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Think Tanks
What is a think tank? What kinds of information can you get from a think tank? If you are writing a paper on a controversial topic or if you just want to look at a public policy issue from a specific political perspective, a think tank can be helpful. You will find articles, reports, research studies, white papers, and other position pieces. Be aware, however, that each think tank views the world through a specific lens. It is best to use a variety of think tanks to be sure you are exposed to all sides of an issue. For timely articles on policy issues, this subject guide also links to selected online versions of  journals with a liberal or conservative bent. Remember to use the archives at each journal for older, but still relevant, articles.

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Think Tanks from Disinfopedia
This is also a long list of think tanks that is collaboratively written and edited by many people with an interest in this topic. It is a project of PR Watch, which in turn is a project of the Center for Media & Democracy. Many listings contain a description of the think tank, its aims and priorities, funding sources, personnel, and contact information.

Political Science Resources Think Tanks
This is a major, comprehensive Web site from the University of Michigan Documents Center. In it you will find links to individual think tanks and working papers as well as additional sources for think tanks.

NIRA's World Directory of Think Tanks
The National Institute for Research Advancement has compiled this directory
which "provides up-to-date information on 320 think tanks selected from 77 countries and regions."

Think Tanks and Public Interest Organizations
From the U.S. government web site InfoUSA.

Think Tanks and Research Institutes
This list is compiled by Colgate University and features helpful annotations that describe each think tank.

OpenCRS  New!
The Congressional Research Service reports are written on a variety of topics relevant to current political events. CRS Reports do not become public until a member of Congress releases the report. A number of libraries and non-profit organizations have sought to collect as many of the released reports as possible. Open CRS is a centralized utility that brings together these collections to search. The reports are written by experts in the fields and by librarians, and run the gamut from environmental issues to national security issues, as well as foreign policy, science policy and a host of other topics.


Think Tanks/Organizations

Think Tanks/Organizations

Center for Policy Alternatives American Enterprise Institute
Center for National Policy The Cato Institute
Institute for Policy Studies Heritage Foundation
Open Society Institute Hoover Institution
People for the American Way Hudson Institute
Project Censored Manhattan Institute
Common Dreams

Liberal-leaning Journals

Conservative-leaning Journals

American Prospect

American Spectator

Atlantic Monthly

Human Events


National Interest
Mother Jones National Review

The Nation

New American

New Republic

New Criterion

The Progressive

Public Interest

Washington Monthly

Weekly Standard

Organizations that characterize themselves as non-partisan

Economic Policy Institute

Public Agenda Online 

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  • Disinfopedia - External Links to articles
  • The Rio Hondo College Library provides online access to full-text articles through our online databases Please note:  you must be a Rio Hondo College student, faculty, staff or board member to use these services.

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    ProQuest database.  If you are viewing this subject guide from an on-campus computer, simply click on the links below.   To gain access if you are at home or off-campus, first click here:  Input your student ID number and password [your birthdate].  You will see a list of  all the online databases to which you have access.  Click on ProQuest and enter the database.  You may conduct your own searches at this point or come back to this subject guide and click on any of the links below:

SUB( Think tanks ) AND SUB(Policy making)
(think tanks) AND SU(social policy)

Researched and evaluated by:
J. Coe, Librarian
updated: 2/2007


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