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Women's Studies 402: Gender and Health Policy: Primary Source Exercises

Guide for Anna Kirkland's WS 402: Gender and Health Policy Course

Exercise 1: News Sources

Not sure where to start? These online databases allow you to search through hundreds of newspapers at the same time.

Exercise 1: Popular or Important Newspapers

Exercise 1: Newspapers By Location

Exercise 2: About Congressional Hearings

Congressional hearings are testimony before committees and subcommittees in the United States Congress. Hearings can cover:

  • Proposed legislation
  • Research for future legislation
  • Oversight of the Executive Branch
  • Nominations to high office
  • Appropriations

People who testify before Congress include:

  • Experts on a subject
  • Lobbyists
  • Members of the Executive Branch
  • Members of the public
  • Other Members of Congress

Subjects include everything that Congress funds, foreign relations, health, and safety


Exercise 2: Finding Congressional Hearings

Exercise 2: Congressional Research Service

The CRS works exclusively and directly for Members of Congress, their Committees and staff on a confidential, nonpartisan basis.  Their reports are written at the request of members and provide good summaries of policy or background information on a matter of interest to Congress.

Exercise 3: Presidential Statements and Executive Orders

Exercise 4: Finding Court Cases

Exercise 4: Resources for Reading Court Cases