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Public Policy - Research Starters

Getting Started

The resources listed and demoed on this page are places you can start your information gathering. They include library subscriptions and freely available website. Depending on your topic or public policy issue, you may need to look at more than one of these resources to find relevant information.

Resources to Consult

Opposing Viewpoints

Opposing Viewpoints is a database available through the Library. There are all types of resources in this database, including news articles, peer reviewed papers, and more. Take a look at the mini-video tutorials below to learn more about searching Opposing Viewpoints.

Brief Database Overview

This short, narration-free video, will highlight a few of the features available when searching Opposing Viewpoints.

Basic Search

This video demos a basic search on antiracist education. Notice that in the demo search uses what's known as "wildcard" searching. Where you replace a single character with an exclamation point. This is particular syntax for this database.

Topic Finder

This video will demo how to use the Topic Find feature to explore additional related areas of research. is a freely available website, managed by Britannica. The site offers nonpartisan information about a variety of topics, including the pros and cons for debatable issues. Each issue includes a list of resources consulted to built the pro/con arguments. You can refer to the mini-video tutorials below to learn more about how to search and access

Brief Overview of Website

The video below will quickly inform you about the tools available when searching

Search Issues

Watch the video below to see how to find an issue by category or topic. You will also see how to access the references used to create the pro/con argument.