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ALCON Library Catalog (Old link) This link opens in a new window
Government hearings are how congressional committees stay informed about issues so they may affect government policy. Tip: add the word hearing to your search term
ex. education and hearing$
CQ Researcher* This link opens in a new window
CQ Researcher is noted for its in-depth, unbiased coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy. Reports are published weekly in print and online 44 times a year by CQ Press. Each single-themed, 12,000-word report is researched and written by a seasoned journalist. The consistent, reader-friendly organization provides researchers with an introductory overview; background and chronology on the topic; an assessment of the current situation; tables and maps; pro/con statements from representatives of opposing positions; and bibliographies of key sources.
Issues & Controversies@Facts on File This link opens in a new window
Broad articles in hotly debated topics. Enter the barcode number on back of your ACU ID to access.
GoogleGov: A Custom Search from ACULib
See the reports tab on the results page for especially good analysis:
CRS Reports: Congressional Research Service
Major research arm for Congress. They provide policy, legislative, and legal analysis to congress regardless of party affiliation. Exceptional analysis, very authoritative, and non-biased.
GAO Reports: Government Accountability Office
Known as the "congressional watchdog". Investigates the effectiveness of government programs to identify policy problems and needed changes.
CBO Reports: Congressional Budget Office
Provides Congress with biannual forecasts of the economy and how much government programs will cost. Analyze public policies especially with respect to money issues.
Think Tank Search
Think Tank Search
From Harvard Kennedy School of Government library. Searches hundreds of U.S. and international think tanks.
Think Tanks are units within a university, foundation, advocacy group, government, or non-government organization that research public policy issues and publish their findings to inform or influence policy. They are a key player in policy formation.
Tip: Use Think Tank Search to search across many reports at once. If one seems particularly relevant, go to that think tank's home page and mine it for more publications.