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Government Policy Research Guide - LSC-North Harris

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Find a Topic for Policy Paper

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 

Research Databases


Library Catalog

Find books, e-books, DVDs, and more.


Use the Library Catalog

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

Library Catalog Video Tutorials

Annotated Bibliography

What is an annotated bibliography?

It is a list of sources (such as books, journals, and websites) that cover the topic you have chosen to research.  Each source listed is followed by a paragraph that summarizes and evaluates the source.  In your summary, be sure to address the reasons why you selected the particular article. 

  1. summarize the article's main points
  2. describe the currency, relevancy, and accuracy of the article
  3. discuss the purpose of the article and intended audience
  4. mention how the article helps you understand the topic

Learn More about Annotated Bibliographies


MLA Format Guides


Video Introduction to MLA 8 (7 min)






Video Introduction to MLA 7 (7 min)







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