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

jcooksey@brookes.ac.uk

Joanna is working from home at the moment. Please get in touch by email if you have a query or want to make a Google Meet appointment.

Referencing

Citing your sources (also called referencing) is an essential part of your academic work and is explained fully on our library referencing webpage.

These guides will show you how to reference your sources in the Harvard style:

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.

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How to


How to use LibrarySearch (quick video introduction)

Library guides for IR and politics:

  • Database search tips for International Relations & Politics (Word doc and PDF)
  • Finding books and eBooks for International Relations and Politics (Word doc and PDF)

How to plan your search - this Search Plan for IR and Politics (Google doc) can help you develop a list of keywords to use when searching online. Click on File - Make a copy - to save your own copy and then add your own notes to it.

How to access other libraries including the Bodleian - for MA students and undergraduates doing dissertation or equivalent research. NB access is currently very limited due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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.