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International Relations

Our subject guide will help you find the best resources for your studies.

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. 



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.



Learn the location of relevant collections and useful resources for your studies.  

International Relations collections

Some key classmarks and locations for your subject are:

  • 1st floor - international relations and development economics, classmark JX; Defence, war, and military, classmarks U - UH
  • 2nd floor - comparative politics, classmark JF; European politics, classmark JN; US politics, classmark JK 
  • 3rd floor - world histories, classmarks D17 - D24.5.

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

Browse the Library floor plans [PDF].

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.

  • 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.


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.

  • Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) is a wide ranging database on international affairs which includes working papers and research from many sources.
  • PAIS International covers articles in public policy, public affairs, international relations, social policy.
  • International Political Science Abstracts indexes journal articles and book reviews from over 1,000 leading journals covering all aspects of government and politics.
  • Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) is a wide ranging database on international affairs which includes working papers and research from many sources.
  • International organizations online provides access to the full text of the current issue of Yearbook of International Organizations containing basic reference information about international bodies, organisations and agencies worldwide.
  • Peace Research Abstracts indexes journal articles on all aspects of peace studies, conflict resolution and international security.
  • EIU country reports. A searchable database of reports produced by the Economist intelligence Unit. They provide detailed political and economic analysis of over 200 nations worldwide.
  • Latin American newsletters. This site provides access to the full text of a collection of newsletters providing information on recent political and economic developments in Latin America.

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.
  •  - 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.
  •  - 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.

  • European Sources Online (ESO) is an online database which provides information on the institutions and activities of the European Union.
  • United Nations Treaty Collection is an online, full-text version of multilateral and bilateral treaties deposited with the UN, plus other related material

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 theses, data 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.

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. 

As International Relations students aren't heavy users of data, our Moodle course called the Library Companion for Data Users provides a good introduction to our resources and will help you locate material. 

  • The UK Data Archive (sometimes still called by its old name of ESDS) is the quickest source for international data from governments and IGOs.
  • International Country Risk Guide (ICRG) contains a number of tabulated statistics for economic, financial and political risk.
  • Zephyr although primarily a Mergers and Acquisitions database, Zephyr also contains information on Sovereign Wealth Funds, a topic of growing interest.
  • Global Insights offers comprehensive economic coverage of countries, regions and industries.

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.

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.