Your Academic Support Librarian 

Clive Wilson

Telephone: 020 7955 7475 



Specialist resources

Data 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.

You can see our full listing of financial datasets here|.  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. 

Current Research 

LSE Research Online| is a collection of research produced by LSE staff.  It often contains contents which is full text and freely available. Items added to the Library in the last month on Accounting and Finance include:

Working Papers

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.


LSE PhD Theses are indexed on on Library Search. Carry out a search and then limit to 'Dissertations, Academic'. 

More recent theses and a selection of older digitised theses are available via LSE Theses Online|.

Two heavily used resources for finding doctoral theses are:

  • Proquest Dissertations and Theses - PhD, M.Phil and Masters theses mainly from North America.
  • Index to Theses - UK and Irish PhD and M.Phil theses from 1716 to the present day.  Some records contain links to the full text available via EThOS.