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Finding an official website of an organization within your subject area is a great place to find policy information. Organizations will list policies, budgets, and much more on their websites. Be sure to evaluate if a website is legitimate and useful by using the SAVAGE evaluation method (located on the Evaluating Sources page).
If you are looking for the impact a policy has on an issue or a discussion about policy, a great place to go is our research databases. Use keywords such as policy, law, legislation, procedure, rules, and regulation. Be sure to note if you find some good keywords or subjects that are supplied by the database. These will focus your search.
Often, you'll find mention of research through a news report or magazine interview with the researchers. These can be nice articles to read, to help you better understand the purpose and findings of the research.
If you want to use the research findings in your papers, you'll need to find the original research article. There are several situations you may encounter. See below.
In this article, the author links to the original research article, but it requires a login or payment to get the full-text. You never need to purchase an article.
When you have the information about a specific article (usually from a reference list at the bottom of an article), you can try to find the full text of that article by following the steps below:
Book Reviews are included in peer-reviewed journals, so they often show up in a result list that is limited to "peer reviewed". These are not peer reviewed articles. though they often look very similar to peer reviewed articles.
To recognize book reviews, look for one or more of the following characteristics:
Still unsure? Just ask your friendly librarian!
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