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SWK 3150: Social Welfare Policies and Institutions - Spring 2021

Finding Bills

Federal Legislation

Search directly using the search box below.

    • Nonpartisan source for legislative information and statistics.

  • Govinfo
    • Free public access to official government publications.
  • Congressional Research Service Reports
    • Research reports from the Congressional Research Service (CRS).  CRS is a nonpartisan branch of the Library of Congress that provides research services to Congress.
  • Search Tips
    • Use filters on the left-hand side of the results pages.  Ex: Bill Type, Status of Legislation, Subject, etc.
    • Use the 'browse' features to see the legislation for various topics.
    • When you find an interesting piece of legislation, look it up in Google or the library databases to see if people are talking about it.

State Legislation

  • Illinois General Assembly
    • Under "Legislation & Laws" heading, find links to "Bills & Resolutions" and "Public Acts."
  • Wisconsin State Legislature
    • Select 'Law and Legislation' on the right-hand side of the page to find search tools.
  • Openstates
    • Public website that allows you to search for state legislative information.

Census Data

  • Census Data
    • Search for demographic, economic, and population data from the U.S. Census Bureau
  • Census Bureau Covid-19 Data Hub
    • Demographic and economic information related to Covid-19 available at state and county levels.

National Association of Social Workers

  • Click on the Advocacy tab to explore policy and social justice issues.

Google Search

Google Search

Use the limiter site: to filter for websites that end in a specific domain.


  •  returns sites that end with .gov
  •  returns sites that end with .edu
  •  returns sites that end with .org

screenshot of a Google search for the words " social work advocacy"

Social Work Databases


Citing Bills


  • House of Representatives:  Title, H.R. bill or resolution number, ### Cong. (year). URL [optional]
  • Senate:  Title, S. bill or resolution number, ### Cong. (year). URL [optional]



In-Text Citations


  • Senate Bill 1312 (2017)
  • (S. 1312, 2017)
  • (H.R. 2245, 2017)


Further Resources




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