Your Academic Support Librarian 

Dimity Flanagan

Telephone: 020 7955 6311

Email: d.flanagan@lse.ac.uk

Dimity Flanagan
 

Economics

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 you 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.

Specialist dictionaries and encyclopedia

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

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

Key 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. 
  • Econlit - a premium database for Economics. Abstracts and references to journal articles, books, working papers etc.
  • European Sources Online (ESO) - provides access to information on the institutions and activities of the European Union, the countries, regions and other international organisations of Europe. 

Newspapers

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

Policy and legislation

Most departments have websites where you can find the latest press releases, reports, regulations and statistical data. Some UK examples:

  • Public Information Online  - LSE staff and students can access the full text of UK government documents and reports since 2006.

Audiovisual materials

  • 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. 

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 Economics are:

  • 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.
  • 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.

The Data Library team is also available to assist with any queries you may have about finding data or using individual resources. 

Current research

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

Working papers

Working papers are an excellent source for discovering new research areas and works in progress. Various databases hold working papers on the subject of Economics, including:

  • RePEc - over 1500 archives from 76 countries with approximately 1.4m Economics research pieces from 1,700 journals and 3,700 working paper series.
  • EconPapers - uses the RePEc bibliographic and author data, providing access to the largest collection of online Economics working papers and journal articles. The majority of the full text files are freely available online.
  • 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 - the largest bibliographic database dedicated to Economics and available freely online.

Theses

  • 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.

Archives

The holdings of LSE Archives and the Women's Library @ LSE can be searched via their respective catalogues.  Some of the key collections include: 

A selection of material from both collections is available via the LSE Digital Library.  

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