1. Have a copy of the following handouts:
Checklist for Legislative History - This will help you sort out laws with similar names.
How a Bill becomes a Law - This provides quick reference links to government resources both in print and electronic access.
How to Locate Full Text or printings of Older (pre 1984) Bills
2. Check the following Print Resources for background.
Encyclopedia of Social Work 20th Edition. Ref. HV36.S6 2008 v.1 - Entries will identify various laws as tied to policies. (We are currently having a trial of the online version of this set. Check it out!)
Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History in North America. Ref HV12.E497 2005 This provides enough background with guides to other books you can obtain.
3. Don't forget Databases - We will review this briefly in class.
The further back you need to go, the more books are available about the history. In other words, check WorldCat and B.Thomas Golisano's book catalog for resources as well as the databases listed on this subject page.
4. Policy Websites to Use
These sites contain history and often provide links to more resources.
Almanac of Policy Issues http://www.policyalmanac.org
Department of Health & Human Services (HHS.Gov) http://www.hhs.gov
Government Printing Office - http://www.gpoaccess.gov
Government Accountability Office - http://gao.gov -
Congressional Budget Office - http://www.cbo.gov
Access to defunct U.S.Government agencies and commissions