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PPOL: Public Policy

General Guide on Researching Public Policy. Intended for individuals enrolled in the Master of Public Policy program at the University of Calgary's School of Public Policy.

Public Policy Search Terminology

KEYWORD vs. SUBJECT SEARCHING

Most searching is done using keywords.  These words have no meaning and therefore require the researcher to be imaginative and inventive in determining which terminology to use when searching.

Subject searching means searching for words that have meaning.  This usually gives more relevant results.

 

POLICY TERMINOLOGY

The terminology that is used for the word policy depends on the research tools that you are using to find this information.

Keywords

Here are keywords that may be used to find policy:

  • blueprint
  • framework
  • plan
  • policy
  • policies
  • plan
  • strategic
  • strategy
  • tactic

TERMINOLOGY USED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA

The following resources may be used to explore the terminology used by the Government of Canada:

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