Published on January 6, 2017
1. HOW TO CHOOSE A Public Policy Issue & Focus
2. CHOOSING A PUBLIC POLICY ISSUE • Browse newspapers • Look at CQ Researcher and Opposing Viewpoints in Context (on the UI library site under libguides.uidaho.edu, English 102 Library Instruction: Topics/Terms) • Look at think tanks (e.g. Harvard Kennedy School: http://guides.library.harvard.edu/hks/think_tank_search/US)
3. FIND YOUR SOURCE MATERIAL TO ANALYZE • Subject matter experts: peer reviewed journals, public policy reports) • Popular sources: news, magazines, blogs, advocacy sites. • Samples of public comments in response to sources. • Textual, visual, and multimodal sources.
4. IF IT’S A LONG-STANDING ISSUE… • Consider beginning with a timeline to show the scope of the debate. • Organization: use a “that was then and this is now” focus, or a “specific to general” focus (e.g., focus on how a specific lawsuit changed the debate).