Researching Public Policy Issues

Hurricane Katrina…port security…Iraq…global warming…Medicaid…pharmacists refusing to dispense contraceptives…new Supreme Court justices…wiretapping…civil liberties…
Whatever the topic, the following resources are particularly useful for finding information on public policy issues:

CQ Weekly and Congressional Digest – both available in the periodical section on main floor of library…generally very current
CQ Researcher – available in the reference section on main floor of library – search index online (.pdf file – go to Edit – Find on this page to get a search box)…weekly reports focusing on one specific topic
OpenCRS: Congressional Research Reports – think tank reports for Congress
Opposing Viewpoints – explore both sides of controversial social issues

The library has many other relevant magazines, including weekly newsmagazines like Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, as well as political commentary magazines like National Review, America, Harpers, and New Republic. 
-Amy

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