Choose Your Policy
CQ Researcher - topical articles on policy issues
Maine Newsstand - full-text access to some Maine newspapers
Finding Background on Policy
The above refers to ways to find the actual policy - the primary source. For interpretation of the policy, historical background, and implementation effects, you need to find secondary sources of information. These can include books, Reference materials, news items, magazine articles, scholarly journal articles, and law review articles.
URSUS - for books and Reference materials
Other possible sources:
Social Work Abstracts - indexes most of the journals in the field (limited to four users at once)
Academic Search Complete - a general, full-text index to magazines &
LexisNexis Academic>Search By Content Type: News - full-text newspapers
Also, the Search By Content Type: Legal section includes law reviews
Request (click for a demo) allows you to order books from other Maine libraries
Article Linker allows you to automatically check URSUS for electronic and/or print subscriptions in Academic Search, Social Services Abstracts, & PAIS International
Interlibrary Loan - use for journal articles we do not have access to
Finding the Specific Policy You Need
Once you know your policy topic, what kind of policy is it: is it a law? a court case? a regulation? Then you need to know what body formulated the policy: U.S.Congress? Maine District Court? U.S. Department of Health and Human Services?
Once you have these answers, then you can choose a search tool:
ProQuest Congressional - Access to federal bills, laws, hearings, reports
LexisNexis Academic>Search By Content Type: Legal>- for federal & state court cases, and state statures & regulations
Correctly formatted citations are important tools so researchers can build on what other folks have already learned. Here are some sources to help you with this skill.
APA Style Manual - print, at the Help Desk in the computer area on the 1st floor of the Library
APA Formatting & Style Guide - Purdue Online Writing Lab
The Bluebook - for legal citation in APA format, this is in print at the Help Desk
Citing Legal Materials (APA Style) - California State University, Stanislaus
Nancy Lewis is the Social Work Librarian; you can send her an email on FirstClass (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call her at 581-3613 to set up an appointment.