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Library Research Guides

Social Policies/Programs

This is a guide to resources to research policy for social work practice.

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. 


Highly Recommended Databases for Policy Background

Article Databases

Scholarly Article Databases

Search these databases to find scholarly articles for policy analysis and background.


Topical encyclopedias can come in handy by providing brief background information, including history, key issues and people, and references to other works. Below are a few examples of encyclopedias in the Library's electronic collection. Many more are available both online and in the Hatcher Reference Room in print.

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