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Politics and International Relations: Books

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What kind of books will I find in the Library?

  • Reference materials such as encyclopedias and specialist dictionaries can give you a starting point for your research and help you to define your search terms.
  • Textbooks can provide a broad overview of an unfamiliar topic and point you to further reading.
  • Academic monographs will provide more indepth information on a topic.

How can I find books for my topic?

  • An excellent place to start finding books on your topic is your module reading list. Have a look at the Getting Started page of this guide for advice on finding and using your reading list.
  • You can search across the Library's print and e-book collections using Library Search. Search by author, title or the key-words of your topic.
  • Find out more about accessing our e-book collections on the E-books: Getting Started Guide

Oxford Scholarship Online: Politics and IR

How to find books via Library Search

Useful shelf numbers for Politics and IR

This table shows a small selection of topics, use Library Search for a comprehensive search for books on a particular subject.
Topic Shelf Number Library Floor
Politics (general) 320 Floor 1
Political theory and philosophy 320.01 Floor 1
Research methods in political science  320.072 Floor 1
Democratic theory  321.8 Floor 1
International relations (general)  327 Floor 1
Diplomacy 327.2 Floor 1
International Security 327.1/ 327.17 Floor 1
Human Rights (politics) 323 Floor 1
Human Rights Law 341.48 Floor B2
Humanitarian Intervention 341.584 Floor B2
Middle East (politics) 320.956 Floor 1
Middle East (history) 956 Floor B4


How do I find a book on the shelf?

Understand how to find a book on the shelf with this helpful guide or watch the quick video below.