Politics & International Relations

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New in June 2024!  UK political party manifestos for the July 2024 election, plus links to analysis of the pledges on climate, education and health

For most assignments, our Discovery Service will give you enough sources to work with. This short video shows you how to get the best from Discovery for Politics/IR.

Sometimes you may want to try specific databases or journals - perhaps your lecturer has recommended particular sources as a good way of finding articles. This section lists key sources for Politics and International Relations.

Citation databases can be very helpful for advanced research at Masters' level upwards as they help you move quickly from a known author or article to finding out which other articles list them in their bibliographies. This is especially useful when you have only found a small number of results in your initial searches.

• Scopus 

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and conference proceedings. It also features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.

Top tip: do a normal keyword search, then change Sort on: at the top right of your results from Date (newest) to Cited by (highest). This will show you which articles on a topic are cited most by other academic authors. 

Short video on doing a basic search in Scopus

Watch this short video about advanced features of Scopus

fully searchable in EBSCO Discovery

You will find the Social Sciences Citation Index the most useful part of this - just below Timespan on the left of the search screen, click More settings so that you can de-select the rest.

Watch these training videos

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