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Heather Dawson

Telephone: 0207 955 6806 

Email: h.dawson@lse.ac.uk

Heather Dawson


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

Books on your reading list

Use Library Search to access online resources and get classmarks for print material.

The Library is divided into a number of collections so make sure to note down the full location of the item you want. 

Course Collection

The Course Collection (ground floor) contains copies of essential texts from your reading list. These books can be borrowed for 3 days and renewed if no one else requests them. 

Many of these books will be available as ebooks on Library Search.  

Most reading lists are now available via Reading Lists @ LSE

Anthropology collections

 Some key classmarks for Anthropology are:

  • Social Anthropology: GN301
  • Ethnographies: GN378-396 
  • Economic Anthropology: GN448

Find the location of these classmarks on the building floor plans.

There are many other books in the Library which are of interest to social anthropologists. Many of these relate to economics, politics and social relations of specific regions of the world. To locate these enter keywords of countries and topics into Library Search. 

Dictionaries and encyclopedia

Useful for quickly checking definitions, summaries of theories and thinkers. Key titles for Anthropology include: 

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.

Use these tools to discover journal articles to further support your research. When we don't provide access to the full text of the articles you need you can request them through the interlending service

Top social science databases

  • Web Of Science - provides access to articles covering all aspects of the sciences, social sciences and humanities. Many dating from the 19th century onwards. Also enables you to quickly locate highly cited articles in your subject area. 
  • Scopus - covers a wide range of science and social science subject areas. Abstracts and indexes over 20,000 titles mostly from 1996 to present. Quickly locate highly cited articles.

Specialist Anthropology databases

These databases focus more narrowly on Anthropology subject areas. They can be used to supplement the general social science resources listed above.

  • Anthropology Plus - combines the contents of Anthropological Literature and the Anthropological Index. The former is a searchable database complied by the Tozzer Library, Harvard. The latter provides references to articles in journals taken by the Royal Anthropological Institute Library.

Area studies databases

Anthropologists may also be interested in some of our area studies journal indexes. These specialise in covering regional areas. 

  • ABSEES (American Bibliography of Slavonic and East European Studies) - is produced by the American Association for Advancement of Slavic Studies. It indexes journal articles, books, dissertations and other literature of Slavic and East European studies published in North America since the 1980s. 
  • China Academic Journals - from the CNKI (China National Knowledge Infrastructure). Online access is available to the full-text of many Chinese journals. 


Many newspaper websites offer free access to the latest headlines and stories. We provide you with access to searchable back files via the Library subscription services listed below.

  • Nexis - contains the full text of a large number of UK and foreign newspapers most  from 1980 onwards. Updated daily.
  • Factiva - has extensive English language and foreign coverage. Emphasis upon business and trade news.
  • FT.com - register with your LSE credentials and benefit from our institutional access. Enables you to consult special reports, set up alerts and create lists of press clippings that you can share with others.

Historic newspapers

  • Gale NewsVault - cross search a number of leading historical collections including the 17th-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers; 19th Century British Library Newspapers; 19th Century UK Periodicals.
  • Proquest Historical newspapers - includes the full text of the Guardian 1821-2003 and the Observer 1791-2003. Later issues can be accessed via Nexis

Foreign newspapers

Recent editions of foreign newspapers can be located via Nexis and Factiva. Other specialist databases include:

  • Latin America Data base - consists of three news digests from the Latin American Institute of the University of New Mexico. There is also a full text archive searchable by date or keyword of all issues from 1986.
  • Mideastwire.com - provides access to English translations and summaries of news stories and articles that have appeared in the media of over 20 Arab countries, Iran and the Arab Diaspora. It is possible to search all articles from 2005 onwards.
  • Eastview Russian Databases - Includes the Universal Database of Russian Newspapers for access to the full-text files of 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.

Film / audiovisual materials

  • Ethnographic Video Online - access over 1,000 key ethnographic films from leading anthropologists. Transcripts and notes also provided.
  • 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.
  • JISC Media Hub - enables cross searching of a large collection of online video materials. These include news reels from ITN and Reuters. Also available are image and photograph collections. Access using the UK Federation option.

Archives and special collections

  • Archives and special collections hold a number of key collections relating to the history of Anthropology. They include papers from famous anthropologists, their fieldwork notes, and photographs. A key figure is Bronislaw Malinowski(1884-1942).
  • The Women's Library holds a number of useful collections including: The Sadd Brown Library which was founded in 1939 in memory of Myra Sadd Brown and contains books and periodicals about, and often by, women of the Commonwealth. It covers colonial pioneers to modern day freedom fighters, as we all as investigations of women's political and economic advancement and their positions in other societies and religions. 


  • 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 in full text online, you can place a request for it via the Interlending option on Library Search.
  • LSE Theses online - contains many full text LSE PhD theses. Older items that are not available online are available in the Library.

Data Library

The Library provides access to a number of  general databases that contain country level economic and politics data.

  • EIU CountryData provides annual, quarterly and monthly economic indicators and forecasts.
  • IMF data website provides free access to some country and finance data.
  • OECD iLibrary also contains a number of useful publications on the economic position of individual nations. in addition there are also some specialist resources dealing with India and China.
  • IndiaStat - detailed socioeconomic indicators
  • Annual Survey of Industries (ASI) principal source of industrial statistics in India. The ASI surveys registered firms (more than 10 employees plus electric power or more than 20 employees) in India's manufacturing sector.
  • China Data - includes economic, social and population data at national and regional levels.

Intergovernmental organisations

Many international organisations' websites provide access to reports, regulations and statistics which can be used by anthropologists. 

  • 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 development studies.
  • OECD iLibrary the OECD produces a number of key series relating to development aid. These include: International Development Statistics and Development Aid at a Glance. Indicators available include aggregate aid by donor, type of aid and flow. The data focuses on flows from member countries and the EU and generally covers the period from 1960 onwards.

Current research

  • Zetoc - use this service to set up alerts and receive tables of contents from your favourite journals.