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PLCY 581 & 581H: Research Design for Public Policy

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Research Design

Social Sciences Librarian

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Kristan Shawgo
Davis Library
UNC-Chapel Hill
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Selecting a policy issue

Writing & Citing


UNC Writing Center Offers online consultations. Check out their tips on writing a policy brief, literature reviews and conciseness.

What Makes a Good Research Question? Handout from Duke University's (yes, Duke) Thompson Writing Program Writing Studio. Has good guidelines for and examples of research questions in the social sciences, but much applies to the humanities as well.


APA Citations - UNC Library Guide and Purdue OWL

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