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Politics and International Relations: Getting Started

This guide is intended for students and researchers at the University of Oxford seeking support in Politics and International Relations, although students and researchers from any field may find it useful.
Use this guide to find out about printed and online resources, including ebooks, ejournals, databases, and special collections for Politics and International Relations.

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Politics & IR Collections

Main collections

is the principal library for supporting departmental reading lists for politics & international relations at the University, along with new research books and journals and contemporary works (including those acquired via Legal Deposit).

Associated collections

The Modern Papers Section in the Weston 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 History Faculty Library holds works relating to pre-1945 international relations, and other Bodleian Libraries such as the China Centre Library hold specialist area studies collections.

holds the largest social science collection in a College Library, including politics and international relations collections relating to the interests of College members since 1937.

For further information contact the Bodleian Social Science Library, or Jo Gardner direct.

New resources

It brings together information and links to a number of ongoing key COVID-19 studies listing those which are currently investigating the impact of COVID-19, the topics they cover and further information from the agencies running them.
Some of these studies are not yet available through the UKDS. To keep updated with the latest COVID-19 data releases, please join UKDS mailing list, or follow @UKDataService for updates.
British Online Archives trial extended to 30 March 2021 
This provides access to over 3 million records drawn from public and private archives.