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Government Policy Research Guide - LSC-North Harris

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This page was originally created for Professor Scruggs.

I. Find a Topic for Policy Paper

CQ Researcher balanced reports Video Tutorial

Issues & Controversies to browse subjects, click on Issues at the top of the screen Video Tutorial

Opposing Viewpoints in Context opinions, periodical articles, and more Video Tutorial 

II. Choose Key Words

  1. Think about your topic and what are you trying to answer.  Terms? People? Organizations? Places? Objects?
  2. Is it a public policy or a current issue affecting the government or the people of the United States?
  3. List terms that best represent the main concepts of your topic.
  • Broad: legalizing drugs
  • Narrow: legalizing and medical marijuana
  • Narrower: legalizing and medical marijuana and Texas


Contains thousands of articles, from multiple publishers, on almost all subjects. (Video Tutorial)


US Major Dailies

Legal Collection

Newspaper Source

Military & Government Collection

LexisNexis Academic

Newsbank with Houston Chronicle


Use your 14-digit library barcode number for off-campus access (the number is on the back of your student ID).  Don't have an ID? Get one from the library. Distance students can fill out the online request form.


eBook CollectionMulti-subject electronic book collection (Video tutorial)

Proquest Ebook Central

Physical Books

Library Catalog to search for books.

  1. Enter search terms.
  2. Browse search results and click on the title to view the detailed item record.
  3. Scroll to the bottom for availability, collection, location, and call number.
  4. To find the book on the shelf you will need the complete call number.
  • To request a book from another location, click "Place Hold" then type in your library barcode number and your PIN.

Library Catalog Video Tutorials

Evaluating Information button

Do my sources pass the CRAP test?

Each of my sources are:

  • Current
  • Reliable & Relevant
  • Authoritative & Accurate
  • Proper Purpose & Point-of-view

See video tutorials:

MLA Style


Video Introduction to MLA 8 (7 min)






Video Introduction to MLA 7 (7 min)








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