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Policy Commons  🎓

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Policy Commons is a one-stop community platform for research and grey literature from policy experts, nonpartisan think tanks, IGOs, and NGOs.   The database includes millions of reports, working papers, policy briefs, data sources and media from a directory of over 20,000 content repositories.   It covers many disciplines—agriculture, energy, pharmaceuticals, diversity, crime, history, area studies, economics, sociology, political science, health, climate, diversity, sustainable development, and more.

Full text is not always available.

Community tools allow users to upload, share, and discuss their discoveries.

The Library subscribes to: 

  • Cities: Canada
  • Global Think Tanks
  • North American City Reports (trial to April 2024).

At the Policy Commons site, click on Modules to access each.


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Economics; Health and Society; History; Political Science; Sociology

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Government Publications, Primary Sources