Tertiary sources compile, summarize, index, or help identify scholarly sources on a topic. They are useful for background research or to get an overview of a topic before delving into secondary or primary sources. Common tertiary sources for public policy include issue reports, handbooks, and other reference sources.
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Sometimes the quickest way to get a overview of a public policy topic is reading current reportage and editorial writings in the popular press. Use the following resources to access newspapers like The New York Times and Wall Street Journal, along with international papers and popular magazines. Nexis Uni is a database that will allow you to search across many newspapers and magazines for current and historical articles.
The Georgia Tech Library is a member of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) of the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO).
The vision of the FDLP is to provide government information when and where it is needed in order to create an informed citizenry and an improved quality of life. The Library selects all online material distributed by GPO and collects and retains documents relating to the Environmental Protection Agency, United States Patent and Trademark Office, and NASA as part of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries Center of Excellence.
INFODesk staff can handle many questions about government information; for more complex questions, the Government Documents Coordinator offers research consultations. Both in-service training to staff, as well as drop-in workshops for all users, are conducted periodically by the Government Documents Coordinator.