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Politics - key resources

InfoDatabase title
Further informationMobile appAcademic Search Complete (EBSCOhost)
A multidisciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals. This database also offers indexing and abstracts for more than 12,500 journals and a total of more than 13,200 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc.
Further informationFactiva
Access to a wide range of global and NZ news and business information content from more than 35,000 sources, from 200 countries in 26 languages.
Further informationGale NewsVault (Gale Cengage)
Cross-search a range of Gale’s historical newspaper and periodical collections. University of Otago subscription includes: 17th-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers; 19th Century British Library Newspapers: Part 1 and Part 2; Times Digital Archive.
Further informationIndex New Zealand
Index New Zealand is a searchable database that contains abstracts and descriptions of articles from about 1000 New Zealand periodicals and newspapers published from the 1950s to the present day. The periodicals range from academic research journals to magazines.
Further informationNewztext (Knowledge Basket)
An archive of the full text of many of New Zealand's key news and business publications.
Further informationProQuest Central
A leading electronic database providing indexing/abstracting and full-text access to scholarly and general interest publications. It combines information from a number of online databases with subjects covering: business, law, education, computing, science, technology, engineering, arts, medicine, and religion.
Further informationProQuest International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)
An online resource for social science and interdisciplinary research with a focus on anthropology, economics, politics and sociology. This database includes bibliographic references to journal articles, books, reviews and selected chapters dating back to 1951.


Politics - additional resources

InfoDatabase title
Further informationAcademic OneFile (Gale Cengage)
Provides indexing/abstracting for journals and reference sources with many articles available in full-text. Coverage includes the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects. Includes coverage of the New York Times back to 1985.
Further informationMobile appAcademic Video Online: VAST (Alexander Street Press)
Academic Video Online cross-searches a package of video collections in 21 disciplines. The VAST content is growing steadily and will include access to 20,000 videos.
Further informationMobile appAnnual Reviews & Annual Reviews Backfile
Provides searchable abstracts and full-text access to analytic reviews (back to volume 1) in disciplines within the biomedical, life, physical, and social sciences.
Further informationArchive Explorer (Adam Matthew Digital)
Cross-search the Adam Matthew collections subscribed to by the University of Otago.
Further informationAsia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange (NCCO)
From Nineteenth Century Collections Online, Asia and the West features a range of primary source collections related to international relations between Asian countries and the West during the 19th century. Topics covered include British and U.S. foreign policy and diplomacy; Asian political, economic, and social affairs; the Philippine Insurrection, the Opium Wars, the Boxer Rebellion, and missionary activities in Asia. Documents were sourced from The National Archives, Kew, The National Archives, United States, and other international collections.
Further informationBritish Politics and Society (NCCO)
From Nineteenth Century Collections Online, British Politics and Society includes tens of thousands of primary sources related to the political climate in Great Britain during the 19th century. Topics covered include British domestic and foreign policy, the working class, trade unions, Chartism, utopian socialism, public protest, radical movements, the cartographic record, political reform, education, family relationships, religion, and leisure. Consisting of more than 1.7 million pages, collections are from a variety of institutions, including the British Library, Oxford University and The National Archives, Kew.
Further informationCambridge Histories Online
Full text online access to the complete volumes of Cambridge Histories reference series. Provides political, economic and social history, philosophy and literature of selected countries and subjects.
Further informationChina Academic Journals Full-text Database - Politics/Military Affairs/Law (Series G)
A searchable full-text and full-image interdisciplinary Chinese journals database. Series G covers the subject areas of politics, military affairs, and law. Requires Adobe Acrobat reader (for assistance installing Chinese fonts contact
Further informationCurrent Contents Connect (Web of Science)
Multidisciplinary, current awareness database of articles as they are published. Provides access to the table of contents and bibliographic data from 8000+ leading scholarly research journals and book.
Public accessDagDok : Guide to UN Documentation
Presents an overview of the various types of documents and publications issued by the United Nations and provides guidance on how to work with them, linking you to the official webpages of the United Nations and to the online catalogue of the Dag Hammarskjöld Library, Uppsala - a specialised library in the fields of United Nations studies, international relations, peace and conflict research, and political science.
