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Comparing Social Policies/Programs   Tags: public_policy, social_work  

This is a guide to resources for the policy comparison assignment for Social Work 530 classes, Introduction to Social Welfare Policy and Services.
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Library Resources for Finding Background on Policy

Consider using CQ Researcher to start your search. This database provides in-depth, unbiased research reports on social trends, health, criminal justice, education, international affairs, the environment, technology and the economy. Information is available from 1923 to current issues in today's news. 


  • CQ Researcher, 1923 - present
    CQ Researcher is noted for its in-depth, unbiased coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy. Each article provides an introductory overview, background information , and pro/con statements from representatives of opposing positions. Articles also provide extensive bibliographies for further research.
  • America: History & Life  
    Covers articles on American & Canadian history. Advance search lets you search by historic periods or date ranges. This can be primary research, if the article was written during this time period or secondary research if the article was written later.
  • Public Affairs Index
    An excellent bibliographic database which covers national and international public policy issues indexed from scholarly journals, government documents, conference proceedings and other publications.
  • Public Affairs Information Service (PAIS) International
    Contains references to nearly 2 million journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, research and conference reports, publications of international agencies, microfiche, Internet material, etc. concerning public affairs and public policy worldwide.
  • ProQuest
    Search across 66 different ProQuest databases at the same time for important articles in a wide variety of disciplines.
  • ArticlesPlus
    Choose the format type "Reference" before entering a search for a specific policy in order to find in-depth information from online encyclopedias including policy background, history and related readings.
  • CQ Congress Collection
    Provides analysis of members of Congress, their legislative voting behavior, interest groups, and their interactions in crafting public policy. Also explains institutional and organizational history, the legislative process, and public policy decision-making.
  • ProQuest Congressional
    Look up the exact wording of bills, acts and law. Read Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports for extensive background on current and historic government legislation. Find Congressional Hearings and other Congressional documents.
  • Open CRS: Congressional Service Reports for the People
    ProQuest Congressional only offers CRS Reports up to 2003. Open CRS is a web site whose aim is to collect and make public as many CRS Reports as possible. This site frequently has more up to date reports than ProQuest Congressional. Other places to find more recent CRS Reports include Topical Index to CRS Reports and University of North Texas CRS Report Collection.
  • Political Reference Suite
    A collection of over 30 reference works, including CQ Almanc, Historic Documents Series (back to 1972), Times Reference (note: special collection of major issues affecting the LGBT community from the NYTimes), Congress A-Z, etc.
  • Social Science Research Network(SSRN)
    Provides full text documents over 410,000 scholarly working papers of social science disciplines, including economics, law, political science, and public policy. Open to public.
  • How a Bill Becomes a Law - from Congress A-Z
    Log in to see this graphic from CQ's Congress A to Z which shows the typical path taken for a bill to become a law.

Finding Books in Mirlyn

If you find a promising book in Mirlyn click on the subject tab to see subject headings. Clicking on these links will give you a list of books on this same or similar topics.

Mirlyn record for "The war on poverty: a new grassroots history" showing subject headings

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