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Finding Basic Information
Use these resources to find basic information on social policy topics and federal social programs.Hover over each resource to learn more about it.
Resources to Find Basic Background Information
Encyclopedia of Social Work
This Encyclopedia includes over 400 articles on all aspects of Social Work. Use this to gain an understanding of the basic issues about your topic. These articles often include sections on public policies relaterd to a specific issue.
Use this resource to find reports on current social issues. Each report includes an overview of a topic including background information, pros and cons, a chronology and a bibliography for additional research.
The House Ways and Means Committee Green Book provides program descriptions and historical data on a wide variety of social and economic topics, including Social Security, employment, earnings, welfare, child support, health insurance, the elderly, families with children, poverty and taxation. It has become a standard reference work for those interested in the direction of social policy in the United States.
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