Purpose of this guide

This guide is designed to help provide you with subject support identifying the most useful resources for Politics and International Relations.


Getting Started using the Library

The best place to start searching for resources for your course is your online reading list and LibrarySearch.

The Library also subscribes to a number of resources that can help provide a useful introduction to a topic:


Researching for Assignments

For assignments you will need to go beyond your reading list and do your own independent research. The Library subscribes to a number of subject databases helping you to find academic books and journal articles on your chosen topic.

The top resources to search for relevant academic information are;

It can also be useful to search the publishers websites for journal articles. The key publishers for Politics are

General databases such as Scopus, International Bibliography of the Social Science (IBSS) and Web of Science are also useful places to search as well as Google Scholar.

Specialist Resources

As well as traditional academic sources you may want to include other information sources such as government documents, newspaper articles, personal accounts and data. Our research skill module will help you identify different types of information, when these might be useful and where to search.

The following resources will be of particular interest to Politics and International Relations students:

The Library’s own Special Collections and Archives also holds an number of collection of interest including:

Online Resources

As well as the resources that the library subscribes to there is a lot of useful freely available information available on the internet. To help navigate this the library has created a reading list with links to some useful websites