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Public Policy Subject Guide: Govts, Think Tanks, NGOs & IGOs

This guide highlights print and electronic resources for public policy research, plus information about Yale University Library's collections and services.

NGO search engine

Use the Non-governmental Organization Search Engine to search across NGO websites. Sites were chosen based on their consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and also collated from University of Minnesota Human Rights Library, Duke University Libraries' NGO Research Guide, and the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO).

IGO search engine

Use the Intergovernmental Organization Search Engine (a Google custom search) to search across hundreds of IGO websites:

Quick links for government and IGO information

These are some of the top resources for information from governments and IGOs. For additional recommendations, consult the guides linked above.

Government & IGO information at Yale

Yale University Library is a depository for documents from the United States (federal government), Canada (federal government), the United Nations, the European Union, and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The guides below feature in-depth information about these collections, and how to find these documents in a variety of formats.

Track legislation, regulations, and more

These resources provide quick, easy access to federal and/or state legislative information, and encourage users to keep up with politics and policy through convenient tracking tools.

Best Bets

Additional State Tracking 

General suggestions for finding government information

1. Try the "agency approach." Who produces the information you need? How is this information organized and disseminated? If you can answer these questions, you can create a much more targeted, focused search.

2. Google like a pro. To limit your Google search to government websites, use the very powerful "site:" search. You can search all .gov websites (site:gov) or narrow your search to a particular agency's website (