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PLCY 698: Senior Capstone in Public Policy: Home


This guide is designed to help you with your coursework for PLCY698: Senior Capstone in Public Policy.  Links provided in this guide will help you discover information useful for selecting and understanding your study area, as well as information for displaying your findings. The guide is divided into several sections:

  • Research & Poster Design: Provides resources for developing your research and links to the Davis Library Research Hub and The Odum Institute. Also includes links about poster design and data visualization.
  • Sources of Data: Provides links to resources for finding US Census data, municipal and county data, and neighborhood characterization data. 
  • Online Mapping Tools: Access a variety of online mapping and visualization tools. See example projects using these tools.
  • Campus Resources: Contains links to UNC-CH campus resources.
  • Articles & Reports (below): Find scholarly and Think Tank articles to support your project and writing for the course. 

Articles & Reports

Off-campus research support

If you are hitting a paywall when trying to read an article...

  1. Try using our link builder. This adds a proxy to the URL that will prompt you for your onyen and password.
  2. Try clearing the cache in the web browser you are using. Close the browser completely and then open it back up to try the URL again.
  3. Send an email to Kristan Shawgo at or chat with a librarian at 

Other helpful tips...

  1. Use the Google Scholar link from the library's homepage ( or change your Google Scholar settings to connect you with UNC-CH University Libraries resources.
  2. Contact our interlibrary loan services team if you need access to an article or print book that we don't have. (

UNC Catalog Search


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Library contacts

Please contact Phil McDaniel ( or Kristan Shawgo ( to set up a library consultation or to ask a research/data-related question. Our full contact details are included below. We are happy to meet with individuals or groups. If we don't have the expertise your team needs, we will introduce you to one of our librarians who specializes in the academic subject areas and/or technical skills that will best support your project.

Social Sciences Librarian

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Kristan Shawgo
Davis Library
UNC-Chapel Hill
Available for meetings on Zoom

City & Regional Planning Librarian

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Philip McDaniel
Digital Research Services, Davis Library

(919) 962-3788