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PUBPOL 301: Strategies

Political Analysis for Public Policy

Article Databases

Librarian's Top Picks

U.S. Law and Politics: 

CQ Electronic Library
ProQuest Congressional
Pro and Con (Congressional Digest)

International coverage, including US:

Political Science Complete (EBSCO) (PubPol + PolSci)
ProQuest Political Science  (PubPol + PolSci)
PAIS (Public Policy)
CIAO (Columbia Int'l Affairs Online)
LexisNexis Academic (for news)
JSTOR (archive, not current; for known citations)

    Research Log

    From the Start: record and refine your search strategies by keeping a research log (ex. below); saving your search histories in databases; and/or taking screen shots of your searches.

    Remember to cite sources as you go.

    Strategies for your memos

    Finding & Evaluating Sources


    Start with an overview of your issue by searching for news and scholarly analysis with the databases listed throughout this guide. To explore other databases:

    Click on the Databases tab from the Libraries homepage. Enter database name or use the Browse by Subject function.  Tips:  

    • Click on “more details” to learn more about the database
    • You will be led to the catalog entry for a database. Do not use the search box on that page; click  to get to the specific database's interface.
    • When you find citations in the database, use the get it @ Duke button to find electronic full-text

    Understand how the US government works--see the US Govt. tab for some refresher sources, esp. the Legislative Process guide

    Google smart:

    Add to restrict your Google search to US government sites.

    Use Google Search Tips: Notice how similar the advanced strategies are to those used in databases!

    Use the Think Tanks search engine on the interest groups page of this guide.

     For books and more:

    Use the Duke Libraries catalog to search for print and reference sources


    • Click Advanced Search to search by format, library, etc.
    • e-books are activated faster in the e-books list than in the catalog--click the link under the catalog search box.

    Dig deeper see my Public Policy subject guide  (linked from my profile here), and the Related Guides tab in it.

    Subject Guide

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