MLD-719mb: Intensive Policy Writing
Developing your search strategy [PDF]
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Articles, Reports, and Papers
Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO)
Provides the full text of working/policy papers and other scholarly material relating to international affairs, security and ethics.
National Journal Group's Policy Central
A collection of resources on U.S. politics and policy. Includes the National Journal magazine, the Almanac of American Politics; CongressDaily; Technology Daily; and the Hotline.
Indexes public and social policy literature including journal articles, books, directories, conference proceedings, government documents and statistical yearbooks.
Database of public policy reports and studies published by think tanks, university research programs, and research organizations.
Think Tank Search
Google custom search of the websites of over 230 U.S. and international think tanks. (Free Resource)
20 Questions A Journalist Should Ask About Poll Results
This article is a great resource for thinking critically about the reliability of a poll, including funding, sampling, and methodology. (Free Resource)
Timely public opinion results from Gallup Poll. (Free Resource)
Harvard-MIT Data Center (HMDC)
HMDC is a member of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) and a leading datacenter for the social sciences. HMDC offers access to datasets, extensive support, and workshops.
IQSS Dataverse Network
The world's largest collection of social science research data, Dataverse includes ICPSR, Roper, NARA, Census Bureau and many other datasets.
Pew Research Center
Provides data and analysis on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the United States and the world. (Free Resource)
Polling the Nations
More than 350,000 questions and responses from 14,000 surveys conducted by 700 polling organizations from 1986 to the present in the United States and more than 80 other countries.
Roper Center for Public Opinion
Provides access to summary-level (question & answer) and micro-level (raw) public opinion data. Also includes U.S. exit poll data and demographic breakdowns of voting in U.S. elections.
The Harris Poll
Weekly surveys of the American public on issues such as politics, the economy, healthcare, and foreign affairs. (Free Resource)
World Public Opinion.org
Information and analysis on public opinion from around the world on international issues. Includes extensive links to additional public opinion sites, by region and topic. (Free Resource)
Legislative Resources, U.S.
Reports on the activities of the United States Congress. Included is a summary of the previous week's news, the status of bills, committee and floor activity, debates and roll-call votes.
HeinOnline U.S. Federal Legislative History Collection
Includes the Sources of Compiled Legislative History Database and the U.S. Federal Legislative History Title Collection.
Provides access to hearings, legislative histories, House & Senate reports, CRS reports, committee prints, the Congressional Record, and more.
Thomas (Library of Congress)
Includes the full-text of Bills, Laws, the Congressional Record, Committee Reports, and much more. (Free Resource)
Legislative Resources, International
Europa, Legislation and Treaties Section
EU legislation and treaties. Includes Eur-Lex (described below), N-Lex (national legislation in 23 EU countries) and PreLex (current status of legislation). (Free Resource)
Entry point to the complete collections of EU legal documents and information, including treaties, legislation, case law, and the Official Journal of the European Union. (Free Resource)
Library of Congress GLIN
A public database of official texts of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations. (Free Resource)
Guides on researching the law of over fifty countries and several different continents and a section on how to locate documents relating to proposed and adopted legislation. (Free Resource)
Statistical Data, U.S.
Statistics from more than 100 U.S. federal agencies. (Free Resource)
U.S. Census Bureau
Demographic and economic data from the U.S. Census. The data is updated at regular intervals throughout the decade. (Free Resource)
Statistical Data, International
Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)
Economist Intelligence Unit is a suite of global research services that includes 9 products: City Data, Country Data, Country Finance, Country Forecast, Country Profiles,and Country Risk Service.
Global Health Observatory
WHO's portal providing access to data and analyses for monitoring the global health situation. (Free Resource)
International Statistical Agencies
Links to national statistical agencies by country. Here you will find demographic, economic and social data. (Free Resource)
The World Bank Databank
Includes World Development Indicators and country profiles. Check the Data Catalog for links to other sources of data including datasets in raw format. (Free Resource)
Extensive data including commodity trading, energy, environment, health, global indicators, and links to international statistical agencies. (Free Resource)
Human Development Report (UNDP)
Presents an annual Human Development Index with the goal of putting people back at the center of the development process.
Provides electronic access to the publications of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
UNDP is the UN's global development network. (Free Resource)
Provides access to thousands of news, business, legal, and medical publications and information sources.
World News Connection
Provides full text English translations of news stories from non-U.S. media sources.
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