FALL 2013

New Library Database: PolicyFile

Scholars in many academic disciplines consider peer-reviewed journals to be the richest, most reliable source of information for their research. However, there is a growing recognition among scholars that non-profit agencies, government organizations, and research centers provide valuable research papers or reports. These reports are often featured on websites that represent an organization. Organizations such as UNICEF and WorldBank feature research papers on various social, political, and economic issues. These papers can be a valuable source of information and statistics for researchers in a variety of fields. As valuable as these papers are, they can take time to find because they are only published informally on the Internet.

The BC Libraries recently purchased PolicyFile, a database that will make it easier for the BC community to track down reports from agencies and organizations. PolicyFile offers access to papers published by both US and international agencies, organizations, think tanks, and institutes. The papers in PolicyFile date back to 1995, and the database is updated on a weekly basis. You can limit your search for reports that are provided by the following types of organizations: environmental, military, international, developmental, societal, and more. Most of these reports are available in PDF format, and you will be able to download and print them from your own computer. PolicyFile may be recommended as an important source of information that can supplement information available in books and scholarly articles. Please do not hesitate to contact a librarian if you have any questions about PolicyFile.

Kate Silfen
Senior Reference Librarian for Social Work,
Psychology, & Sociology, Social Work Library