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- PolicyFile has interdisciplinary coverage for urban affairs, business, international studies, education, social work, etc.
Specific themes listed include: Arms Control, the Commonwealth of Independent States, Democratization, the Department of Defense, Economic Policy,
Education Policy, the European Union, Global Economics and International Trade, Health Policy and Health Care Reform, Human Rights, Immigration,
Intelligence, Latin America, Science and Technology Policy, State and Local Issues, Terrorism, and Urban Policy.
PolicyFile collects data from world renowned public policy think tanks including the American Enterprise Institute, Brookings Institution,
Cato Institute, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Economic Strategy Institute, Heritage Foundation, Hoover Institute,
Hudson Institute, International Monetary Fund, RAND Corporation, Urban Institute and the World Bank; university research program and publishers.
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A truncation symbol in PolicyFile
is an asterisk (*),
and when this symbol is put at the end of a word,
the database will be searched for all of
the possible endings--suffixes--for that word.
For example, the command "terror*" will have the computer search engine
look for all possible endings of this word. It should find,
"terrorist," "terrorists," and "terrorism."
Two Boolean operators that are important in finding information
are AND and OR.
The AND is used to connect two different
concepts and the OR is used between concepts that are synonymous.
It is critical to put parentheses around a search expression
that contains an OR. Here is an example:
(homeless* OR RUNAWAY*) AND
(POLICY OR POLICIES)
The first part of this statement will find material about the
homeless population and runaways.
The second part will look
for the words "policy" or "policies".
then links the first set with the second.
This should be an effective
way to look for policy or policies for persons without shelter.
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