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Social Research and Public Policy

This guide provides resources to assist with your research in the field of Social Research & Public Policy.


Background Research

While you might have a particular research topic in mind, you may not be familiar with the events, people, or issues involved. Using a good secondary source for background research can provide you with that information. This page lists relevant general and economics specific reference databases which include encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and other economics related background resources. Here are several tips when choosing reference materials.

  • Locate background information or learn key political concepts from a subject encyclopedia such as The Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Social Sciences.
  • Search one of the many online reference databases listed below such as Blackwell Reference Online.

Full-Text Online Reference Databases