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Policy Studies: Starting Points

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Print Reference Sources

Basic Article Databases

Use popular and political journals and magazines to find a research topic of interest.

Library Catalog for Books/eBooks


  • Use an asterisk * to find varied word endings:  
    •  agricultur* finds agriculture and agricultural
  • Use quotation marks to keep phrases together:
    • "agricultur* policy"

  • Look at full records to discover standard search terms:
    • Food Supply -- Political Aspects -- United States
    • Food Security -- Developing Countries
  • To find E-Books, add "electronic books" to your search:
    • "food supply" "electronic books"
    • Too many Federal documents?  Choose "Cooper (not fed docs)" from drop down menu under "View Entire Collection"

            Scholarly Books are Secondary Sources

            Evidence of scholarship:

            • Published by a university or specialized press
            • In-depth coverage
            • Lengthy bibliography
            • Academic author

            Political Magazines

            These magazines deal with government & policy issues

            • American Prospect
            • American Spectator
            • The Atlantic
            • CQ Weekly
            • The Economist
            • National Journal
            • National Review
            • The New Republic
            • The New York Review of Books
            • The New Yorker

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