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Looking for Policy Documents? Falvey Library Has Trial Access to Overton until September 30

Looking for policy documents and researchers mentioned in them?

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Overton reports to be the world’s largest collection of policy documents, parliamentary transcripts, government guidance, and think tank research. The web-based application allows researchers to search and browse policy documents and the researchers and institutions to which they are linked. Overton collects data from 180+ countries and indexes over six million documents from 31,018 organizations in 1,593 policy sources to help users find documents and researchers and measure their influence on government policy.

The search interface offers three ways to find policy data:

  • Policy documents – search over 6 million policy documents by topic and keyword
  • People – search over 7 million people cited by policy
  • Scholarly articles – search over 4 million books and articles cited in policy

For trial access until Sept. 30: Register at Overton using your Villanova email and pick a password. All search features in the trial are active but access to full results is limited.

Search choices include keyword, phrase, Boolean, and proximity searches. Results can be filtered by funder, country, publication, institution, and other criteria. Policy searches can be saved and exported to MS Excel & MS PowerPoint. Author and Scholarly Article results can be exported to CSV. Search alert set up is also available. Search shortcuts linked to Villanova University can also be customized for an organization.

Overton organizes documents into categories and analyzes them to extract key terms and topics and then maps connections within them. Fullest coverage is provided from 2015 to present. Coverage is less comprehensive from 2000 to 2015, due to the nature and prevalence of policy documents over time.

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A link to the collection is also available on the Falvey Library Databases A-Z list.

""Merrill Stein is Political Science Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library.






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