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Public Policy Guide from Stokes Library Fall 2020

General Info; Databases; Newspapers; Data and Statistics; Citations; undergrads

A well-researched paper probably involves all of these

Books (see below)

Politics Databases (see a selection below) 

Journal articles (see below)

News Sources 

Meet with me and/or Politics Librarian and/or American History Librarian and/or Subject Area Specialist. PU Library has specialists in China, Korea, Japan, Latin America, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Latin America, Near East, Slavic countries (including Russia and former USSR).

Congressional Research Service Reports

In Praise of Library Catalog Subject Headings

Explore any of these that are of interest: 


Geopolitics (Browse subheadings)

Strategy (Browse subheadings)

United States. Central Intelligence AgencyManagement [Browse]

United States. Central Intelligence AgencyHistory [Browse]

Intelligence serviceUnited States [Browse]


Remember to

Sort by date, if desired. 

Limit to "Online", if needed.

Combine with keywords or names of countries or key actors.


In praise of subject headings: if you use Subject Headings, you don't have to remember the correct spelling of defence. For example, Defence : the legal implications : military law and the laws of war

And don't forget

HathiTrust Emergency Access

Special Collections, Mudd Library, Public Policy Papers (e.g., George F. Kennan Papers, Lyman B. Kirrkpatrick Papers)

The National Security Archive electronic briefing books [electronic resource].

Records of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

Google Scholar Search on The Long View including "search within citing articles" for your country of interest.