SOWK 536: Policy and Advocacy in Professional Social Work: General Policy Resources

Research guide for students in SOWK 536.

Finding a policy

Finding policies and policy information can be tricky!  It often takes some digging around and strategic Google searching.

  • For FEDERAL policies, start with the video below on searching for a federal law on your topic.
  • For STATE policies, you'll need to do a Google search.  Include the topic and state you're looking for and limit your search to .gov or .org websites.  For example: "mental health offenders Minnesota;.org"

Once you have found a policy that interests you, use one of the policy databases in the box below to find analyses and briefings about that policy from think tanks and government agencies.

Policy Brief Databases

Use these resources to find background information, analysis and current developments of the policy you are researching.