Library Services


Find out more about the General Election 2024 with Library Services

24 June 2024

You can access a variety of resources through Library Services to find out more about the general election that will be held on Thursday 4 July and make an informed decision.

A person votes at a polling station with a ballot box in the background.

News sources

Nexis is our premier news aggregating database. This provides access to a vast range of regional, national and international newspaper titles. As well as being of use in finding the latest content from major broadsheet and tabloid papers, you might find it useful to see what is being said about your constituency in the local press and how British politics is being reported internationally. 

Gale One File News and International Newsstream are additional news aggregating resources to which we subscribe.


When it comes to individual sources, we subscribe directly to the Financial Times for their news and analysis on the latest in markets, economics and politics. 

The Economist focuses on current affairs, international business, politics, technology and culture, and articles are available online or print editions can be consulted in the Economics Journals collection. 

Meanwhile, we have a new online subscription to Bloomberg News for business and markets news, data and analysis. 

Prospect Magazine is a monthly general-interest title, specialising in politics, economics and current affairs, and is available online with current print copies held in the Politics Journals collection.

Parliamentary and policy documents 

Policy Commons provides access to more than 24 million pages of curated, high quality policy reports, briefs, analyses, working papers, and datasets from thousands of policy organisations including IGOs, NGOs and think tanks. Watch this short video tutorial on YouTube.

Overton is the world’s largest collection of policy documents, parliamentary transcripts, government guidance and think tank research.

UK Parliamentary Papers (ProQuest) provides full text copies of all papers issued by the House of Commons from 1715-present (with supplementary material back to 1688), House of Lords and Public Petitions to Parliament.  These are the working documents of government covering social, political, economic and foreign policy.

Reviewing statistics 

Statista provides easy access to a vast range of stats on many different topics and you can view sources to see where the underlying data are coming from. 

Our Data and Statistics Guide brings together resource lists of secondary data sources, support material and further guidance.

Research the history of general elections in the UK

For those interested in the long view, we have historic newspaper archives from across the political spectrum, most notably via Gale Primary Sources and ProQuest Historical Newspapers

Other primary source databases include the likes of the British Cartoon Archive – dedicated to the history of British cartooning over the last 200 years, and British Online Archives, with packages including the British Labour Party Papers, Liberal Party from Asquith to Ashdown, 1912-1988 and Scottish Nationalist Leaflets, 1844-1973. 

Guide to Politics and Social History in Special Collections. This is one of the key subject strengths of our rare book and archive collections.

Keeping up to date with the latest research 

Our new LibrarySkills page on Keeping up to date with the latest research in your subject area will help you ensure your research is relevant and current, whether that’s in your studies or the election. 

BrowZine presents UCL's academic journal subscriptions in a browsable format, so that you can search by subject area or journal title.