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- Academic Search Complete (EBSCOhost) (Coverage varies
- Provides citations and abstracts to over 4,000 journals covering
most academic areas of study. Full text is available for nearly 3,200 scholarly
- America: History and Life (1964-present)
- This database covers United States and Canadian history and culture
from prehistoric times to the present.
- Access World News (Coverage by publication)
- Use this database to locate full text articles from New Jersey
newspapers and the Philadelphia Inquirer.
- Business Source Premier (Coverage varied by publication)
- Covers most business and management topics including accounting,
banking, economics, marketing, public administration and policy.
- EconLit (1969 to present)
- EconLit indexes and abstracts
more than 750 international economic journals. The database covers subjects
such as accounting, monetary policy, labor, marketing demographics, and planning.
- New York Times-Proquest Historical Newspapers
- Provides the full image of articles published in The New York Times from its first issue
in 1851 to two years prior to the current year (for more recent coverage,
use Westlaw Campus research.)
It is searchable by keyword, subject, author, and article title.
- PAIS International and Archive (1972-present)
- Provides access to literature covering the full range of political,
social, and public policy issues.
- Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (1975-present)
- This database provides citations, abstracts, and indexing of the
international serials literature in political science and related fields including
economics, law,and public administration, public policy.
- Sage Urban Studies Abstracts- ALEX REF HT51.S24
- Abstracts of books, articles, government documents, etc., in the
field of urban studies and comparative urban analysis.
- The Rutgers online catalog offers acess by author, titile, subject,
keyword, and call number. IRIS
also allows you to limit searches by date, language, format and library.
Here are some selected subject headings:
||housing-law and legislation
||public housing-law and legislation
|public welfare-united states
||public welfare-law and legislation
|urban policy-united states
||working poor-united states
||working poor-government policy
|labor policy-united states
Congress & Legislation
- THOMAS-Legislative Information on the Internet
- THOMAS provides access to current and recent legislation, roll
call votes, the Congressional Record, committee reports, bill summaries. Check
this page for dates of coverage.
- CIS Annual:Index, Abstracts and Legislative Histories
- ALEXANDER: DOCREF KF49.C62 v.1-1970-; Legislative Histories located
on Index Table 1
- Comprehensive index to Congressional publications: hearings, reports,
prints. Legislative histories identify all relevant documents, coverage begins
- Congressional Budget Office
- The Congressional Budget Office provides objective, nonpartisan
economic analyses of pending legislation. The
Publications page provides access
by subject and document type.
- Congressional Quarterly Almanac
- ALEXANDER: DOCREF JK1.C66; DANA: REF JK1.C66
- An annual yearbook that highlights key actions, compiles annual
voting records, describes major legislation, and analyzes Supreme Court decisions.
- Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report-CQ Weekly
- ALEXANDER: DOCREF JK1.C15; CAMDEN: PER; DANA: REF JK1.C15
- Provides current non-partisan political analysis of Congress.
Identifies major legislation, the issues and players, and roll call votes.
See the index on the back page of recent issues for the latest information.
- GAO Reports
- The Government Accountability Office supports the work of Congress by
performing audits and evaluations of government programs and activities. The
majority of these reviews are made in response to specific congressional requests.
A searchable database goes back to 1975 and results display abstracts of
GAO reports and testimony with links to available electronic reports. This
is an excellent source of information regarding the effectiveness of social
Book: Overview of Entitlement Programs
- This important resource from the House Ways and Means Committee
provides descriptions and historical information on major social and economic
programs, as well as related programs and issues. Topics covered include social
security, Medicare, TANF, child support, child protection and foster care,
poverty, etc. Enabling legislation is noted and detailed tables are provided.
