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Public Policy: Overview
In conducting research for public policy, there are several kinds of information you may need:
Research on social behavior and about public policy in general
Research on the
of your policy
Example policies and research from
, or for international public policy, an understanding of a
General Resources for Articles
This is the best place to start for international politics research. Find articles, books, government documents, research reports and more on both national and international topics.
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Military & Government Collection
Access to current news on all branches of the military and government. Full text for journals, periodicals, country reports from CountryWatch, and pamphlets; indexing and abstracts for more than 400 journals.
This business database also includes articles for public policy on a variety of topics. Use "public policy" as a subject heading in the drop menu to help filter your results.
Back issues of about 30 political science scholarly journals (among many others).
SocINDEX with Full Text
This is your best place to start for understanding social behaviors and their relationship to public policy.
This is our largest collection of both national and international law review articles so is a good choice for topics about the law as it relates to public policy.
CQ Researcher Plus Archive
Substantive, non-biased, well-researched discussions of timely topics and issues, such as: immigration, climate change, marijuana decriminalization, and LBGTQ+ rights.
The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy
Publication Date: 2006
A handbook covers the state of the research for various topics in public policy, making it a good starting place if you are new to research in that area.
Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy
Publication Date: 2003
This text provides A-Z entries on critical concepts, personalities, events and topics in public administration and policy.
U.S. Laws and Legislation
Find out how to discover laws for a specific topic, how to trace legislation, how to find analysis of the law. Includes historical law resources.
Find current, historical, and SMU newspapers.
Find government documents from federal, state, and international governments.
Find statistics by subject or location. Learn how to evaluate statistics.
International Politics and Economy
Find resources for foreign policy, global security, political economy, and more.
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