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The Politics subject guide gives you access to useful library databases and trusted Web resources, relevant for researching many topics in politics & international relations.

Government. Official Publications

Parliament UK offers a number of resources to researchers including:

Search parliamentary material to find publications and records of parliamentary business, classified by staff of the House of Commons Library

Hansard Parliamentary Debates House of Commons debates from 1988- and House of Lords from 1995/96- from the official Parliament website. For the period 1803-2005 see the very useful Hansard Corpus, which offers advanced semantic searching, and the same period is also covered by the House libraries - Debates 1803-2005

See also the interesting Hansard at Huddersfield research project & interface to Hansard, examining & visualising patterns of language use (1800-2003)

House of Commons Library research briefings the full text of Research Papers from 1998, compiled for Members of Parliament by the staff of the House of Commons Library.

Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology (POST) carries out research relevant to policy & interviews stakeholders. Its publications (notes, briefings, etc.) are freely available

UK Parliament Web Archive aims to ensure that historic content from UK Parliament (see above) will remain available for future researchers


Organisations. Think Tanks. Websites

Political Parties. Prime Ministers

Local Government

Northern Ireland

For information & sources on the Northern Ireland conflict see:

CAIN Web Service guide to websites

Divided Society : Northern Ireland 1990-1998 (Linen Hall) offers much digital material

Accounts of the Conflict (Ulster University) digitised oral histories


Source Guides

Some useful guides to sources for UK political research:

Cook, Chris. Sources in British political history, 1900-1951. 6 volumes. London : Macmillan, 1975-1985. Z 2020 (Floor 5)

Cook, Chris. Routledge guide to British political archives : sources since 1945. London : Routledge, 2006 CD 1041.R6 (Floor 2) and ONLINE