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Certified Public Manager Program

Guide for participants in certificate programs at the Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration

About This Guide

This guide provides assistance in doing research in public administration and related areas for participants in the State of New Jersey Certified Public Manager program.  Here you'll find information on electronic and print research material available to you, APA style, and research/writing methods. This guide includes links to publicly-available online resources; you need a New Jersey public library barcode to access some of them (Jersey Clicks). 

If you are a New Jersey state employee, please consult    

Don't overlook additional resources that might be available to you by visiting your local public library or going to a major Rutgers library in person as a guest.

If you think of material that needs to be added or corrected to help you with your research, or if you have any questions, please contact me. 

Best regards,

Jonathan M. Torres, MLIS, MA

(973) 353-3809

Business, Data Services, and SPAA Librarian, Newark



Public administration is both an academic discipline and a profession. "The process of public administration consists of the actions involved in effecting the intent or desire of a government." (Waldo, "Public Administration," International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 1968, Vol. 13, p. 145). Public administration can be defined as "the formal procedural and organizational arrangements under which public employees serve a government, by implementing and advising on policy, and managing resources."(Johnston, "Public Administration: Organizational Aspects," 2001, International Organization of Social & Behavioral Sciences pp. 12507-12508).

Where Is the Information?

Materials related to public administration can be found at the Dana Library in Newark, which houses the research collections in public administration and management, the Alexander Library in New Brunswick, which houses the major public policy and political science collections, and the Robeson Library in Camden.

Additional law and criminal justice materials can be found at the Rutgers Law locations at Newark and Camden.  The  Don M. Gottfredson Library for Criminal Justice is located within the Newark Law Library.  Combined catalog for all law libraries has been folded into Rutgers QuickSearch.


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