Professional associations, reference sources, specialist libraries and websites

In addition to Politics resources(below), see also the following for International Organisations and NGOs:

Subject portals

UK politics

  • GOV.UK
    Portal to UK Government information, documentation, services and departments

  • PoliticsHome
    News resource monitoring and reporting on UK politics

  • The National Archives
    Official national paper and digital archive of the UK government, and for England and Wales

  • UK Parliament
    Official parliamentary information and papers, including modern day Hansards and committee reports

European and EU politics

  • Council of Europe
    Organisation promoting co-operation between member European states to protect human rights, democracy and the rule of law

  • ESO (European Sources Online)
    Wide range of information sources on EU affairs

  • EurActiv
    Independent multilingual online network reporting and commenting on EU news and policy debates

  • Europa
    Official EU portal, giving access to institutions, policies, laws, statistics and official publications

  • European Elections Database
    Downloadable data on European national and EU elections since 1990, enabling comparative analysis

  • European Policy Forum
    Reports, policy analysis, etc

  • Open Europe
    Analysis and commentary by independent think tank on EU institutional and policy matters

  • The Parliament Magazine
    News and commentary on contemporary EU issues and developments

  • POLITICO (Europe edition)
    Online news resource reporting on developments in European politics

US politics

    Official information and documentation relating to the activities of the US Federal legislature

  • POLITICO (US edition)
    Online news resource reporting on developments in American politics

  • The White House
    News, policies and pronouncements direct from the US executive branch of government

World politics and international relations

General resources

Research institutions and organisations

Before believing the information given on a web site, or quoting it in your essay or project, think about the following:


  • Who is responsible for the page/site?
  • Is it a reliable organisation (e.g. a well-known university) or a subject expert?
  • Can you trust them?

Accuracy and reliability

  • Is the information correct?
  • Is the grammar and spelling correct?
  • Is it complete, or are they just giving one point of view?
  • Do they have their own agenda, e.g. political organisations?
  • Is the information fact or opinion?


  • Can you tell how up-to-date it is?
  • Is it regularly updated?
  • You don't want to quote out-of-date information

Audience / relevance

  • Is the information of the right level to be quoted in your project? If it is aimed at the general public or school children it might not be!


  • Is the site well-structured and easy to navigate?
  • Are the links from the page up-to-date and valid?
  • If it is well designed and maintained then you can feel more confident about the information it provides
  • SCONUL Access Member Libraries in London
  • Other Libraries for Reference Access

The following are part of the SCONUL Access scheme. Please note: some libraries restrict access during exam periods. Please contact the library you wish to visit or check the blog before starting your journey.

  • Birkbeck, University of London
    Malet Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HX.
    Tel. 020 7631 6063
    Subject coverage: development studies, economics, management, and politics.

  • City University London
    Northampton Square, London, EC1V 0HB.
    Tel. 020 7040 8191
    Subject coverage: economics and international politics.

  • Goldsmiths, University of London
    Lewisham Way, New Cross, London SE14 6NW.
    Tel. 020 7919 7189
    Subject coverage: social sciences including politics, also history.

  • London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
    10 Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HD.
    Tel. 020 7955 7229
    Subject coverage: wide social science coverage, particularly strong in economics, political science, and public administration.

  • London South Bank University (Perry Library)
    250 Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 6NJ.
    Tel. 020 7815 6607/6615
    Subject coverage: development studies, European studies, management, and social and policy studies.

  • Middlesex University
    Sheppard Library, Hendon Campus, The Burroughs, London, NW4 4BT.
    Tel. 020 8411 5852
    Subject coverage: most aspects of politics and international relations, including economic development, the European Union, history of Latin America, Africa and Asia, international trade, and international migration.

  • Queen Mary, University of London
    Mile End Library, 328 Mile End Road, London E1 4NS.
    Tel. 020 7882 7311
    Subject coverage: academic staff and postgraduate research students only. Restrictions on visits by taught postgraduate and undergraduate students only during vacations, see the website for details.

  • School of Oriental and Asian Studies (SOAS), University of London
    Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG.
    Tel. 020 7898 4163
    No access for Band R students (full-time undergraduates). See the website for details.
    Subject coverage: many African, Asian and Middle Eastern topics, including international politics and diplomacy, development, migration, and terrorism.

  • University of East London (Docklands Campus)
    Docklands Library and Learning Centre, Docklands Campus, University Way, London E16 2RD.
    Tel. 020 8223 3434
    Subject coverage: economics, International Development, NGO management, politics, refugee studies.

  • University of Westminster
    Regent Library, 4-12 Little Titchfield Street, London W1W 7UW.
    Tel. 020 7911 5000 Ext.2537
    Subject coverage: politics, international relations, diplomatic studies.

Other Libraries for Reference Use

  • British Library
    96 Euston Road, London NW1.
    Tel. 020 7412 7676
    Access only to material unavailable elsewhere. Entry not always guaranteed. Two forms of I.D. needed to obtain a readers pass. See the website for details.

  • Chatham House Library
    The Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, 10 St James's Square, London SW1Y 4LE.
    Tel. 020 7957 5723
    Non-members of Chatham House can use the Library, subject to demonstration of a research need to consult their materials. Phone before you visit.
    Subject coverage: Great for international relations topics with a particular focus on politics, economics, security and the environment.

  • City Business Library
    Aldermanbury, London EC2V 7HH.
    Tel. 020 7332 1812
    Subject coverage: Largely business information, but also has a good collection of resources giving country information in the areas of economic policy, domestic economy, foreign trade, etc. UN, IMF & OECD publications are available, and access to a number of electronic resources is free.

  • International Institute of Strategic Studies
    Arundel House, 13–15 Arundel Street, London WC2R 3DX
    Tel. 020 7395 9122
    Non-members may use the Library for a daily entrance fee.
    Subject coverage: Covers a broad range of current international relations, security and defence topics. Contains very little historical material.

  • Senate House Library
    Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU.
    Tel. 020 7862 8500
    There is a charge to use the library, please see the website for up-to-date visitor information.
    Subject coverage: includes the libraries of the Institutes of Commonwealth Studies, Germanic Studies, and Latin American Studies. Sizeable collection of politics materials, including public policy. Good for Asia Pacific studies, development studies, peace and conflict studies, and public administration.

  • Trades Union Congress (TUC) Library Collections
    16 Goulston Street, London E1 7TP.
    Tel. 020 7320 3516
    Subject coverage: The collection focuses largely on the trade union movement, with union publications from the UK and other countries, working conditions and industrial relations, and campaigns and policy areas in which the TUC has been involved.

  • UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) Library
    16 Taviton Street, London, WC1H 0BW
    Tel. 020 7679 8701
    Free reference access during UCL vacations only. Please see the website for further details.
    Subject coverage: “one of the leading teaching and research collections in the UK for the study of Central and Eastern Europe and Russia”. All aspects including history and culture.
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