Global Communist and Socialist Movements

We are running a trial to this unique archive from Gale. It is a collection of first-hand narratives chronicling, socialist and far-left groups in terms of how figures saw themselves and the world around them during the major political and social events that occurred in the twentieth century.

The resource features primary sources from various different collections including:

Radical Left Political Movements and Social Issues: American Old Left
Source at the University of California, Davis

Senate House Library, University of London Collections

Rose Pastor Stokes Papers at Yale University

Anna Strunsky Walling Papers at Yale University

Papers of Walter Lippmann at Yale University

Alger Hiss Defense Collection at Harvard Law School Library

Alger Hiss Collection at New York University

Anti-Socialist Organisations in Britain at the British Library

FBI American Legion Contact Program at the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Archives of the Independent Labour Party

Socialist and Labour Thought in Britain Since 1884

FBI File on J. Robert Oppenheimer

Full details on the Gale website

There are approximately 868,000 pages made up of correspondence, periodicals, manuscripts, books, personal papers, organisational records, letters and newsletters, pamphlets dating from 1766-2004 (however most are dated between 1880-1950)

You can access this resource via Library Search. The trial will run until 18th April 2024.

We are keen to hear any feedback on this resource – please contact us by commenting below or by emailing your Liaison Librarian (

Books added to the Library by students in GPS (Semester One 2023/24)

Our Recommend a Book service for students allows you to tell us about the books you need for your studies. If we don’t have the books you need, simply complete the web form and we’ll see if we can buy them. For books we already have in stock, if they are out on loan please make a reservation/hold request using Library Search.

Further information about Recommend a book.

In Semester One, academic year 2023/2024 we successfully processed 33 requests in GPS totalling just over £2206.

A Story of Ruins: presence and absence in Chinese art and visual culture
African Sexualities: A Reader
Against borders: the case for abolition
An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Liberalism
Architecting Systems. Concepts, Principles and Practice
Border abolitionism Migrants’ containment and the genealogies of struggles and rescue
Carbon Markets in a Climate-Changing Capitalism
Chihera in Zimbabwe: A Radical African Feminist Principle
Cosmopolitanism and the Geographies of Freedom
Culturally Responsive Methodologies
Digital Health: Critical and Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives
Dynamics of African feminism: The Defining and Classifying African Feminist Literatures
Emotionally Involved: The Impact of Researching Rape
Family matters: Feminist concepts in African philosophy of culture
Interrogating Heteronormativity in Primary Schools: The No Outsiders Project
Jacketed Women: Qualitative Research Methodologies on Sexualities and Gender in Africa
Lines in the Sand: The Cronulla Riots, Multiculturalism and National Belonging
Machinic Assemblages of Desire: Deleuze and Artistic Research 3
Monumental lies: culture wars and the truth about the past 
Nintendo: Playing with Power
On the boundary of two worlds Vol. 30:  (Forgotten Pages in Baltic History: Diversity and Inclusion)
Power, Violence and Justice: Reflections, Responses and Responsibilities
Queering Anarchism: Addressing and Undressing Power and Desire
Riga’s monuments and decorative sculptures 
Smashing Statues: The Rise and Fall of America’s Public Monuments
The image of the soldier in German culture 1871-1933
The law of force : the violent heart of Indian politics
The Marketisation of English Higher Education: A Policy Analysis of a Risk-Based System (Great Debates in Higher Education)
The Reconstruction of Berlin Palace: Facade, Architecture and Sculpture
The Routledge International Handbook of Sociology and Christianity
The Transformation of Strategic Affairs
The United States and China in the Era of Global Transformations
University in Chains: Confronting the Military-Industrial-Academic Complex

Books added to the Library by students in GPS (Semester Three 2022/23)

Our Recommend a Book service for students allows you to tell us about the books you need for your studies. If we don’t have the books you need, simply complete the web form and we’ll see if we can buy them. For books we already have in stock, if they are out on loan please make a reservation/hold request using Library Search.

Further information about Recommend a book.

In Semester Three, academic year 2022/2023 we successfully processed 12 requests in GPS totalling just over £1293

ACCA Strategic Business Leader (SBL) Study Text
Building a Normative Order in the South China Sea: Evolving Disputes, Expanding Options
Diversity and Inclusion in Environmentalism
Geopolitics and International Relations
Heterarchy in World Politics
Investing in Natural Capital: The Ecological Economics Approach to Sustainability
Managing Crisis
New Economies for Sustainability: Limits and Potentials for Possible Futures
Our Psychiatric Future: the politics of mental health
Strategic Narratives, Public Opinion and War
The Aesthetics of the Oppressed
We have never been middle-class

Resource Trial: Siren Films

The library will be trialling the Siren Films collection from Thursday 15th February. The collection was started by a animal behaviourist research who started her work in the North East of England. The creators of this platform specialise in capturing different aspects of child development over time. The films in this collection aim to support academics, professionals, therapists, nursery staff and anyone who aspires to help children lead happy lives and reach their full potential. This is an ideal resource for any member of staff or student who is studying or researching child development or to support professional practitioners.

