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Guides to European information sources


European Sources Online

European Sources Online (ESO) is a free access electronic information service that focuses specifically on Europe, published by the Cardiff EDC.

ESO allows you to find easily and efficiently a wide and up-to-date range of information sources about Europe, which have been selected by experts in the field. Sources include official EU documentation, information from international organisations, national governments, think tanks, research organisations and professional associations, textbooks and journals, and key news sources.

Information Guides compiled by the ESO Editorial Team provide structured introductions to the institutions and policies of the European Union and the countries of Europe, with hyperlinks to further substantive sources of information on the external web.

Further information about European Sources Online


Europe on the Internet

Europe on the Internet presents a selection of the most useful web sites for information about the institutions and activities of the European Union, the countries of Europe and key European issues.


Europe on the Internet is also available in the following languages:

Европа в Интернет [Bălgarski]
Ewrop ar y We [Cymraeg]
Europa im Internet [Deutsch]
Η Ευρώπη στο Διαδίκτυο [Ellīniká]
Europa en Internet [Español]
l’Europe sur Internet [Français]
Europa na Internetu [Hrvatski]
l'Europa su Internet [Italiano]
Európa az interneten [Magyar]
Europa w Internecie [Polski]
Europa na Internet [Português]
Европа в Интернете [Russky]
Europa në Internet [Shqip]
Eurooppa Internetissä [Suomi]
Europa på Internet [Svenska]
Internette Avrupa [Türkçe]


Europe in the World

The European Union's policies have an impact on, and are impacted upon by, the wider world - foreign and security policy, trade policy, enlargement policy, environmental and energy policies, development assistance and humanitarian aid, etc. This presentation highlights some of the key sources that can be used to find information in these areas.


The Role of National Parliaments in the European Union

There is a debate across Europe as to what role national parliaments should play in policy making in the EU - would an increased role for national parliaments enhance or reduce the democratic legitimacy of the EU?


The Role of the UK in EU Law

This presentation aims to show how the United Kingdom plays an integral part in the creation, adoption and implementation of European Union law.


The BREXIT Debate

Should Britain stay in the European Union? This short presentation highlights sources of information on the debate.

BREXIT Debate [6.8 Mb]


Free Movement in the European Union

This presentation was created in association with the event 'What Europe Means To Me: Free Movement', organised jointly by the Cardiff EDC and the Centre for European Law and Governance (CELAG), held at the EDC on 5 March 2015.

Free Movement [2.9 Mb]


European Migration Challenges

This guide helps you find information from a wide range of sources such as governments, international and European organisations, migration related NGOs and other stakeholders, plus news and analysis on this major subject.



Cardiff EDC Infosheets

A series of brief information guides, based on common enquiries received by the European Documentation Centre. Each guide includes links to web sites which provide information on the topic.





European Union publications

The Cardiff EDC receives a wide range of EU publications. Users may consult these in the Centre, or we can help you find electronic copies for downloading. To trace these publications you can use European Sources Online, or visit the Easy Reading Corner section of the European Commission's web site.

We also hold a selection of titles for you to take away free of charge - click on the link below for further details. Teachers wishing to obtain multiple copies for use in the classroom can take advantage of our bulk orders service. Please contact us for details.