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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 most  from 1980 onwards. Updated daily. (except the FT which has a 30 day time delay)
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
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.
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 PeriodicalsTimes Digital Archive, Daily Mail Digital Archive
Proquest Historical newspapers
Includes the full text of the Guardian 1821-2003 and the Observer 1791-2003. Later issues can be accessed via NEXIS
Times Digital Archive 1785-2008
Full text of the famous newspaper. Includes scanned images of photographs and original advertisements.
Financial Times Historical Archive 1888-2009
Daily Mail Historical Archive 1896-2004

Foreign Newspapers

New York Times 1851-2010
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. There is also a full text archive searchable by date or keyword of all issues from 1986.
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.

Many more links to free key news services and digital libraries can be found on the Library's delicious website.

Government documents

An increasing number of government departments now have websites where you can find the latest press releases, reports, regulations and statistical data. Here are some UK examples.

Gov.uk is the central entry point to UK government publications online

The Equality and Human Rights Commission also has relevant materials

Public Information Online
Provides LSE staff and students with access to full text government documents and reports from the UK parliament from 2006 onwards.
Legislation UK
Provides free access to the full text of all legislation (acts of Parliament, laws and statutory instruments) from 1988 onwards. Many materials prior to 1988 can also be downloaded but in most cases revisions are not available

Intergovernmental organisations

The Library has a special collection of materials from key and intergovernmental organisations. These include publications, statistics and reports.

  • European Union - The Library is a European Union Documentation Centre and has legislation, COM Documents, Statistics and the Official Journal.
  • United Nations - The Library is also a UN documentation centre. This includes UNICEF and UNIFEM documents which deal directly with gender issues.
  • Other key collections which contain information about the roles and position of men and women include materials from the OECD, World Bank and International Labour Organization.

Internet resources

Increasingly reports from international organisations are accessible free of charge on the internet. Key examples are:

Free statistics sites 

An increasing number of international organisations are offering free access to their statistics online.

  • Gender statistics offers free access to statistics relating to Gender from the World Bank - topics covered include demographics, education, health and political participation. United Nations Statistics on Men and Women website - in 6 fields of population, families, health, education, work and decision making.
  • United Nations Commission for Europe
    Statistics database has a section on men and women in Europe.
  • Social Institutions and Gender Index 
    Measure of gender discrimination in 102 non-OECD nations. Covers civil liberties, family and ownership rights.
  • Gender and Land Rights Database
    Free access to information from the FAO
  • IPU (Interparliamentary Union ) has a Women in politics website which has comparative data relating to women's political representation worldwide.

Audiovisual Materials: Film Collection

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, refine by the options on the left handside of the screen- collections, course collection, videos.

Image Databases

  • JISC Media Hub (Access using Firefox) Formerly known as Education Image Gallery. Log in using the option Uk Federation. Locate thousands of current and historical photographs, prints and other still images. Includes the Getty still image collection containing over 12,000 images of political, cultural, and social history, covering the major events of recent world history.

Moving Image Databases

  • Box of Broadcasts(UK Access only). Streaming TV service. Access TV and radio programmes from obver 60 channels. Includes BBC TV and radio plus 10 foreign language channels. Content is from 2007 onwards. You can also search for TV listings and times using the TRILT database.
  • JISC Media Hub allows cross searching of a large collection of online video materials. These include news reels from ITN and Reuters. Choose the access using the UK Federation option. Use Firefox if possible. 
  • ScreenOnline   a service offered by the BFI (British Film Institute). It provides free access to thousands of video images, sound extracts, still photographs, time lines and essays relating to the history of British film and television. Topics covered include sitcoms and the development of the BBC.
  • Remember that an increasing number of programmes, films and images can now be found on the Internet. Look at our recommended video search engines via the Library delicious account. They also include online links to academic lectures and documentaries. 

Special collections

The Library has an extensive collections relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history. These include the Hall-Carpenter Archives, Britain's major resource for the study of gay activism in the post 1957 period. Also available are papers and documents from other leading organisations and individuals. The materials provide extensive primary source information on the struggle for gay rights during this period. A full listing of the items held and a link to the Archives catalogue (which is separate from the main Library catalogue) can be found on the Archives and Special Collections website.

In addition, the Women's Library @ LSE has substantial printed, archival and museum collections relating to all aspects of women's studies.  Further details and catalogues can be found on its website. For an insight into the depth of the collections see the Women's Library @ LSE Digital Library.

This includes digital versions of rare books from the 17th-20th century