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CHE 125: Science and Public Policy

Researching the intersection of science and public policy involves asking yourself a few key questions:

  • Do I need to gather more information about the topic itself before delving into how it's impacting public policy?  For example, before you research policy on fuel cells, you need to have a solid grasp on what fuel cells are and how they operate.  Use the Topic Background tab for recommended resources.

  • How is the government involved in my topic?  There are a wide range of agencies, committees and offices involved in creating public policy, so you need to identify which government players are important to your topic.  Use the Government Resources tab to get started.

  • Who else has an interest in my topic?  There are numerous nongovernmental players involved in research and policy issues.  The Nongovernmental Organizations tab identifies some of these organizations.

A word about Reference Librarians...

  • Another big part of research is recognizing when you need help, whether it's tracking down a specific source or simply thinking aloud with someone about your topic.  Reference Librarians are here to help you with all aspects of research.  The box on the left lists our hours at the Reference Desk (no appointment needed!), links you to our chat reference and contains my contact information.  Use these resources to connect with us.

Best Bets!

The CQ Researcher provides excellent and detailed overviews of topics, including their impact on policy issues.  Use Proquest Newsstand to find news articles about your topic; this will give you some background information as well as help you determine how your topic has impacted public policy.


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Julie Gilbert
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