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Sociology

Read our subject guide to find the best resources for your studies.

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Ellen Wilkinson

Academic Support Librarian

Find books and journals in the Library, search for articles online, learn about the best online resources and websites for your area 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

Course Collection

The Course Collection (1st floor) contains copies of essential texts from you 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.

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Specialist dictionaries and encyclopedia

Useful for quickly checking definitions, summaries of theories and thinkers.

Key titles for your subjects include: 

  • Oxford Reference Online - contains several hundred dictionaries and encyclopedia. These include English and foreign language dictionaries as well as specialist works on social policy, social care and philosophy.
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography - find biographical information on over 50,000 men and women who have shaped the history of the UK from earliest times to the present day.

  

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 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

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 resources 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

The Data Library contains a wide range of data and statistics from across the globe. In some cases data is only available from specific machines in the Library.  The Moodle course, Library Companion for Data Users, provides a good introduction to data resources and will help you locate material. 

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.  

 

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