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Social Policy and Programs

Resources to research policy for social work practice.

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Darlene Nichols
Hatcher Graduate Library

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Policy Research Resources

Databases for Background on Policies and Laws


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. Quick video guide to CQ Researcher from your librarian and a video from CQ Researcher below. 





Highly Recommended Databases for Policy Background

Encyclopedias & Handbooks

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.

Databases for Alternative Viewpoints