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Political Science

Public Policy

Almanac of Policy Issues
Provides background information and links on major U.S. public policy issues; is an independent public service not affiliated with any particular issue or cause

(The) Brookings Institution
Addresses current and emerging policy challenges; often offers recommendations for change

Issues and Legislation; can connect to current events of the 2004 elections, plus a wide range of policy and political issues

Congressional Research Digital Collection
Full text legislative policy reports from the Congressional Research Service. To search CRDC, select “Advanced Search”, then the check the box for CRS Reports. Formerly called: LexisNexis Congressional Research Digital Collection

Congressional Research Service Reports
Now part of LexisNexis Congressional. Reports provided to Congress on a variety of policy issues

Congressional Research Service Reports (agriculture and food issues)
Over 200 reports on topics, including avian flu, international trade, mad cow disease, biotechnology, and U.S. agriculture after Katrina
From the US Department of Education; focuses attention on key education issues at the federal level; see State and Local education policy here

Electronic Policy Network
Has timely information and ideas on national policy and politics. Topics include welfare, education, health, and media

Covers such policy issues as education, social security, gun control, taxes, foreign policy, etc., including pros and cons of each

Public Affairs Web
Access to pending issues, parties, and PACS

Public Agenda
Has 18 issue guides, which combine a news digest, background data, and sources. Also has a section on the pitfalls of interpreting polls

Rand Corporation
A nonpartisan research agency focusing on " ... health, education, national security, international affairs, law and business, the environment, and more," and contains datasets, public use databases, and research tools; has a good "hot topics" section

U.S. Legislative and Regulatory Commission Information
A UTK research guide to U.S. public policy resources

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