Deciding on which policy to analyze for your paper can be challenging. Consider taking the following steps in advance to avoid hurdles in completing your assignment:
Do some preliminary reading on the policy before committing to it. This includes not only your textbook, but resources such as:
Preliminary reading before you decide fully on your policy helps you figure out which aspect of the policy are most interesting to you.
Second, consider the amount of information available on your policy in relationship to needs of the assignment.
Wikipedia can be a very useful resource, as long as you keep some things in mind:
Want a good overview of current and past federal policies? See if there's a Congressional Research Service report! CRS is the public policy research arm of Congress. This legislative branch agency works exclusively for Members of Congress, their committees and their staffs.
Search for entries across encyclopedias in the Social Sciences. Subject coverage includes counseling, criminology, education, geography, health and social care, media and communication, politics science, psychology, and sociology.
Encyclopedias provide summaries of topics, key issues, and point you to related research.