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Your Academic Liaison Librarian, Joanna Cooksey is here to help you find and use library resources for your course, for example finding books and journal articles, using electronic services like databases, and referencing in your written work. Joanna is based on Level 3 of the Library and you can make an appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
This is the main library at Oxford Brookes and covers all subject areas. It's located in the JHB Building.
To get online in the Library, log onto one of the Library PCs with your student number and portal password. These computers will give you access to Internet, Google Mail, Brookes Virtual, Word etc. Printing is available via the Print Anywhere service. The IT Service Desk is located in The Forum and provides IT help. To get online with your laptop, tablet or other device, sign up for the University’s Wi-Fi service Eduroam via the IT Services Web pages.
You can ask for help at the Help Zone on Level 1 of the Headington Library, or Contact the Library via email or Live Chat.
Take a look at the Library's Teach yourself pages for quick video tutorials.
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Where to get help and advice when writing assignments and your dissertation
Guides for Politics and International Relations students
How to do a literature search for an essay or dissertationDownload a copy of this Literature search plan for Politics & International Relations (Word) and use it to add your own notes and plan your search.
Finding news sources
See our News and current affairs guide for links to newspaper databases and further help with finding and selecting news sources.
Finding government publications
Our Government publications guide focuses primarily on UK Government publications, but it also includes some guidance on tracing EU, US and international sources.
Finding statistical sources
Our Statistics page provides links to UK and international statistical sources.
Finding country reports
Annual country reports can be useful sources of information about the economic, political and social situation of individual countries. Use the database Business Source Complete: search for a country plus 'country report' (e.g. Egypt country report) to find useful information on particular countries.There's further help available on the Business Subject Help page on Country information
Can I trust this website?
For tips on what to look out for when searching the Web, take a look at our guide to Evaluating Web sources
Past undergraduate and MA dissertations for Politics and IR are kept in the Department, rather than the Library. They are held in Gibbs 1.03 (access 9.00-17.00 only). To view these dissertations, you will need to ask in the Programme Administrator’s Office. If you're looking for an undergraduate or Masters dissertation for another subject, check the details in our Dissertation Locations List. The Library does hold all Brookes PhD theses: these are listed on LibrarySearch and can be requested at the JHB Library Help Zone. If you are looking for a UK PhD/MPhil thesis, you may be able to obtain a copy online via the British Library's EThOS system. You can search across 250,000+ theses for free and download / order full text where available. You will need to register and log in if you want to download a thesis or to order digitisation of a thesis.
2015/2016 academic year onward: These are available for download by Brookes students and staff from RADAR. Check this quick video guide Finding past Oxford Brookes exam papers on RADAR
Earlier years: Printed copies are available in the Library at Headington (Short Loan area, Level 1).
When doing research for an in-depth project such as your dissertation you are likely to come across references to publications which are not held at Brookes Library. There are a variety of options for obtaining material that we don't hold: