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Your Academic Support Librarian 

Daniel Payne

Telephone: 020 7955 6272

Email: d.payne1@lse.ac.uk

Daniel Payne



Library Search

  • Use Library Search to search for books, journals and online resources. 
  • Use the location and classmark included in each catalogue record to locate material or ask a member of staff

Course books

The Course Collection (ground floor) contains copies of essential texts from your reading list. These books can be borrowed for 3 days and renewed if no one else requests them. 

Many of these books will be available as ebooks on Library Search.  


The Library has an expanding ebook collection. They are accessible to LSE staff and students by using their network username and password. 

Major collections include:

Collection Arrangement

Showing the subject area, the classmark range and the floor that corresponds
 Subject  Classmark Floor
 Political Science  JA  2 
 Political Theory  JC  2
 Government and administration  JF  2
 Politics (UK)  JN101 to JN1589  2
 Politics (European)  JN  2


Locating books outside the Library

  • Use COPAC to find books located in the major UK research libraries
  • Use Search25 to find books located in the libraries of universities in the London area
  • Use KVK and Worldcat to find virtually all the books published on your topic worldwide
  • Use the Inter-Library Lending system for books that you cannot easily get to yourself via the Interlending option on Library Search.

Finding journal articles

Most of the time you should be able to find and access the articles you need through Library 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

Article databases for Government

Official publications

Official publications contain a range of information. Since its foundation, the Library has collected material published by governments on a global basis. This information comes in a variety of forms such as reports of working parties, departmental publications and parliamentary papers.

Government documents

The Library is strongest in publications published by the British government and the United States Federal government. Further information is available via the Government Publications page.

The main electronic resources for the above governments are

Intergovernmental organisations

The Library holds specialist status as a European Documentation Centre and as 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.

There is a large collection of materials published by IGOs held in the Library.


Newspapers form a valuable part of research as they provide a description of events at the time. 

For those researching recent topics, the Library has access to: 

  • Nexis UK provides full text access of newpapers and newswire services from around the world.  It includes the full text of UK daily newspapers since 1980.
  • Factiva provides a similar service but with an emphasis on business and trade news.  Only 5 users can be logged in at any one time.
  • 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.

The main historical newspaper resources are:

  • Gale News Vault provides access to a range of newspapers from the 17th century including The Times, Financial Times, Economist and Daily Mail.  These can also be search individually.

Archives and special collections

Archives and special collections form a major part of historical research to which the Women's Library @ LSE makes a contribution and can be used to gain insights about current topics. 

A selection of material from both collections is available via the LSE Digital Library.

Online resources

The Library has many online resources relating to Government. Below are a few collections of note:

  • European Sources Online is an online database which provides information on the institutions and activities of the European Union.

Data Library

The Data Library contains a wide range of data and statistics from across the globe.  Access is usually available online or in print.  In some cases it is only available from specific machines in the Library itself whilst other data is held offline and needs to be requested from the Data Library.  The Moodle course called the Library Companion for Data Users provides a good introduction to our resources and will help you locate material. 

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.  It cannot be used for commercial purposes.

Two of the most commonly used datasets within Government are shown below:

  • ICPSR maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data.

The Data Library team is also available to assist with any queries you may have about finding data or using individual resources.

Current research

LSE Research Online is a collection of research produced by LSE staff.  It often contains contents which is full text and freely available.  Recently added items include:

Two major collections of open access repositories around the world are OpenDOAR andOAIster


Theses are a valuable resource for researchers as they  provide an overview of previous research and provide access to cutting edge research.

  • LSE Theses online contains many full text LSE PhD theses. Older items that are not available online are available in the Library.

One heavily used resource for finding PhD theses is:

  • 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.