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Politics and International Relations: Getting Started

Politics & International Relations Collections

Main collections

The Bodleian Social Science Library is the principal library for taught course provision for politics & international relations, along with new research material, contemporary works (including legal deposit), and the core journal collections in politics, international relations and related subjects. The Library houses the former collections of the Politics, International Relations and Sociology Library, Queen Elilzabeth House Library (international development), and the Refugee Studies Centre Library.

Extensive historical collections are held in the Central Bodleian Library.

Associated collections

The Modern Papers Section of the Central Bodleian Library holds special collections including the Conservative Party Archive and the papers of key 20th Century political figures. The Bodleian Law Library is also home to the Official Papers Section which holds both British official papers and the publications of international agencies.The Bodleian Libraries include a number of specialist area studies libraries and collections, whilst works relating to pre-1945 international realtions can be found in the History collections.

Nuffield College Library is the largest social science library outside of the Bodleian Libraries and holds politics and international relations collections relating to the interests of College members since 1937. Nuffield also hosts the University's Data Library which provides networked access to key political datasets for local users.

If you wish to ask a question or seek more help then please contact the Bodleian Social Science Library, or Jo Gardner direct.

Feedback request

Our subscriptions to Americas Barometer and World Press Trends Database are due for renewal in June 2017. Usage figures are not available for these e-resources, and we need to know if they are still important to you. Please send any feedback to Jo Gardner by Friday 26 May 2017.

Americas Barometer is a survey of democratic public opinion and behaviour that covers the Americas (North, Central, South and the Caribbean). It measures democratic values and behaviours in the Americas using national probability samples of voting-age adults, 2004-2016.

World Press Trends Database is a primary source of data on the newspaper industry worldwide, comprising datasets from the 2006-2015 World Press Trends Annual Reports. It includes datasets from c.70 countries. The data is available as individual country reports, and aggregated to reveal trends on circulation and readership.  

Please note that cancelling the World Press Trends Database subscription will NOT affect access to the 2009 and 2015 World Press Trends Annual Reports.

New Resources

What do people think about politics?
The 2017 Audit of Political Engagement from the Hansard Society is based on an annual survey of the public conducted by Ipsos MORI between 2 December 2016 and 15 January 2017. The research was carried out face-to-face in people’s homes and considers attitudes towards Brexit, levels of political participation, perception of politics, parliament and politicians.
Political Disengagement in the UK: Who is Disengaged, a House of Commons library research briefing, summarises recent research on the topic.

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