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.


Guidance on Harvard referencing

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

The Library also has a printed Brookes Harvard guide based on Cite Them Right which you can download (Word and PDF versions available).

Understanding referencing

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 sample text and reference list - this will show you how to set out Harvard referencing in written work

Referencing International Relations & Politics sources (Google slides) - These slides provide a refresher on what was covered in the Library training session for module POLI4003 Critical Skills in Politics and International Relations.

Don't forget you can contact your Librarian for help with referencing. The Centre for Academic Development can also provide advice.

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 Cite Them Right.

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

Academic Search Complete

You can use databases to find articles on topics you are researching. A good database to use for Politics and IR topics is Academic Search Complete which covers all subject areas. Follow the link below to connect to the database, or check the video guide (right).

Business Source Complete and other EBSCO databases

Academic Search Complete is available on a web platform called EBSCO. The Library subscribes to several key databases through this same platform that may be useful for Politics and IR research. They all look the same and the video guide (right) shows you how to search any of the EBSCO databases, individually or in combination.

Connect to other EBSCO databases:

  • Business Source Complete is a key business database for academic journal articles, magazine articles, trade journals, country reports, industry profiles, and company profiles. It's good for international issues and country reports.
  • Communication and Mass Media Complete is good for academic articles on media, social media, communication and society.
  • 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.