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Social Policy and Programs

Resources to research policy for social work practice.

Self-Guided Learning

See this Canvas module for a self-guided learning opportunity on finding laws and legislation using Library databases.

Federal Laws


ProQuest Congressional

ProQuest Congressional indexes and abstracts Congressional committee publications, including hearings, committee prints, reports, documents, and public laws. It also includes the full text of Congressional reports and documents, Executive branch documents, bills and resolutions, hearings, the Congressional Record, CRS Reports, Statutes at Large, bill text, the Serial Set, Federal Register, and the current U.S. Code and the Code of Federal Regulations.

The Advanced Search option in ProQuest Congressional  lets you select the type of publication and date range you need. For online help to search the database in general as well as for details on each type of item in the database, check out the ProQuest Congressional Research Guide

Here is a video from your librarian on searching CRS (Congressional Research Service) Reports using ProQuest Congressional. 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. Recent reports are also available freely at the CRS website.

Michigan Bills and Laws

State Laws

Municipal Ordinances

To search across Municipal Codes in Nexis Uni

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Select Legal, then Statutes and Legislation, and then Municipal Codes

Other Sources