Earlier versions back to 1996 can also be searched or browsed. A standard
reference source for information on the direction of social policy in the
United States. A print copy is also available: ALEXANDER: DOCUS Y 4.W36:10-4/
1991- LATEST ED DOCREF DESK
- Major Studies and Issue Briefs of the Congressional
- ALEXANDER: DOCREF JK1108.G86 1916/1989; JK1108.G85 1989/90-2000
- In response to requests from Congress, the CRS issues publications
that include background studies, pro and con arguments, in-depth policy and
legislative analysis, and legislative histories on subjects of interest to
Congress. We have much of the microfilm/microfiche set accessible via the
print indexes. Records for the more recent reports (approx. 2000 +) are in
IRIS. Enter the terms "congressional research service and your topic" and click
the search everything button. For example:
congressional research service
and housing. Additionally, here is a
link to a special Google search for
a limited number of reports available on the web.
of Welfare Reforms made by Public Law 104-293
- U. S. House Ways and Means Committee print providing historical
background of the 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation
Act and summaries of the law by U.S. Code title.
about Public Benefits, Health and Human Services
- This page is part of Cornell's Legal Information Institute. Links
to federal and state statutes and judicial decisions related to Social Security,
Medicaid, Medicare, welfare are provided .
Federal Government Agencies
- U.S. Department of Health &
- This is the current homepage for the federal department that oversees
social and human services programs. Brief descriptions and links to major
agencies relevant to your assignment follow below.
- Administration for Children
& Families (ACF)
- This HHS agency is responsible for federal programs that promote
the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and
communities. It oversees numerous programs and administers TANF, Temporary
Assistance to Needy Families, the state-federal welfare program. See
the link to policy/planning.
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
- Formerly the Health Care Financing Administration, the centers
administer Medicare and Medicaid programs and the State Children's Health
- Office of Human
Services Policy (HSP)
- This office focuses on welfare, poverty, service delivery issues,
data for research, and policies affecting children, youth and families. It
is in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation, HHS.
Major areas the HSP covers with links for publications and ongoing work are
included. This is an important source of information on policy and legislative
- U. S. Department of Housing &
- This federal department oversees and supports community development,
access to affordable housing programs, homelessness programs, etc. Useful
links include those to homelessness, information by state, and the library.
- HUD User
- A gateway to access research reports about housing and community
and economic development, data sets, and other analytic tools.
- U.S. Department of Labor
- See Workforce
Investment Act Laws & Regulations
- U.S. Department
of Agriculture-Food and Nutrition Assistance Programs
- Social Security Online
- This is the official website of the U.S. Social Security Administration.
From a policy perspective, the links to the history of the social security
program and in particular, its legislative history, are informative.
New Jersey Government
- State of New Jersey Website
- Official home page for the state government. Includes a search
feature and links to departments, agencies, publications, and facts about
- Management and
Budget Office (OMB)
- Full-text of current year state budget publications and an archive
of prior year publications (FY1998+), including the Governor's Budget
Message, and the NJ Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
- Department of Community Affairs-Division of Housing
This site provides information about public and affordable housing, Section Eight, etc. See also:
Council on Affordable Housing
- Department of Community Affairs-Division of Community Resources
- The pull-down menu on this page includes links to Abbot Implementation,
Charter schools, No Child Left Behind NJ, and NJ education statistics.
of Human Services (DHS)
- The State's social service agency, its services and programs are
grouped in the categories below:
- New Jersey Housing and
Mortgage Finance Agency
- New Jersey Legislature
- Legislative Histories (New Jersey State Library)
- Arranged by year (1998+) and by Chapter number, these histories
are a compilation of the documents which express the purpose or intent behind
the passage of a particular law. Citations to bills, reports, hearings,
newspaper articles, etc. and some full text links are included.
- County and Municipal Links (State of New Jersey)
- Links to web sites that provide information about or by New Jersey
local governments, community organizations, and related commercial interests.
- New Jersey
State and Local Government (State and Local Government on the Net - Piper
- A list of state, county, and municipal government Web sites.
- New Jersey State League of Municipalities
- Information on the League, its services and publications, and
on municipalities in NJ is available at this site. The League is a voluntary
association whose members consist of more than 560 municipalities, and which
was created to help communities do a better job of self-government through
pooling information resources.
Other State Resources
- National Association of State Budget Officers
- See the link to the Fiscal Survey of the States, Fall, 2007.
- National Conference of
- NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators
and staffs of the nation's 50 states and provides research, technical
assistance for state governments. Be sure to check the Issue Areas tab.
- NGA-Center for Best Practices: Social, Economic & Workforce Programs
- Pew Center on the
- This site provides state-by-state information and news on innovative
public policies in the states, as well as statistics. Easy access to information
is through the Issues link.
