Origins of government policy -- outside government

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Outside government

   Political parties


  1. Framing analysis could be useful when reading media reports.  Chapter One of Frames of Protest:  Social Movements and the Framing Perspective provides a good overview of this conceptual framework.
  2. Databases

Academic databases for finding journal articles

  1. America History and Life (for historical perspective on issues or policy)
  2. Canadian Business & Current Affairs Database
  3. CPI.Q (Canadian)
  4. Child Development and Adolescent Studies
  5. Communication and Mass Media Complete (for analytic approaches to issues in the media)
  6. PAIS Index
  7. PsycINFO
  8. Social Work Abstracts
  9. Social Services Abstracts
  10. Sociological Abstracts
  11. Web of Science (multidisciplinary)

Trade unions

Directory of Labour Organizations in Canada

Voluntary sector

Canadian Almanac and Directory lists associations by subject. If the organization has charitable status then a report is available from Canada Revenue Agency

Think Tanks

See the Think Tanks page as well as the Grey Literature for Social Work page.


Canadian Public Documents Collection - collection of publications from Canadian public policy institutes, government agencies, advocacy groups, think tanks, university research centres and other public interest groups.

Note: items from this collection are also searchable through OMNI, the library's main search box.   The same searches can be done as for academic books.  e.g. "child poverty" and canad*

Policy File Index This database is largely American but does include Canadian material, e.g. Canadian Labour Congress and Fraser Institute. 

Canadian intergovernmental affairs

International organizations and agreements

Content last reviewed: July 16, 2020