A think tank or policy institute is a research institute which performs research and advocacy concerning topics such as social policy, political strategy, economics, military, technology, and culture. Although many think tanks claim to be neutral, some may be considered to have a more conservative or a more liberal agenda. For example, the Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank and the Heritage Foundation is considered to be conservative. Be sure to examine the "About the Organization" page, in addition to outside sources to investigate the organization's agenda and their political views.
Think tanks are defined by the above as institutions affiliated with universities, governments, advocacy groups, foundations, non-governmental organizations, and businesses that generate public policy research, analysis, and activity.
Tips: Search these selected think tanks by keywords to find research and analysis.
If one seems most relevant to your topic, go to the home page and mine the site for publications, issues, research, and links to other organizations.
Google is an easy way to find official government information (reports, statistics, factsheets, etc.). After you type in your keywords, add site:gov to the search.
food stamp statistics site:.gov
high school dropout rates site:.gov
Then, you will limit your search to .gov sites (mostly federal, but also some state & local resources).
RefWorks is a web-based bibliographic software package that enables you to: