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What is a Think Tank?
What is a think tank? According to the Lehman Social Sciences Library at Columbia University: The term 'think tanks' is an imprecise phrase used to describe a wide range of non-profit research organizations which engage in public policy analysis and research, and often advocate solutions. Some are strictly nonpartisan, researching policy issues without regard to political outcomes, while others see one of their main functions as that of providing intellectual support to politicians or parties.
Policy File Index This link opens in a new window
Offering access to U.S. foreign and domestic policy papers and gray literature, Policy File Index is updated weekly with abstracts and links to the latest reports, papers, and documents from think tanks, research institutes, and agencies.
Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) This link opens in a new window
Indexes and selectively publishes post-1990 scholarship and reports on international affairs. Provides full-text access to relevant Columbia University Press titles and many recent journals, papers from university research institutes and non-governmental organizations, foundation-funded research projects, and conference proceedings. CIAO also has links to international affairs centers, institutes, and other resources; U.S., international, and foreign govenment sites; environmental studies web pages; and news media services.