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Civics (Paradiso-Michau): Civic Action Project: Policy Issues in the News, Think Tanks, and Advocacy Groups

News and Information Sources

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Resources for News/Information

Research Tips

Research Tips :

  • Make sure your information is recent enough. You don't want to send outdated information to your recipient. 
  • Write down the names of any experts as well as important people and organizations related to your topic to refine your research and gather more information. Google the names of these people and/or organizations to find out more about them. This is where Google is your friend. 
  • Remember, opinion pieces (op-eds) and editorials and columnists want to persuade you to adopt their point of view. Be sure that you understand which parts of their pieces deal with facts and which parts are the author's opinions. 

Influential Political Think Tanks and Research Centers

Think Tanks and Research Centers

 Harvard Kennedy School Think Tank Search

Think Tank Search is a custom Google search of over 1200 think tank websites.

Think tanks are institutions affiliated with universities, governments, advocacy groups, foundations, non-governmental organizations, and businesses that generate public policy research, analysis, and activity. 

PRO TIP: Always look at the "About Us" page and the organization's mission statement to find out what a think tank's biases and goals are.

Influential Think Tanks

Non-partisan does *not* mean that an organization does not have a political agenda; many do and some do not (notably, the Pew Research Center, which bills itself as a "fact tank" to highlight this difference). Be sure to look at the organization's mission statement and the "about us" sections of the site. 

Advocacy Groups


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