Political Science: Policy Papers and White Papers
What are Policy Papers and White Papers?
Policy papers often appear in the form of "white papers" that are authoritative guides or reports on complex issues produced by businesses, foundations, research groups, or especially by governmental bodies to present policy before legislation. There are also "green papers" are more open-ended documents discussing strategies for legislation or information points for the public.
Sources for finding Policy Papers and White Papers
ProQuest Congressional indexes proposed laws, legislative histories and regulations; with full text and a directory of Congress. Includes access to CRS Reports.
Congressional Research Service Reports
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is the public policy research arm of Congress. This legislative branch agency works exclusively for Members of Congress, their committees and their staffs. While CRS does not provide direct public access to its reports, this website (from the University of North Texas) aims to provide integrated, searchable access to many of the full-text CRS reports that have been available at a variety of different web sites since 1990.
Policy ArchivePolicy briefs and research from sources such as the American Bar Association, the Brookings Institution, the Ford Foundation, the Institute for Policy Studies, and others.
Annenberg Public Policy CenterPolicy briefs and research on the role of communication in politics, adolescent behavior, child development, health care, civics and mental health, and other areas.
RAND CorporationProvides research in a variety of areas such as arts, civil justice, education, national security, public safety, and other areas.