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Social Welfare Research Toolkit: Social Policy

Resources for research in Social Welfare.

More on Social Policy

Starting Points

Encyclopedia of Social Work from the National Association of Social Workers and Oxford University Press -- a great starting place, policy on many social work topics.

Comprehensive Handbook of Social Work and Social Welfare Contains many sections on Social Policy and Policy Practice.

The Green Book (2018)  is a key resource for federal programs. It provides updated statistics and information on programs such as Medicare, Social Security, Unemployment Compensation, Foster Care and welfare. Additionally, it includes a discussion of related issues, such as the well-being of the elderly and of children and families. Official source for spending data for the U.S. Government. It allows you to drill down to specific areas, including by agency or sub-sections such as Social Services.

Congressional Publications contains congressional documents (hearings, committee prints, documents, and legislative histories) which are searchable through this fulltext database.

CRS Research Reports are particularly helpful for overviews of federal policies on an array of topics. The current reports are also now freely available from the Library of Congress!

Nexis Uni (formerly LexisNexis) Fulltext searchable database of law reviews, cases and statutes.

MetaLib and are two ways to search a variety of US Government sources with lots of information on social policies at the federal level, the Think Tank Search from Harvard is another useful search engine.

Policy Related Databases

News Sources

News sources can be a great way to find information about  federal and state social policies. There are numerous sources of fulltext news, some available freely on the web. The ones below are just a few of the databases that we pay for, they each have specialized features.

Subject Guide

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