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International Development

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

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Heather Dawson

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. 



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.



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

Course Collection

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].

Finding books not held by the Library

  • 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. 

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. 

Databases for international development

Intergovernmental organisations

Specialist health databases

  • CAB Direct - includes Global Health which indexes articles relating to community health and development. It encompasses some articles published in developing countries which are not included in Medline.
  • Cinahl - specialist nursing and medical care subject index. Find journal articles and reports published since 1937.
  • PubMed Central - free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature from the U.S. National Institute of Health's National Library of Medicine.
  • HMIC database: Health Management Information Consortium - contains references to reports, articles and books from the King's Fund Library and Department of Health databases. Covers health policy, health services and health care, focussing mainly on the UK since 1979. 
  • MEDLINE via Ovid.
  • EMBASE - indexes medical, biomedical and neuroscience journal articles published since 1947. 


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.
  •  - 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. 


  • 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

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. 

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.

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.  
  • 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.