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Subject-specific training courses

As part of the introductory course for political science students, regular training courses take place in the autumn semester (library catalogue, holdings and subject information as well as electronic information and media).

If required, the subject librarian is happy to provide further training for students and researchers. Contents and location according to individual agreement.

Advice on finding resources

We offer scientific subject advice for university members:

  • assistance with searching for information a specific topic
  • the use of subject-specific databases
  • help with search strategies

For more information, please contact the subject librarian directly.

All training opportunities

An overview of all training courses at the University Library – introduction at the start of the semester, training courses, guided tours, reference management, etc. – can be found here.

Federal level
Cantonal level
Political science associations
Forums, societies, centres

The political science discipline is represented at the University of Basel by the Political Science Department, which is affiliated with the Department of Social Sciences of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The research focuses on peace and conflict issues, foreign policy analysis, the field of European integration, comparative political science (especially parliamentarianism), and European and international decision and negotiation analysis.

General literature
  • Reference works (lexicons, dictionaries, bibliographies, etc.)
  • Introductory literature and textbooks
    Political methods
  • Political sociology
  • Political education
  • Political history of ideas and theory
  • Ideologies
  • Democracy/sovereignty
  • Political legitimation
  • Political philosophy
  • etc.
Comparative politics
  • Comparative government
  • Government theory and political systems in individual countries (focus on Switzerland (municipalities, cantons, federal government), Europe, Africa, Middle East, supranational organisations)
  • Political party research, interest groups, political groups
  • Elections
  • Political and social movements
  • Political communication, public opinion
  • Political participation
  • Political disputes
  • etc.
International relations
  • Theories
  • Development aid and development policy
  • Foreign policy
  • Security policy
  • Peace and conflict research
  • Peace building, peacekeeping, peace making
  • New political actors (including NGOs)
  • International and supranational organisations
  • Regional integration
  • Global governance
  • International legitimation
  • International relations between individual countries
Various policy areas (excluding economic and financial policy)
  • Social policy
  • Migration policy 
  • Gender policy
  • Educational and cultural policy
  • Health policy
  • Environmental policy
  • Military policy
  • etc.
EU and international organisations
North America
Reference management

The University Library offers regular introductory courses and training sessions on various reference management programs for all members of the university.

Plagiarism detection

The University Library supports lecturers, researchers and students with regard to honest  scientific works by providing the Turnitin plagiarism detection software.

Course reserves

University lecturers have the opportunity to set up print course reserves for their courses during the semester and to provide their students with individual journal articles as well as book chapters in electronic format as digital course reserves through ADAM.


The University Library is responsible for the archiving of dissertations written at the university. The regulations of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences apply to the submission of dissertations.

Text and data mining (TDM)

Research projects which require access to TDM analytical methods for licensed digital content at the University Library are offered first-level support by the University Library.

Research data management

The University Library regularly offers training courses and workshops on creating data management plans. The library also advises and supports researchers at the university with their requirements for modern data management over the entire life cycle of research data. Detailed information can be found here.

OA publications fund

In a pilot phase (2020-2022) the University of Basel is making a fund available for their researchers for the financing of Open Access publication fees. The eligibility criteria are listed here.

Institutional repository and OA publication platforms

Through edoc, the University Library operates the institutional repository of the University of Basel. It lists all university-generated scientific publications and, whenever legally possible, makes them freely accessible worldwide in full text.

For the publication of OA journals, the periodical portal eterna is available for university members. The publication platform emono offers the possibility of publishing books and series as Open Access. Further information can be obtained here.