Public Policy Research Guide

Articles and databases

Find articles on public policy


CQ Researcher - social and political issues

JSTOR Retrospective Journal Collection - anthropology, archaeology, area studies, economics, education, geography, history, political science, sociology, statistics [also covers humanities]

Westlaw - legal documents

National Criminal Justice Reference Service - criminal justice, law enforcement

PAIS International - political science, public policy, social issues

RAND California - statistical information on California economic and public policy issues

Sage Journals - social sciences [also covers business, humanities, sciences]

Social Sciences Index - anthropology, area studies, criminal justice, cultural studies, economics, geography, international relations, political science, public policy, social work, sociology

Social Services Abstracts - social work

Annual Review of Political Science Backfile - review articles synthesizing the literature of political science; does not include the last five years

Others to consider:

America: History & Life - U.S. and Canadian history

CountryWatch - information, data and news on all countries

Google Scholar - indexes a large proportion of the scholarly literature in a wide range of research areas

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center - viewpoint articles and topic overviews on social issues

Browse selected electronic journals

American Review of Public Administration

Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy

Foreign Affairs

Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy

Journal of Policy Analysis and Management

Journal of Policy History

Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory

Journal of Public Health Policy

Policy & Practice of Public Human Services

Policy Studies Journal

Public Administration and Development

Public Administration Quarterly

Public Administration Review

Public Interest

Public Personnel Management

Social Policy

World Policy Journal

OneSearch - Articles

See also

See also the CSUMB Library's guides on: Distinguishing Scholarly Journals from Other Periodicals, Find Journals by Title, and How to Cite Electronic & Print Resources

Books and background reading

Books in the CSUMB Library

The CSUMB Library Catalog lists books, government publications and videos in the CSUMB Library's collection.

Check here for a quick list on:

human services

public administration

public health

public policy management

social science methodology and research

surveys, questionnaires and focus groups

U.S. social policy


Recently received titles on public policy

Books at other libraries


CSU Union Catalog to search library catalogs of the 23 California State University campuses.

Also consider:

MOBAC Monterey Bay Regional Library Catalogs to search library catalogs in the Monterey Bay region

Melvyl to search library catalogs of the University of California

WorldCat to search library catalogs from around the world

CSUMB students, faculty and staff may use the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan Request Form to borrow books found using the catalogs above

Selected reference books (for background reading)

Black's Law Dictionary. Ref KF156.B53 2004

CQ's Politics in America. Ref JK1012.C63 2008

Encyclopedia of Drug Policy. 2011

Encyclopedia of Political Science. 2011Encyclopedia of Political Theory. 2010

Encyclopedia of Public Health. Ref RA423.E53 2002

Encyclopedia of the American Constitution. Ref KF4548.E53 2000

Encyclopedia of Water Politics and Policy in the United States. 2011

Hyperpolitics: An Interactive Dictionary of Political Science Concepts. 2010

International Encyclopedia of Public Policy and Administration. Ref H97.I574 1998

International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. [abstracts only, see Ref H41.I58 2001 for text]

Encyclopedia of the United Nations. Ref KZ4968.O84 2003

Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace. 2010

Oxford Textbook of Public Health. Ref RA425.O9 1997

Palgrave Macmillan Dictionary of Political Thought. Ref JA61.S37 2007

Sourcebook to Public Record Information. Ref JK468.P76 S693 2001

West's Encyclopedia of American Law. Ref KF154.W47 1998

World Encyclopedia of Police Forces and Correctional Systems. 2006

Encyclopedias (for background reading)

Gale Virtual Reference Library (features encyclopedias from a wide range of disciplines)

See also

See also the CSUMB Library's research guides on Business, Cultural Studies, Economics, Government Information, Health & Wellness, Media Studies & Journalism, News & Current Events, Political Science & Law, Sociology & Social Issues, and Statistical Information


California public policy resources

California Policy Inbox

California Public Policy

California Research Bureau Reports

California Senate Office of Research

Legislative Analyst's Office (State of California)

Public Policy Institute of California

RAND California

Professional associations & graduate schools

American Society for Public Administration

Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management

Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments

Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs

International City/County Management Association

National Academy of Public Administration

National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration

Other public policy resources

Council of State Governments

National League of Cities

United Nations Public Administration Network

Think tanks & research institutes

Includes U.S.-based, non-profit, non-partisan, liberal, conservative, independent and affiliated organizations; also consult World Directory of Think Tanks and The Global Go To Think Tanks Report.

American Enterprise Institute

Aspen Institute

Atlantic Council

Brookings Institution

California Budget Project

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Cato Institute

Center for American Progress

Center for Democracy & Technology

Center for Immigration Studies

Center for Law and Social Policy

Center for National Policy

Center for Public Integrity

Center for Reproductive Rights

Center for Responsive Politics

Center for Strategic and International Studies

Center for Urban Policy Research

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Claremont Institute

Commonwealth Fund

Commonwealth Institute

Council on Foreign Relations

Earth Institute

East-West Center

Economic Policy Institute

Federation of American Scientists

Foreign Policy Association

George C. Marshall Institute

Heritage Foundation

Hoover Institution on War, Revolution & Peace

Hudson Institute

Human Rights Watch

Institute for International Economics

Institute for Policy Studies

International Research & Exchanges Board

Institute for Women's Policy Research

Joint Center for Political & Economic Studies

Milken Institute

National Bureau of Economic Research

National Center for Policy Analysis

New America Foundation

Pacific Research Institute

Peterson Institute for International Economics

Pew Research Center

Population Council

Population Reference Bureau

Progress and Freedom Foundation

Public Agenda Online

Public Citizen

RAND Institution

Reason Foundation

Resources for the Future

Rural Policy Research Institute

Urban Institute

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

World Resources Institute

WorldWatch Institute

Streaming video

Streaming video on Research Methods in the Social Sciences (four parts)

Exploring Qualitative Methods (46 min.)

Inferential Statistics (36 min.)

Introduction to Designing Experiments (23 min.)

Organizing Quantitative Data (37 min.)

See also

See also the CSUMB Library's guides on: Evaluating Websites & Internet Resources and How to Cite Electronic & Print Resources

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