Choose Your Policy
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>US Legal>- for federal & state court cases, and state statures & regulations
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)
Google Scholar - This web search engine does include many full text scholarly articles, but it is generally not as up to date, nor as comprehensive, as the above databases, and not everything is fulltext. Using this link pulls up more full text, through Fogler Library's subscriptions.
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
It is very important to cite words and/or ideas you take straight from another work and put into your paper. For information on APA and Legal styles you may consult the print guides at the Reference Desk, or Citation Help for APA guidance, and Basic Legal Citation for legal sources.
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.