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Politics and International Relations

Welcome to the Politics and International Relations subject guide - your guide to using the library resources, services and facilities for your subject.

Information about Library & University Collections services in response to COVID-19

This page contains current information on library closures, loans and fines, support for online learning, online access to teaching resources and how to get further help.

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Main Library

The Main Library holds the majority of books for Politics and International Relations. Most of these books are on the 2nd floor or in the HUB Collection on the ground floor.

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Resource lists and Subject guides

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Resource Lists are online reading lists that can signpost you to key reading materials. Some of your courses may have a Resource List embedded in the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) but you can also access them directly. Full details are available on the Resource Lists: Information for Students webpage.


Other subject guides can be a useful source of ideas and information. Subject Guides image

Some focus on a topic such as newspapers as well as others that are more subject specific e.g. Business, Medicine economics etc.

A full list of subject guides is available on the university website. 

Online learning

The Library provides access to many e-resources, but we also provide lots of other services and support for students on online learning programmes.

Library services for online learning students

- How to set up and use the Virtual Private Network (VPN) 

Requesting scans of journal articles and book chapters

- Getting started with using the library