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Public Policy Program @ OSU

The School of Public Policy at OSU is home to programs in Economics, Political Science, Sociology, and the Masters in Public Policy. The School of Public Policy offers on campus and online undergraduate majors in Economics, Political Science, and Sociology, as well as an on campus Masters in Public Policy program.The School also offers undergraduate minors in Economics, Political Science, and Sociology as well as graduate minors in Political Science and Sociology.

This page was created for the Masters and PhD students in the Public Policy programs. These students engage in interdisciplinary research, and student essays are collected into a community on ScholarsArchive@OSU, the institutional repository. You can search or browse these papers at

Students in Public Policy should also see the Government Information Guide for more specific information about the Federal and State governments and their programs, as well as guides for their disciplines of focus (

What is the new library system?

1Search combines the OSU Libraries 'library catalog," Summit and many of our online databases into one search engine. 1Search is a good starting point for your research. The 1Search interface looks a little different now but it functions very much the same way.

1Search helps you locate:

  • Books owned by OSU Libraries (including Guin, Cascades, Vet Med)
  • Books owned by other libraries in the Pacific-Northwest
  • Full-text online  journals, magazines and newspapers
  • Journals the OSU Libraries owns in print
  • Media (videos, DVDs, CD, recordings, etc)
  • Course reserves materials
  • Materials in our Special Collections and Archives

You can "scope"  your search to find

  • Books, media and articles- This includes the OSU Libraries materials, Summit and articles.
  • At OSU Libraries - Materials owned by OSU Libraries. This is similar to our library catalog.
  • OSU Libraries + Summit - This scope combines the OSU Libraries materials and those of the 27 libraries in the Summit system. Once Summit is integrated into our new 1Search in early 2015, materials at the Summit libraries can be requested and sent to the OSU Libraries for pick up.
  • OSU Cascades - Search items in the OSU-Cascades collection in Bend. Please note this does not include the COCC collections. You can request materials from Bend using the Request option.
  • Special Collections & Archives - Unique collections of manuscripts, archives, photographs, books and more
  • Articles - Search the collections from many of the electronic resources and databases to which OSU subscribes

The new 1Search is one part of a complete search

1Search does not include all the content from specialized databases to which OSU subscribes. For discipline-specific searching, use the OSU Libraries' Research Databases or check the Research Guides.


    ScholarsArchive at Oregon State University

    OSU Researchers are encouraged to submit their scholarly work to ScholarsArchive@OSU, Oregon State University's digital service for gathering, indexing, making available and storing the scholarly work of the Oregon State University community. 

    Depositing your scholarly materials to ScholarsArchive@OSU increases the visibility and citation impact of your scholarship by providing open access, and preserves it by providing a persistent URL so that people can reliably access it in perpetuity.

    For more information, visit and click on the FAQ and Getting Started help guides.


    Oregon Policy Directory

    The Oregon Policy Directory (OPD) is a topically organized listing of nearly 400 think tanks, interest groups, trade associations, unions, tribal groups, foundations, media, and other organizations that influence or report on public policy-making in Oregon. In addition to browsing the list of organizations, the Google custom search feature allows you to search all the 400 policy-oriented sites by word, phrase, or Google search string.

    Oregon Policy Directory:

    (created and maintained by the University of Oregon Libraries Document Center)


    American Policy Directory

    Topically organized, the American Policy Directory from the University of Oregon Libraries helps you locate analysis and advocacy from all perspectives on U.S. national public policy.

    American Policy Directory


    Council of State Governments

    The Council of State Governments (CSG) ( is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides quality research support "to help state officials shape public policy." Its research areas include governmental operations, state and federal legislation and regulations, and policies issues at the state and national levels. CSG is widely known for the useful The Book of the States, available on the site. A Leadership Center section is dedicated to helping officials improve their leadership skills with seminars and directed readings. The Contact Us page has a separate link for research inquiries. The Knowledge Center section has two especially useful subsections: Policy Area which contains reports on numerous topics (e.g., education, elections, public safety), and Data Center that links to polling numbers, an unemployment tracker, and a database where one can compare how states perform in certain categories.


    Citing Government Information

    Electronic resources:

    Citing Government Documents: American Psychological Association (University of Nebraska Kearney)

    Citing Government Information Sources Using MLA (Modern Language Association) Style (Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, Univ. of Nevada, Reno)

    DocsCite (Arizona State University Libraries) helps with both MLA and APA styles.

    Print resource:

    The Bluebook: a uniform system of citation. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard Law Review Association. Valley Reference Desk KF245 .B58 2010 (19th edition)

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