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PADM 625: Public Policy Analysis

Search Term Examples

Most of your searches will initially be constructed this way:

1st line - [topic of your choice]

homeless*
education
"social services"
"pharmaceutical industry"
"economic development"
taxation

2nd line - policy

Select "peer-reviewed"

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Sample Research terms
(Include these if you have many peer-reviewed results):

  • Best practices
  • Evidence-based
  • Empirical
  • Longitudinal

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Is it a Refereed Article?

Refereed, scholarly, and peer-reviewed are often used interchangeably to mean credible sources rigorously reviewed before publication. These short videos will help you determine (1) whether the publication itself is scholarly; and (2) the type of scholarly article in that publication.