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PPL 302: Political Context of Public Policy

Library Services and Resources

As the librarian assigned to the Martin School, I am available to help with your assignments and research. Please feel free to send me questions by email ( or to schedule a consultation appointment, which we can do in person or by Zoom. 

Newspaper and Journal Databases

Policy Reports and Statistics

  • Congressional Research Reports: The Congressional Research Service provides high-quality research and analysis to members of Congress and congressional committees.
  • Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis and other data-driven social science research. It does not take policy positions. 
  • IRP Fast Focus is a product of the Institute for Research on Poverty from the University of Wisconsin. Fast Focus is a policy brief designed for busy policymakers and practitioners who want a concise summary of a research study or policy innovation in straightforward language. 
  • Brookings Institute is a nonprofit public policy organization that conducts in-depth research.