Introduction to Public Policy Analysis

Below are some resources that you may find useful when you are working on your policy analysis project for this class. They include local, state, and national government sources, databases in the field of public and international affairs, ideas for how to search for relevant books, and other useful resources. Please email me if you would like additional help or suggestions! My contact information is on the right side of this page.

Semester and Year: 
Spring 2018
Course number: 
PLS 304
Brennan, John

Government Information

New Hanover County

Official website for New Hanover County.

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North Carolina Agencies

A list of NC state agencies that may be useful.

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ProQuest Congressional

Comprehensive online collection of primary source congressional publications and legislative research materials covering all topics, including government, current events, politics, economics, business, science and technology, international relations, social issues, finance, insurance, and medicine. Finding aid for congressional hearings, committee prints, committee reports and documents from 1970-present, and the daily Congressional Record from 1985-present. Compiled legislative histories from 1969-present.

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U.S. Government Accountability Office

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. GAO investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars. 

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Congressional Budget Office

Nonpartisan government office that produces independent budget and economic issue analyses for use in Congressional budget-making.

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Think Tank Search

Think Tank Search

This resource from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government searches the websites of over 700 think tanks, which are organizations that produce public policy research.

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Recommended Databases

You can use these to find scholarly articles, working papers, reports, and other reliable literature.

Public Affairs Information Services (PAIS)

The Public Affairs Information Services database provides information on business, public and international affairs, public and social policies and international relations. PAIS includes publications from over 120 countries throughout the world.

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Worldwide Political Science Abstracts

Provides citations, abstracts, and indexing of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, law, public administration / policy, and public and international affairs.

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Archive of selected scholarly journals in anthropology, art, art history, communication studies, criminology, ecology, economics, education, English, film studies, foreign languages and literatures, geography, geology, history, mathematics, music, philosophy, political science, public and international affairs, religion, social work, sociology, statistics, theatre, and other humanities and social sciences.

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Policy/Public Administration Datasets and Statistics

Open Data Sets by topic (SUNY Geneseo)

Openly available data and statistics by topic

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ICPSR (Inter University Consortium for Political and Social Research)

ICPSR maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction, including a data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences. It hosts 16 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminology, criminal justice, social work, sociology, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields.

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The largest collection of poll data anywhere—1935 to present, all US polling firms, broad topical coverage of opinions and behavior on social issues, politics, pop culture, international affairs, and more. International and US datasets available for immediate download.

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Public and International Affairs Librarian

Social Sciences Librarian

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