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Researching Public Policy

Sources and strategies for finding and evaluating public policy and policy research

Reference Works

Reference Books

Encyclopedias, directories, and almanacs provide overviews of interest groups and public policy institutes in the U.S.  Some of these books also provide interest groups' ratings of Congress.

  • Almanac of American Politics
    CC Reference JK1010 .B26
  • CQ's Politics in America
    CC Ready Reference JK1010 .P64
  • Directory of congressional voting scores and interest group ratings / J. Michael Sharp
    CC Reference JK1051.S555 2000 v.1-2
  • Encyclopedia of American political parties and elections / Larry J. Sabato, Howard R. Ernst
    CC Reference JK2261 .S218 2006
  • Encyclopedia of interest groups and lobbyists in the United States / Immanuel Ness
    CC Reference JK1118 .N47 2000 v. 1-4
  • Public interest group profiles
    CC Reference JK1118. P8 2006-7
  • Research guide to U.S. and international interest groups / edited by Clive S. Thomas
    CC Reference JK1118.R47 2004
  • World encyclopedia of political systems and parties / edited by George E. Delury
    CC Reference JF2011 .W67 1999  vol.1-3