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Claim Essays-ENGLISH 1B: Claim of Policy

Why Use Journal Articles for Claim of Policy Essays?

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!

See our full A-Z list for more discipline-specific resources (business, communication, psychology, and more)!

Claim of Policy-Research Strategies

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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.

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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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