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.
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.
Many of these books will be available as ebooks on Library Search.
Most reading lists are now available via Reading Lists @ LSE.
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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- 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 the interlending service for books that you cannot easily get to yourself. This is done using the Interlending link 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.
These databases focus more narrowly on specialist subject areas. They can be used to supplement the general social science resources listed above.
- ABI/Inform - over 7,000 titles including full‐text academic journals and titles from the business press as well as key trade publications, dissertations, conference proceedings, and market reports.
- Accounting and Tax Database - key resource for accountancy topics this database includes global accounting and tax journals from the UK, Canada, Australia, France, Spain, Ireland and more, as well as working papers and conference proceedings.
- Business Source Complete - a leading business research database which provides access to the text of more than 2,300 journals covering business, management, finance and market research topics.
- International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) - includes over 3 million bibliographic references to journal articles, books, review and selected chapters dating back to 1951.
Although researchers tend to use Datastream or Orbis to extract accounts data into an excel file, the Library also has several sources of the actual annual/company reports.
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, current research and working papers.
- 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. 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.
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.
Some of the most used data resources for Accounting and Finance are:
- Datastream - international data on broad economic and financial matters, including company accounts, economic indicators, bonds, fixed income, commodities, equities and equity indices.
- Orbis - company data covering approx. 65 million companies.
- SDC Platinum - information available on capital markets, M&A, syndicated loans, private equity, project finance, and more, SDC Platinum is the industry standard in financial transactions information.
- Bloomberg - near real-time and historical financial information on individual equities, stock market indices, fixed-income securities, currencies, commodities, futures for both international and domestic markets and more.
Visitors should note that all the resources listed are only available to current LSE staff and students.
The Data Library team is also available to assist with any queries you may have about finding data or using individual resources.
- 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.
Working papers are an excellent source for discovering new research areas and works in progress. Various databases hold working papers in Accounting and Finance, including:
- SSRN - the SSRN eLibrary consists of two parts: an Abstract Database containing abstracts on over 498,800 scholarly working papers and forthcoming papers and an Electronic Paper Collection containing over 406,700 downloadable full text documents.
- IDEAS - primarily an Economics database but includes many papers on accounting and finance and available freely online.
Contact your librarian for further guidance and support. You can find their details on the Academic Support Librarian web page.