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Public Policy

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CQ Researcher
Articles on current social, political, economic, and international issues. Each article summarizes an issue, offers insight into all sides of the issue, and presents a select bibliography.
Coverage: 1991 to present.
Fee resource accessible at UCR Libraries.

Public Policy Issues and Groups : Vanderbilt University Library
Connects to publications and web pages on current social, political, economic, and international issues. Emphasis on United States.

Opposing Viewpoints Research Center
Pro and con viewpoint essays, reference materials, articles, statistics, primary sources, and websites on a wide range of social issues. Emphasis on the United States.
Fee resource accessible at UCR Libraries.

Pro and Con Online
Pro & Con Online includes articles from three magazines: Congressional Digest, Supreme Court Debates, and International Debates. Each issue discusses the background then provides for and against arguments on a particular controversial topic.
Fee resource accessible at UCR Libraries.

Policy Archive
30,000+ public policy research reports, briefs, and publications.
Reports are of "think tank, university, government, and foundation-funded policy research."
Search for reports by word or phrase. Or, select from lists by: topic; personal author; research institute, funder, or publisher.

Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues : ProCon.org
Non-partisan articles, information, and links to sources on controversial issues. ProCon promotes critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship.

United States Federal Government

--Congressional Research Service

Open CRS : Congressional Research Service Reports for the People
Open CRS gives citizens access to full-text CRS Reports already in the public domain by linking to 14,000+ reports in web collections.
Search for CRS reports by word or phrase.
The Congressional Research Service (of the Library of Congress) writes analyses of public policy issues, especially of legislative proposals, for use by Congressmen. CRS does not provide its reports directly to the public.

Congressional Research Service Reports : hosted by University of North Texas Libraries
The University of North Texas Libraries presents full-texts of Congressional Research Service Reports (those reports that are publicly available online).
Scroll down to browse reports by broad subject; or select by full-text, title, or subject search.
The Congressional Research Service (of the Library of Congress) writes analyses of public policy issues, especially of legislative proposals, for use by Congressmen. CRS does not provide its reports directly to the public.

Additional websites with Congressional Research Service reports (Infomine search)

--Other Federal Agencies

U.S. Government Accountability Office (formerly U.S. General Accounting Office) Reports and Testimony
Full-text of GAO testimony to Congress and GAO reports on audits, surveys, investigations, and evaluations of Federal government programs.
---Browse by date, broad topic category, or federal agency.
---Search for GAO reports by keyword, title, report number, subject, or federal organization.
Coverage: 1971 to present (complete); 1922-1970 (incomplete)

U.S. Congressional Budget Office
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) provides the Congress with objective, timely, nonpartisan analyses needed for economic and budget decisions and with the information and estimates required for the Congressional budget process. CBO analyses focus on the budgetary and economic aspects of U.S. federal government programs, policies, and operations. The CBO web site offers:
---CBO studies and reports (Select topics for list by broad subject. Use search box to locate a study or report by keyword / narrower topic.)
---cost estimates for bills
---federal budget projections
---economic projections
---current status of discretionary appropriations
---monthly budget review, historical budget

California State Government


--California State agencies

California Legislative Analyst's Office
The Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) provides analysis and nonpartisan advice to the California Legislature on fiscal and policy issues. Its web pages have:
---analyses of the California State budget
---fiscal analyses of the California ballot initiatives and propositions
---some full-text LAO reports
---searchable LAO publications database

California Research Bureau
"The California Research Bureau (CRB) within the California State Library provides nonpartisan research services to the Governor and his staff, to both houses of the Legislature, and to other state elected officials." Selected recent reports are available full-text on the Bureau's web site.

California Senate Office of Research
The Senate Office of Research posts its:
---reports and briefings on public policy issues facing California and the California Legislature
---annual summaries of legislative accomplishments from 1991-2007


--Public Policy institutes (not government)

Field Poll (California Poll)
Nonpartisan California statewide poll. "The poll covers a wide range of political and social topics examining California public opinion." Press releases online from 1993 to present.

Public Policy Institute of California : PPIC
The PPIC is "a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to independent, objective, nonpartisan research on California's economic, social, and political issues." The PPIC web site offers:
---results of surveys of Californians' concerns, opinions, and impressions about political, social, and economic issues
---full-text of PPIC research reports and occasional papers
---abstracts of PPIC working papers
---summaries of current PPIC research projects
--- California Counts series of reports on population

RAND California
RAND Corporation reports, research briefs, and issue papers on California public policy issues.

RAND California : Research Publications
Choose "Search the RAND California Online Library" link for: "RAND California's Research Publications ...[free] online searchable index of publications from leading California public policy and research institutions. In most cases, a hyperlink leads users to publications."
Index of publications from 1991-2009.

RAND California Statistics
RAND California Statistics focuses on "California public policy issues with an emphasis on statistics."
California Statistics contains more than 160 databases in these categories: Business and Economics; Population and Demographics; Education; Community; Health and Socioeconomic; Government Finances; Energy and Environment.
Fee resource accessible at UCR Libraries.

Last modified: 6/19/2012 2:20 PM by L. Reasoner

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