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!
The EBSCO databases are a good place to start. You can combine the various subject databases that pertain to your topic. EBSCO includes:
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 GovTrack.us 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.