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POLIS (Politics and International Studies): Finding Primary Resources

Primary Resources

Many primary resources for politics are freely available online as well as in print. Below are some examples of resources available from national and international government bodies.

Party Political Manifestos

The United Kingdom

There is no single collection of political party manifestos in Cambridge, but there are several scattered throughout the different libraries. For specific manifestos, search the name of the party and year of publication along with a keyword (like 'manifesto') in iDiscover. The manifestos of the three major political parties have been collected in books which are held in the University Library and elewhere:

The Conservative Party general election manifestos, 1900-1997

Labour Party general election manifestos 1900-1997

Liberal Party general election manifestos 1900-1997

American Platforms (party and presidential)

Canadian Manifestos

Irish Manifestos

Census Data

The United Kingdom

Census data can be found on both the Vision of Britain site and the UK Data Service




European Union


New Zealand

The United Nations

Parliamentary Records

The United Kingdom (Hansard)

America (Congressional Record)

Australia (Hansard)

Canada (Present and Historical)

European Union

Ireland (Dáil Debates)

New Zealand (Hansard)

United Nations (General Assembley) 

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