Politics and International Studies

Current students


In these study resources pages, you will find:

Various resources for students across PHIR disciplines include:

Library Resources

The library catalogue. Two tips: first, Opac doesn’t like apostrophes, colons, inverted commas, commas or full stops, so remove these from your search terms before clicking ‘go’; and second, click the ‘Yes’ button beside the ‘Words Adjacent’ command if you know the exact title of the book to expedite your search.

Sign in if you’re working off-campus. Otherwise, you won’t be able to access many E-resources.

The repository of web databases to which the library subscribes. 

The link to use if you already know the journal you need.

One of the great world libraries. Great for finding books unavailable at Loughborough but available on Inter-library Loan.

Full-text articles from major newspapers published in Britain, America and further afield since the 1980s

Subject Librarians

The people to go to when you have subject-specific library queries. Highly recommended if you need guidance on how to research different topics.

Helen Young

Email H.Young@lboro.ac.uk
Home page: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/library/staff/hyoung.html

Sharon Reid

Email: S.D.Reid@lboro.ac.uk  
Home page: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/library/staff/sreid.html

Non-Library Digitised Texts

Project Gutenberg offers over 40,000 free ebooks.

  • Google Books

Google Books is best used if you have highly specific search terms.

  • Google Scholar

Google Scholar eliminates some of the less reliable stuff found on Google and adds journal articles, but any librarian will tell you that you’re better off using the databases listed on Metalib.

Subscription Sites

This commercial firm offers a very large if somewhat random collection of digitised scholarly books and articles. There are no restrictions on copying material onto the clipboard, except that you can only look at one page at a time. Their free 72 hour trial is recommended before purchasing a subscription ($9.95 per month for one collection and $19.95 per month or $99.95 per year for the entire collection).

Buying Books

Blackwell's Bookshop in the Students' Union Building orders textbooks for classes and has a large stock of other titles. They can be contacted by phone (01509 219788) or e-mail (loughborough@blackwell.co.uk).

For internet shopping:

The best search engine for new books.

Generally the cheapest option for second-hand books. Postage costs £2.75 per book from within UK but £6.94 from the US, so make sure that it states ‘Dispatched from United Kingdom’ in delivery details.

An enormous second-hand books site based in the US that charges just £2.79 to deliver books to Britain.

For second-hand books, if you want alternatives to Amazon and Alibris. Select Great Britain as shipping destination and UK£ as currency.