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VIC187: Prosperity, Justice & Sustainability: Intro to Public Policy

Public policy: reports, research papers +

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Policy Commons

(title above links directly to Policy Commons)
Search tool for reports, white papers, briefs etc. on public policy issues. Narrow by country of publication.

Example of a search (video duration: 1 and 1/2 minutes):

(Note: there is no sound/no narration on this video, it is purely visual screen capture of a sample search)

Canadian Public Documents Collection (Online)

(title above links directly to the Canadian Public Documents Collection hosted in Scholars Portal Books) 
Publications from Canadian public policy institutes, government agencies, advocacy groups, think-tanks, university research centres and other public interest groups.

RECOMMENDATION: Start by searching "anywhere" (in the drop down menu) for your topic and you can limit the results to items published within a specific time range (years of publication). If you have too many results, you can change the search formula by selecting "keyword" in the drop down menu (instead of "anywhere").

Sample of a search strategy in the Canadian Public Documents Collection. 1 enter your topic keyword and select Books you can read next to availability. 2 select Canadian Public Documents collection and activate the search. 3.With a search results list scroll down on and on the right under "book type" select  govdoc.

Canadian Think Tanks Collection (Online)

Start from the same Scholars Portal Books search for Canadian Public Documents (above) but change the Collection to "Canadian Think Tanks" (as shown below). 

RECOMMENDATION: search in anywhere (in the drop down menu) for your topic. The year limit is problematic, you can sort by "Recently Published" and scroll through the results.

Screenshot of Scholars Portal search in Canadian Think Tanks Collection with both the term "energy" in an anywhere search and the collection name highlighted by an arrow.