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Public administration and policy

Public administration and policy concentrate on how governments carry out their goals – most familiarly, how bureaucrats interpret and implement laws – and the consequences of those behaviors. In dealing with the complex outputs and outcomes of government policy-making, the field draws on the techniques and concerns of other social sciences such as sociology, economics, and political science to situate public administrators in larger, dynamic contexts alongside other political actors (e.g. nonprofit organizations). The interdisciplinary aspect of the field is revealed in the location of the Virginia Tech Center for Public Administration and Policy within the School of Public and International Affairs.

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  • ABI/INFORM from ProQuest

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    ABI/INFORM from ProQuest

    ABI/Inform indexes citations, abstracts, and full text news articles, market and SWOT analyses, industry reports, country reports, downloadable data sets, dissertations, business cases, working papers, annual reports from North American companies, and company profiles and histories. You can limit searches to peer-reviewed journals. Full text provided in HTML and PDF. 1971-present.  

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  • ASSIA: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts from ProQuest

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    This resource is restricted to Virginia Tech users only Sponsored by VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia Screencast tutorials available for this resource Contents of this resource available through Summon database provides Get VText links

    ASSIA: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts from ProQuest

    ASSIA is an index of citations and abstracts to journal articles in the social sciences and education, economics, and health fields. You can limit to peer-reviewed sources. 1987-present.  

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  • PolicyArchive

        Policy Archive
    This resource is freely accessible

    PolicyArchive

    PolicyArchive provides summaries and full text (in PDF) of more than 12,000 documents on public policy topics from 220 think tanks, university research centers, and government agencies. Emphasis is on US domestic policies; for similar content addressing international affairs, see CIAO. Searchable and browseable by topic, author, funder, and publishing body.

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  • CQ Press Electronic Library

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    CQ Press Electronic Library

    CQ Press Electronic Library allows searching across multiple CQ Press ebooks, periodicals, and analytical reports on all aspects of American government, politics, history, public policy, and current affairs. Major document types included are court case summaries, chronologies, floor votes in Congress, election analyses, legislative analyses, maps, and primary sources. Most full-text content is presented as HTML web pages, though tables and PDFs are also included. 1700s-present.  

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  • HeinOnline

        Hein Online
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    HeinOnline

    HeinOnline provides full-text PDF legal documents organized into libraries: Law Journals (ABA, Core, Criminal Justice, International, Intellectual Property), Legal Classics, United States Code, U.S. Statutes at Large, U.S Federal Legislative History, Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register, U.S. Presidential, Treaties and Agreements, Pentagon Papers, Manual of Patent Examining Procedure, World Constitutions Illustrated, and the European Center for Minority Issues. 1200s-present.  

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  • Foundation Directory Online from the Foundation Center

        Foundation Directory Online
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    Foundation Directory Online

    Search for information about over 100,000 foundations, corporate giving programs, and grantmaking public charities, or for information about nearly half a million grants. Parent organization, Foundation Center, also provides extensive free, online information about funding and managing nonprofit organizations. 2001-present.  

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