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International History

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.  

International History collections

Some key classmarks and locations for your subject are:

  • Auxiliary sciences of history: C-CT (3rd floor)
  • History: general and old world: D-DU (3rd floor)
  • History: Americas: E-F (3rd floor)
  • International law: JX-JZ (1st floor)

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

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Finding books not held by the Library

Finding books not held by 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, the British Library, UCL, King's, Wellcome Library, Oxford, Cambridge.
  • Use Search25 to find books located in the libraries of universities in the London area.

  

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

Foreign newspapers

Recent editions of foreign newspapers can be located via Nexis and Factiva.

Other specialist databases include:

  • Current Digest of the Post-Soviet Press - abstracts of newspaper stories translated from approximately 2001 onwards.
  • Mideastwire.com  - access to English translations and summaries of news stories appearing in the media of over 20 Arab countries, Iran and the Arab Diaspora.
  • Eastview Russian Databases  - access over 30 of the most influential Russian newspapers of Moscow and St. Petersburg, and 80 regional newspapers, Russian Duma Publications for parliamentary news and analysis, and the Universal Database of Statistical Publications.

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:

Intergovernmental organisations

The Library holds specialist status as a European Documentation Centre and as a United Nations depository.

For documents relating to the above collections you may need to use specialist databases such as Europa and AccessUN.

There is a large collection of materials published by IGOs held in the Library.

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 archives and special collections, theses, data and current research. 

Archives and special collections

Archives form a major part of historical research with LSE archives and the Women's Library making a significant contribution. Some of the key collections include: 

A selection of material from both collections is available via the LSE Digital Library

Special collections

The Library has a large collection of microfilm and microfiche.  Items held on this medium include the State Department Confidential, British Cabinet minutes 1880-1916, and a selection of holdings from the Comintern.  Further information about this collection can be obtained directly from the Library contact for the Department of International History, Paul Horsler

Online resources

We hold lots of online resources relating to International History.  Below are a few collections of particular note:

  • Empire Online is a collection of primary source materials including diaries and travel logs relating to Empire Studies.
  • Mass Observation Online provides a unique insight into life in Britain between 1937 and 1950.
  • Churchill archive includes private letters, speeches and other key historical documents.
  • Stalin digital archive makes available around 28,000 documents pertinent to Stalin's personal biography, his work in government and his conduct of foreign affairs.

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

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 it is only available from specific machines in the Library itself whilst other data is held offline and needs to be required from the Data Library. 

Our Moodle course: Library Companion for Data Users provides a good introduction to our resources and will help you locate material. 

Two of the most commonly used datasets within International History are:

Online and offline data provided by the Data Library can only be used by current LSE staff and students in pursuit of LSE related academic research. 

The Data Library team is also available to assist with any queries you may have about finding data or using individual resources.  The level of support depends our knowledge of the resource.

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.