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Daniel Payne

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Email: d.payne1@lse.ac.uk

Daniel Payne

European Institute

Library Search 

Use Library Search  to search across our print and online content - journal articles and ebook content and online resources..

The Course Collection (on the ground floor) holds multiple copies of essential course texts. Use Library Search to locate the books in the Course Collection.

For related topics view other relevant subject guides. 


The Library has an expanding collection of ebooks. Library Search will search across our ebook content.  Use your LSE network username and password to access.  Major collections include:

Finding books not held by the Library

You can search Library catalogues from all over the world to identify material. If you can't get to the holding Library, then you can request material via our Inter Lending service.

COPAC is a joint catalogue of major UK research libraries including LSE, British Library, UCL, King's, Wellcome Library, Oxford and Cambridge.

As an LSE student you will be able to use most other libraries of the University of London.

There will be other specialist libraries and collections in London. Check their admission requirements before visiting. 

Finding journal articles

Most of the time you should be able to find and access the articles you need throughLibrary 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. 

  • To see if full text is available, click on LSEFullTextlogo
  • Databases can also include information on book reviews, book chapters, grey literature, government reports, theses and so on.

When we don't provide access to the full text of the articles you need you can request them through the interlending service

Key databases

Use all the Subject guides to identify and locate the widest range of online resources in politics, economics, geography, history, political economy, law, philosophy, and international relations.

CIAO: Columbia Affairs International Online

  • Content and coverage: International relations & international affairs. Abstracts and references to journal articles, books, theses, government publications and reports, policy briefs & case studies. Includes the full text of working papers from over 50 institutions and think tanks, and some full text conference proceedings.


  • Content and coverage: Premium database for Economics. Abstracts and references to journal articles, books, working papers etc.

European Sources Online (ESO)

  • Content: A useful starting place, ESO provides access to information on the institutions and activities of the European Union, the countries, regions and other international organisations of Europe and enables you to keep up to date with developments in the European Union and the rest of Europe. It also allows you to find an expert selection of information on European topics from a very wide range of information sources - journal articles, news, official documents, legislation, working papers etc.


  • Content: Articles, conferences and book chapter references with some abstracts from humanities and social sciences (bias is towards Humanities). Good non-UK coverage as produced by the Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique.

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)

  • Content: Broad range of social science topics, particularly strong on Anthropology, Economics, Politics & Sociology. Abstracts and references to journal articles, book reviews and chapters from edited books.

IPSA International Political Science Abstracts

  • Content: Produced by the International Political Science Association it offers abstracts and references to journal articles from 900 leading journals in political science. Some full text within the database.

Web Of Knowledge

  • Content: There are 3 ISI files which can be cross searched: Science, Social Science and Arts & Humanities.
  • Coverage: Abstracts and references to journal articles and book reviews.
  • Features:
    • Enables citation searching in addition to searching by keyword.
    • Set up citation alerts to inform you of new entries citing your key papers.

PAIS International (Public Affairs Information Service)

  • Content: Public affairs abstracts and references to journal articles, books, theses, government publications and some grey literature.

Race Relations Abstracts

  • Coverage: Abstracts and references to journal articles,
  • Available via EBSCO so can cross search with their other databases

Official publications

The Library has extensive collections of government and intergovernmental publications including one of the largest European Documentation Centres in the UK (for official EU publications from 1952 onwards.) 

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.

Use Library Search to locate these materials.  


  • Nexis  - worldwide newspapers in text form only covering 1980 onwards. It is updated daily. This service is text only and does not include any images.
  • Factiva - worldwide news services, trade magazines. It includes the major European news service, Agence Europe
  • 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.


See the Library's archives and special collections overview to see the highlights of the collections.  

Data Library

Our Data Library provides an extensive range of data resources for your research including Eurostat, OECD, and Eurobarometer. The Library Companion for Data Users provides an introduction and guidance on using the data resources.

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 other databases mentioned previously will index theses in addition to journal articles, book reviews etc. The resources listed below will give access to the fullest UK & US bibliographic theses data.

  • EThOS - UK theses. Some will be freely available immediately, others can be ordered.
  • 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. 
  • DART-Europe - for European research theses. Full text sometimes available.
  • Library Search also includes listings for African, Australian, Canadian and Hong Kong theses databases.
  • The 'Retrospective index to theses of GB and Ireland 1716-1950. v.1 Social sciences and humanities' can be found in the Reference Collection Z5055.G B5

Use the Interlending service for theses that are not held at LSE. (Select Inter-lending on Library Search to request items.)

Current research

  • LSE Research Online is a collection of research produced by LSE staff. It often contains content which is full text and freely available.
  • OAIster contains details of research being undertaken globally.

Working Papers

Working papers are an excellent source for discovering new research areas and works in progress. Various databases hold working papers on European integration 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

Conference Papers

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