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POLS 3505: Making Democracy Work

Prof. Sheri Berman, Fall 2020

Databases for finding think tank, NGO, and policy institute publications

Evaluating Think Tanks

Like all sources you encounter, be sure to evaluate the relevance, quality, and perspective of works put out by think tanks and research institutes. 

Evaluating Resources from the University of California Berkeley clearly presents key questions you want to ask of your sources: 

  • "Authority - Who is the author? What is their point of view? 
  • Purpose - Why was the source created? Who is the intended audience?
  • Publication & format - Where was it published? In what medium?
  • Relevance - How is it relevant to your research? What is its scope?
  • Date of publication - When was it written? Has it been updated?
  • Documentation - Did they cite their sources? Who did they cite?"