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Contemporary Social Welfare Policies

This guide focuses on resources that you can use when seeking information on social welfare policies and issues since the 1930s.

Congress.gov

Congress.gov
The website for U.S. federal legislative information. Track bills through Congressional committees; see committee reports; texts of bills as enacted.

Social Work Speaks

Social Work Speaks: National Association of Social Workers Policy Statements: 2021-2023.
12th edition. Washington, D.C., 2021.
Statements designed to guide policy advocacy and legal action. Each statement includes background information, a statement of issues, the policy statement, its legislative history, and a list of references.
NASW Advocacy.
National Association of Social Workers key current legislative issues and positions.
Encyclopedia of Social Work
New York, National Association of Social Workers and Oxford University Press.
Almost always a good place to begin your research. Over 700 lengthy signed articles with bibliographies on topics felt to be of particular relevance to social work; 200 brief biographies of key figures in the history of social work; and links to related social work resources. Many articles include a historical overview. Rutgers-restricted Access

Current Issues

CQ Researcher
Extensive collection of weekly reports from Congressional Quarterly. Each report offers data, a variety of opinion, and a bibliography on a specific 'hot' issue. Rutgers-restricted Access.

U.S. Policies

CQ Almanac Online
Narrative accounts of every major piece of legislation that the U.S. Congress considered during a congressional session between 1945 and 2020. Policy Tracker feature allows you to explore a specific policy topic (e.g., "Abortion and Family Planning;" "Bilingual Education and ESL;" "Homelessness;" etc.,) over time. Rutgers-restricted Access

CRS Reports

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) serves as shared staff to congressional committees and Members of Congress. CRS analyzes and reports on current and proposed policies. Until very recently (9/2018) CRS itself did not make its reports available even when they were not classified. So we have had to rely on other groups for access.

CRS Reports
The official site with all the most recent reports.
EveryCRSReport
Includes every CRS report that’s currently available on Congress’s internal website. A project of Demand Progress in collaboration with the Congressional Data Coalition — a bipartisan coalition founded by Demand Progress and the R Street Institute to promote open legislative information.
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