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.
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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.
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.
Helpful titles for your subject 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.
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.
- 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.
- Business Source Complete - includes industry articles, profiles and case studies.
- Econlit - a premium database for Economics. Abstracts and references to journal articles, books, working papers etc.
- European Sources Online (ESO) - provides access to information on the institutions and activities of the European Union, the countries, regions and other international organisations of Europe.
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 archives, theses, data, working papers 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.
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 Economics are:
- 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.
- 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.
The Data Library team is also available to assist with any queries you may have about finding data or using individual resources.
Some of the key archives and special collections include:
- 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 on the subject of Economics, including:
- RePEc - over 1500 archives from 76 countries with approximately 1.4m Economics research pieces from 1,700 journals and 3,700 working paper series.
- EconPapers - uses the RePEc bibliographic and author data, providing access to the largest collection of online Economics working papers and journal articles. The majority of the full text files are freely available online.
- 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 - the largest bibliographic database dedicated to Economics and available freely online.
Contact your librarian for further guidance and support. You can find their details on the Academic Support Librarian web page.