This guide provides resources for finding legislative information. You may also use it to find information on health policy and issues related to the organization, economics, and politics of healthcare systems.
Or, use Google to retrieve information on past, current, and potential legislation. To create an effective Google search statement, use the Boolean connector "AND" to combine search terms that succinctly describe your topic. Here's an example of a good search statement: nurse staffing AND legislation.
Need a refresher on how Congress works?
This series of short videos provide an overview of the legislative process.
Among the most respected news publications in the nation, The New York Times provides in depth coverage on many issues - including those related to health policy. Alverno students can create an account through The New York Times Group Pass to view full text articles online. Please visit Alverno's NY Times LibGuide for more information.
The Alverno Library's Best Websites for Healthcare page provides access to quality websites that have been vetted by staff librarians. This is a fast and easy way to find free reliable information online.
Looking for websites on a specific topic? Click the tabs located about this box.
Congress.gov (Search term synonyms: https://www.congress.gov/browse/legislative-subject-terms/116th-congress)
Wisconsin State Legislature (Note: a full archive of the 2017/18 legislation is available online: http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2017/related/subject_index/index)
Several of these sites are provided by "Think Tank" organizations. While credible, the information on some of these sites may not present a neutral point of view.
Use the tabs to find books and ebooks on specific topics.
TOPCAT is also available for students who wish to search for Alverno Library books or books available in the SWITCH consortium. Or, click here to search for ebooks in the library's Ebook Central online collection.
Logging in from off campus? Use your Alverno network user name and password to access resources from off campus.
The film Escape Fire is now available through the Alverno Library as a streaming video and can be viewed from any computer with Internet access. Your network login name and password are required to view these videos online.
An Escape Fire DVD is also available for students wishing to view the film on a DVD player.
This document has examples of citations for a federal bill and Wisconsin state bill.
The Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (APA manual) provides examples of how to cite legal and legislative materials. Copies of the manual are available at the Alverno Library.
For guidelines on how to cite legislative materials, the APA manual recommends consulting The Bluebook: A uniform system of citation. Questions about citing a state bill or resolution? This excerpt from the Bluebook will help.
Use the APA menu on the Cornell University Library LibGuides to find examples of how to cite government documents.