Materials to support Policy Studies courses are available in the Arts & Social Sciences Library:
University of Bristol, Policy Studies PhD theses are held in the Arts and Social Sciences Library thesis collection, kept in a locked room on the first floor. They may be consulted within the library, and you will need to complete a slip for each one. Please ask at the Library Information Desk.
The Inter-Library Loans (ILL) service can be used to obtain Items not held in print in the University's libraries or available online. Please speak to your Subject Librarian about these items as they may be able to suggest other means by which you can access them.
MetaLib: your resource gateway provides access to a vast range of online resources, including databases, search engines, subject gateways, and selected Internet resources.
The following quick reference items can be found in the Arts and Social Sciences Library:
|Item/ description||Reference number|
|Municipal year book, current edition
provides descriptions of local authorities in the UK, including functions, elected councillors and senior officers
|Serial JS 3003.M8|
|Housing and planning year book
guide to the relevant central government offices, local authorities and professional associations
|Social services year book, Current edition
guide to UK social services provision in the private, public and voluntary sectors
Many printed reference dictionaries and encyclopedias of sociology (and the social sciences in general) can be found in the Arts and Social Sciences Library. They can be used to get a good overview of the subject, or to research specific aspects of it.
Some of the best ones are:
Literature references are often written with abbreviated terms. Probably the most troublesome are abbreviated journal titles which can make finding a journal difficult.
To find journal title abbreviations you could try looking at:
If you are unable to find a title you are looking for please ask a member of the Library staff.
For general information, please visit the journal abbreviations page.
EndNote is the University of Bristol's recommended bibliographical management software, which can be used to collect, store, organise and manage references, and to output them as reference lists or bibliographies. A particularly useful function is 'Cite While You Write', enabling you to format Word documents, producing bibliographies and adding references within the text.
Updated 12 January 2015 by the University Library
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