Indexes articles in news, business, legal, medical, and reference information. Some full text articles available online.
Cedar Falls-Waterloo Courier
Rod Library subscription. CatID required off-campus. Search for specific topics.
Select Newspaper Source Plus for issues 2002-current (1 day delay).
Use Courier webpage for selected issues (has online ads & article limit).
Includes a wealth of resources on controversial topics, including pro & con viewpoint articles, reference articles that provide context, full-text magazines, academic journals, and newspapers, primary source documents, statistics, & more.
Search a comprehensive collection of U.S. and international criminal justice journals including information for professionals in law enforcement, corrections administration, drug enforcement, rehabilitation, family law, and industrial security.
Bill Tracking Tips
Bill = proposed law. Enacted = signed into law. Res = resolution (not usually policy issues so avoid these). Need a civics refresher? Watch I'm Just a Bill.
Federal bills tend to be a bit easier to research than state bills.
Since we are early in the legislative session, there may not be very many bills yet. To get more options, you can search bills from previous years using most of the suggested tools below.
Don't worry too much if the % chance of a bill passing is pretty low. That's common & doesn't make the issues any less important.
Keywords matter when you search. A search for an Iowa bill using the keywords Planned Parenthood turned up no results because that phrase is not in a bill. But a search for family planning did show results. Try synonyms and related (broader/narrower) terms.
Think about policy research as about issues, not about politics.