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An important source of public policy information is, of course, government documents. As virtually all government documents are now published in electronic format, you should look for recent government publications online rather than in the Library's physical collections. Older publications, on the other hand, may only be available in print.
Use the custom Google search box below to search for government publications online. Use the drop down menu to limit your search to Canadian, American, or intergovernmental organization (e.g. UN, EU) documents.
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For more help, visit our Government Information guide.
This guide is a short introduction to resources on Canadian public policy available through the University of Lethbridge and University of Calgary libraries. It is intended for use by social work students, though content may be relevant to researchers in a variety of fields.
Scroll down the page for guidance on finding reference materials (e.g., handbooks), government documents, books, and journal articles pertaining to topics related to Canadian public policy. For information on finding social work resources more generally, visit our
Social Work: General Resources guide.
Listed below are a handful of public policy-related handbooks and dictionaries available through the University of Lethbridge Library:
Books & e-Books
To find books on topics related to Canadian public policy, search our library catalogue using the basic search box below or our advanced search page.
University of Calgary Resources
In addition to materials available through the University of Lethbridge Library, social work students and faculty at the U of L have access to online resources offered through the University of Calgary. Consequently, this guide directs students to resources available through both institutions.
Students may also wish to consult one of the University of Calgary Library's
social work guides.
The most current research in social work is often found in journal articles. The U of L and U of C Libraries subscribe to many databases that allow you to search for journal articles on your research topic. Some of the most important databases related to public policy are listed below. Hover over the information icon ( ) to read the description of each database.
Databases with descriptions ending in the U of C coat of arms ( ) will require your U of C login to access. University of Lethbridge students and faculty who are not part of the social work program do not have access to these resources.
Social Services Abstracts
Provides bibliographic coverage of current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development. Abstracts and indexes over 1,300 journals on topics such as crisis intervention, gerontology, poverty and homelessness, and social work education.
Social Work Abstracts
Indexes more than 500 social work and human services journals covering all aspects of the social work field, including theory and practice, areas of service and social issues and problems. Produced by the US National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
Abstracts in Social Gerontology
Includes bibliographic records covering essential areas related to social gerontology, including the psychology of aging, elder abuse, society and the elderly, and other topics of key relevance to the discipline.
SocINDEX with Full Text
Comprehensive sociology research database covering virtually all sociology-related topics, including abortion, criminology, demography, ethnic and racial studies, gender studies, social work, substance abuse, and violence. Indexes journals, books, and conference papers.