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Find legislation and public policy
Library Instruction Evaluation
Use popular sources to find information about the legislation's goals
How can you find what the intended goals of a piece of legislation were?
Does the policy's sponsor have any information on their webpage about why they introduced the policy?
Are there any news interviews or blog posts of the sponsor speaking about the policy?
Do any organizations have a published viewpoint on the policy?
To look for interviews or blogs or websites, search:
To find popular information about a policy maker's position, you can also try their social media feeds. Some good tools to search multiple feeds (Twitter, Facebook, etc) at once include:
A custom Google search that allows you to search Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Flickr using keywords or names.
A social media search engine that searches Twitter, Instagram, YouTube Reddit, Tumblr, Vimeo and Flickr for mentions, users and trends. Includes sentiment analysis.
Use scholarly sources to find information about the legislation's goals and to analyze the legislation
When analyzing a policy, you may want to refer to statistics or reference policy analyses from Think Tanks or policy, economics or public administration journals. You can find those using:
Think Tank Search
From Harvard's Kennedy School of Government library, this link is a custom Google search + list of hundreds of US and international think tanks affiliated with universities, governments, advocacy groups, foundations, non-governmental organizations, and businesses that generate public policy research, analysis, and activity.
American Policy Directory (by U Oregon)
Find analysis and advocacy from all perspectives on US national public policy.
NBER Working Papers
The National Bureau of Economic Research Working Papers. Full text available via PDF in most cases.
Indexing for more than 8,800 serials, including full-text for more than 1,100 peer-reviewed business publications. The database also includes country economic reports, detailed company profiles, market research reports, industry reports, country reports, company profiles and SWOT analyses.
In-depth coverage of the U.S. Congress: status of bills, votes and amendments, floor and committee activity, and backroom maneuvering.
Catalog of U.S. Government Publications
The Catalog of U.S. Government Publications is a search and retrieval service that provides bibliographic records of U.S. Government information resources.
US Government Accountbility Office
An independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. Often called the "congressional watchdog," GAO investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars.
Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Center on the States. Since 1999, it has reported and analyzed trends in state policy.
Other possible sources include:
(Include the search string "policy analysis" or "public policy analysis" in your search terms for best results)
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