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Your Academic Support Librarian 

Natalia Madjarevic

Telephone: 020 7852 3528

Email: n.f.madjarevic@lse.ac.uk|


Primary sources

The Library holds a wide selection of primary sources to support your research:

Official publications

The Library holds extensive collections of government and intergovernmental |material, dating from the early nineteenth century onwards including:

  • Parliamentary/Assembly papers and documents 
  • Parliamentary/Assembly debates
  • Legislation, primary and secondary; law codes or international law codes
  • Treaties or international treaties
  • Major historical documents series
  • Statistics of: economic and financial indicators including national accounts, population, foreign and domestic trade, transport, tourism, agriculture and industry.

This material is largely catalogued on Library Search|


The Library has access to current and historical news, press releases, magazines, trade journals, newsletters, broadcast transcripts, video, newsletters and blogs. The following resources provide a starting point:

  • Factiva - access to thousands of sources in 28 languages from nearly 200 countries, 35 years' worth of articles and analyst reports including US and international newspapers, newswires, trade journals and multimedia.
  • Nexis UK - provides full text of newpapers and newswire services from around the world, including the full text of UK daily newspapers from 1980 to present.
  • Financial Times Historical Archive 1888-2009 - the complete searchable run of the FT, with every item ever printed in the paper 1888-2009, searchable and browseable article by article and page by page.

Intergovernmental organisations

The Library is a European Documentation Centre and a United Nations depository.

For documents relating to the above collections you may need to use specialist databases such as Europa| and AccessUN. Further finding aids are available via the above pages.

A large collection of materials published by IGOs is also held in the Library. Further information is available on the Intergovernmental Organisations page.


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|.