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Politics and International Relations: Books

About ebooks

The Library provides access to 1000s of ebooks.  You can search for these in the same way that you search for hardcopy books.

How to use eBooks

Interactive tutorials using examples from major eBook providers:

A complete list of our eBook collections is available, as well as information on access and passwords.

Books from Other Libraries

If you can't find the books you need on WebCat, you could check the catalogues of other libraries.

It is possible to visit most other UK academic libraries by joining SCONUL Access.  You should only visit the British Library if the resources you need are not accessible from any other Library.

How can I find a book?

Search WebCat.  You will also find books on DelphiS.

WebCat is the Library Catalogue.  It lists the books, ebooks, journals, DVDs, CDs, software and other resources held at all of the Univerisity of Southampton libraries. 

DelphiS searches WebCat and many of the Library's databases simultaneously.  You will find many journal articles, conference papers, reports and other resources that are not available via WebCat.

WebCat Help Guides

How do I find a book?            How do I renew a book?

How do I find an ebook?       How do I reserve a book?

(these display best in Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari)

Cannot Find What You Are Looking For?

  • Is the book out on loan? - Place a hold
  • Is the book at another library site? - Place a hold
  • Is the book not held by the library at all? - Use the Inter library loan service to borrow it from another library
  • Recommend a book? - Contact your Academic Engagement Librarian if you would like to recommend a book we should buy for the library.

Key Locations

The Hartley Library uses the Library of Congress classification scheme for most subjects.  The books are arranged by codes called 'call numbers'.  Here are some of the most important call numbers.

Call Number     Subject     
H    Social sciences
J Political science
JC    Political theory
JK       American politics
JN    European politics
JX           International relations
B Philosophy
D    History
E & F    American History

Call Numbers Explained

When you find a book on DelphiS or WebCat, you will see a call number or code that tells you where the item is shelved.

Most call numbers begin with a letter (or letters), that relates to a subject.  Numbers placed after the letters represent more specific areas within the broad subject.  The last 3 letters are the first letters of the author's surname, e.g.

HB 848 JON – Demography, Asia

JC 481 SMI – Fascism

Books are arranged first in alphabetical order of call number, then numerically, e.g. H 99 comes before H 100.

The library floor plans will show you where items with particular call numbers are stored.

Floor Plans

The H (social sciences) and J (political science) books are located on level 3 of the Hartley Library.  D, E & F books are on level 4 and B books on level 5.  Other useful books may be located in other sections.  Relevant books may also be located in other University of Southampton site libraries.

Subject Dictionaries and Encyclopaedias

The Library has many dictionaries, encyclopaedias and biographies, including language dictionaries, subject dictionaries and specialist encyclopaedias.  Some are in hardcopy and others online.   Below are some examples of what's online.

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