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Library Research Guides

Social Policies/Programs

Resources to research policy for social work practice.

Current News

Here is a list of some of the most comprehensive library databases for searching current newspapers.

Historical Newspapers

Newspaper articles are excellent resources for following the history and background of policy development. While much of our current news is available from individual newspaper web sites, you will likely need to consult library databases to search for older newspaper articles.

Finding Books for Background Information

Use Mirlyn, the library catalog to find books on specific social policy. When you find a title that is on target, click on the title for more details about the item. On the right side of the screen with the details, you will often find a list of similar items and subject terms you can click on to find more on that subject.

Here are just a few examples of some of the books available at the University of Michigan Library, either in print or online.