combined catalog of hundreds of libraries worldwide
new database--open access Worldcat for the deep Web, with links to full text of reports, dissertations, etc.
combined catalog of Duke, UNC-CH, NC Central, and NC State
Databases that index books and book chapters
see descriptions in Browse Databases by Subject--Social Sciences/Public Policy
Dissertations, Theses, Master's Projects
Dissertations & Theses: Full Text
ProQuest database with downloadable full text for most; citations back to 1637, previews of recent dissertations.
Dissertations from Duke University
1996 forward. Public Policy does not show as a department (no theses in this database), so search by subject name, or search for terms in the citation and abstract.
DukeSpace electronic theses and dissertations
2007 forward. Also includes undergrad Honors Theses, Duke U. Archival materials.
Go to Electronic Theses & Dissertations for Master's Theses; or use the Advanced Search with topical keywords.
Sanford School MPP Projects in DukeSpace
Spring 2011 forward. For earlier projects, see below.
Sanford School MPP Projects
Consult with Helene McAdams, Director of Student Services for the MPP program, to find previous papers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sanford School Spring Consulting Projects
Executive summaries from 2001 to present at http://www.sanford.duke.edu/research/students/
To obtain papers listed in the database but not posted online please contact Sanford School Resource Room Manager Anne Fletcher at email@example.com.
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.
Comparison: RefWorks, EndNote, zotero
See also: Public Policy Writing
Identify top journals in a field
Journal Citation Reports
Rank journals in a field by number of times cited, impact factor, and other scores.
Choose Social Sciences, by Subject, to start.
Click Help, then Index (top right) to look up definitions of the scores.
Multidisciplinary databases for broad coverage
Web of Knowledge (Web of Science) follow the citing and cited references
Find Databases by Subject with the link at the Databases tab; choose Social Sciences, then sub-categories.
Read the descriptions to see if the scope of a database meets your needs.
Political Science Complete--incl. Public Policy
Google Scholar limits your results to academic resources.
tip: To get the link when using Google Scholar off campus, go to Scholar Settings and choose Duke from Library Links.
You can also set your preferred citation tool (Endnote, Refworks) in Scholar Settings for one-click citation export.