Finding information for Politics and International Relations

  • 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 jcooksey@brookes.ac.uk

    • Headington Library

      This is the main library at Oxford Brookes and covers all subject areas. It's located in the JHB Building.

      • Headington Library opening hours The Library is open 24 hours a day during semesters 1 & 2.
      • Headington Library floor plans - this leaflet will help you find your way around. You can also pick up a copy from the Help Zone on Level 1 of the Library. Don't be afraid to ask Library staff if you need any help when using the Library. Near the Help Zone you’ll find the Welcome Desk, book returns slots, reservations collection point and Short Loan. 
        The Library has 6 floors and books are on Levels 2, 3 and 4. Use the self-service machines on these floors to borrow books.
        There are different zones for quiet and silent study. If you want to do group work and/or chat, head to The Platform (Level 3) or The Forum (Ground Floor). You can also book one of our Student Presentation Rooms online.

      Getting online

      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.

      Further help

      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.

      Follow Brookes Library on Twitter to keep up with all the latest news.

      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 dissertation
      Download 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

      Social research methods - includes a list of useful books, details of how to get SPSS software, links to online sources, and more.

      Dissertations

      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.

      Exam papers

      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).

      Check this page for details of help and resources available from the Library if you're doing the MA International Relations by Distance Learning

      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:

      • Undergraduate students doing dissertation-level research and postgraduate students are eligible to apply for reference access to the  Bodleian Library. You will find the Bodleian Social Science Library particularly useful for Politics and International Relations. Use SOLO the Oxford University Libraries' Catalogue to check what is available and where it's held.  You will need to get an application form from the Library Help Zone (Level 1) or download it from our web pages. Please see Library Research Guide 11: Applying for admission to the Bodleian Library for guidance on completing the form and full details of which libraries you can access.
        Researchers and staff should follow the procedures outlined on the Bodleian Library Admissions webpages, using Form A and should apply in person directly to the Bodleian Admissions Office. 
      • You can use the Interlibrary Loans service to request books, articles and other publications which aren't in stock. If you are a student each request will cost you £3.00 and articles usually arrive within 3 working days. You can make your requests via LibrarySearch 
        Charges for requests made by staff and research students are recovered from Faculties / Directorates. You need to include your financial code on each request made.
      • 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 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.