This is UCLan's Politics library page.

For more help and guidance please contact your Faculty Librarian: Francesca Robinson


Search for books and ebooks on Library Search. It will tell you what we have in stock and where to find it.

Sometimes there may only be a chapter on a specific topic rather than a whole book. To find those, you will need to use one of our ebook databases which allow you to search through the whole text of a book. We have several ebook collections but a good place to start would be Ebook Central.

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Journals and Articles

If you have a reference for a particular journal article, or if you want to find out if we take a particular journal title, use the Journal Finder.

If the Library does not have the journal article you want, you can request a copy using the Inter-library loan Service.

eResources and Databases

Recommended Resources for Politics

If you want to search for journal articles on a particular topic within the Politics subject discipline, the main electronic databases to search are:

  • Political Science - This database gives users access to hundreds of leading political science and international relations journals.
  • Academic Search Complete - A database of over 6000 journals including over 400 in the politics and international affairs subject areas.
  • Historical Abstracts - Covering the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450-present, it indexes over 2,300 academic historical journals back to 1955.
  • Humanities International Complete - Includes journals relevant to the historical study of the United States and Canada.
  • JSTOR - An archive of older journal issues covering many relevant areas in arts and humanities.
  • Project Muse - A collection of arts and humanities titles including Political Science. 
  • Social Policy and Practice - An abstract database of social policy materials from 1890-present, including information on public health, social care, homelessness, and crime.
  • Taylor and Francis Journal Collection - multidisciplinary collection including arts and humanities.
  • Brexit: Five Months On - On 23 June Britain voted to leave the European Union. Five months on, SAGE is providing free access to a range of academic research which engages directly with the referendum, the potential impacts of Brexit, or gives a background on the UK-EU relationship.

Government and Legal Information

  • Westlaw UK - A large, comprehensive legal online service including UK case law, legislation, the Legal Journals Index , some full-text journal articles and a current awareness service.
  • Lexis Library (Butterworths) - UK cases, legislation, legal journals, Halsbury’s Law, Halsbury’s Statutes - important legal database
  • House of Commons Parliamentary Papers - Fully indexed and searchable full-text House of Commons Parliamentary Paper from 1715 to present. Some supplementary material back to 1688.
  • Proceedings of the Old Bailey - A free resource which gives a fully searchable collection of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people in 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court.

Journal Archives

  • British Periodicals - These trace the growth and development of the periodical press in Britain from its origins in the seventeenth century to the Victorian age and beyond.
  • Brill - A multi disciplinary archive of over 80 Journals published before 2000
  • Nineteenth Century UK Periodicals Online - Provides access to nearly 100 periodicals for the study of British life in the 19th century - from women, to sport, to children and humour.
  • Periodicals Archive Online Collection - 80 full text journals from 1891-2000, covering a variety of subject areas.
  • Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals - An index to the authorship of articles, and a bibliography of articles written by each contributor, and using each pseudonym.

Abstract & Indexing Databases

Should you want to undertake a more thorough search for research materials/literature try searching the following abstract and indexing databases. 

Additional Resources

News Intelligence

  • Nexis - a full-text database of news drawn from over 29,000 sources. These sources include local, regional and national newspapers as well as worldwide publications.

Newspaper archives

  • New York Times Archive - The New York Times (1851-2008) with Index (1851-1993) provides easily searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time
  • Artemis Primary Sources - Includes 19th Century British Library Newspapers collection, 19th Century Periodicals, Illustrated London News Historical Archive from 1842-2003, the Picture Post Historical Archive 1938-1957.  Also includes The Economist Historical Archive from 1843-2011, Times Digital Archive from 1785-2011, the Daily Mail Historical Archive from 1896-2004 and the Financial Times Historical Archive from 1843-2011. Use Artemis Primary Sources to search all the collections simultaneously.
  • The Guardian (1821-2003) and The Observer Historical Archives (1791-2000) 
  • The Telegraph Historical Archive (1855-2000) 

Film and Television

  • Alexander Street Video Videos, films, documentaries and training materials in history and politics related areas
  • Box of Broadcasts enables you to choose and record any broadcast programme from 60+ TV and radio channels.  These are kept indefinitely (no expiry). You can record and catch-up on missed programmes, schedule recordings in advance, edit programmes into clips, create playlists, search a growing archive of material, plus more.
  • FBIS Daily Reports, 1974–1996, is a multidisciplinary resource consisting of translated broadcasts, news agency transmissions, newspapers, periodicals, and government statements from nations around the globe.


  • Digimap - an online maps service which includes ordinance survey maps, historic maps and census data in the society section which you are able to view and manipulate.


  • John Johnson Collection - the digitised collection of more than 65,000 items drawn from the Bodleians John Johnson Collection of printed ephemera.
  • Burney Newspaper Collection - Also includes pamphlets, newspapers and books collected before 1817.
  • British Labour History Ephemera (Microfilm) - 1880-1926 - A collection of more than 2000 pamphlets, leaflets and other ephemera of British labour history. A full list of the contents can be viewed by searching on library search

Francesca Robinson - Faculty Librarian for Culture and the Creative Industries

Francesca Robinson

Faculty Librarian for Culture and the Creative Industries

01772 895132