Distance Learning International Relations

  • If you are doing the MA in International Relations by Distance Learning, explore this page to find out about online resources, services and help provided by the Library.
  • You need to use your Brookes login (your Brookes student number, which is on your Brookes student card, and the standard Brookes password you use for your Brookes mail, Student Information, Moodle, etc) in order to access the Library e-resources.

    Always go to a resource via the Library website (or a reading list) - don't go via Google, otherwise you may not be recognised as a Brookes student.

    Our search platform is called LibrarySearch. You can use it to look for books, journal articles, journal titles and much more. For a quick introduction to how it works:

    Reading lists for each of your modules are usually available online and include links to the relevant resources. To find a list for a specific module, go to your Moodle course. There will usually be a link to the complete reading list in the left or right-hand menu. Your tutor may also have added links to weekly readings within your Moodle course.

    You can access reading lists for any module through the Library home page. Click on the 'Reading lists' tab and type in the module name or number and click Go.

    Finding and accessing e-books

    • To find a book, use the Books & e-books search on the Library home page and type in the author, title or subject that you are interested in. You can filter your search results down to just 'eBooks' using the options on the left of the results screen
      Follow the 'View e-book' link to connect to it. Log in when prompted with your Brookes student number and password.
    • This guide Finding e-books gives more information about how library e-books work and what download options you may see.
    • Further help: Finding books and e-books for Politics and International Relations

    Online dictionaries and reference books

    • OED online version of the Oxford English Dictionary.
    • Oxford Reference Online This is a collection of Oxford University Press reference books on a variety of subjects including Politics. Individual titles from the collection are also listed on LibrarySearch.

    Finding information

    How to search for different kinds of sources (academic and non-academic) for assignments, essays and dissertations

    Other libraries

    If the books, journals or articles you need aren't available online, there are various other ways you may be able to obtain them via the Library:

    • Interlibrary Loan: if you want a book or a journal article not held in Brookes Library at all, you can ask us to get it for you from the British Library via our Interlibrary Loans service. Each request will cost you £3.00 and articles usually arrive within 3 working days. You can make your requests via LibrarySearch
    • SCONUL scheme: The SCONUL Access scheme allows Brookes students to use many university libraries across the UK. You may find this useful if you live at some distance from Oxford and would like to use an academic library in your local area. To apply, go to the SCONUL website and check first whether the library you wish to visit is a member of the scheme, then complete the online application form. Once your application has been authorized by Brookes Library, you will be sent a confirmation email from SCONUL access and will need to take this along when you first visit the member library.
    • Access to research scheme: Access to research is a scheme run through public libraries, where academic publishers have made many of their journals freely accessible to the general public. Access to these e-journals is only available through computers in one of the participating libraries. These include Oxfordshire County Library. Check the Access to research website to see which libraries are participating and use the search option to see whether a specific journal title/issue is available through the scheme.
    Referencing and EndNote: guidance for International Relations students