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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 email@example.com
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
pages for quick video tutorials.
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Study skills support
Study skills resources (Politics, International Relations & Sociology)
lists books available from the Library, links to useful web resources and other support on various study topics:
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
News and current affairs
guide for links to newspaper databases and further help with finding and selecting news sources.
Finding 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
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
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
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.
Recent exam papers (2015/2016-) are available in the
Learning and Teaching collection on RADAR. NB In order to view the PDFs you will need to log in with your student number and password. Printed copies of older exam papers 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: