Researchers and Staff in Politics and IR

  • Please contact your Academic Liaison LibrarianJoanna Cooksey for advice on Library resources and services to support your students, teaching and research. Joanna is happy to see students, staff and researchers 1-to-1 and can offer training for groups on finding resources for assignments and referencing in the Brookes Harvard style.
    • If you want to order books for a module you are teaching, please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian Joanna Cooksey
    • Find out about using the Library scanning service to provide reading materials via Moodle.
    • Books in the Library are usually available for 1 or 2 week loan and we also have an automatic renewal system meaning that most items will be automatically renewed on the date they are due to be returned unless they have been reserved by another user. If you are concerned that recommended books might be in high demand, you can ask for copies to be placed in the Short Loan Collection where they can be borrowed for 4 or 24 hours. Please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian Joanna Cooksey if you want to do this.
    • It may be possible to buy an e-book instead of a print copy. Contact your Academic Liaison Librarian if you would like to check if a specific title is available as an e-book.

    Talis Aspire is the online reading list system used at Brookes. Academics can create Aspire lists for their modules which students can access through Moodle and via the 'Reading lists' link on the  Library Web site . Aspire lists can contain links to books on  LibrarySearch and web-based resources such as articles, web pages and even programmes on the  BoB (Box of Broadcasts) database. If you would like to start using Aspire, contact your  Academic Liaison Librarian Joanna Cooksey who can set up your account. 

    The full set of Aspire quick guides for academic staff are  available here on RADAR

    Getting started

    • When you get to the  Aspire home page, log in. 
    • Aspire reading lists consist of a series of bookmarks taking students directly to an online resource, or in the case of print books, to the book record on Library Search. The first thing you'll need to do is to get the bookmarker tool for your Web browser on the computer you're using so that you can bookmark resources. Our ' Getting started with Aspire (PDF)' guide shows you how to do this.
    • If you want to update an existing list which was created by someone else, check the guide ' Updating an existing reading list in Aspire (PDF)
    • If you need to create a new list, check the guide ' Creating a new reading list in Aspire (PDF)'.
    • You can either save your list as a draft or publish it when you're happy for it to go live. This will trigger an email to Library staff so it can be checked.

    Adding resources to an Aspire list 

    • Check our  Aspire guides for how to bookmark: books & e-books; book chapters; journal articles; journal titles; web pages; online videos & programmes from BoB. 
    • If you have requested scanned items (chapters or articles) via the library scanning service, you can also  bookmark these for your Aspire list (PDF).

    Linking with your Moodle course

    Make sure your Aspire list is displayed in the relevant Moodle course. One option is to embed weekly sections of the Aspire list in the weekly sections of your Moodle course - find out more from your Academic Liaison Librarian    

    Students of Politics and IR are required to use the Brookes Harvard referencing style. Check Referencing and EndNote for links to the Library's print and online guides to referencing.
    • Researchers and staff can apply for a Bodleian Library reader's card, which includes access to the Bodleian Social Science Library. You will need to follow the procedures outlined on the Bodleian Library Admissions webpages, using Form A and should apply in person directly to the Bodleian Admissions Office. Use SOLO the Oxford University Libraries' Catalogue to check what is available and where it's held. Undergraduate students doing dissertation-level research and MA students are eligible to apply for a Bodleian reader's card using an application form available from the Library Help Zone ( Level 1) or our web pages. Students need to have section B of this form completed in full by an academic and then bring the form to the Library for authorization.
    • You can use the Interlibrary Loans service to request books, articles and other publications which aren't in stock. Charges for requests made by staff and research students are recovered from Faculties / Directorates. You can make your requests via LibrarySearch and you need to include your financial code on each request made.
    • The SCONUL Access scheme allows Brookes users to access 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.
    • Staff and students may also apply for a British Library Readers Pass. Further information is available from the British Library
    • Library Hub Discover: a database of 115 UK and Irish academic, national & specialist library catalogues, including the British Library Public Catalogue.
    • The British Library's EThOS system allows you to search across 250,000+ UK PhD/MPhil 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.
    • 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.