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URST 101: Brookings, Introduction to Public Policy (Beavers): Library Guides

Resources for course research assignments

Brookings Institution

URST 101 PowerPoint

General Policy-Related Resources & Databases (Newspapers, Reports, Articles, Other Think Tanks, etc.)

Subject-Specific Databases

From our A to Z list of Databases, go to the dropdown menu and find your topic of interest (such as Education, Health, Criminal Justice, Environment, etc.)

Policy-Related Web Resources

Finding Government Information & Statistics

Did you know it is relatively easy to find federal, state, and local information right on Google?
After you type your keywords in on Google, then type in

For example: 

  • crime statistics
  • high school dropout rate and Clark County Nevada

Finding Legislation

Writing Editorials


Mendeley is a reference manager, academic collaboration network and crowdsourced database with a unique layer of social information research. Mendeley Desktop is available on Mac, Windows and Linux. Mendeley Web functions on all major browsers. Mobile versions of Mendeley are available for Ipad, Iphone and Android devices.  

Citing Your Sources Using Refworks


What is RefWorks?

RefWorks is a web-based bibliographic software package that enables you to:

  • Organize your research
  • Create a bibliography in a variety of citation styles, including APA, MLA and Chicago
  • Import references from many data sources
  • Create bibliographies in different document formats (Word, RTF, HTML, etc.)
  • Include citations while you write your paper

RefWorks Instructions


Citation Manager Showdown: Comparison of Mendeley, Refworks, and Zotero

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