Finding Current Information
CQ Researcher - This is a full-text magazine with detailed overviews on specific policy issues.
Maine Newsstand - This covers major Maine newspapers from about 1992, with full text articles.
Maine State Agencies - Links to agency web pages.
ProQuest Newsstand - This includes full text articles for most U.S. newspapers.
Finding scholarly information on policies
For interpretation, historical background, and implementation effects of a policy, you need to find secondary sources of information. The best analysis usually comes from materials written by scholars, or experts, and published either through a editorial review process, such as books published by academic publishers, or a peer-review process, used by many scholarly journals.
URSUS - Fogler Library's catalog is the place to look for books, both print and electronic. There are other libraries in this catalog, as well; look for O or ORO to tell if a book is here. If you want to order a book from another library, click on the Request button on the top of the page. You will be asked for your name and barcode (on the back of your MaineCard).
Social Services Abstracts - This covers some Social Work journals, as well as other journals in the social sciences.
LexisNexis Academic>Legal>Law Reviews - Law reviews provide in-depth analysis of legal issues; full text is provided.
Academic Search Complete - This database, which includes a lot of full text, indexes both scholarly and popular articles. Click on Scholarly(Peer Reviewed) journals, to limit your search.
Other databases that may be helpful, include:
PAIS - This is a public policy database that indexes journals, reports, and some U.S. government publications.
Sociological Abstracts - This covers journals in sociology.
Request (click for a demo) allows you to order books to be sent to Fogler from other URSUS libraries.
Article Linker (click for a demo) allows you to automatically check if Fogler Library has electronic and/or print subscriptions.
Interlibrary Loan - use for journal articles you can't access through Fogler
Tools to help locate specific policies
First, make sure you know what kind of policy it is: 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? These are sites that can assist in finding the actual policy, your primary source.
Once you have these answers, then you can choose a search tool:
ProQuest Congressional - Access to federal bills, laws, hearings, reports
Maine Law Guide - includes info on Maine legislative history, and regulations
Maine Legislature Bill Status Search - can search Maine bills back to 2001
Maine Revised Statutes Annotated (Ref KFM 30 .A24) - Maine law, codified (by subject, not specific law)
United States Law Guide - includes info on Federal legislative history, and regulations
Correctly formatted citations are important tools so researchers can build on what folks have already learned. Here are some sources to help you brush up on 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
Ways to find other information
CQ Weekly - This is a full-text magazine covering the U.S. Congress.
Boston Globe - their web site
New York Times - full text database
Washington Post - full text database
Google - This familiar site searches what's available on the visible Web, with the sites most often linked to near the top of the list.
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.