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New resources

Polling the Nations is a compilation of full-text questions and responses from over 14,000 national, state and local surveys conducted since 1986 by more than 1,400 polling organisations in 100 countries.

NK Pro is an independent new, information and data platform that focusses on North Korea.

UN Statistical Yearbooks (1948-2016) are now available for free online. They are presented in pdf format which can be downloaded.

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.