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Journal articles and online resources

Journal articles

Library Search is a fast and intuitive library search system that enables you to search a wide range of LSE Library content, including journal articles, all in one place.

Note: Not all resources are available via Library Search and it is recommended to also search relevant databases individually. 

If you are conducting research on a topic and do not have a reading list, we recommend starting with Library Search and searching individual databases. See the suggested list of databases below..

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Databases can also include information on book reviews, book chapters, grey literature, government reports, theses and so on.

Online information resources

Use 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.

General Social Science Databases 

CIAO: Columbia Affairs International Online

  • 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.
  • Date range: 1991-
  • Updates: Monthly


  • Premium database for Economics. Abstracts and references to journal articles, books, working papers etc.
  • Date Range: 1969-
  • Updates: Monthly

European Sources Online (ESO)

  • 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 and find an expert selection of information on European topics from a very wide range of information sources - journal articles, news articles, official documents, legislation, working papers etc.
  • Date Range: 1969-
  • Updates: Monthly


  • Article, 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
  • Date range: 1984-
  • Updates: Monthly

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences(IBSS)

  • 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.
  • Date range: 1951-
  • Updates: Weekly

ISI Citation Indexes via the Web Of Knowledge

  • 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
  • Date range: 1956-
  • Updates: Weekly
  • Features:
    • Enables citation searching in addition to searching by keyword
    • Set up citation alerts to inform you of new entries citing your key papers

Science Direct

  • ScienceDirect provides access to 11 million full text journal articles and ebooks, plus some encyclopedias and reference works covering all aspects of science, technology and medicine. This includes materials relevant to the study of  business and management; decision sciences; economics and environmental sciences.
  • Date Range: 1995-


  • Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database containing both peer-reviewed research literature and quality web sources. With over 20,500 titles from more than 5,000 publishers in the scientific, technical, medical and social sciences fields and also in the arts and humanities.
  • Date range: 1823-
  • Updates: Daily