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Our subject guide will help you find the best resources for your studies.

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Paul Horsler

Academic Support Librarian

Find books and journals in the Library, search for articles online, learn about the best online resources for your subject and get help with using our resources and services.

Use the list of contents to skip to the relevant part of this guide. 

Books

Journals

News and policy

Specialist resources

If you need any help you can get in touch with your librarian for advice or to arrange a consultation. You can find their details on the Academic Support Librarian web page.   

 

Books

Learn the location of relevant collections and useful resources for your studies.  

Book collections

The Course Collection (on the 1st floor) holds multiple copies of essential course texts. Use Library Search to locate the books in the Course Collection.

There are many other books in the Library which will be useful for your research. To locate these enter keywords in Library Search.

Browse the Library floor plans [PDF].

Finding books not held in the Library

You can search Library catalogues from all over the world to identify material. If you can't get to the holding Library, then you can request material via our Interlending services.

  • COPAC is a joint catalogue of major UK research libraries including LSE, British Library, UCL, King's, Wellcome Library, Oxford and Cambridge.

As an LSE student you will be able to use most other libraries of the University of London.

  

Journals

How to find journals and some of the key journal databases to use. 

Finding journal articles

Most of the time you should be able to find and access the articles you need through Library Search. However, we also provide access to powerful databases that can help you discover articles that are not available through Library Search, or even search engines like Google.

When we don't provide access to the full text of the articles you need you can request them through Interlending services

Top social science databases

  • Web Of Science - provides access to articles covering all aspects of the sciences, social sciences and humanities.
  • Scopus  - covers a wide range of science and social science subject areas including gender studies, women’s studies and LGBT issues. 
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) - includes over 3 million bibliographic references dating back to 1951. 

Specialist subject databases

These databases focus more narrowly on specialist subject areas. They can be used to supplement the general social science resources listed above. 

 

News and policy

Find out about popular newspapers, policy sites and streaming media services.

Newspapers

Many newspaper websites offer free access. We provide you with additional access to searchable back files via the following subscription services:

  • Nexis  - contains the full text of a large number of UK and foreign newspapers from 1980 onwards. Updated daily.
  • Factiva  - has extensive English language and foreign coverage content. Emphasis upon business and trade news.
  • FT.com  - register with your LSE credentials and benefit from our institutional access.

Historical newspapers

Policy and legislation

Research often involves the consultation of government policy. Most departments have  websites where you can find the latest press releases, reports, regulations and statistical data. Some UK examples:

Audiovisual material

  • Box of Broadcasts (UK Access only)  - a streaming TV service. Access TV and radio programmes from over 60 channels. Includes BBC TV and radio plus 10 foreign language channels. Content is from 2007 onwards. Transcripts are available for TV and radio news programmes. You can also search for TV Listings using the TRILT database.

 

Specialist resources

Find out about theses, data and current research. 

Theses

  • Dissertations & Theses Global - an online database containing the full text of thousands of PhD from universities worldwide. It includes references to all UK and Irish doctoral theses produced since 1715 with full text content where available. If an item you need is not available online you can place a request for it through Interlending services
  • LSE Theses Online - contains many full text LSE PhD theses. Older items that are not available online are available in the Library.

Data collections

Our Data Library provides an extensive range of data resources for your research including Eurostat, OECD, and Eurobarometer. The Library Companion for Data Users provides an introduction and guidance on using the data resources.

Country data

We provide access to a number of  general databases that contain country level economic and politics data that will be of value to researchers.

Working papers

Working papers are an excellent source for discovering new research areas and works in progress. Various databases hold working papers on European integration including:

  • European Research Papers Archive - gateway to European integration research papers.
  • SSRN - the SSRN eLibrary consists of two parts: an Abstract Database containing abstracts on over 498,800 scholarly working papers and forthcoming papers and an Electronic Paper Collection containing over 406,700 downloadable full text documents

Current research

  •  Zetoc - use this service to set up alerts and receive tables of contents from your favourite journals. 
  • LSE Research Online - check for recent research from your academic department.  

 

Contact your librarian for further guidance and support. You can find their details on the Academic Support Librarian web page.