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POLIS (Politics and International Studies): Researching a Topic

Carrying out research

If you're carrying out some research or working on a dissertation or thesis in POLIS here are some tips and useful websites to help you. Copies of past MPhil theses are available in the Basement in the Seeley.  Ask at the desk to fetch them.

Finding Journal Articles

Looking across all libraries in the University

Search for the journal by title in iDiscover.  Both journals and ejournals will appear.

You can use iDiscover as above, or go to the Seeley website to browse a list of all our journals (with links to the ejournals, if available).


A full list of all ejournals available to Cambridge users is found on the ejournals@cambridge website.

Citation Indexes

There are many online citation indexes that may help, such as Historical Abstracts and Web of Science. Guidance can be found on our website.


Looking at the references in journal articles may help you find similar material, which you can then find in iDiscover

Research Data Management and Issues

Copyright Guidance

Online resources help

For questions about using eresources (ejournals, ebooks, databases) see these Frequently Asked Questions from the ejournals@cambridge team.  Please also feel free to get in touch with the Seeley Library staff.

Online resources

Here are some of the top general eresources for POLIS students:

The Seeley Library website

We also have lots of information to help you research your dissertation on our website.

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