Politics and international relations

Providing access to quality Politics and international relations resources and subject support.

Databases View more

Here are the key databases/online resources to start finding information in your subject area. Click on 'View more' to go to the full listing for the Library, and use the filters to find more for this subject and others.

Books E-books Catalogue

You can access books and e-books via the Catalogue (also known as Library Catalogue Plus) to search for and check their availability. The Catalogue also provides links to e-books and displays the shelf marks of physical books in the Library. We have detailed the shelf marks of the most popular topics below (the level is for the Library in Loughborough).

Subject / title Pilkington level Shelfmark
Politics and government (general) 2 320
British politics 2 320.942
History (general) 2 900
European history 2 940
Modern British history. 2 942.082
International relations 2 327
British foreign policy. 2 327.42

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Use the videos to learn more about some resources or finding information.

Frequently asked questions View more

Here are some of the most popular questions asked by students in this subject. If you have a different question, check 'View more' or ask your Academic Librarian.

How do I access resources off-campus?

You need to search via the VPN when you are off campus, this link will show you how to download this onto your device.

How can I find journal articles on my topic? (Politics students)

The best place to search is via the Library's subject specific databases.  The key ones for Politics and International Relations to get you started are listed above in the Databases section of this guide. You can find more databases by clicking on 'View more' then 'Filter listing' then select Politics and International Relations.  Please note there is a separate Subject Guide and filter listing for History.

How can I get help with referencing?

The preferred referencing styles for Politics and International Relations are Harvard and Chicago (footnotes style).  As well as the guidance provided by POLIR there is further guidance on both styles available from Cite them right online and for Chicago from the Chicago manual of style online (quick guide).  There are also pdf guides on both styles provided by the Library: https://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/library/students/learningsupport/referencesandcitations/. London students should check which style they should use with their module leader or supervisor.



Can the Library help me to improve my writing style and provide advice on other academic skills?

If you would like help with your writing style, the Academic Language Support Service offer workshops which might take place within your modules or which you can sign up to attend separately.  You can also visit Learn module LUA001: Study Skills for some useful tips and guidance.

Does the Library have access to newspaper archives and current newspapers? (History and Politics students).

Yes, go to the Databases section of this guide (above), click on ‘View more’ then ‘Filter listing’ then select ‘Newspapers’. For current newspaper articles from around the world, please use the Nexis database listed above.