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Public Policy and International Affairs (SPIA)-- Additional Resources

Replaces guide with Info on think tanks, gov docs, public opinion polls, evaluating political institutions

Quick links and tips

  1. My basic research guide can be found at
  2. Search the senior thesis catalog to view other theses and get ideas.  Recent ones are available as full-text. 
  3. Meet with a Stokes librarian to help you cultivate your topic
  4. Do a literature search for background information (use search box on library home page) or search Public Policy databases by subject:
  5. Use a system to manage your citations and bibliography; we will teach you Zotero
  6. For help locating data or determining appropriate datasets, contact Ofira Schwartz-Soicher (
  7. For help downloading data, analyzing your data, running R or Stata, contact the Stokes Viz Hub or Data and Statistical Services consultants.