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Public & Social Policy

A guide to information sources for public & social policy research.

On This Page

In addition to journal articles & books, you may find other information useful such as white papers and reports from government entities, think tanks and non-profit groups. This page includes local and national government resources, as well as links to selected non-profit entities.

Check out the International Government Information guide to find more infromation beyond the United States.

Databases with U.S. Government Information

Searching the Web

The federal government, as well as local and state governments publish a lot of information on their websites. Use Search USA.gov instead of Google to cut down on non-government results. WARNING: Government websites are only searched by USA.gov if they use a .gov, .us or .mil domain. Governments that use .com domains (like St. Louis County) are not included.

Other Useful Information Sources

Selected St. Louis Area Resources

Congress Talks

Congress talks about everything. Even if you think your topic is hyper-local, it's probably something that affects many cities, so try looking for Congressional sources.