The University is now an institutional subscriber to the Overton platform whose mission is to help users find, understand, and measure their influence on government policy.

Overton is the world’s largest searchable and curated policy database.  It tracks a wide range of policy documents such as white papers, working papers, government guidance, think tank policy briefs, national clinical guidelines etc and indexes and organises these materials to support analysis via key terms / topic / themes.

It also maps connections between these documents and scholarly research and news content to see where ideas, papers, reports and staff are being cited or mentioned.

This database enables researchers to track the impact of their own work on policy as well as investigate the dynamics of global policy making. 

Access and Registration

Login to Overton

You will be prompted to create a new user account for Overton.  Complete the registration form to activate your account.  


Getting help

  • If you are new to Overton, you may find it useful to watch short video introducing Overton.
  • Use the online Getting started guide to help get you up and running with the service
  • More detailed online support is available via the Overton Knowledge Base  where you can browse or search online for guidance
  • You can also use the Support area to join an online chat or submit an online form to request further information from the Overton team.
  • You can also get in touch with your Liaison Librarian who will be happy to help you use the platform


Keep up to date

To keep up to date with developments you can Sign up to Overton’s monthly newsletter, which contains new features and other useful information for users.