Local & State Policies - sites that compile examples of innovative polices or best practices for local and state governments
Associations & Professional Groups
These sites will often have research reports and statistics not discovered through traditional databases and web searches.
American Planning Association Nonprofit public interest and research organization "committed to urban, suburban, regional, and rural planning". Web site has large collection of research reports, policy briefs, legislative priorities, and more.
American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Largest professional association in the field of public administration. Web site contains information about conferences, job opportunities, the full text of its publication PA Times, and abstracts to the Public Administration Review.
Council of State Governments Association to help state government officials by providing them with the "tools and strategies they need to implement effective policy and programs." Web site contains documents on state trends and policies, leadership development, and national and regional meetings.
Governing Sourcebook Links to home pages of states, legislatures, major cities and counties, government-related national associations and research organizations. Includes topical links and data relating to issues such as development/land use, environment/waste management, public education, public safety.
National Association of Counties Comprehensive directory and collection of links to local government information. The links under "About Counties" contains demographic and other information on all U.S. county governments.
National Association of Regional Councils Professional association of regional councils, regional planning and development agencies, and metropolitan planning organizations. Web site contains some reports and policy statements and links to agencies and nonprofits dedicated to regional planning issues.
National Conference of State Legislatures Bipartisan organization that provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on state issues. It advocates for the interests of state governments before Congress and federal agencies.
National Governors Association An organization of the state governors and their senior staff members that provides help with federal/state issues and programs. Provides issue briefs, policy statements, innovations and best practices across a variety of topics.
National League of Cities Oldest and largest national organization representing municipal government is the US research reports briefs conferencesa comprehensive list of policy issues facing metropolitan areas.
United States Conference of Mayors Official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. Web site contains legislative information, policy statements, resolutions passed, press releases, and more.
International in scope, this database offers indexing and text for dissertations and thesis spanning from 1743 to the present day. Full text for some dissertations prior to 1997, full text for most works added since 1997.
With more than 2 million entries, PQD&T is the single, central, authoritative resource for information about doctoral dissertations and master's theses.
The SSRN eLibrary consists of two parts: an Abstract Database containing abstracts on over 114,700 scholarly working papers and forthcoming papers and an Electronic Paper Collection currently containing over 86,500 downloadable full text documents in Adobe Acrobat pdf format.
Though most materials are free, some may require purchase to download.