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Public Policy in Practice

Mary Schoenborn, MPA
Room 1 Wilson Library
hawki003@umn.edu
612.626.7308

Table of Contents:

Library Catalog
  • MNCAT
    http://primo.lib.umn.edu/primo_library/libweb/action/search.do?mode=Basic&institution=TWINCITIES&vid=TWINCITIES&tab=default_tab
    Search with MNCAT to find books, journals, etc. owned by the library. Search by keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic.
  • WorldCat
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/2984
    This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education

    Covers all subjects.

    Provides bibliographic citations of books, serials, manuscripts, maps, music scores, sound recordings, films, theses/dissertations, and machine-readable data files published worldwide. Provides holdings information for nearly 30,000 libraries. Producer/Publisher is OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.

    The Libraries' subscription to this resource allows for 65 users at any one time. If you get a busy signal, please wait a few minutes and try accessing the site again.
Current Events Databases
  • CQ Electronic Library
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/1820
    Provides access to reports and articles from the CQ Weekly, CQ Researcher, CQ Public Affairs Collection and the CQ Voting and Elections Collection. The CQ Weekly provides nonpartisan information on Capitol Hill. The CQ Researcher and Public Affairs collections investigate a wide range of current topics, providing the pro's and con's of the issues.
  • Issues and Controversies@FACTS.com
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/3601
    Intended for the undergraduate researcher, Issues and Controversies@FACTS.com is a reference database that combines objective analysis, and opposing points of view on current and controversial topics. Includes coverage of more than 250 controversial topics in the news. Each report includes chronologies, illustrations, maps, tables, sidebars, bibliographies and contact information.
  • National Conference of State Legislatures
    http://www.ncsl.org/
    The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues.
Polling Sources
  • Polling the Nations
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/2825
    Polling the Nations is an online database of public opinion polls containing the full text of 500,000+ questions and responses, from 14,000+ surveys, conducted from 1986 through the present in the United States and more than 100 other countries around the world.
  • Additional Polling Resources
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/libdata/page.phtml?page_id=2257
    This guide offers extensive detail regarding various polling resources available to you.
Selected Literature/Policy Databases
  • PolicyFile
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/6902
    PolicyFile draws its content from public policy think tanks, university research programs, research organizations and publishers. Some well known contributors include: the American Enterprise Institute, Brookings Institution, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Cato Institute, Center for Defense Information, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Democratic Leadership Council, Economic Strategy Institute, Federation of American Scientists, Heritage Foundation, Hoover Institution, Hudson Institute, Institute for International Economics, International Monetary Fund, National Center for Policy Analysis, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, RAND Corporation, United States Institute of Peace, and the World Bank. Where available, access to home pages, electronic mail addresses and fulltext are made available within individual abstracts.
  • MNCAT Article Discovery
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/#articlesanddatabases
    MNCAT Article Discovery is the Library's powerful new tool that simultaneously searches hundreds of databases, including popular ones such as JSTOR, Project MUSE and Medline. This is the automatic choice when you search from the "Articles and Databases" tab.
  • Google Scholar
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/11143
    Connect to Google Scholar through the Libraries' web site to gain off-campus access to all the articles and journals in full text in the Libraries. Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web. To connect to the full text, click "FindIt@U of M Twin Cities" in your Google Scholar search results. Learn more: Google Scholar FAQ
  • Academic Search Premier
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/3316
    The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier provides full text for thousands of scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications.
  • Sociological Abstracts
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/3068
    This core database for the field of sociology contains information on sociology and social policy worldwide. Sociological Abstracts includes citations from the 1952-present.
  • Education Full Text
    Education Source is now available with expanded content and will replace Education Full Text as of Jan 1, 2014. Access to Education Full Text will cease at that time.
    [Resource no longer available]
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/10447
    CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts is building on the merged backfiles of Political Science Abstracts, published by IFI / Plenum, 1975-2000, and ABC POL SCI, published by ABC-CLIO, 1984-2000. The database provides citations, abstracts, and indexing of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, and public administration & public policy.
  • Geobase
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/3111
    GEOBASE is a multidisciplinary database supplying bibliographic information and abstracts for development studies, the Earth sciences, ecology, geomechanics, human geography, and oceanography.

    The Libraries' subscription to this resource allows for 4 users at any one time. If you get a busy signal, please wait a few minutes and try accessing the site again.

  • Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management Database
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/11652
    This database provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary coverage of the environmental sciences. Abstracts and citations are drawn from over 6000 sources including scientific journals, conference proceedings, reports, monographs, books and government publications. Incorporates Pollution Abstracts, Water Resources Abstracts, and other specialized databases.Areas of coverage include agricultural and environmental biotechnology, ecology, energy resources, environmental engineering, environmental impact statements (U.S.), pollution, toxicology & toxic emissions, and water resource issues.
  • Business Source Premier
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/3739
    This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education.
    Find business articles from 2100 journals and magazines in marketing, management, information technology, operations, human resources, accounting, finance and economics dating back to 1965. Business Source Premier includes company and industry reports MarketLine and country analysis from the Economist Intelligence Unit, Business Monitor International, CountryWatch, Icon Group, and PRS.
  • ISI Web of Knowledge
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/3050
    The ISI Web of Knowledge provides the Web of Science interface for institutional sitewide access to the ISI Citation products which cover over 8,000 international journals in the sciences, social sciences, and the arts and humanities. Titles of the print equivalent are: Arts and Humanities Citation Index, Book Citation, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Science Citation Index.
  • Social Services Abstracts
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/4129
    CSA Social Services Abstracts provides bibliographic coverage of current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development. The database abstracts and indexes over 1,600 serials publications and includes abstracts of journal articles and dissertations, and citations to book reviews.
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/10447
    CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts is building on the merged backfiles of Political Science Abstracts, published by IFI / Plenum, 1975-2000, and ABC POL SCI, published by ABC-CLIO, 1984-2000. The database provides citations, abstracts, and indexing of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, and public administration & public policy.
News Sources
  • ProQuest Newsstand
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/4487
    ProQuest Newspapers provides indexing and full text access to 1,270 newspapers and wire feeds. Full-text titles include major U.S. daily newspapers such as the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.
  • ProQuest Digital Microfilm
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/16741
    A collection of fully digitized newspapers that are produced from microfilm and can be browsed remotely. Content becomes available several months after the print issue. Proquest Digital Microfilm is for browsing only and cannot be searched by keyword. The library subscribes to the following titles:
    • Chicago Tribune 2008-2014
    • New York Times 2008-2014
    • St. Paul Pioneer Press 2009-2014
    • Star Tribune (Minneapolis) 2009-2013
    • USA Today 2009-2014
    • Wall Street Journal 2008-2014
    • Washington Post 2008-2014
  • LexisNexis Academic
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/3317
    LexisNexis Academic is a full text databases of business, legal, and over 1,500 newspapers, magazines, and newsletters. It includes sources for accounting, environmental studies, health and medical care, government and politics, people, consumer information, and countries worldwide. Locate information about companies, including company profiles from Hoovers. Legal publications include federal and state statutes, codes, cases, agency rules & regulations, Shepards Citations service, patent search and other legal reference materials.
  • Newsbank
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/3764
    Limited access to America's Newspapers of record for local, regional, and national U.S. newspapers--click on the link for St. Paul Pioneer Press. Portal for other Newsbank databases including America's News Magazines and the Latin American Newspapers
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  • Factiva
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/12681
    Full text database of media outlets, trade publications, news sources and websites that has international coverage. Includes daily newspapers, transcripts, newswires, and all editions of the Wall Street Journal. Financial information for publicly traded companies, stocks, funds, currencies, and common market indexes. Limited to 7 simultaneous users.

    Due to licensing restrictions for academic subscriptions, not all of the news sources in Factiva are available. See this list of Excluded Titles. If you need assistance using Factiva, please contact the Journalism Librarian.
Government Documents & Information
  • Proquest Congressional
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/16133
    The Proquest Congressional Research Digital Collection (CRDC) provides full-text access to more than 5,000 Congressional committee prints published from 2004 to present and more than 23,000 Congressional Research Service reports published from 2004-present. The bibliographic records provide controlled-vocabulary indexing, including citations for bills, public laws, and Statutes at Large, and analytical abstracts of the documents. Also includes links to political parties and organizations, news sources, etc. See Overview/Help for useful information on the legislative process.
  • Congressional Publications
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/2363
    Congressional Publications provides access to full-text, indexing, and abstracts of published and unpublished Hearings, Congressional Committee Prints, and Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports. The full list of searchable congressional publications and date coverages includes:
    • Legislative Histories 1969-Present
    • Bills & Laws 1789-Present
    • Committee Prints & Misc. Publications 1789-Present
    • Congressional Record Bound Edition & Predecessors 1789-Present
    • Congressional Record Daily Edition 1985-Present
    • CRS Reports 1916-Present
    • Hearings 1824-Present
    • House & Senate Documents 1789-Present
    • House & Senate Reports 1789-Present
    • Serial Set 1789-Present
    • Executive Branch Document 1789-1932
  • Minnesota Legislative Reference Library: Minnesota Issues
    http://www.leg.state.mn.us/lrl/issues/issues.asp
    These guides to information resources are compiled by staff at the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library on topics of interest to Minnesota legislators. They are designed to provide an introduction to a topic, directing the user to a variety of sources, and are not intended to be exhaustive. In particular, the resources guides focus on items available in the Legislative Reference Library.
Data Sources
  • ProQuest Statistical Insight
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/2222
    Index to statistical publications from US and state government agencies, international intergovernmental organizations, professional and trade organizations, business organizations, commercial publishers, independent research organizations, and universities.
Finding Personal Contacts
  • Associations Unlimited
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/11167
    Directory of associations, professional societies, and other nonprofit membership organization. Includes international, national, and state organizations of all types. Brief profiles include contact information, budget, number of employees and specialized publications.


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