Further informationDigital National Security Archive
Declassified government documents central to U.S. foreign and military policy since 1945. 38 collections, each focused on a single topic, consisting of over 94,000 indexed documents, with more than 650,000 total pages. Each collection covers the most critical world events, countries, and U.S. policy decisions from post World War II through the 21st century.
Further informationElgarOnline (Edward Elgar Publishing)
Books, research handbooks, encyclopaedias and reference works in 4 subject collections: Law, Business, Economics, Social and Political Science.
Further informationEncyclopedia of Political Science
Traces the evolution of political theories, concepts, research frameworks, and political practices from across the world. It examines the interplay of political ideas and processes to convey the vitality and excitement of politics in practice.
Further informationEncyclopedia of Violence, Peace, and Conflict (Second Edition)
Provides information about antagonism and reconciliation in all contexts of public and personal life and is a reference resource for peace and conflict resolution studies. The Encyclopedia covers topics such as: arms control, peace movements, child abuse, folklore, terrorism and political assassinations.
Further informationeTV
Provides real-time resources through recorded TV programmes, live streams and on demand videos. First-time users must register: select University of Otago, use University staff or student email address ( only, username/password will be sent to your email. Thereafter, login requires that username/password. Note: use Chrome for all eTV functionality.
Further informationEuropa World Plus
Economic, political, historical, and geographic profiles of 250+ countries and global regions. Europa World Plus brings the renowned The Europa World Year Book and the nine Europa Regional Surveys of the World to the Web as a dynamic online database.
Public accessMobile appGreenFILE (EBSCOhost)
A database covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records.
Further informationHansard (Knowledge Basket)
Searchable access to three collections: Hansard (Speeches), Oral Questions, and Written Questions. Hansard and the Written Questions from 1987 onwards are included, and Oral Questions from 1995 onwards.
Further informationMobile appHistorical Abstracts (EBSCOhost)
Historical coverage of the world from the fifteenth century forward (excluding US & Canada). An important bibliography for the study of history and related social sciences and humanities. Includes indexing of articles from more than 2,600 journals.
Further informationInformit Humanities & Social Sciences Collection
Covers agriculture, arts, Asian studies, business, cultural studies, education, history, indigenous studies, law, media, political science, reference, social sciences, science and technology. Content sources include peer reviewed journals, monographs and books, conference proceedings, research papers and reference materials sourced and indexed by RMIT Publishing.
Further informationInternational Encyclopedia of Political Science
A comprehensive picture of all aspects of political life, recognising the theoretical and cultural pluralism of the approaches and including findings from all parts of the world. It cover every field of politics, from political theory and methodology to political sociology, comparative politics, public policies, and international relations.
Public accessISN (International Relations and Security Network)
An independent source of news and analyses on security issues. Administered by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ), ISN provides free access to full-text online publications, interactive learning content, and annotated links to specialised websites relevant to international relations and security.
Public accessJME: The Journal of Military Experience
The JME publishes prose, poetry, scholarship, and artwork to provide veterans with an avenue for creative expression and sustaining a dialogue that will help bridge the gap between military and civilian cultures.
Further informationMobile appJSTOR
Provides full-text access to back issues (delay in coverage generally 3-5 years) of selected scholarly journals in history, economics, political science, demography, mathematics and other fields of the humanities, social sciences, and life sciences. The Library's access includes all Arts & Sciences Collections, the Life Sciences Collection, Business IV, and the Ireland Collection.
Public accessNational Archives
The UK government's official archive, containing over 1,000 years of history. They provide detailed guidance to government departments and the public sector on information management and advise others about the care of historical archives.
Further informationMobile appNBR (National Business Review) Online
A New Zealand business and financial daily news service providing news, comment and analysis.
Further informationOxford Scholarship Online
Cross-searchable library containing full-text books in the areas of Classical Studies, Economics and Finance, History, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, and Sociology.
Public accessParliamentary Papers
Contains Parliamentary papers presented to the House & ordered to be published during this Parliament.
Further informationPast Masters (InteLex)
Definitive editions of the writings of key philosophers, including published and unpublished works, articles and essays, and correspondence. Our access includes: Aristotle's Complete Works, British Philosophy 1600-1900 (Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, George Berkeley, David Hume, Francis Bacon, Jeremy Bentham, Edmund Burke, Anne Conway, John Stuart Mill, David Ricardo, Henry Sidgwick, Adam Smith), the Continental Rationalists (Rene Descartes, Benedict de Spinoza, Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz), Søren Kierkegaard's Samlede Værkerand, Locke's Philosophical Works and Select Correspondence, and Yeat's Collected Letters.
