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Politics and International Relations: Getting Started

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New resources

The Language of Peace database, developed by a partnership between the University of Cambridge and the UN Mediation Unit, provides instant search capability across around 1000 post-World War II peace agreements.

Useful fact-checking websites include:

  • Full Fact for the UK,
  • and (USA) which is a project from the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Never Mind the Ballots is a fascinating collection of political and campaigning films from the British Film Institute.

Politics & IR 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.

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Jo Gardner
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