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International Politics: Journals and Articles

Searching for journal articles

Journals provide important sources of academic information.  You can search for ​journal articles using the ​Articles search ​in Primo.

Journals and Articles

A journal is a publication focusing on a particular subject area which can contain articles, letters, research, opinions and reviews written by different authors. Journals are published at regular intervals, such as weekly, monthly or quarterly. Each copy is an issue and a set of issues makes a volume (usually each year is a separate volume). Journals are also known as periodicals. Anything you see on Primo or in our Libraries with PER in the classmark, it is a journal containing shorts papers on specific topics. They can be found in print format, online or both.

Why use a journal article?

  • Important sources for subject information or research.
  • Information on current developments.
  • Journal articles are published more quickly than books, so can be more up to date.
  • They often cover a subject in depth and include original research.

Some Useful Journals for International Politics



Aberystwyth Univeristy libraries subscribes to a wide range of e-journals.

Further information on electronic resources can be found here.

Visit the e-journals FAQs for additional information.  

Document Supply

The Document Supply Service allows registered users to request items which are not available in the University Library.


What to do if you want  to submit a document supply request during COVID-19 Library closure:


You should continue to submit document supply requests in the usual manner, but please be aware that during closure we will only be able to provide access to digital materials. We will also be limited by whether our partner libraries are still functioning or not, but we will do our best. 

When an online article is required that we do not have access to, and we cannot obtain it via Document Supply, we will purchase access to that article if possible.

Further information and online forms are available on the Document Supply webpage. 

Working and studying from home

Frequently Asked Questions

Useful information for staff and students working and studying from home. 

Key Databases

Gale News

Full-text articles from regional, national and global newspapers. A fantastic resource for Behind the Headlines.

Times Digital Archive 1785-1985

A database containing the complete digital edition of The Times (London) from 1785 - 2012. Contains every page from every issue of the newspaper, including headlines, articles and images. The content also includes: editorials, birth and death notices, advertisements and classified ads. This too is a great resource for Behind the Headlines


A multi-disciplinary archive of academic journals, books and pamphlets. 


Zetoc is a search and current awareness tool from the British Library to help you keep up to date with latest developments in your field. It has the facility to provide you with regular emails detailing tables of contents from selected journals. 



The official website of the European Union, providing information on services provided by the EU and how the EU works. It also provides latest news and events. Particularly useful for the module, The EU: Politics, Policies and Problems (see also European Sources Online - below) 

European Sources Online

European Sources Online (ESO) is an online database and information service which provides access to information on the institutions and activities of the European Union, the countries, regions and other international organisations of Europe, and on issues of importance to European researchers, citizens and stakeholders. 

Mass Observation Online (social research  into the cultural and social history of Britain). 

The material at the Mass Observation Archive, and now on Mass Observation Online, offers an unparalled insight into everyday life in the 1930s and 1940s. This publication opens up a host of essay and project possibilities on topics such as abortion, old age, crime, eating habits, shopping, fashion, dance, popular music, sex, sport, reading, ethnic minorities, and the decline of Empire. It will be welcomed by historians, literary scholars, sociologists, anthropologists and political scientists. 

The House of Commons Parliamentary Papers 1688-2004.

 Includes over 200,000 House of Commons sessional papers from 1715 to the present, with supplementary material back to 1688. 

Researching Welsh Law.

This guide is intended as an introduction to researching Welsh law and includes a brief overview of the development of the Welsh Legal System. 

19th Century UK periodicals

This collection covers the period 1800 to 1900. When complete it will make available full runs of nearly 600 titles, some of which exist only in a single copy. 

A full list of databases that Aberystwyth University provides can be found here

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