New library subject guides for SPS

We’ve been revamping the library subject guides for School of Social and Political Science. So if you’re just starting at the University or you are a returning student why not take a look?

The subject guides include information about and links to library resources, facilities and services both specifically for your subject area and for general library use.

You can find new subject guides for the following subject areas:

These subject guide pages have been completely overhauled and we hope these will prove useful to you.

Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for School of Social and Political Science

How the Library can help you in Semester Two?

Need help using or discovering Library resources? Need advice on referencing and citing? Not sure where to start with your systematic literature review? Or just want to know how to best use Google in an academic context? 

Main Library Study Area 01The Academic Support Librarian team are running several courses this semester through IS Skills which you can book onto via MyEd. These (mostly) 1 hour sessions allow you to get expert advice and hands-on experience, so whether you are a returning to the University after the winter vacation or are a brand new student at the University why not book on and become an expert yourself?

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Get the Best from the Library Week for SPS

27th-31st October

Drop-in sessions on the 1st floor at Pop-up LibraryIF

Get the Best from the Library Week is all about helping you find out more about how the Library can work for you at the University of Edinburgh.

During the Get the Best from the Library Week you can:

  • Discover the full range of information resources available to you
  • Find out about new resources purchased recently
  • Get one-to-one support from a library specialist in your subject area

All next week the Library Academic Support team are taking over the Pop-up Library desk in the afternoons (1st floor, Main Library, Mon-Fri 2-4pm) so why not pop-up for a chat and find out how you can Get the Best from the Library?

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Top five Canadian library resources for Canada Day


It’s Canada Day! We thought we’d give you a taster of Canadian library resources here at the University of Edinburgh. The University of Edinburgh Library has one of the largest Canadian collections in the UK.

1. Have you seen the America: History and Life database? This bibliographic database for US and Canadian history covers the history of the United States and Canada comprises almost 400,000 bibliographic entries and covers over 2,000 journals.

America: History and Life

2. The letter F … is where you’ll find books on Canadian history in the University of Edinburgh Main Library. That’s on Floor 2, folks. Canada starts at F1001, up to F1200 where we’re into Latin America.

Canada and the British World

3. Find e-journals like the Journal of Canadian Studies by searching the online library catalogue or e-journals web pages.

Journal of Canadian Studies

4. You can read all about it in Canadian daily newspapers The Globe and Mail and National Post – available online via newspaper database Factiva.


5. You’ll find e-books for Canadian Studies on the library catalogue – like this one, the Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature.


Need more? Have a look at the  Subject Guide to Canadian Studies – our very own one-stop shop for Canadian Studies library resources at the University of Edinburgh.

Christine Love-Rodgers – Academic Support Librarian – Social & Political Science