Subject Resources - Politics and International Relations


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Choose from the following to access our various online Politics and IR collections:

E-Journal Collections

Use the following database services to find an electronic journal title or paper.

Search Keele's E-Journal A-Z
Use this website to search or browse across all of our e-journal services for a title and in some cases a specific paper.

Academic Search Complete - EBSCO
Many Politics and International relations titles are included in this collection, which has over 2,000 full text journals. 
You will need your Keele login to access the EBSCO databases from off-campus.
View the Quick Guide to Using EBSCO to help you get started. 

HeinOnline e-journal Library
Predominantly a collection of law journals, but also includes many titles on foreign policy, politics and international relations including; International Journal; Foreign Affairs; American Journal of Political Science; Global Governance; Helsinki Monitor. If you are off campus look for the "institutional log-in" or "Shibboleth" links, then select the UK Federation followed by Keele University from a drop-down list to get to the log-in page. When prompted type in your Keele login to access the service.

Nexis UK
UK and international news service, includes UK quality and regional newspapers. Please see our newspapers page for more detailed information on the newspaper services available from Keele's collection.

Sage Journals
A collection of over 600 full-text international peer-reviewed journals titles, dating back to 1999. You will need your Keele username and password for off-campus access to Sage Journals.
The Quick Guide to using Sage Journals can be found here.

Contains a few full text titles of use to politics and international relations research, many from the US.
USE THIS LINK for off-campus access to JSTOR.



The following services provide full-text access to a large number of newspapers.

ProQuest European Newsstream (previously UK Newsstand)
Provides the searchable full-text of articles published in around 30 UK newspapers including The Times, Telegraph, Guardian and The Independent.
You will need your Keele username and password for off-campus access.
View the Quick Guide to Using ProQuest European Newsstream.

Nexis UK
A news and business service which includes around 12,000 publications, including worldwide, national and local newspapers.
You will need to use your Keele username and password for both on-campus and off-campus access to Nexis UK.
View the Quick Guide to Using Nexis UK.

The Times Digital Archive
Search the complete digital edition of The Times from 1785-2006. The entire newspaper is captured with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos.
You will need your Keele username and password for off-campus access.
View the Quick Guide to Using The Times Digital Archive.

E-Book Collections

Some useful texts are available from the following e-book services; read the book in full online. Click on the services below to search and read the e-books available. E-books can also be found using Library Search.

An expanding collection of ebooks purchased by the Library which includes some titles relating to Politics.
You will need your Keele login for all access.

EBSCO eBook Collection
Collection includes titles on British and American politics, globalisation, arms control, gender politics, political sociology and philosophy, and many more.

Includes many politics related titles.

Find A Reference In Politics and IR

There are more journals available in addition to those we have electronically. Reference databases (sometimes also called "citation" or "abstract" databases) can help you find these if you want to search more widely for papers, especially if you're doing a literature review for a dissertation.

The full text will not be available from the citation database, however clicking on the logo will search our e-journals and provide a link to the whole paper if available, or direct you to where a paper copy may be found in the Library's print journal collection. Our main citation databases are;

Access to over 20 databases covering major areas of research in most subject areas, including the the Applied Social Science Index and Abstracts (ASSIA) from 1987 to date.
You will need your Keele login to access Proquest from off-campus.

Web of Science
Gateway to Social Science Citation Index, ISI Proceedings, Journal Citation Reports and
You will need your Keele login to access Web of Science from off-campus.

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences - Proquest
Details of articles, letters, and reviews from more than 2,600 journals and 7,000 books in the fields of economics, political science, sociology, and anthropology.
You will need your Keele login to access Proquest from off-campus.



Use the advanced keyword option on Library Search and set the material type to 'Thesis' to search for Keele theses held in the Library.

The British Library ETHOS project provides electronic access to research theses from many UK universities.

Index to Theses
A searchable listing of theses with abstracts accepted for higher degrees by universities in Great Britain and Ireland since 1716. You can only access the Index to Theses from computers on the Keele network.

NDLTD – Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations
Details of theses and dissertations from universities in the United States and worldwide.

An index of doctoral dissertations in progress around the world.

Help For SPIRE Students

Reference Management Software

This is an online reference management software which can be used to import, manage and save references from your research, enabling easy creation of bibliographies. Find out more on our Refworks information pages

European Politics And Institutions

EUR-Lex - Portal to European Union Law
Source website for European Union law, in particular legislation and the case law.

The portal site of the European Union.

Database of case reports, judgements, decisions, resolutions and reports from the European Court of Human Rights, the European Commission of Human Rights and the EU Committee of Ministers.

UK Government, Parliamentary, British Politics Links

The UK government's information service.

Downing Street
The office of the Prime Minister.

Hansard (Commons)
House of Commons Debates from Session 1988-89.

Hansard (Lords)
House of Lords Debates from 16th November 1994.
Access to UK legislation dating back to 1987

UK Parliament
Homepage for the UK legislature.

UK Statistics Authority
Government website for UK official statistics.

BBC - General Election 2015 Site
The state of the parties at the last general election. Constituency information, results and comment.

US Politics

USA.Gov - The US Government's Official Web Portal
The US Government's official web portal. Covers federal, state, local and tribal agencies.

US Census Bureau American FactFinder
Statistics relating to US population, housing, industry and business from the 2000 census.

Other Useful Online Sources

Politics and International Relations scholars may find some of the sites below useful or interesting.

Full text of UNESCO documents.

Census Microdata
Samples of individual records from the 1991, 2001 and 2011 Censuses.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online
Eighteenth Century Collections Online is a vast digital library of some 150,000 books printed in Great Britain.

UC Press eBooks Collection
A collection of almost 2000 electronic editions of academic books.

ESDS International
Access to international macro and micro time series and surveys, from MIMAS and the Social Data Service.

Genamics JournalSeek
Database of freely available journals.

GPO: US Government Publishing Office
Searchable full text of US Government publications including Congressional Record.

International Data Base (IDB)
Data bank containing statistical tables of demographic, and socio-economic data for 227 countries.

International Organization Web Sites Index Page - Union of International Associations
Index to websites of international organisations worldwide.

Middle East Info

MORI Polls Archive
Contains MORI polls which have been conducted from 1995/1996 up to the current month.

National Academies Press
Publishes the reports issued by several US research organisations

Database of information on parliaments worldwide.

Penn World Tables
Statistical data for 152 countries and 29 subjects.

Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection
An archive of more than 230,000 maps in various formats.

UK Data Service Census Support - EDINA

Digitised boundary datasets of the UK, available in many GIS formats. Click the "Login via UK Federation" link,  and then use your Keele login when asked.

Zarate's Political Collections (ZPC)
Data on political leaders worldwide since 1945.