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Search Tips

When searching for public policy resources, either in the library's databases and catalog or online, try using some of the following related terms in combination with keywords that match your topic:​

Bills                                   Standards                            Proposals                            Protocol

Position Papers                Regulations                          Policy Briefs                        Recommendations

White Papers                    Legislation                           Guidelines                            Laws     

Remember to put any words that should be searched as a phrase in quotation marks! For example, search "position papers" instead of position papers.


The following academic journals are accessible through Bortz Library's database subscriptions. The links below will take you out to online databases such as PsycNet, ABI/INFORM, Academic Search Complete, and more. Look for a "search within this publication" link to search for specific articles within the journal.

To expand your search beyond specific journals, try searching in any of the library databases listed below. 

  • Use the database's search filters to expand or narrow your search
  • Try using the database subject search feature or thesaurus to find additional search terms
  • Check the references of relevant articles to find additional articles on your topic