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How to use Auraria Library resources to research Public Administration, and Public Affairs more generally, as well as Environmental Policy, Non-Profit Management, and Local Government.

How to Use This Guide!

Do you need to know how to do research in Public Administration and Public Affairs? How to find books, articles and other documents on these topics?


If so, you're in the right place. This guide is designed to do just that!


There are certain research techniques that are common to all (or at least most) databases and online library catalogs. Some of the tabs at the top of the page will show you what those research techniques are, and how to use them. Go to:


1.    Articles (for more on this topic see also the "Searching Databases" tab)


2.    Searching Databases


3.    Books


4.    Govt Docs


There you'll learn how to find books, articles, etc., on any topic, not just Public Administration and Affairs.



Once you understand the research techniques mentioned above, you can use the other tabs at the top of the page. These provide lists of library resources that can be used to find information on a particular topic, or to locate a certain kind of material. They are:


1.    Topics & Resources (use these to find information on Environmental Policy, Local Government, Non-Profit Management, and/or other aspects of Public Administration & Public Affairs.)


2.    Laws & Regulations


3.    Videos


4.    More! (here you'll learn about citations, dissertations and statistics)

Also, see the resources recommended by SPA faculty (see the box on the right)! These are a great place to start your research!


If after reviewing this guide you're still having problems doing your research, either see Research Help Options, contact your "Featured Librarian", or go to "Getting Help" (see right).

Public Administration/Public Affairs Materials Recommended by SPA Faculty

The Auaria Library has thousands of books, articles and other information  resources on Public Administration and Public Affairs. See below for some of  these resources that faculty at the School of Public Affairs (SPA)  recommend:

1. Encyclopedia  Of Public Administration And Public Policy - An introduction to the numerous  subjects included in Public Administration/Public Affairs, with references to  additional sources ofinformation.

2. Prominent Public Administration/Public Affairs journals

Administration  and Society

Administrative  Theory & Praxis

American  Review of Public Administration

Journal  of Public Administration Research & Theory

Nonprofit  and Voluntary Sector Quarterly

Nonprofit  Management and Leadership

Policy  Studies Journal

Public  Administration Review

Public  Budgeting and Finance

Public  Integrity

Public  Personnel Management

Public  Productivity & Management Review

Review  of Public Personnel Administration

Getting Help

Need research assistance? Ask Us

Contact the library via email (, IM/Chat (AskAuraria), text (303-848-8444), phone (303-556-2585), or in person (Auraria Library, 1100 Lawrence St., Denver).

If you would like to meet with a librarian one-on-one, research consultations are an opportunity to meet individually with a librarian to discuss the best resources (including article databases) and research strategies for class assignments, research projects, honors theses, dissertation topics, and general research needs.