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Social Sciences: SS202 Paper--Analysis of Actors & Policies

A guide to the academic majors within the department identifying resources used in the study of the social sciences subject fields of economics and political science (American politics and international affairs).

SS202 American Politics Paper--Analysis of Actors & Policy

The resources on this page will help you to research and write on the Analysis of Actors & Policies Paper topic of your choice.

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SS202 Paper 2 Tips

Welcome to the SS202 page of my Social Sciences Research Guide.  This page has been created to help you get started with your library research for the Analysis of Actors & Policy Paper.  The databases below should be helpful tools for researching one of the eight public policies assigned to you to choose from.  Issues & Controversies, CQ Electronic Press Library and Opposing Viewpoints in Context are great places to start gathering information about your topic.  ProQuest Newspapers is an important source for newspaper editorials and op-ed pieces that reflect the influence of mass media on political policy formation and public opinion. 

Remember that along with advocacy groups pro and con, political parties and privately funded think tanks, public opinion, and mass media are informal actors.  When informal actors take a public stand on an issue, their website postings are primary sources.  On the other hand, formal actors such as federal, state, and local government have primary source documents available online, e.g., executive actions may be found on the White House website. Each public policy below has links to help you start your research.  If you would like to meet for further assistance, please contact me so we can arrange a time we’re both available.  I look forward to hearing from you. 

1. Success of H.R. 2965--Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010

2. Success of H.R. 9--Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks, and Coretta Scott King Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006

3. EO 13491--Ensuring Lawful Interrogations

SS202 Library Research Clinic Assessment

Primary v. Secondary Sources for AP Actors

Political Science Databases (American Politics)

4. EOs 9980 & 9981--Desegregation of the Federal Workforce and the Military

5. Bostock v. Clayton County (decided June 15, 2020)

6. Brnovich vs. Democratic National Committee (decided July 1, 2021)

SS202 Library Research Clinic Recording

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7. Department of Defense Directive--Public Display or Depiction of Flags in the DoD

8. Department of Defense Directive 1304.26--Don't Ask, Don't Tell Directive

Federal Government Websites

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