Further informationPeriodicals Archive Online Foundation Collection (ProQuest)
A full-text archive of 215 periodicals in the humanities and social sciences. Coverage is from the first issue to the end of 2000, or final issue (whichever is first).
Further informationPhilosopher's Index (Ovid)
Provides indexing and abstracts from books and journals of philosophy and related fields. It covers the areas of ethics, aesthetics, social philosophy, political philosophy, epistemology, and metaphysic logic as well as material on the philosophy of law, religion, science, history, education, and language.
Further informationProject MUSE
Provides digital humanities and social science content for the scholarly community. A source of complete, full-text versions of scholarly journals with over 120 publishers currently participating.
Further informationProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I
A collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, from 1743 to the present day. Where available, the database includes a 24-page preview. Dissertations published since July 1980 include a 350-word abstract written by the author. Master's theses published since 1988 include 150-word abstracts.
Further informationProQuest Research Library
A multidisciplinary database designed to cover the top 150 core academic subject reference areas. The database includes thousands of full-text titles, with a diversified mix of scholarly journals, professional and trade publications, and general interest magazines.
Further informationProQuest Social Science Journals
A database that provides full-text access to a variety of scientific journals. Subject coverage includes: Anthropology, Communication science, Demography, Economics, Human services, Political science, Policy studies, Psychology, and Sociology.
Further informationReligion, Society, Spirituality, and Reform (NCCO)
Nineteenth Century Collections Online: Religion, Spirituality, Reform And Society examines the influence of both faith and skepticism on the shaping of many aspects of society---politics, law, economics, and social and radical reform movements.
Further informationSage Encyclopedia of Terrorism (Second edition)
A comprehensive and complete presentation of the terrorist environment in the post-9/11 era.
Further informationSAGE Knowledge eBooks
SAGE Knowledge includes an expansive range of SAGE eBook and eReference content, including scholarly monographs, reference works, handbooks, series, professional development titles, and more. The platform allows researchers to cross-search and seamlessly access a wide breadth of book and reference content from one source.
Public accessMobile appSocial Science Research Network (SSRN)
A collaborative database of specialised research networks in each of the social sciences. SSRN includes an Abstract Database containing scholarly working papers and forthcoming papers and an Electronic Paper Collection containing full-text documents.
Further informationSocial Sciences Citation Index (Web of Science Core Collection)
A multidisciplinary index to the journal literature of the social sciences. It fully indexes over 1,950 journals across 50 social sciences disciplines. It also indexes individually selected, relevant items from over 3,300 of the world's leading scientific and technical journals.
Public accessStanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Includes entries on such topics as democracy, civil rights, quantum mechanics, consciousness, voluntary euthanasia, and on many other topics important to the human condition, all freely available. Each refereed entry is maintained and kept up to date by an expert or group of experts in the field.
Further informationMobile appTaylor & Francis Online
A collection of full text journals in humanities, social sciences, science and technology from Taylor & Francis, Routledge and Psychology Press, including access to back issues from 1997 where available.
Further informationTe Puna
Search the National Bibliographic Database for items held in libraries throughout New Zealand.
Further informationUPCC Book Collections (Project MUSE)
Provider of digital humanities and social science content for the scholarly community. The library subscribed content includes: Archaeology and Anthropology, Film, Theatre and Performing Arts, Global Cultural Studies, Higher Education, History, Literature, Philosophy and Religion, Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction, Political Science, and Policy Studies.
Further informationMobile appVAST: Academic Video Online (Alexander Street Press)
A package of video collections in 21 disciplines accessible through the Academic Video Online cross-search. VAST is growing steadily and will include access to 20,000 videos.
Further informationWiley-Blackwell Journals
A collection of full-text scientific, technical, medical, social science and business journals published by Wiley.
Public accessWorld Development Indicators (WDI) & Global Development Finance (GDF)
World Development Indicators (WDI) is the primary World Bank database for development data from officially-recognized international sources. Global Development Finance (GDF) provides external debt and financial flows statistics for countries that report public and publicly-guaranteed debt under the World Bank's Debtor Reporting System (DRS).