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Social Work: Canadian Public Policy: Home

A University of Lethbridge Library guide to Canadian public policy in the context of Social Work.

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Government Documents

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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You may also wish to consult the following websites and pages for government information:

For more help, visit our Government Information guide.

Guide Overview

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.

Reference Sources

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.


You may also want to search the U of C Library for e-books on your topic. Be sure to limit the content type to "book/eBook."

If you are looking for a particular book in the catalogue, search by Title or Author. When searching by author, enter the author's last name first (e.g., "Smith, John" rather than "John Smith").

If you are looking for books on a particular topic, search by Keyword or Subject Heading. While keyword searches may return relevant results, searching by subject heading is often more effective. Subject headings are terms that are assigned to each item in the Library catalogue in a standard, consistent manner. They define the subject of each book. Below is a list of examples of general subject headings related to Canadian public policy:

Alberta -- Social Policy

Canada -- Social Policy

Family Policy -- Canada

Housing Policy -- Canada

Medical Policy -- Canada

Public Welfare -- Canada

Social Security -- Canada

For more information on finding books and e-books, visit our help guide or watch our help video.

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.