Researching policy requires multidisciplinary research. In addition to the basic social welfare literature, one needs to include sources which present statistical data, factual information, reports on research, legislative or legal information, agency-based reports, position papers, etc., as well as professional journal articles and books. Typically, a combination of sources are required for a complete gathering of various perspectives related to a certain social policy issue.
For additional assistance, students may also wish to take the Resources in Federal Public Policy workshop: register online
Identifying a Policy
CQ Researcher Plus: provides "plain English" overviews of important Federal public policy issues. Online and in print: DEWEY REF JK 1 C66
This encyclopedia provides an overview of more than 400 social welfare topics and definitions for social welfare and related terminology. It is an excellent place to begin research in social welfare because it lays out the background, scope and issues for each topic. There are useful bibliographies at the end of each article. Volume IV includes biographies of prominent persons in the social work field, the NASW code of ethics, a chronology of the field, and acronym