Public Policy

Evaluate Websites

Techniques & Questions to Ask (UC Berkeley)

Citation Guides

Citation Guides & Style Manuals (Social Sciences)

Documentation Guidelines for Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism (Duke University)
Guides for Turabian, Chicago Manual of Style, MLA, and APA

Citing Government Information Sources Using MLA Style (University of Nevada, Reno)
Includes many sample citations

Citing U.S. Government Publications (Indiana University, Bloomington)

DocsCite (Arizona State University)
Step-by-step guide with templates for APA or MLA style format

Introduction to Basic Legal Citation (Cornell Law School),
by Peter W. Martin, 2007,  with references to the 18th Edition of the "Bluebook "

The Bluebook - Updates
Latest changes to the LII Introduction to Basic Legal Citation

RefWorks Import Instructions

Primary Websites

Comprehensive information on American government, politics, elections, law, public policy, and current affairs. Includes the CQ Researcher.

Congressional Research Service: selected reports are posted by CNIE

University of North Texas hosts a searchable online database of many CRS reports.

Databases include the text of bills, Congressional Record, Federal Register, GAO Reports, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, and more.

Acrobat software [PDF files] available in libraries.

GPO Access databases include the text of bills, Congressional Record, Federal Register, GAO Reports, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, and more.

1935 to present

Comprehensive database from major U.S. polling organizations, including questions asked & responses provided.

1990's to present

A project of the Center for Democracy & Technology, this site provides access to CRS Reports already in the public domain

Some coverage from 1789+

Congressional Indexes, Publications, Testimony, Bills, Laws, and more. 

From the University of Michigan Library Documents Center

Secondary Websites

University of Michigan Documents Center research guides

Extensive guide to U.S. government resources and websites, including segments for the Census, statistics, plus patents & trademarks

ipl2 merges the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians' Internet Index (LII)

Scientific papers reporting on recent work by National Bureau of Economic Research researchers of interest to professional economists in academic institutions, business, government, and the business media around the world.

Nonpartisan organization presents biographical and issue-related information on candidates for political office in the US.