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Politics & International Relations

For quick access to high quality information for your assignments, try the links on these pages.

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After looking at your online reading list, try these to help with your assignments

Access 36 key Oxford textbooks covering all areas of Politics and IR, including political theory, ideologies, comparative politics, IR theory, foreign policy, democratization, political economy, political research and the EU. There is also a section on politics of development.

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• Credo Reference fully searchable in EBSCO Discovery

A variety of reference works, including dictionaries, which tutors may well prefer to Wikipedia, and it even tells you how to set out a reference to what you find. Try out the 'Mind Map' feature to see how your keyword links to others - useful for essay planning and dissertation work.

These short videos show you how Credo can speed up your research:

  1. Quick overview
  2. Search tips
  3. Using the automated mind map

Additional access instructions:

For off campus access use this link

• Ebook Central fully searchable in EBSCO Discovery

Contains full text books in many subject areas.

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• Europa World Plus fully searchable in EBSCO Discovery

Need reliable information about Africa, Asia, Latin America, Russia and Eastern Europe? Europa gives up-to-date, key facts and statistics for each country, plus very useful, background essays by country experts covering contemporary history, politics and economics. There are also background essays on international and regional organisations. The statistics are searchable and let you create comparative charts across countries.

Make sure you connect to the VPN before trying this off-campus.

Research and analysis on a wide variety of topics from social policy to foreign policy to trade and economics produced by impartial experts in the House of Commons Library.

This short video explains why this is a great source to use.

Read authoritative, peer-reviewed, regularly updated entries written by experts on African History from across the world. Topics include African Diaspora, Afrocentrism, Oral Traditions, Women's History, Religious History, Slavery and Colonial History.

World experts give you accurate, unbiased and up-to-date overviews of a wide range of political topics e.g. arms control/reduction, comparative foreign policy analysis, foreign aid as a foreign policy tool, maritime piracy, new public management, non-state actors and foreign policy, political party membership, politics and mass media, public policy. Each entry is designed to take 30 mins or less to read so have a look here when you have a new topic to research.

This short video explains the benefits of this source.

For search tips watch this video.

When you need more depth, use these

Particularly good for final year undergrad work, research projects, dissertations and all postgrad work

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