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Social Welfare Policy: Home

From the Schools of Social Work & Public Health Library for the Silberman School of Social Work

This guide outlines information sources for social welfare policy.


You may access these databases from the Hunter College Libraries website's Databases page.

Articles, Reports, Papers

Statistics and Demographics

Federal Government


You may access all these e-journals through the Hunter College Libraries website's E-Journal Look Up

Chat Reference Help

Research Institutes and Think Tanks

"Think tanks are independent, nonpartisan, non-university-based organizations that conduct policy research.... The primary purpose of think tanks is to educate the public and policymakers through research relating to current policy issues."

McDonald, Lauren. "Think Tanks." Encyclopedia of Social Problems. Ed. Vincent N. Parrillo. Vol. 2. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2008. 937-939. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 11 Feb. 2015.

Click on the citation to read McDonald's full reference article describing think tanks.

Tools to help find think tanks:

A short list of think tanks:

New York specific think tanks:

More Useful Information

More useful information can be found on Page 7 of the Social Work Library Guide:

  • Open Source and Open Access
  • Using Google Scholar
  • Grey literature
  • White Papers
  • Evaluating Websites


The web sites, organizations and agencies listed in this guide are provided purely as a convenience and do not in any way imply an endorsement of contents or services.