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PPY 780: Capstone I: Defining the Problem: Library Guides

Resources to assist students with defining their policy issues

UNLV Libraries Databases

Google Scholar

UNLV Libraries Newspaper Databases

Finding Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

Finding Government Information

One of the easiest ways to find government information is via Google: After you type in your keywords, then type:

This will narrow your search to only federal, state, and local government resources.

For example, you could try the following keyword searches:

  • "crime statistics"
  • homeless veterans

Finding Data/Statistics

You can use Google to find statistics published by federal, state, and local agencies by adding to your keywords, such as:

  • "crime statistics"
  • "teen pregnancy statistics and Nevada

Finding Legislative Information (Federal & State)

Think Tanks

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. 

APA Style Resources

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Organizing Your Research Using RefWorks

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