AP American Government: Public Policy Presentation

How to use NoodleTools

Encyclopedias and Reference Books / eBooks

Search large collections of reference ebooks simultaneously in these databases: Gale Virtual Reference Library and Salem History. Also: Britannica Academic Online contains the complete Encyclopedia Britannica plus authoritative websites and full-text journal access.

NEW AT THE LIBRARY Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History(Substantive, peer-reviewed, and regularly updated, Oxford Research Encyclopedias offer long-form overview articles written, peer-reviewed, and edited by leading scholars. All of the content is brand new and has been written specifically for this online format. Of special interest are the historiographies at the end of the articles, primary sources and links to digital materials.)


The Library's RhinoCAT is our automated catalog of print and non-print books, DVDs, and other library materials. It is available from any browser at http://taft.bywatersolutions.com. A keyword search using a broad term will yield the most hits.

TIPS: When you identify a book in RhinoCat that sounds useful, click on Browse shelf to find additional books for your research project. And to find books available in ebook format, include the keyword "electronic" in your search.

Taft Online Subscription Databases

  • Academic Search Complete (Ebsco) Full text access to thousands of journals in all disciplines
  • American History Online Overview essays, biographies, primary sources, videos and slideshows, images, timelines, and maps and graphs in American political, military, social, and cultural history
  • Classroom Video on Demand Provides access to thousands of full-length videos and clips on core-curriculum topics
  • Encyclopedia Britannica Image Quest Access more than 2 million images which are rights-cleared for non-commercial, educational use
  • Global Issues in Context News, perspectives, video, reference, country information, primary source documents, and statistics on issues of global importance
  • Issues & Controversies Provides exclusive, extensive coverage of hundreds of today's hot topics, with unbiased analysis and rich related resources.
  • New York Times 1980-current (ProQuest) Traditional interface and full-text coverage (FT coverage of NYT Magazine and Book Review begins 1997)
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context Viewpoint articles, reference content, full-text magazines, academic journals, and newspapers, primary source documents, statistics, and links to web sites
  • SIRS Knowledge Source General reference database containing thousands of full-text articles and other resources, including      U. S. government documents. Tip: you can limit your search to SIRS Government Reporter
  • U. S. History in Context Comprehensive collection of reference sources, primary documents, periodicals, maps and multimedia


see Finding and Evaluating Websites for hints on how to locate quality websites. Please read Wikipedia's article on Academic use.

  • Annenberg Public Policy Center (affiliated with the Univ. of PA, APPC is the premier communication policy center in the country working to improve the well-being of those in the U.S. and around the world).
  • Brookings Institute : U.S. (a private nonprofit organization devoted to independent research and innovative policy solutions)
  • Data.gov (Search over 194,000 data sets "The home of the U.S. Government's open data")
  • GovtInfo.org (Get your questions answered by government information librarians from participating university, state, and public libraries)
  • House.gov (official website of the U.S. House of Representatives)
  • OECD United States Policies by Topic (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development whose mission is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. )
  • OpenSecrets.org (from the Center for Responsive Politics)
  • Public Agenda (a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that helps diverse leaders and citizens navigate complex, divisive issues and work together to find solutions.)
  • Pew Research Center (a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.)
  • Policy Archive (Digital archive of global, non-partisan public policy research)
  • Senate.gov (official website of the U. S. Senate)
  • Think Tank Search (A directory of think tanks and a Google Custom Search of more than 700 think tanks and research centers from Harvard Kennedy School Library; Search using Google conventions - i.e. putting quotation marks around phrases - for example, "energy policy" and "United States" -- "For the purposes of this search, think tanks are defined as institutions affiliated with universities, governments, advocacy groups, foundations, non-governmental organizations, and businesses that generate public policy research, analysis, and activity … The list represents a mixture of partisan and non-partisan think tanks." )
  • USA.gov (the official U.S. government web portal)
  • US Government Manual
In addition to the database Britannica ImageQuest, you can use these sites to find images: