Politics & International Relations - Finding Articles

For some assignments, our Discovery Service will give you enough sources to work with.

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


A key source for the European Union, ESO provides information about the institutions, structures, countries, regions, peoples, policies and processes of the EU and the wider Europe. The European Union Policies section gives very useful summaries on many policy areas.


An academic journal archive containing thousands of articles on a wide range of subjects. You will need to search other databases to find the most recent years.


A top, peer-reviewed journal covering British politics and Britain’s relationship with Europe and the wider world.

A peer-reviewed journal covering comparative methodology, theory, and research from around the world with important implications for the formation of domestic and foreign policies.

This international, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal is a good source for critical issues related to Eastern Europe.

A top, peer-reviewed journal covering conceptual and comparative perspectives in political science.

Britain's leading, peer-reviewed journal of international relations. This lively, provocative journal will keep you up-to-date with critical thinking on the key issues shaping world economic and political change.

Examines the theory and practice of peacekeeping and peace operations as instruments of policy at an international level. This peer-reviewed journal also reflects debates about peacebuilding and monitoring of agreements, preventive deployments, sanctions, international policing, protection of aid in internal disputes, and the relationship between peacekeepers, state authorities, rival factions, civilians and non-governmental organizations.

A top, American, peer-reviewed journal covering the full range of contemporary security issues from traditional topics such as war and peace, to more recent dimensions of security, including the growing importance of environmental, demographic, and humanitarian issues, and the rise of global terrorist networks.

A peer-reviewed journal covering all the aspects of government and politics directly or indirectly connected with Parliament and parliamentary systems in Britain and throughout the world.

A peer-reviewed journal including “some of the best writing about both topical issues and underlying trends in UK and European politics” (Professor Lord Raymond Plant).

A major, peer-reviewed journal dealing with all aspects of public administration, public policy and public management.

A top, peer-reviewed journal covering IR and related fields – very popular with Portsmouth students.

One of the most authoritative, peer-reviewed journals covering political and social issues in Western Europe. It always provides excellent coverage of all national elections in Western Europe.

News Services & Archives

Use with care as this tabloid is known for its strong views but it can help with some assignments and certain dissertation topics. Search for stories or use the browse feature to flick through the paper on particular days, including special editions published in connection with Queen Victoria, George V, Elizabeth II's coronation and Winston Churchill. Use Nexis UK if you want to go beyond 2004.

This archive gives you highly respected commentary and analysis of global news each week from 1843 to 2015. Search by subject or browse by date. The articles are full facsimiles, including photos and charts. 
Read about financial crises as they happened.

• The Guardian and Observer Archives not in Discovery 

Access stories and photos from The Guardian (1821-2003) and The Observer (1791-2003)

A British countercultural underground newspaper 1966-1986.

• Nexis not in Discovery 

Full text articles from many news sources and trade journals both UK and international. Archives sometimes stretching back to the mid 1980's.

Regional and national newspapers from the UK, Europe, the USA and Australasia, dating from the 1980s onwards - note that you will find Latin American sources in the Spanish section and Francophone African sources in the French section. 

• The Times: Digital Archive 1785-2013 not in Discovery 

Search over 200 years of articles. Articles are full facsimiles of what was published on the day and you can view the article in its original page location if you want.

• UKPressonline not in Discovery 

Access facsimile articles (including photos) from the Daily Express and Daily Mirror from the early 1900s onwards. Useful if you want the tabloid view on topical issues.

Useful if you want the tabloid view of political matters.

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