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Resources for Public Policy


Library Collections and Services

The UCONN Libraries Catalog: HOMER
Use Library of Congress subject headings when doing subject searches in HOMER. Public Policy subject headings.

Document Delivery and Interlibrary Loan Service
Available only to members of the UConn community.

Research Guides and Electronic Resources

Library Tutorials

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Library Databases

ABI/Inform contains abstracts of articles from approximately 2500 international journals covering business and management and related functional areas.
Academic OneFile scholarly journal articles and popular magazines covering all topics. A great database for beginning searches.
Academic Search Premier a multidisciplinary magazine & journal database that provides the full text of over 4,500 journals and magazines, and indexes a total of more than 8,000 titles in all disciplines.
Business & Company Resource Center Company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies and periodicals. Includes detailed company and industry news and information. 1980-current.
EconLit is the fundamental research tool in economics and includes regional and urban economics.
Hein Online Full-text of law reviews, federal documents, and Supreme Court materials. Much material is pre-1980 and some dates back to the 1800s. See details for coverage.
Issues & Controversies summarizes current issues and controversies in political, economic, social and scientific topics. 1995-current.
JSTOR Essential scholarly journals in many academic fields, especially arts, literature, humanities, and biology. Some back to early 1900s; most recent 2-5 years not available.
PAIS International summaries articles in political, economic, and social issues. Covers the public and social policy literature of business, economics, finance, law, international relations, public administration, government, and political science. 1915-current.
Science Direct Scholarly journal articles in physical and chemical sciences; life sciences; health sciences; engineering; psychology; social sciences, and humanities. 1995-current.
Social Sciences Citation Index indexes over 1,700 journals in the social sciences. Some full-text available. 1994-present.
Sociological Abstracts scholarly journal articles about sociology and other social and behavioral sciences. Includes culture & social structure; economic development; evaluation research; family & social welfare; management and complex organizations; policy planning. 1963-present.

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Electronic Journals and Citations

Berkeley Planning Journal
Brookings-Wharton Papers on Urban Affairs (full text 2000 to present)
Citing Sources
Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research strives to share HUD-funded and other research on ho and urban policy issues with scholars, government officials, and others involved in setting policy and determining the direction of future research.
Electronic Journal Locator The University of Connecticut Libraries purchases access to over 10,000 journals, and in full text, through various databases and commercial journal providers.
Planning Commissioners Journal
Full text Urban & Community Studies journals at Trecker Library

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Key Web Sites

iPOLL includes polls and data survey results from academic, commercial and media survey organizations such as Gallup Organization, Harris Interactive, Pew Research Associates, and many more. From the Roper Center.
Polling Organizations (Yale University Library)
Roper Center for Public Opinion Research an archive, preserving the data from polls conducted by many leading survey research organizations for the use of researchers, students, and journalists.

Hartford, Connecticut
City of Hartford official municipal site, providing extensive information on the city, its government, services, education...
Hartford, Connecticut Bibliography: a list of book and articles studying various aspects of Hartford.
HartfordInfo a project of the Hartford Public Library and the Hartford Community Information Center: information and data from a wide variety of sources.

Connecticut History Online The CHO website currently contains about 14,000 images of photographs, drawings and prints which may be searched or browsed in a variety of ways, including by keyword, subject, creator, title and date.
Connecticut Municipality Web Sites
Connecticut State Data Center is a cooperative program between the states and the Census Bureau that was created in 1978 to make data available locally to the public through a network of state agencies, universities, libraries, and regional and local governments.
Connecticut State Library
State of Connecticut Website

United States
Cyburbia: the urban planning portal contains a selective directory of Internet resources relevant to planning and urbanism.
Congressional Budget Office
FedStats The gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies. 
General Accounting Office (GAO), commonly called the investigative arm of Congress or the congressional watchdog, is independent and nonpartisan. It studies how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars.
Library of Congress American Memory Project provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.
American National Election Studies produces high quality data on voting, public opinion, and political participation to serve the research needs of social scientists, teachers, students, policy makers and journalists who want to better understand the theoretical and empirical foundations of national election outcomes.
Sprawl City a website about Consumption Growth and Population Growth, with U.S. Bureau of Census data.
United States Bureau of the Census
United States Department of Health and Human Services
United States Department of Labor
United States State and Metropolitan Data Book
United States Statistical Abstract


Demography & Population Studies from the World-Wide Web Virtual Library
Dismal Scientist economic indicators, forecasts, analysis, and data for the world in real-time.
NationMaster is a resource for finding out any number of current details about just about any country in the world.
WebEc is a classification effort to improve the availability of free information in economics on the WWW.
World Bank is a development bank that provides loans, policy advice, technical assistance, and knowledge sharing services to low and middle income countries to reduce poverty.

UConn MAGIC (Map and Geographical Information Center)

Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings and even explore galaxies in the Sky. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places and share with others.
National Geographic Map Machine
Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas Library. Links to current and historical maps from all areas of the world, as well as links to other map-related sites.

Additional Sites of Interest

Data on the Net, University of California, San Diego, lists 361 Internet sites of numeric Social Science statistical data, data catalogs, data libraries, social science gateways, addresses and more.
Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction, and offers training in quantitative methods to facilitate effective data use.
University of Michigan Documents Center is a central reference and referral point for government information, whether local, state, federal, foreign or international. Its web pages are a reference and instructional tool for government, political science, statistical data, and news.

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Associations and Research Institutions

American Evaluation Association is an international professional association of evaluators devoted to the application and exploration of program evaluation, personnel evaluation, technology, and many other forms of evaluation.
American Society for Public Administration advances the art, science, teaching, and practice of public and non-profit administration.
Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management: APPAM is dedicated to improving public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis, and education.
Brookings Institution is an independent, nonpartisan organization devoted to research, analysis, and public education with an emphasis on economics, foreign policy, governance, and metropolitan policy.
Institute of Public Administration: (IPA) is a private, nonprofit organization concerned with building capacity for effective government.
International City/County Management Association: ICMA is the professional and educational organization for chief appointed managers, administrators, and assistants in cities, towns, counties, and regional entities throughout the world.
Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan social policy research organization.
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., a nonpartisan firm, conducts policy research and surveys in healthcare, education, welfare, employment, nutrition, and early childhood.
National Academy of Public Administration: an independent, non-partisan organization chartered by Congress to assist federal, state, and local governments in improving their effectiveness, efficiency, and accountability.
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development brings together countries sharing the principles of the market economy, pluralist democracy and respect for human rights.
Urban Institute investigates and analyzes US social and economic problems and issues, including the New Federalism, welfare and welfare-to-work, and Medicare.

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University of Connecticut Departments

Department of Public Policy
Urban and Community Studies

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If you have questions or comments, please contact:
Janice Mathews,
Liaison Librarian to
Public Policy,
Harleigh B. Trecker Library
1800 Asylum Ave.
University of Connecticut, West Hartford, CT 06117
VOICE: (860)-570-9105
FAX: (860)-570-9027
The Library Liaison Program
provides faculty and students with a personal contact to whom library-related issues and questions may be addressed.

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This page is maintained by Janice Mathews.