The collection of over 500 films includes the following categories:

  • Child development
  • Effective learning
  • Environment and materials
  • Play
  • Teaching and support
  • Theories and approaches

To find out more, see the introductory videos about Siren Films here.

To access the collection both on and off campus follow this link here via our catalogue, Library Search and authenticate using your Newcastle University ID and password

The trial ends on 14th April 2024 To help us evaluate it, please email us your feedback, or leave a reply on this blog.

Policy Commons

After a successful trial in October 2023, we are delighted we have managed to secure a subscription to Policy Commons. We received some great feedback from academics about how the platform would fit in with teaching and learning in Schools including :

“This is an absolute treasure, especially for my research. I am also sure it will be an invaluable teaching resource for the environmental law module starting next semester.”

“There are huge amounts of so-called ‘grey’ policy literature that students working and being taught policy-oriented skills and modules cannot access because it is fragmented, hosted by various institutions and the organisations which commissioned such reports. Policy Commons makes the universe of policy-relevant literature, which is often the cutting edge of a field and more up-to-date than academic literature, accessible to students through just one easily searchable source. This is a highly recommended resource, which improves student skills, research and their written work”.

So if you aren’t familiar already, the database is one resource to locate publications from policy experts, NGO’s and think tanks. Publications include :
-The Council of Europe
-Environmental Law Institute
-European Parliamentary Research Service
-Center for Security Studies
-World Bank Group
-United Nations
-International Institute for Environment and Development

This short video from Policy Commons tells you a little bit more

To access Policy Commons follow this link via Library Search

Resource trial – Policy Commons

We are trialling Policy Commons in October 2023. The database is a one stop shop to locate publications from leading policy experts, NGO’s and think tanks. Useful for students, staff and researchers across all disciplines it includes publications from across the globe including:
-The Council of Europe
-Environmental Law Institute
-European Parliamentary Research Service
-Center for Security Studies
-World Bank Group
-United Nations
-International Institute for Environment and Development
To find out more see video below.

To access Policy Commons follow this link via Library Search

To send us your comments or feedback please add to this post or email us.

New modules added to our SAGE Research Methods collection

Following a successful trial of the resources in 2022-23, we have added two additional modules to our SAGE Research Methods collection. Through the Library you now have access to a host of guidance, worked examples, teaching resources and practice materials from SAGE Research Methods, SAGE Research Methods Video, SAGE Research Methods Datasets and SAGE Research Methods Data Visualisation.


SAGE Research Methods Datasets is a collection of hundreds of teaching datasets and instructional guides that give you the chance to learn data analysis through hands-on practice.

This new resource is a bank of topical, practice datasets, indexed by method and data type. For academic staff, the datasets have been optimised for use in your teaching and can be used for in person teaching or within Canvas materials. This will save you the time of sourcing and cleaning data for use by you and your students.

The decisions researchers make when analysing data can be a mystery to students embarking on research for the first time. Through practicing analysis using real data from SAGE Research Methods Datasets, you can see how analytic decisions are made, helping you become confident researchers.

  • Quantitative datasets are taken from surveys and experiments and come with instructions to analyze the data in SPSS or R.
  • Qualitative datasets are taken from academic research projects, providing bite-size examples from interviews, focus groups, documentary sources, and more, plus advice on how to approach analysis.

You will find lots of guidance on how to get the most out of the datasets module on the SAGE Research Methods LibGuide.

Data Visualisation

SAGE Research Methods Data Visualisation will help all researchers, from beginners to more advanced practitioners develop the fundamentals of data and design necessary to create impactful visualisations. Through a series of practical video tutorials, text guides and practice datasets, the resources will help you identify the chart types that best fit your specific data story.

Researchers increasingly grapple with complex or big data and need to present their data in an understandable, easy to interpret, and informative way to disseminate their research successfully. Mastering the skills and techniques of data visualisation is, therefore, key for any researcher. This new resource will help you and your students to communicate data with impact so that audiences can grasp difficult concepts or identify new patterns and relationships easily.

You are able to search and browse by data and chart type to find how to guides and explainer videos, explore a directory of data visualisation software and access datasets to help you practice communicating data.

Books added to the Library by students in GPS (Semester Two 2022/23)

Our Recommend a Book service for students allows you to tell us about the books you need for your studies. If we don’t have the books you need, simply complete the web form and we’ll see if we can buy them. For books we already have in stock, if they are out on loan please make a reservation/hold request using Library Search.

Further information about Recommend a book.

In Semester Two, academic year 2022/2023 we successfully processed 61 requests in GPS totalling just over £6815.

