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Online Resources

Key Websites for Studying Politics

This is a list of key recommended websites for the study of Politics

  1. Directory of Open Access Journals. This directory covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals, across a wide range of subject areas and languages.
  2. Institute for British-Irish Studies. The Institute for British-Irish Studies is an interdisciplinary resource, established in 1999 and based in the School of Politics and International Relations at University College Dublin. The Institute provides a platform for academics, politicians, public servants and others to share perspectives on a range of aspects of the evolving British-Irish relationship.
  3. Irish Statute Book. The electronic Irish Statute Book (eISB) includes full texts of the Acts of the Oireachtas, Statutory Instruments from 1922 onwards, with some pre-1922 also. It also includes the Legislation Directory.
  4. Political Studies Association of Ireland. The Political Studies Association of Ireland promotes the study of politics both in and of Ireland.

How to reference something you found online

In the ASA Style

In-Text Referenceused when you are quoting or paraphrasing a source in the body of your essay. It follows an author-date format. The above reference would appear as (Eurostat, 2016) in-text.


In the same way you reference books and journal articles, you need to reference anything you find online. 

You might not be able to find all of the information (e.g. some webpages have no individual author), but take note of the information that's available and put it into your referencing style.


For more information on how to reference online resources see our referencing guide.

Online Resources

While it is required to use academic sources provided by the Library such as Books and Journals & Databases for your assignments and research, good quality online resources can make an important difference to your work.


In this Online Resources section of our Politics guide, we’ve collected together information on

  1. The best online resources for Politics that will help you do well in your studies and
  2. Some advice on how to get the most out of these resources.

Be careful!: Unlike academic resources, general online resources often don’t go through a process to check they are of high quality. So you will need to assess them yourself by following the advice below and reading our Evaluating Information Guide.

Is an online source reliable or is it Fake News?

When you encounter online information you should ask yourself five Questions:  

  1. How recently was the information published / updated? 
  2. Is it relevant to your work?
  3. Do you trust the author?
  4. Is it supported by evidence?
  5. For what reason was the information published?


Find out more about Evaluating Information in our Successful Searching Guide.

MU Politics Departmental Website

In 2007 the Department of Sociology launched a degree in Politics. The Department of Sociology website provides up to date information and news for that department.

For students and staff of the department, it also provides access to key information such as

  1. The Departmental Handbook
  2. Essay Cover Sheets for assignments.
  3. Details of Departmental staff and their areas of interest.



Maynooth Library Website

When you want to find information that will help you with your academic work, we recommend you start with the MU Library website.

It's your one stop portal to finding out everything about the Library, including:

  • Opening hours
  • Our collections
  • Our Library Catalogue
  • And much more - all available here