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Politics and International Relations: Getting Started

Purpose of this guide

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.

Politics & IR Collections

Main collections

The Bodleian Social Science Library

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.

Nuffield College Library

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 and trials

Time Magazine Archive (1923-2000) 
Offers an insight into modern American history, covering current events, politics, sport and entertainment.