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Diplomacy and International Governance

Angie Applegate

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Academic and Learning Resources Librarian


This guide aims to provide you with information about the Library’s resources and services relevant to Diplomacy and International Governance.

Use the tabs above to find information about:

  • print and electronic books (ebooks)
  • journals and journal articles
  • databases and websites
  • referencing

Before you start remember to download the VPN from IT Services to gain seamless off-campus access to ebooks, ejournals, databases, email and print credits etc.

If this guide does not provide you with the information that you need then please contact your Academic and Learning Resources Librarian.

The library stocks books in both print and electronic format, which you can find on the catalogue.  

Printed books on the same subject are given the same shelfmark number, which is located on the spine of each book. The shelfmark number consists of numbers and letters. For example The postgraduate research handbook has the shelf-mark 001.4 WIS.  The ‘WIS’ stands for Wisker.  Books with several editions should be located together.

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 Useful shelfmarks for Diplomacy: 

Intercultural Communication 302.2
Diplomacy 327.2
International relations 327.1

You can find the Library's electronic books (ebooks) on the catalogue. If you only want to search for ebooks on the catalogue then refine your search by selecting 'Electronic book' located on the left hand side of the catalogue.  

Electronic books or ebooks can be viewed on any computer whether you are in the Library or working from home off campus.  Just remember to download the VPN from IT Services to gain seamless off-campus access to ebooks, e-journals, databases, e-mail and print credits etc.

Finding Journals & Journal Articles

Academic journals are simply academic magazines which are sometimes referred to as periodicals or serials.  Journals are written by and for experts in their chosen field. Journal articles help scholars and researchers to share their research with the academic community and are published on a regular basis, for example monthly or quarterly.  Only articles which have been reviewed by other experts or peers (peer reviewed) make it into academic journals, unlike articles published in popular magazines or newspapers. 

 Why use journals:

  • They provide useful information, research and discussions
  • Give different viewpoints from several authors
  • Information is current as journals are published quicker than books
  • Latest research on new or emerging subject areas

Key databases to find journal articles

  • ASSIA (Applied Social Sciences Indexes and Abstracts): Wide-ranging  database includes coverage of politics, race-relations and education
  • British Humanities Index: key database for a wide-range of arts, politics and humanities subjects
  • Web of Science: key cross-disciplinary database for subjects including arts, humanities and social sciences 
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts: key database for politics, political analysis, political science, international relations and law

Some 'abstract only' databases will provide SFX links   .  When you see the SFX symbol click on it and then select the   icon to access the full text where available.

Ejournals can be viewed on any computer whether you are in the Library or working from home off campus.  Just remember to download the VPN for off-campus access.

Key databases

Archive of European Integration: AEI 

An electronic archive of working papers, conference papers, pre-prints, journal articles and other academic documents relating to all aspects of the European Union and European integration. Major topics covered 

include EU legislation, EU enlargement, the euro, EU institutional and constitutional reform, the European constitution and treaty reform. Gives access to the European Research Papers Archive (ERPA)

CIA world factbook

Website maintained by the Central Intelligence Agency of the USA that contains information on regions and countries. Each "country profile" contains brief background information with facts about geography, population, government and politics, economic conditions, trade,
transportation systems & conflicts and military situation.

Documents on British Policy Overseas 

Contemporary accounts and detailed exchanges that shaped British foreign policy from the origins of the First World War and beyond.

ERPA European Research Papers

Online working paper series in the field of European integration research.

Lexis Nexis Law and Legal Information 

Offers UK case law and legislation and access to legal journals.

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts 

Citations, abstracts, and indexing of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, and public administration/policy. 

Global Data (sign up first on campus with your Loughborough email address)

Hub for comparable analytics on data across the world and in-depth analysis on over 2,000 cities. Also includes a range of retail reports across a wide range of industry sectors such as consumer goods, energy, finance, healthcare, commerce and technology.

Referencing & Citation

When you refer to another person’s work in your own essay, report or presentation etc, you will need to reference that work to avoid plagiarising it.  This allows the person reading your work to differentiate between your ideas and those of another person.  You can reference the work in two ways:

  • Citation, also called an in-text citation.  This accompanies the quote, extract, paraphrasing or illustration that you have used and provides the name of the author/creator, date and page numbers if relevant. For example:

‘Recent research (Baker and Gale, 2015, pp. 201-203) challenges previous theories…..’

  •  Bibliography, provides the details of all the sources which you have consulted during your research.  If you are referencing a printed book you will need to include the following details: author/editor; publication year; title; edition if not the first; place of publication; series and volume number where relevant. For example:

Baker, G.H., and Gale, F. (2015) Cloud computing. 2nd edn. London: Routledge.

An advice sheet on citing and referencing using the Harvard style can be found at this link.

An excellent guide to referencing which mainly includes Harvard examples is called ‘Cite them Right: the essential referencing guide’ , this is available online and also in book form in the library, shelf mark 808.027/PEA. It gives you examples of how to reference various resources such as:

  • web pages with no authors or titles, etc
    • ebooks
    • blogs,
    • wikis and social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter
    • computer games or programs
    • legal cases
    • packaging
    • podcasts, phonecasts, screencasts or vodcasts/vidcasts.

Reference management software

Reference management software can help you to keep track of all the references you have used in your reports, essays or final project. The library provides guidance on Mendeley.

There are other types of reference management tools available such as ColWiz and Zotero.  To help you choose which one is the best for you see the Bodleian Libraries’ comparison tool.