Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Public Policy: Getting Started

This guide includes resources that can be useful for those seeking information in public policy.

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

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.


NUsearch 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.

Contact Subject Librarian

Qiana Johnson's picture
Qiana Johnson
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL 60208

Contact Subject Librarian

Frank Sweis's picture
Frank Sweis
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL 60208
Subjects:Public Policy