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Writing 39C Information Literacy Tutorial - 2019 version

Finding Policies

Positions and Solutions

As you begin your Advocacy Essay, you'll be looking for solutions to the problem you defined in the Contexts Project. The good news is that you can use many of the same tools and resources that you used for the CP to find these solutions. The video below provides an overview of how to get started.

Advocacy Project - Basic searches [Time = 2:53]

CQ Researcher

You may remember using CQ Researcher from when you were still exploring your CP topic. It may be beneficial to go back and scan a report that is related to your topic. Remember that CQ Reports tend to be very broad, so your topic (now that it's been refined over weeks) may now be a subtopic within a larger report. As you scan the report, pay attention to names of proposed legislation, policy, or other efforts that advocate for solutions to the issue. Sections that are particularly helpful include the following

  • Current Situation - describes what lawmakers and other advocates are doing at the time of the report's publication
  • The Next Step - bibliography that often points to future trends
  • Contacts - includes names and websites of advocacy groups and other stakeholders

 

Article and Newspaper Databases

You can use tools you already know to find policy papers:

  • Use databases to find academic journal articles that discuss policy or research about the effects of a policy (e.g. Academic Search Complete). Consider adding “policy” or “proposal” to your topic search terms - this will help you find articles that are about solutions.
  • Use newspaper databases to find newspaper articles that discuss policy at the popular or local level. Again, consider adding “policy” or “legislation” or “advocacy” to your topic search terms - this will help you find articles that are about solutions.