Course resource help for International Relations and Politics

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Please get in touch if you have any queries about:

  • finding information and resources for assignments
  • finding online resources
  • referencing your sources

Joanna Cooksey

I'm hybrid working this semester, so will sometimes be on Headington campus and sometimes working from home. Please email in the first instance. If you need a 1-to-1 appointment we can then arrange one either face-to-face or via Zoom or Google Meet. My usual working hours are 8.00 - 16.00, Monday - Friday.


How and why to reference

Citing your sources (also called referencing) is an essential part of your academic work and is explained fully on our page Reference and avoid plagiarism.

Cite Them Right Online shows you how to reference a wide range of sources (books, journal articles, web sites) in exactly the same Harvard style used at Brookes. It includes a sample text and reference list.

The Library also has a printed guide to citing your references using the Harvard (Author-Date) system (Word and PDF versions available).

Referencing tools

How to save and cite sources in LibrarySearch (Google slides) 

Endnote is a tool for storing and organising your references, and it will also work with Word or Pages to create a fully formatted bibliography from your reference library.

NB Other referencing guides and apps are widely available but be aware that not all Harvard styles are the same as ours. Make sure you check your references against one of the authoritative sources listed above.

How to

Get started

How to find and borrow books:
  • Use LibrarySearch - check our video guide (on the right) for more help
  • Finding your material shows you how to understand call numbers and look for books on the library shelves.
  • Borrowing and returning tells you about borrowing books
  • Finding books and eBooks for International Relations and Politics Word file and PDF highlights key areas of the library for these subjects

Find resources for your assignments

Check the Google slides (on the left) for tips on how to find resources for your IR & Politics assignments.
These guides may also help:

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When you're doing a dissertation

How to use Academic Search Complete and other EBSCO databases

EBSCO is a web platform that gives you access to several useful databases for IR and Politics, including the key resource Academic Search Complete. All of these databases work in the same way. This video shows you how to search any EBSCO database, individually or in combination.

  • Academic Search Complete is a multidisciplinary database with good coverage of academic IR and Politics journals
  • Communication and Mass Media Complete is good for academic articles on media, social media, communication and society.
  • Business Source Complete is a key business database for academic journal articles, magazine articles, trade journals, country reports, industry profiles, and company profiles on all aspects of business including management.
  • EconLit is the key economics database

Explore resources for Economics and Management

If you're a student of BA Economics, Politics and International Relations or MSc International Management and International Relations, take a look at the course resource help pages provided by the team of Business Librarians

Government publications

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Government publications are primary sources of information for many subject areas. This guide will help you trace UK Government publications both in the Library and on the Web. You may find this A-Z glossary of key parliamentary terms helpful for understanding the role of specific kinds of publications.

Although this guide focuses primarily on UK Government publications, it also includes some guidance on tracing EU, US and international sources.

This list includes links to relevant sections of Cite Them Right Online which gives guidance on how to reference specific types of sources.