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EMPA 552 Analytic Methods in Public Administration: Background Research

Selecting Resources to Search

Picture of sticker that reads, "Oh you write? Who cares!"When doing any kind of background research on your topic, it is important to first sit down and plan how you will approach finding information on a topic. The most useful question you can ask yourself about searching is: 

  • Who cares?

In other words, which academic disciplines will have studied the subject? The answer to this question will lead you to discipline-related subject guides on the library website that contain disciplinary databases and other resources for your research. 

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On this page:

Multidisciplinary Databases

Public Administration Databases

Advocacy Search Engines

Education Databases

Business Databases

Sociology/Social Work/Psychology Databases

Urban Studies & Planning Databases

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