Politics & IR subject guide



Online subject resources

Most of the resources below are freely available on the internet. In addition, the Library subscribes to a vast range of online resources: see other pages within this guide for subscription e-books, bibliographic databases, and online reference works.

Collections of resources for politics and international relations

UK resources

  • British Political Speech Archive: lists all major speeches for Conservative, Labour and Liberal/Liberal Democrat Party leaders from 1895 onwards. Where possible transcripts are available. The site offers guidance on studying political rhetoric.
  • Directgov (UK)
  • Public Information Online (click Login through your Home Organisation (under Shibboleth, right column), type "Kent" in the search box and choose University of Kent, then login with your Kent IT account details): full-text, searchable source of all UK Parliamentary publications from the 2006/7 session onwards
  • UK parliament
  • U.K. Parliamentary Papers: we have access to the following collections: 18th century (1688-1834), 19th century (1801-1900), 20th century (1901-2003/04 session)
  • CAIN (Conflict Archive on the Internet): information and source material on 'the Troubles' and politics in Northern Ireland from 1968 to the present, as well as information on Northern Ireland society

European resources

US resources

International organisations


Data and reference resources

  • UK Data Service: includes data from British government surveys, the Data Archive, Census Programme, Secure Data Service, the Institute for Social & Economic Research, IMF, OECD and much more
  • Armed Conflict International Database (from the International Institute for Strategic Studies): information on armed conflicts worldwide
  • Chatham House Online Archive: publications and archives of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), the independent international affairs policy institute, from 1920
  • International Historical Statistics (1750-2010) (from Palgrave Macmillan): statistics collection providing key economic and social indicators for the last 260 years
  • OECD iLibrary: OECD's Online Library for books, papers and statistics and the gateway to OECD's analysis and data; does not include access to the IEA statistical series
  • Oxford Historical Treaties: key resource for historical treaty research. Includes full text of The Consolidated Treaty Series, a comprehensive collection of treaties of all nations from 1648-1919
  • World Competitiveness Yearbook Online: comprehensive database on the competitiveness of nations; world competitiveness is a field of economic theory, which analyses the policies and factors that contribute towards the successful and sustainable prosperity of nations and enterprises

Working papers

Miscellaneous resources

  • BoB - On Demand TV and Radio for Education (formerly Box of Broadcasts): allows you to view and record a vast number of TV and radio programmes, including films. To sign in, choose University of Kent from the list. You need to register the first time you use the service
  • Black Thought and Culture (from Alexander Street Press): contains 1,303 sources with 1,210 authors, covering the non-fiction published works of leading African Americans
  • Confidential Print: Africa, 1834-1966: papers generated by the Foreign and Colonial Offices, covering the modern period of European colonisation of the African continent from the British Government's perspective
  • Electronic Enlightenment: searchable correspondence of 18th century thinkers and writers
  • Empire Online: primary and secondary materials for the study of 'Empire' and its theories, practices and consequences, covering the last 500 years.
  • ENDS Report: environmental intelligence for professionals, delivering news, analysis and reference across the carbon, environmental and sustainability agenda
    • to access: click Sign In
    • click register
    • enter your details in the form
    • you will receive an email to activate your account
    • use our registration guide (pdf) for more help
    • Once you've done this you can Sign In to ENDS Report as a registered user which will give you full access.
  • Foreign Broadcast Information Service Daily Reports: covers the period 1974-1996 in the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Eastern Europe. It includes transcripts of broadcasts and news from around the world all translated into English
  • History of Feminism (from Routledge Historical Resources): archive of primary and secondary resources covering the history of feminism 1776-1928, including books, chapters, journal articles, thematic essays, subject introductions and images
  • Human Rights Studies Online (from Alexander Street): primary and secondary material providing analysis and interpretations of human rights violations and atrocity crimes around the world from 1900-2010
  • ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research): provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for the social science research community
  • Listener Archive: weekly BBC magazine, running 1929-1991 and covering reflections on politics, literature and the arts; this archive is the only way to access many early BBC broadcasts
  • Revolution and Protest (from Alexander Street): covers protest movements, revolutions and civil wars from the 18th century to present. Includes video and images, as well as personal papers, government documents, journals, speeches and monographs
  • Studies in Imperialism (from Manchester Hive): over 150 e-books, edited and authored by leading figures in the field and published by Manchester University Press; covers topics in propaganda, social control and migration, power and identity
  • Women's Magazine Archive (from ProQuest): archive of leading women’s interest consumer magazines, covering the late-19th century to 2005 and illustrating the events, trends and attitudes of this period
  • World Constitutions Illustrated: information about the constitutional and political development of every country in the world, including the current constitution for every country, plus constitutional periodicals, more than 800 classic books, links to scholarly articles and online resources, and bibliographic references. Also contains British and Foreign State Papers 1812-1968.


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