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Public Policy Research & Analysis

This is a guide primarily for the Pomona/Pitzer Public Policy Analysis Clinic

Subject/PPA Research Overview

For every SUBJECT/PPA combination, it is important to understand the research process which works in tandem with the general Research Process.

First, identify the Disciplinary Focus. What subject areas (beyond your main subject and PPA) are involved? To help identify the areas, brainstorm keywords for your research question/thesis.

Second, what General Sources might help you with your thesis? This includes:

  • General web sources to give you a background knowledge of elements of the subject that are not familiar to you
  • Research Guides which contain information on identifying key terms, finding books, journal articles, websites, and more (this links to our guides but many libraries publish guides. If you can't find a CCL Research Guide on your topic, do a Google search for "your topic" AND "Research Guide".)
  • Finding books on the topic
  • Searching in general databases like Academic Search and JSTOR which can help you identify disciplines that may be discussing your topic that you were unaware of.

Third, explore the Topical Databases (right column) in your subject area. Don't forget about resources available via the open web such as organizations, NGOs, and governmental bodies as well as legislative sources.

Fourth, tie this research together by exploring the PPA Databases available via the "Articles" tab above.

General Databases

Anthropology

Biology

Data & Statistics

Environmental Analysis

Education

Gender Studies

Health Care

Political Science

Psychology

Science, Technology, & Society

Sociology