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Stony Brook University

Social Welfare

Social Welfare Research Guide

Strategies for Researching Public Policy

What is the social problem you are interested in learning more about?

Strategy 1: Identify a PUBLIC LAW that addresses the social problem you are interested in.

Search these databases for the Legislative History of a National, State or County Public Law (PL) addressing your chosen social problem.

Strategy 2: Identify a PROGRAM that addresses the social problem you are interested in.

The government provides assistance to the American public in the form of projects, services, and activities. It supports a broad range of programs—such as education, health care, research, infrastructure, economic development and other programs—through grants, loans, scholarships, insurance, and other types of financial assistance. These listings provide detailed, public descriptions of federal, state and county assistance available

Strategy 3: Identify REPORTS related to the social problem you are interested in.

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adapted from San Diego State University Government Publications LibGuide