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Political Studies - MPA: Course-Specific Guide

Policy Opinion & Public Policy (POLS 4980 & POLS 7142)

Monitoring and Screening Public Opinion Research in the News


  • Canadian Business and Current Affairs (CBCA) - Daily Update
    • Search Example #1:  polls OR "public opinion." 
      1. Select [Include] "Wire Feeds" or "Newspapers" under Source Type.
      2. Enter a Data Range.
      3. Select "polls & surveys" under Subject.
      4. Further filter by Publication Title (which wire feed?), or Company/Organization
    • Search Example #2: By a particular topic/issue, for example, "universal basic income." 
      • Filter the results similarly to Example #1.
    • Search Example #3: Maclean's Magazine articles including the terms, "public opinion" or "polls."
      1. Filter by Magazines under Source Type.
      2. Then by Publication Title
  • Canadian Major Dailies - Daily Update
    • Search and browse a specific newspaper.
  • Search Twitter feeds by a topic or source, and browse. (Refer to the search help.)
  • Search Google News by a topic/subject and set an alert.
  • Download relevant news apps for your ios or use already existing apps on your devices.
Federal Government
Commercial Polling Firms
Tips for Writing Policy Briefs
Citation Style


The Writing Tutor Program - Academic Learning Centre
  • Book an October appointment now!  They are in high demand, and available slots get filled up fast.
  • The tutor will ask you to share your assignment description.
  • Prepare your draft to receive helpful feedback.



Public Policy Research Resources 

Key Government Resources (University of Toronto Libraries)
Think Tanks in Canada
“Think Tanks Fill an Important Niche within Canada’s Public Policy Landscape.” University Affairs, Accessed 15 Sept. 2020.
Google Advanced Search
  • Filter by gov, agency, department domains, e.g.,, for any governmental or non-profit organizations.



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