There is so much information from the government and parliament that it can be hard to track. See below for key places to start.
- Official Publications
- Useful Websites - but remember to use the Google site: search to find reports/debates/briefings and more...
General politics books are in the 320s with parliament and government in the 350s
Both sections are found on Floor 1A.
These are not in the Law and Criminology Library so you will need to use the Library Catalogue to locate what you need.
Some useful journals to get started with are below.
Search on the Library Catalogue and use the Journals option under Resource Type to see what else we have available.
Make sure that you check the years that are available for each journal from each provider and read the OFF CAMPUS access instructions.
See our journals video for more help accessing and searching within specific journal titles.
You can also try searching our eResources for further full-text articles:
See the Other eResources tab for access information and video guides.
Use European Newsstream to search across and compare UK tabloids (e.g. Sun/Daily Mail) and Broadsheets (e.g. Times/Guardian).
Restrict your search on the left-hand side to Newspapers and Publication title - see our video guide.
Remember to use the Google site: search to find reports/debates/briefings and more... (e.g. site:parliament.uk brexit immigration)
This is the most time-efficient way to search the UK Parliament and GOV.UK sites.
- UK Parliament website – covers everything to do with parliament and its workings - debates,
publications, news, topical issues.
- You can also view archive versions.
- Get involved with parliament online and stay up-to-date with via alerts and social media.
- Access reports, research papers and more under Parliamentary business and then Publications & records.
- Use Bills & legislation for legal documents
- Try About Parliament for useful general information
- Making Laws explains how Bills become Acts and the process involved
- Political Studies Association
Leading association in the UK - contains Politics Portal which links to hundreds of websites worldwide
- UK Government Web Archive
National Archives' selection of previous government websites and digital information
- The Electoral Commission
Independent body responsible for registration of political parties, funding and election standards
- For local government information try the Local Government Association, Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) and the
New Local Government Network (NLGN)
- Margaret Thatcher Foundation - History site which provides documents relating to the Thatcher period.
- The National Archives - The Cabinet Papers 1915-1981
Remember that Parliament plays a vital role in ensuring that the Government remains accountable by:
- examining prospective new laws and government policy
- scrutinising the implementation of policy
- debating the major issues of the day.
- UK Parliament includes all parliamentary publications including Bills and related documents, Commons and Lords Hansard (debates), Weekly Information Bulletin, Committee and Research publications
- Official Documents - includes all Government Command Papers and other key documents from 2005- (filter using the options on the left)
- Westlaw's Regulatory and Guidance Materials section contains some HRMC manuals along with government circulars and papers, codes of practice, commands papers, guidance notes and consultative documents from 1995 onwards. Login using your University username and password - ignore the first Westlaw pop-up screen asking you to create an account.
Also of use:
- Green Papers – consultative documents issued by Government departments. There is a consultation period to enable interested parties such as professional bodies and pressure groups to propose and affect changes by lobbying. Find these on government websites: www.gov.uk
- White Papers - set out proposed Government legislation (often command papers). Find these via Publications (filter
using the options on the left)
Hansard (Official Report) - the full proceedings of both Houses and Commons Committee debates. Access the HC Hansard from 1988, Lords from 1995. Prior years are via Historical Hansard. Comprehensive text searches for speeches prior to 2005 (e.g. tracking how often a word appears) can be carried out using Hansard Corpus
- Weekly Information Bulletin - keep up-to-date with events including Agendas of House of Commons (business), progress of all bills, Committee information, details of new white and green papers etc.