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Before getting started with policy research, it is a good idea to start with some background and context to the issues you are investigating. The sources below will help you get to that information quickly.
subject encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, and reference handbooks. Also included are over 1,100 short reference videos, nearly 450,000 high-resolution art images, photographs and maps across all subject areas.
Gale eBooks, is an online collection of subject-specific encyclopedias and other reference works. It provides a one-stop shop for background and context materials covering a wide variety of historical, political and policy topics.
Overviews of research and trends in the Social Sciences and Humanities. WFU access includes the following subject collections: Asian Studies; Communication, Journalism, Media & Culture; Environment & Sustainability; Law; Philosophy; Politics; Security Studies; and Sociology.
From Britannica, Pro/Con.org provides sourced pros and cons of debatable issues, as well as a host of reference information relevant to those issues, thoroughly researched and compiled by research staff and editors
Use the Online Catalog to locate books and ebooks. You can choose 'Library Catalog' rather than 'Everything' to limit your search more specifically to books and ebooks. Here are some suggested searches:
"Climate Change" (use quotes whenever you search a phrase for better results)
"Water Policy" Israel (add in the country or region as a search term for more targeted results)
Econom* Recycling (truncate words with the * to include any ending - this would get you economY and economIC)
Ecotourism (the more specific you can be with your terms the better!)
"Keystone Pipeline" (Proper nouns in quotes will always be more specific search terms)
Scholarly Journal Articles
These databases (listed in the order of likelihood they will be useful to you) will get you to news and scholarly journal articles on environmental and sustainability issues. Watch our short video on finding scholarly articles using our subject databases for tips and tricks.