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Psychological and Behavioural Science

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 and websites for your area and get help with using our resources and services.

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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.  

Psychology collections

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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Specialist dictionaries and encyclopedia

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. 

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.

  • PsycINFO - a specialist database of the American Psychological Association providing abstracts of articles relevant to all fields of psychology from the 19th century to the present day. 

  • EMBASE - indexes medical, biomedical and neuroscience journal articles published since 1947. 

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.

  • HMIC database: Health Management Information Consortium - contains references to reports, articles and books from the King's Fund Library and Department of Health databases. Covers health policy, health services and health care, focussing mainly on the UK since 1979. 
  • MEDLINE via Ovid.

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.
  •  - register with your LSE credentials and benefit from our institutional access.
  • Independent voices: a collection of the alternative press.

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

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.
  • UN iLibrary. Full text books, journal and data from the United Nations.

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 archives and special collections, theses, data and current research. 

Archives and special collections

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.

Data collections

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.

Industry research

  • 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. 

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.