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.
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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.
Some key classmarks and locations for your subject are:
- Psychology BF1 - 990
- Psychoanalysis BF173 - BF175
- Social Psychology HM1001 - HM1238
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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Useful for quickly checking definitions, summaries of theories and thinkers.
Key titles for your subjects include:
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.
These databases focus more narrowly on specialist subject areas. They can be used to supplement the general social science resources listed above.
Specialist community 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.
Specialist organisational psychology databases
ABI/INform Complete - access references and full text articles from leading business databases and newspapers published since 1971.
Business Source Complete - leading business research database which provides access to the text of several thousand journals covering business, management, human resources, finance and market research topics.
Emerald - is a database of references to articles taken from around 450 top management and business journals. The coverage is international but with a UK bias. The database covers the years from 1989 onwards.
Specialist public communication of science databases
History of Science, Technology and Medicine - provides references to journal articles, conference papers and reports published since 1973. Covers areas relating to psychology, public health, medical sciences and bioethics.
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.
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.
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:
Many international organisations' websites provide access to reports, regulations and statistics.
- Official Document System of the United Nations (ODS) currently provides free access to full-text documents issued since December 1992, Security Council documents since 1985. Older materials are being added gradually. They are useful for tracing materials relating to international health policy
- UNAIDS - specialist body of the United Nations. The AIDSInfo data site has reports and the latest statistics.
- World Health Organization has a Global Health Observatory which provides free access to country reports and data. The WHO Library databases include WHOLIS which is the World Health Organization's library database and indexes all WHO publications from 1948 onwards. There is also a Global Health Library which provides access to which regional indexes of publications;
- OECD iLibrary the OECD produces a number of key series. They include detailed health and health systems statistics for OECD nations. There are also reports on the usage of information technology.
- 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 archives and special collections, theses, data and current research.
- The Women's Library - holds a number of useful collections relating to women's self-help organisations such as Hackney Women's Aid.
- 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.
We provide access to a number of general databases that contain country level economic and politics data that will be of value to researchers.
- Business Source Complete and ABI/Inform - provide access to journal articles and industry analyses.
- Orbis - has information on over 100 million companies worldwide, including company reports, balance sheets and details on market share.
- Euromonitor International Passport - provides reports, analyses, market research and statistics on global markets, consumer trends and companies.
- Statista - provides reports and statistics on global markets. There is extensive coverage of digital markets, telecommunications, the internet and marketing and advertising.
Public opinion polls
- UK Data Archive Service has many examples of government commissioned social, political and economic surveys.
- Eurobarometer reports polls of EU citizens cover a wide range of social, economic and political topics including public understanding of science.
- 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.