers: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post are national publications with huge staffs to validate economic news. While they are very current, again, the rush to publish may lead to inaccuracy. The Orlando Sentinel and the Sanford Herald are sources of state and local economic information.
Magazines: Popular magazines such as: Business Week, Forbes, Fortune, Time, The Economist, Money, Newsweek and US News and World Report, have information about economic matters. Be aware, however, that frequently the rush to publish leads to errors of fact and analysis. While more accurate than newspapers, they may still be full of misinformation.