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Heather Dawson

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Primary sources

UK Newspapers

Many daily newspapers have their own websites. While these offer free access to the latest headlines, searchable back files are offered via the Library subscription services listed below.

    Contains the full text of a large number of UK and foreign newspapers from 1980 onwards. Set up news alerts
  • Factiva
    Also has extensive English language and foreign coverage. Emphasis upon business and trade news. No news alerts.Current issues of the FT can be accessed by searching for the Financial times as a source and choosing the option access via a third party subscription
  • FT.Com
    Register to access the full text of the FT from 2004 onwards using your LSE email address. Note that this service also enables you to consult special reports, set up alerts and create lists of press clippings that can be shared with others.

Foreign newspapers

  • Current Digest of the Post-Soviet Press 
    Abstracts of newspaper stories translated from approximately 2001 onwards.
  • Latin America Data base 
    Consists of three news digests from the Latin American Institute of the University of New Mexico. SourceMex covers economic and political news and analysis of Mexico, NotiSur political, economic and social issues in South America, NotiCen Central American and Caribbean political and economic affairs, including Cuba. The newsletters are based on many sources from international newswires, Latin American radio broadcasts and selected newspapers, official and non-governmental reports. They are particularly strong on statistics and on human-rights issues. Publication is electronically weekly with each issue available in full on the site. 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.
  • Other foreign language newspaper titles can be found in The British Library and SOAS Library.  

Intergovernmental organisations

An increasing number of international organisations have websites where you can gain free access to reports, regulations and statistics. Key bodies are:

United Nations 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 Iilbrary| 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.

World Bank|- produces reports relating to development issues. Its website also provides free access to statistical data.|

We have a Pearltrees page |which links to full text reports and data sites from the major international organisations.

Audiovisual materials: Film collection and moving image databases

The Library has a small  collection of  DVDs  located in the Course Collection. You can search for films on Library Search by entering a keyword or title. Once you have retrieved some results, filter with the option 'audio-visual' which should be displayed on the left hand side of the screen. In addition there are a number of online databases.

Box of Broadcasts(UK Access only)|
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. You can also search for TV Listings using the TRILT database.|

Ethnographic Video Online| is a major collection of over 400 key 20th century ethnographic films. The resource covers all regions of the world and features the work of many influential anthropologists and documentary film makers. A large number of the films have transcripts.

JISC Media Hub| |(access using Firefox) allows cross searching of a large collection of online video materials. These include news reels from ITN and Reuters . Choose the access via UK federation log in. 

Archives and Special Collections

LSE holds a number of important archives relevant to the study of the history of Anthropology. They include papers from famous Anthropologists, their fieldwork notes, and photographs. A key figure isBronislaw Malinowski(1884-1942)|.

A full listing of the items held and a link to the archives and special collections catalogue (which is separate from the main Library Search) can be consulted on their website|.