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Megan's Recommendations for Getting Started
PAIS This link opens in a new window
This is the best place to start for national or international public policy research.
Limit your searches to "Library Catalog" for books, which can be good for broad understanding and historical context. You may need to eliminate government documents by removing "United States" as an author in the Advanced Search.
Political Science Complete This link opens in a new window
Add "government policy" as a subject to help focus your searches.
Hein Online This link opens in a new window
This database has national and international law review articles, a good choice for articles on the legal implications of a policy: its strengths and weaknesses as a law, the relationship of the law to court decisions, and the potential effects of the application of a policy.
Research Help by Topic
U.S. Politics and Policy
Covers public policy, foreign policy, elections, interest groups, polls, and political speech.
Country Politics and Economy
Find resources for researching a specific country's government, policies, politics, economy, and more.
Primary and secondary sources
Recommended databases, data sources, and research organizations.
Statistics by subject and region. Includes links to public opinion, government statistics, and more.
Research and Writing Lab
One-on-one help with researching and writing political science and public policy papers. Register below and drop in anytime within the lab hours.