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What is a think tank? [http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/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.
Web Site Links
Think Tanks from Disinfopedia http://www.disinfopedia.org/wiki.phtml?title=Think_tanks
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.
Science Resources Think Tanks http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/psthink.html
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 http://www.nira.go.jp/ice/nwdtt/idx1/idxc1.html#United3
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 http://usinfo.state.gov/usa/infousa/politics/thnktank.htm
From the U.S. government web site InfoUSA.
Tanks and Research Institutes http://www.people.virginia.edu/~rjb3v/T-tanks.html
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 http://www.cfpa.org/
Center for National Policy http://www.cnponline.org/
Institute for Policy Studies http://www.ips-dc.org/
Open Society Institute http://www.soros.org/
People for the American Way http://www.pfaw.org/pfaw/general/
Project Censored http://www.projectcensored.org/default.html
Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/community.htm
American Prospect http://www.prospect.org/
Atlantic Monthly http://www.theatlantic.com/
New Republic http://www.tnr.com/
The Progressive http://www.progressive.org/
Washington Monthly http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/
Conservative-leaning Think Tanks/Organizations
American Enterprise Institute http://www.aei.org/
The Cato Institute http://www.cato.org/
Heritage Foundation http://www.heritage.org/
Hoover Institution http://www-hoover.stanford.edu/
Hudson Institute http://www.hudson.org/
Manhattan Institute http://www.manhattan-institute.org/
American Spectator http://www.spectator.org/
Human Events http://www.humaneventsonline.com/index.php
National Interest http://www.nationalinterest.org/
National Review http://www.nationalreview.com/
New American http://www.thenewamerican.com/
New Criterion http://www.newcriterion.com/
Public Interest http://www.thepublicinterest.com/
Weekly Standard http://www.weeklystandard.com/
Economic Policy Institute http://www.epinet.org/
Public Agenda Online http://www.publicagenda.org/
The Rio Hondo College Library provides online access to full-text articles through our online databases - http://library.riohondo.edu/online_databases/index.htm. 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 http://www.disinfopedia.org/wiki.phtml?title=Think_tanks#External_links
Researched and evaluated by:
J. Coe, Librarian, 4/2004
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