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Best of Reference: Public Policy

Discover some of our subject librarians' favorite resources in our "Best of Reference" series. Each week you will find a variety of selected reference materials from our collection that are specific to one subject area. This week, we focus on Cathy Dwyer's selections for Public Policy.


CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online) is an e-collection of international public policy resources and "is the world's largest full-text online resource for political science, diplomatic history, international law and business, policy formation, and country analysis." CIAO's full-text collection of policy briefs will be particularly helpful to students who need a model for designing and writing a policy brief.

Congressional Quarterly Almanac

First published in 1946, CQ Almanac is an annual reference for studying the U.S. Congress. This resource will be of interest to students examining specific pieces of legislation that were under consideration during a congressional session.

Governing America

Governing America is a three-volume collection of essays that look at major policy issues of the 21st century. Students looking for historical context surrounding specific U.S. policies governing abortion, capital punishment, gay rights, and others will benefit from browsing this collection.

Almanac of American Politics

The Almanac of American Politics is a reference title that has been published biennially since 1972. The Almanac gives a detailed look at the congressional districts within each state. Any student completing research ranging from demographics within a district, profiles of Senators a House members, or voter analysis by district should refer to this title.

Need Additional Assistance?

Help is available! Contact Cathy Dwyer, Subject Librarian for Political Science, Public Administration & Policy, Law, and Government Information at (518) 442-3698 or - or, drop by during Cathy's office hours, held weekly on Mondays from 4-7pm.

Blog Created By: Kristen Thornton-De Stafeno
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