A Companion to Roman Imperialism
A Field Guide to British Rivers: Implications for Restoration
Accountability through public opinion; from inertia to public action.
Advanced Introduction to Global Production Networks
Artistic Utopias of Revolt: Claremont Road, Reclaim the Streets, and the City of Sol
Black Skins, Black Masks Hybridity, Dialogism, Performativity
China’s Digital Silk Road Setting Standards, Powering Growth
China’s Futures PRC Elites Debate Economics, Politics, and Foreign Policy
Communication Strategies in Turkey: Erdogan, the AKP and Political Messaging Kindle Edition
Creativity and Conflict Resolution Alternative Pathways to Peace
Danger Zone The Coming Conflict with China
Defying the Dragon: Hong Kong and the World’s Largest Dictatorship
Explorations in Place Attachment
Feminist Theory Reader Local and Global Perspectives
Fighting for Abortion Rights in Latin America: social movements, state allies and institutions
Gender, Sexuality and Identities of the Borderlands
Geographies of Children, Youth and Families
Handbook of Alternative Theories of Political Economy
Handbook of the Sociology of Medical Education
Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War
Humanitarianism, identity, and nation : migration laws of Australia and Canada
Infrastructure Communication in International Relations
International Sanctions Between Wars and Words
Logos Warehouses Containers
Migration Studies and Colonialism
Nature Displaced, Nature Displayed: Order and Beauty in Botanical Gardens
Phenomenological approaches to moral philosophy
Place Attachment: Advances in Theory, Methods and Applications (2nd ed)
Portfolio Society: On the Capitalist Mode of Prediction
Power and Governance in a Partially Globalized World
Private Metropolis The Eclipse of Local Democratic Governance
Reframing the civic university: an agenda for impact
Refugees, Security and the European Union
Resource Conservation Economics and Policies
Rome and the Enemy: Imperial Strategy in the Principate
Routledge handbook of immigration and refugee studies
Routledge Handbook of Sport in the Middle East
Sanctions: what everyone needs to know
Serving a nation at war, 1939-1945: a review of the building and civil engineering work of John Laing and Son Ltd
Shadow Warriors: The Untold Story of Traitors, Saboteurs, and the Party of Surrender
Signs of life : photographs by Peter Sekaer / John T. Hill ; with contributions by Julian Cox and Christina Sekaer.
Steady-state economics: the economics of biophysical equilibrium and moral growth
Study of Americana: Washington, D.C. Region 1978
The Anthropology of Friendship
The art of sanctions a view from the field
The Economics of Natural Environments Studies in the Valuation of Commodity and Amenity Resources
The Gift of Freedom War, Debt, and Other Refugee Passages
The Moral Underground: How Ordinary Americans Subvert an Unfair Economy
The National Security Law of Hong Kong : Restoration and Transformation
The Political Economy of Land Rent, Financialization and Resistance
The Political Economy Of Public Sector Reform And Privatization
The Routledge Companion to William Morris
The Shadow of the Mine: Coal and the End of Industrial Britain
The University and the City
The Uses and Abuses of Weaponized Interdependence
Transcend and transform: An introduction to conflict work
Uncommon Places: The Complete Works
Urban planning and real estate development
Violence and Understanding in Gaza: the British broadsheets’ coverage of the war
Women crossing boundaries: a psychology of immigration and transformations of sexuality
Working Systemically with Refugee Couples and Families: Exploring Trauma, Resilience and Culture

Oxford Bibliographies Online

After trialling on several occasions we have recently been able to purchase the Oxford Bibliographies Online collection which gives staff and students access to a comprehensive collection of articles published and reviewed by academics covering a wide range of subject areas. Users can personalise their experience by saving citations and articles to their own profile.

Oxford Bibliographies Online

Subject areas covered (click on subject to link to resource via Library Search)

Oxford University Press Very Short Introductions

In the library we love these short guides from OUP who provide a variety of great concise books on lots of different topics.

We’ve recently updated this collection so it includes to most recent publications from OUP published in 2022 and 2023.

This series offers concise introductions to a diverse range of subjects—from artificial intelligence to folk music to medical ethics—in 35,000 words or less.

Each one of these big little books provides intelligent and serious introductions written by experts who combine facts, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make even the most challenging topics highly readable.

On our catalogue, Library Search you can search by keywords like in the screenshot below so “very short introduction” and browse through or add in Oxford to add in results for that publisher. Re-sort your results to “newest” if you’d like to browse through the latest ones added to our collection.

Or visit the OUP Very Short Introductions website directly and then filter using the subject categories. OUP have arranged the titles under headings such as Medicine and Health, Arts and Humanities, Law, Social Sciences

if you are accessing off campus then once you’re on the OUP site please click “sign in” (on the left hand menu and select Newcastle University from the list to enter your Campus ID and password.)

Oxford University Press also have a podcast you can subscribe to about titles and topics in this collection.