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.
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News and policy
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.
Learn the location of relevant collections and useful resources for your studies.
The Course Collection (1st floor) contains copies of essential texts from your reading list. These books can be borrowed for 3 days and renewed if no one else requests them.
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].
- Use COPAC to find books located in the major UK research libraries
- Use Search25 to find books located in the libraries of universities in the London area
- Use KVK and Worldcat to find virtually all the books published on your topic worldwide
- Use Interlending services for books that you cannot easily get to yourself via the Interlending option on Library Search.
How to find journals and some of the key journal databases to use.
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.
Business Source Complete - business, finance, marketing, management, news and some more general social science topics.
CAB Direct - includes both the Rural Development Abstracts and Global Health.
CIAO: Columbia Affairs International Online - International relations & international affairs.
International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) - broad range of social science topics, particularly strong on Anthropology, Economics, Politics & Sociology.
IPSA International Political Science Abstracts - produced by the International Political Science Association covering all aspects of government and politics.
ISI Web of Science - there are 3 ISI files which can be cross searched: Science, Social Science and Arts & Humanities.
PAIS International (Public Affairs Information Service) - covers public affairs, international relations, social policy and other social science subjects.
Race Relations Abstracts - a range of aspects on race and ethnicity. It includes coverage of race relations, racial discrimination, the psychology of race and post colonialism.
SCOPUS - abstract database containing citations covering scientific, technical, medical and social sciences fields and, more recently, also in the arts and humanities.
These databases focus more narrowly on specialist subject areas. They can be used to supplement the general social science resources previously listed.
- AfricaBib - African women, Africana periodical literature database and Women travellers, explorers and missionaries to Africa.
- African Journals online - cover the health sciences, social sciences and African culture.
- Latin American Newsletters - recent political and economic developments in Latin America.
News and policy
Find out about popular newspapers, policy sites and streaming media services.
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.
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:
- 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.
Find out about theses, data and current research.
- 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.
The Data Library contains a wide range of data and statistics from across the globe. Access is usually available online or in print. In some cases is only available from specific machines in the Library itself and other data is held offline and needs to be requested from the Data Library. The Moodle course called the Library Companion for Data Users has a good introduction to our resources and will help you locate material
Two of the most commonly used datasets amongst International Development researchers are:
- UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics.This site from the UN has data relevant to the analysis of world trade, investment and development. Some of the data dates back to 1950.
- WDI Online. The World Development Indicators contains statistical data on over 550 development indicators. Data includes social, economic, financial, natural resources, and environmental indicators. Annual time series data from 1960 - 2003.
The Data Library team is also available to assist with any queries you may have about finding data or using individual resources.
We provide access to a number of general databases that contain country level economic and politics data that will be of value to researchers.
- 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.
- Search repositories such as OpenDOAR and OAIster.
Contact your librarian for further guidance and support. You can find their details on the Academic Support Librarian web page.