This guide follows the steps of the policy analysis paper as discussed in SW 3602 and 5602. Use this information to orientate yourself to the research process as it pertains to your assignment. Find the specific syllabus in your BlackBoard course. This is an additional reference.
You will be reviewing existing laws, federal and state planning and budget documents, and search the professional literature for studies and program evaluation materials. As well as using journal articles, books, government, agency studies/reports, and other related reputable reference material. And this guide will help!
Not all resources are created equally. Depending on your topic and scope, the best resource may be a newspaper article or an academic, scholarly article or book. You need to evaluate your sources to not only make sure they are appropriate for your topic and scope, but if the content makes sense and is executed well. For evaluating resources, go here.
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A legal citation is a reference to a legal document such as a case, statute, law review article, etc.
First, you should check the documentation for the citation system you are required to use, e.g. APA, MLA, etc. Here's a page about citing legal sources in APA, for example.
Sometimes these citation systems (or your professor) will direct you instead to the standard legal citation system from The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (available only in paper for Ohio University affiliates).
Probably the most comprehensive, free online resource for legal citation is Peter W. Martin's Basic Legal Citation, 2013.
For APA and MLA online assistance, use The OWL at Purdue University.