Public Administration

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After looking at your online reading list, try these to help with your assignments

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A variety of reference works, including dictionaries, which tutors may well prefer to Wikipedia, and it even tells you how to set out a reference to what you find. Try out the 'Mind Map' feature to see how your keyword links to others - useful for essay planning and dissertation work.

These short videos show you how Credo can speed up your research:

  1. Search tips
  2. Using the automated mind map

Additional access instructions:

For off campus access use this link

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Contains full-text ebooks in many subject areas.

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Research and analysis on a wide variety of topics from social policy to foreign policy to trade and economics produced by impartial experts in the House of Commons Library. Click Research at the top of the screen, then scroll down to browse by topic.

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A key UK organisation which seeks to address problems caused by poverty, poor housing/homelessness and an ageing society, plus a broad range of other social issues. Go to the headings e.g. People, Society, Work near the top of the site, then choose Filter Content to access a wide range of useful reports dating from 1994 onwards, plus relevant statistics.

Access legislation guides, briefings and case studies on local government policy topics

World experts give you accurate, unbiased and up-to-date overviews of a wide range of political topics e.g. arms control/reduction, comparative foreign policy analysis, foreign aid as a foreign policy tool, maritime piracy, new public management, non-state actors and foreign policy, political party membership, politics and mass media, public policy. Each entry is designed to take 30 mins or less to read so have a look here when you have a new topic to research.

For search tips watch this video.

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A collection of over 500 full-text social science textbooks from SAGE.


• When you need more depth, use these

Particularly good for final year undergrad work, research projects, dissertations and all postgrad work

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 Anne Worden

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