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This guide includes resources that can be useful for those seeking information in public policy.
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Is This Journal Peer Reviewed?

Are you trying to determine if a journal is peer reviewed? Using the resource Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory, you can search by the journal's name to see if it is peer reviewed. In Ulrich's, it will be listed as Yes for Refeered. There will also be a referee's jersey icon on the entry for the journal.


Accessing Information

Public Policy students in the online program can request that materials be sent to them by filling out the form found here. For your Pick-up Location, select "Distance Education" and for your status select "Distance Education Student."


New Book in Public Policy

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From Government to Governance - Antonino Palumbo; Richard Bellamy
Call Number: 320.1 F931
ISBN: 9780754628033
Publication Date: 2010-05-28


Key Resources

PAIS International
This database is a bibliographic index to the literature of public policy, social policy, and the social sciences in general. Journal articles; books; government documents; statistical compilations; committee reports; directories; serials; reports of public, intergovernmental, and private organizations; and most other forms of printed literature from all over the world are indexed.

ABI/INFORM covers more than 1,800 business, management, and public policy and administration journals providing citations, abstracts, and some full text. Users can search the database in a number of ways including author, subject, and title, and limit their search to full text articles and scholarly publications. Users can also browse issues of periodicals that are included full text.

Business Source Premier
With domestic and international sources, Business Source Premier provides citations, abstracts, and full text articles from business and public policy and administration journals, magazines, and scholarly journals.

This resource allows users to search for non-partisan information on policy issues. Information is provided by leading think tanks, research organizations, university programs, publishers, and advocacy groups. Policy File includes access to more than 51,000 abstracts as well as links to full-text sites.

EconLit, the American Economic Association’s electronic database, is the foremost source of references to economic literature. The database contains records from 1969-present and covers virtually every area related to economics.



NUcat is the library's online catalog that can help you find items held by all the Northwestern libraries such as the Main Library in Evanston, Schaffner, and the law school library.

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