Policy studies resources

Location of print resources

Most of the print resources for your subject are found in the Arts and Social Sciences Library with many of the core works being found at classmarks H, HM, HN, HQ and HV, (although much relevant literature will be found at other locations in the library). Use Library Search to find the classmark for an item, and to search for books and other materials.

  • Past exam papers: located on first floor and available for photocopying
  • PhD theses: ask at the ground floor Information Desk for access

The Education Library, the Wills Memorial Library (Law) and the Medical Library (mental health material) may also have resources of use to you.

Digital resources

Policy studies databases

Additional resources

  • Autism Data - the catalogue of The National Autistic Society’s reference library can be used to search for research papers, books, articles, videos and other materials covering autism and Asperger syndrome.
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway - provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families. A service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • NSPCC Library Catalogue - The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to children hosts a variety of information resources including their own research publications and statistics, briefings, fact sheets and reading lists relating to child welfare and child protection in the UK. Their library database contains over 40,000 resources on how to protect children from abuse and neglect.
  • Forced Migration Online - provides access to a variety of resources dealing with refugee and forced migration on a worldwide basis. Designed to be used by practitioners, policy makers, researchers and students. It is not currently being updated due to funding reasons.
  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation - works for social change in the UK by researching the root causes of social problems and by developing solutions. Major areas of work include poverty, social injustice, community resilience and the response to the opportunities and challenges of an ageing society.
  • Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) - The SCIE works to disseminate knowledge-based good practice guidance to all those involved with social care. It also hosts the database Social Care Online
  • Townsend Research Archive - The Townsend archive provides open access to a range of original documents underlying the 1967/68 Poverty in the UK survey led by Peter Townsend. This survey pioneered the application of relative deprivation in measuring poverty. The archive includes over 2500 digitised questionnaires from the survey and you can  also download Townsend's 'Poverty in the United Kingdom' book. You will also find video interviews with researchers, fieldworkers and colleagues involved in, or associated with, the Poverty in the UK survey which provide unparalleled insights into survey and research methods then and now, the relationship between social policy research and policy making across the last 45 years, and the impact, or otherwise, of research on tackling poverty.

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