Statistics, surveys and studies out of academic journals (written by experts in the field) are an excellent place for look for policy ideas, how a particular policy was implemented, its effectiveness, etc. Since these articles are written by specialists, researchers and/or professionals in the field: think of them like "expert testimony" to help support what you want to say in your essay!
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In addition your background and current research resources, academic journal articles and government reports/websites can be a rich resource for information related to policies as they often include analysis on the effectiveness of laws, regulations, programs, initiatives related to a specific issue. See the side panels for serach tips and access on these two resource types.
Why use .gov sites?
Government agencies are a great source for statistics and research. Also, many government bodies in the United States (Congress, legislatures, city councils) have an office whose responsibility is to provide non-partisan analysis and cost-estimates for proposed policies, initiatives, bills, etc. These resources are often available full-text on the web. Google search box below is pre-set to limit to .gov results.
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