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PZ POST 60 - Introduction to Public Policy-VanSickleWard - Spring 2016: Books & Background Info

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Think Tanks & Research Centers

Public policy research and analysis is often the province of non-profit research organizations known as think tanks. These are also great places for topic development as well as research to support your thesis. Listed here are a few of the top think tanks.

Sources for Background Information

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Subject Headings

Subject Headings are a "Controlled Vocabulary" that help you find all the books on a particular subject. If you find a relevant subject heading for your research topic in our catalog, you can also use it in many indexed databases (e.g., Academic Search) to find journal articles.

See the list below for some examples of subject headings related to this course. Search Blais (see box to the left) for other subjects not listed here.

HINT: If you see a good subject heading on a topic, try adding the name of the country you are researching.