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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 2002
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.

Liberal-leaning Think Tanks/Organizations

Center for Policy Alternatives

Center for National Policy

Institute for Policy Studies

Open Society Institute

People for the American Way

Project Censored

Common Dreams

Liberal-leaning Journals

American Prospect

Atlantic Monthly


Mother Jones

The Nation

New Republic

The Progressive

Washington Monthly


Conservative-leaning Think Tanks/Organizations

American Enterprise Institute

The Cato Institute

Heritage Foundation

Hoover Institution

Hudson Institute

Manhattan Institute

Conservative-leaning Journals

American Spectator

Human Events

National Interest

National Review

New American

New Criterion

Public Interest

Weekly Standard


Organizations that characterize themselves as non-partisan

Economic Policy Institute

Public Agenda Online

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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    1.  SUB(think tanks) and SUB(policy making))
    2.  (think tanks) and SUB(social policy)

Disinfopedia - External Links to articles

Researched and evaluated by:
J. Coe, Librarian, 4/2004

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