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Kathryn A. Martin Library

POL 4190 Senior Seminar Research Guide

Dr. Rugeley / Spring 2024

Databases & Links

Questions to Consider

A policy brief or memo provides a concise summary of information that helps readers understand and make informed decisions on a policy issue. As you search for policy briefs and government information, keep in mind the following questions:

  • Who produces the information you need? Is it a government agency, non-governmental organization (NGO), or an intergovernmental organization (IGO)?
  • How is the information you need organized and disseminated?
  • Is the information you found produced by a think tank (a research institute that advocates for a particular policy)? If so, how might political biases influence the information? How would you evaluate such a source?