This guide consolidates information sources which may be useful to students studying Political Science. It draws together subscription databases, websites, news sources, and online government documents
A large part of the work of the House of Commons and the House of Lords takes place in committees, made up of MPs or Lords. These committees consider policy issues, scrutinise the work and expenditure of the government, and examine proposals for primary and secondary legislation. Select committees operate largely by an investigative process, while legislative committees operate mainly by debate.
The HoC Library is an independent research and information service. The library gives politically impartial briefings to MPs of all parties and their staff. Includes expert research and analysis on topical issues and legislation, which you can read on this site.
Highlights some of the current parliamentary research material available on a wide range of topics. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs. (Early day motions (EDMs) are motions submitted for debate in the House of Commons for which no day has been fixed. Very few are actually debated but many attract public interest and media attention)
An online archive of British political speech and a place for the discussion, analysis, and critical appreciation of political rhetoric.This website is an outcome of the research project ‘How the Leader Speaks’ led by Dr. Alan Finlayson and Dr. Judi Atkins and funded by The Leverhulme Trust. The website is also supported by The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities, The Department of Political and Cultural Studies and The Centre for the Study of Culture and Politics, all at Swansea University.