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Read our subject guide to 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.  

Management collections

Most books on management and business begin with the classmarks HD or HF, and are located on the 2nd floor of the Library. 

Books on information systems, operational research and mathematics are generally at the classmarks Q or T and are located on the 1st floor. 

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].

Specialist dictionaries and encyclopedia

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. 

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.

  • Business Source Complete – a leading business research database covering business, management, finance and market research topics.
  • ABI/Inform - business press, key trade publications, dissertations, conference proceedings, and market reports.
  • EconLit - premium database for economics.
  • ACM Digital Library – articles published in the Association for Computing Machinery journals, conference proceedings, citations and bibliographies relating to computing and information systems.
  • IEEE/IET Electronic Library - scientific and technical content published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

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

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 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. 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.

For reports and statistics from other inter-governmental organisations (IGOs), search on Library Search under the name of the organisation. Printed statistics from IGOs can be found on the 1st floor.

Financial and market infomation

  • Euromonitor International Passport is an international market research database.  It is excellent for researching established, developing and emerging markets.  Its business information covers 52 countries.
  • Orbis has information on over 100 million companies. It includes advanced search and analysis software so you can identify and evaluate companies around the world.
  • Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) is a web-based business data research service from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  It provides access to Compustat, CRSP, TAQ, Eventus, Global Insight, Mergent, Risk Metrics and other financial data.

The following data resources are only available from the Data PCs on the 4th floor of the Library. These services are only available for LSE staff and students.

  • Bloomberg contains near real-time and historical financial information on individual equities, stock market indices, fixed-income securities, currencies, commodities, and futures for both international and domestic markets.  Data can be downloaded into excel.
  • Datastream is an online service offering financial and economic data, including exchange rates, bond data, stock market indices, interest rates and economic indices worldwide. It includes historical data.
  • SDC Platinum from Thomson Financial provides information on capital markets, M&A, syndicated loans, private equity, project finance, and more. LSE staff and students can access Deals data through Thomson One Banker.

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.