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Public Policy in Public Health and Social Work: Social Policy

This guide will help you find scholarly resources in public policy.

Social Policy Books

Looking for Books at SCSU

Use SouthernSearch, the library catalog, to locate books. You can do a keyword search using the terms policy AND whatever it is you are looking for. For example, policy and welfare, policy and education, policy and poverty, policy and nutrition and schools. For state and local policy you can add Connecticut as a keyword. Many state documents are linked in SouthernSearch.

If you see a book at another campus that you want, you can request to have it sent here. This usually takes about 4-5 days, so plan ahead!

Journal Articles

The EBSCO databases are a good place to start. You can use the "Find EBSCO Articles" search box on the library home page or you can combine the various subject databases that pertain to your topic.EBSCO includes:

  • Abstracts in Social Gerontology
  • Academic Search Premiere
  • CINAHL Complete (nursing and allied health)
  • EconLit
  • Education Complete
  • Environment Complete
  • ERIC (education)
  • Greenfile (environment)
  • Medline and Medline with Fulltext
  • PsychInfo
  • PsychArticles
  • Public Administration Abstracts
  • SocIndex (sociology, inequality)
  • Urban Studies Abstracts

JSTOR has coverage of many journals in Health Policy, Health Sciences, and Public Health. Use the advanced search to choose the subject areas- just remember that anything VERY recent may not yet be in JSTOR.

Current Federal Policy

For an overview of a policy topic, including historical background, statistical information and viewpoints from various stakeholders, look in CQ Researcher.

For very current developments in law, regulations, and debates at the federal level, look in CQ Weekly. (TIP: You can browse articles by topic (Health, Veterans' Affairs, Pensions and Retirements, Welfare and Housing, etc) on the left side of the screen, then sort by date.)

The site lets you follow developments in Congress by subject, including environmental protection, families, health, housing and community development, immigration, social welfare, and much more. You can also sign up to have updates sent to you.