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This guide will help Social & Political Science students find and evaluate key resources needed to successfully complete their assessments.



This guide is for students enrolled in Social and Political Sciences. It will help you develop the core skills needed to find, evaluate, and reference information in your assessments.

In this guide you will:

  • Find key resources for Social and Political Sciences
  • Plan a search to find information
  • Understand how to evaluate different sources
  • Find referencing resources

Key resources for Social and Political Sciences


Core databases

News databases

Handbooks and dictionaries

Resource types


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Useful for providing an overview of a topic or issue. Contains background information and context and is very useful as a starting point for research - especially if you are new to a topic!

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Journal Articles

Contains the latest research on very specific topics and often contains in-depth analysis. Journal articles are published more quickly than books so can be used to find more up to date information.


Includes broadcasts, editorials and newspaper articles. News sources are a useful source of information for recent or current events or issues, as they and published very quickly (often daily). News sources also provide different perspectives on issues and events. 


Often contain specific information about a particular issue, event, industry area, region, trend or market. Most reports are written by or for governments, organisation or industry areas.