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TRIO SSS: Diversity Research Project

This guide contains resources specific to the needs of TRIO students enrolled in the Steps to Success TRIO curriculum.


This guide is for students working on the Diversity Research Project.

Here you will find resources and information for the purpose in helping you conduct policy research for your Diversity Research Project. Take a look through the page to find access to case studies, articles, newspapers, and other helpful resources on campus, as well as tips on beginning the research process.

Check-In Survey (Can submit more than once)

Identity reflection

Think about your identity. Make a list of all the terms, words, and groups of people that make up that identity. For example, if you identify as a First Generation College student, you might be interested in cost of college or graduation rates of first generation college students. 

TIP: Successful searches for information require you to be creative and flexible. The words you use to describe your topic may be different than the words used by the person who created the information you need to find.

Locating Policies

Policy is a broad term to describe any set of principles, rules, regulations, or laws adopted by an organization, institution, or government body.

  • Begin with to search for recent legislative action on all current bills. 

  • Search newspapers from the Newspaper Resources list for current events. You can do a simple search on a topic related to your identity plus "policy" or "legislation". Example: "Higher education policies" or "Student Loan Debt AND legislation".

Suggested Library Subject Guides for government and policy information

Just Beginning? Get Background Information on laws, rules, terminology, etc.

Policy Research (Public online resources)

Newspaper Resources (UI Library Databases)

Find Scholarly & Popular Articles (UI Library Databases)

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