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Social Sciences: SS202 Paper 2 Spring 2020

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 2

The resources on this page will help you to research and write on the Paper 2 topic of your choice.

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 Paper 2.  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.  My contact information is on the home page of this Research Guide.  I look forward to hearing from you. 

Failure of S.J.R. 59 - Authorization for Use of Military Force of 2018 (Broader failure to reclaim War Powers)

Passage of H.J.R. 38 - Disapproving the Stream Protection Rule (2017)

Executive Order 13841 - Addressing Family Separation and Illegal Border Crossings (2018)

Personalized Research Help for Remote Learning

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SS202 Assessment

Primary v. Secondary Sources for AP Actors

Political Science Databases (American Politics)

Executive Order 13880 - Collecting Information About Citizenship Status on the 2020 Census (2019)

Supreme Court Decision: Rucho v. Common Cause (27 JUN 2019)

SS202 Paper 2 Library Tips Clinic

Supreme Court Decision: Sessions v. Dimaya (APR 2018)

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Emergency Order Grounding Boeing 737-8 Aircraft (2019)

FDA Implementation of Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts Label and Serving Size rules (2016)

Federal Government Websites

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