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Specialist resources

UK Theses

  • LSE Theses Online contains some full text LSE PhD theses. Note that many older items are still only available in paper
  • The British Library is currently digitising British Theses in a project called Ethos. Your first step should be to search this to see what is available online. You will need to register before downloading and there is no fee for this.
  • However, not all theses are currently online. For a comprehensive search you should  Index to Theses (for abstracts to all PhD theses submitted in British and Irish institutions since 1715). Once you have found the items you can place an Interlibrary loan request via the Interlending link on Library Search. 

Foreign Theses

  • Dissertations & Theses is an index to theses from mainly North American Universities. You can access the full text of over 10,000 titles completed since 1997 and references to all those submitted since 1861. If an item you need is not in full text online, you can place an interlibrary loan request via the Interlending link on Library Search. 
  • An increasing number of universities overseas are also making full text theses available via the Internet. See theses in our recommended links via the Library's delicious account.

Data Library

The Library provides free access to a number of  general databases that contain country level economic and politics data. These include coverage of gender issues

Economist Intelligence Unit Country reports contain basic social and economic data..

 OECD iLibrary also contains a number of useful publications on the economic position of women

Free Internet sites

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

The Women's Library @ LSE

 The Women's Lbrary @ 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 which also provides regular updates on its redevelopment at LSE. For an insight into the depth of the collections see the The Women's Library @ LSE Digital Library . This includes Digital versions of rare books

Current Research

A quick way of keeping up to date with the latest articles is to set up a current contents alert. This enables you to automatically receive via email tables of contents from you favourite journal titles as soon as they are published. Zetoc is an excellent service which enables you to create lists from 1,000s of titles

Finding new research papers

  • Keep up to date with new developments in your field. A good starting point is the ESRC website which is a central funding body for UK research in the social sciences. 
  • LSE Library has a scoop.it page which links to recent free full text online gender studies reports
  • Examples of recent research papers are listed on LSE Research Online. see the RSS feed below of the latest items