Policy Organizations and Think Tanks
- Brookings Institution
- One of the oldest think tanks in the United States, the Brookings
Institution is an independent, nonpartisan organization that focuses on research
and analysis of economic, foreign, and social policy issues. See the links
to Social Policy and Metropolitan Policy Program.
- The Cato Institute is a non-profit policy research foundation
that resides on the conservative/libertarian side of the political spectrum.
Policy analyses, briefs and reports are available online.
See the link to Research Areas.
- Center for Law and Social Policy-CLASP
- CLASP is a national, nonprofit organization that conducts
research, policy analysis, and advocacy on issues related to economic security
for low-income families with children. This site is a rich source of electronic
publications on many issues including welfare policy, child welfare, child
support and low-income fathers, couples and marriage policy, and child care
and early education.
- Center on Budget and Policy
- A policy institute and nonpartisan research organization that
analyzes a range of government programs and polices, with an emphasis on those
affecting low and moderate income people. Areas of research include low-income
housing, poverty and income, welfare reform/TANF, food assistance, and health
- The Heritage Foundation
- This think tank formulates and promotes conservative public
policies. Reports and data available on a number of issues, including welfare/welfare
reform, education, families, and poverty.
- Institute for Policy Research
See the Research Programs link.
- Joint Center for Housing Studies-Harvard University
- The center focuses on analyzing the relationships between housing markets and economic, demographic, and social trends. it annually publishes the State of the Nation's Housing.
- National Center for Children in Poverty
- The mission of this nonpartisan policy organization is to
"identify and promote strategies that prevent child poverty in the United
States and that improve the lives of low-income children and families." Strengths
of organization include its policy analysis, research, and demographic statistics.
The site includes an easy-to-use data wizard for comparing states on a variety
- RAND Corporation
- RAND provides research and analysis covering many policy issues,
including children, welfare, population and aging, education, health and
- Urban Institute
- The Urban Institute conducts research that informs policy
across a broad range of topics including children, housing, welfare reform,
immigration, cities and metropolitan regions, the nonprofit sector, and tax
policy. One of its major projects is Assessing the New Federalism,
an effort to analyze the devolution of responsibility for social programs
from the federal government to the states.
- Welfare Information Network
- This site is a clearinghouse for information and policy analysis
related to welfare, workforce development, and other human and community services.
An excellent resource.
Statistics and Data
- This is the primary dissemination vehicle for the 2000 Census.
Geared more toward public use, the system offers prepackaged data products
and user-selected data tables and maps form Census 2000, the 1990 Census of
Population and Housing, the 1997 & 2002 Economic Census, and the American
Community Survey. The latter program is a "new nationwide survey designed
to provide communities a fresh look at how they are changing," and a great
deal of data on the state, county and Congressional district level is available.
- County and City Extra : annual metro, city and county data book
ALEX REFDESK HC101 .C69
- Look at Table C (metropolitan areas) and Table D (cities of
25,000 or more) for information on a variety of demographic and social areas
such as population, employment, poverty, etc.
- U.S. Census Bureau
- The Census Bureau provides information on the number, geographic
distribution, and social and economic characteristics of the population
including official estimates of income and poverty. Historical census data
is also available. Use the subject index .
- This is a gateway to statistics from over 100 Federal agencies.
Easy access is provided via agency or topic.
- LexisNexis Statistical Insight
- A searchable database that provides easy access to statistics
produced by the U.S. government, major international intergovernmental organizations,
professional and trade organizations, commercial publishers, independent research
organizations, state government agencies, and universities.
- State of the Cities Data Systems-Dept.
of Housing and Urban Development
- The SOCDS provides data for individual cities, suburbs, and metropolitan
areas. An easy-to-use interface allows access to data from the 1970, 1980,
1990, and 2000 Census, current employment statistics for city residents, information
on city and suburban government finances, and more.
Mumford Center for Comparative Urban and Regional Research
- School District Demographics
- This website provides access to school district geographic and
demographic data useful for describing and analyzing characteristics of school
districts, children, and K-12 education.
in New Jersey-Statistics
- U.S. Census Bureau-Poverty
- This page includes poverty definitions, data, information about data sources, etc.
Guidelines, Research and Measurement
- Issued each year in the Federal Register by HHS.