This is UCLan's Politics library page.

For more help and guidance please contact your Subject 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.

Library Search
Ebook collections

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

Subject Specific databases

  • Political Science - This database gives users access to hundreds of leading political science and international relations journals.
  • 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.
  • Social Science Database 

Multi Subject databases

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

Multi Subject Abstract & Indexing databases

These databases have a wider scope than those listed above but do not contain any full-text articles.

Additional Resources


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

Newspaper archives


  • 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 - Subject Librarian for Culture and the Creative Industries

Francesca Robinson

Subject Librarian for Culture and the Creative Industries

01772 895132