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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.

Finding Journals & Articles

Social science and public policy research encompass of variety of information resources. Although academic, scholarly or peer-reviewed articles and publications are considered the most appropriate sources for university-level research and writing assignments, you might also have need of general magazine and news articles. Before using the recommended article databases to start your research, here are a few tips when choosing databases:

  • Start your research in a general article database such as EBSCO Discovery or ProQuest Central.
  • Use subject-specific databases such as Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA).
  • If your assignment requires the use of scholarly, academic or peer-reviewed articles, try databases such as JSTOR

Social Science Subject Databases

Subject-specific databases provide articles and resources solely within a specific discipline. This section lists the best social science specific databases providing coverage of scholarly literature across all major social science areas and sub-disciplines.

Public Policy Subject Databases

Subject-specific databases provide articles and resources solely within a specific discipline. This section lists the best public policy and political science databases providing coverage of scholarly literature across all major public policy and political areas and sub-disciplines.