The Congressional Quarterly library subscriptions are great resources to find information on current & historic legislation, public policy and more in the United States.
HINT: The library has 3 CQ Press resources. You can search each of them separately (see links below), or you can search them all at once. Unless you have a reason to limit your search to just one resource, we recommend that you search ALL of them at once using the CQ Press Library link.
Search ALL of our CQ Press resources to find legislative and public policy. Useful for: social work, political science, journalism, communications, and current issues research. HINT: Although you can search each CQ resource separately, using this link to search all of them at once is usually better.
CQ Press Library includes these databases:
CQ Researcher plus Archive, CQ Magazine, and CQ Almanac.
Find weekly reports covering the legislative activity of the U.S. Congress. Get a complete wrap up of the previous week's news, including the status of bills, behind-the-scenes maneuvering, committee and floor activity, debates, and roll-call votes. (Formerly called: CQ Weekly)
You can search all of our CQ Press resources at one time using this link: CQPress Library
PolicyMap is an online data and mapping resource covering demographics, housing, crime, health, jobs and more. This link provides access to the FREE version, which allows you to view maps one data layer at a time.
When looking for public policy information, don't overlook "Think Tanks". They often produce valuable research reports on policy topics. This tool searches hundreds of these organizations for research and policy development information. From the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
"A think tank, policy institute, or research institute is an organisation that performs research and advocacy concerning topics such as social policy, political strategy, economics, military, technology, and culture." (Wikipedia, s.v., "Think Tank".)
The Atlas provides over 60 socioeconomic indicators down to the county level, including demographic, economic, and agricultural information. In addition to the visual maps, you can download data in spreadsheet format.
"Your first stop for rural health information." RHIH is funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy as a national clearinghouse on rural health issues. You can browse by state or topic, view rural data visualizations, or find other resources in the library.
RUPRI "provides unbiased analysis and information on the challenges, needs, and opportunities facing rural America." The library provides resources organized into 25 categories, including both textual and audiovisual formats. (From the Univ. of Iowa)
GovTrack.us tracks the United States Congress. You can track federal legislation, and get information about representatives and senators in Congress. Includes statistical analyses, bill summaries, and other tools to put information in context.
Access resources from the Justice in Aging organization. This national organization "uses the power of law to fight senior poverty by securing access to affordable health care, economic security, and the courts for older adults with limited resources."