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Specialist resources

Online resources

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

The Library has a Delicious account with some suggestions online resources.  There is a Government tag but do have a look at the other tags to see what else may be relevant.

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:

The Data Library team is also available to assist with any queries you may have about finding data or using individual resources.  The level of support depends our knowledge of the resource.

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 and OAIster


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

LSE PhD Theses are indexed on Library Search.  Carry out a search and then limit to 'Dissertations, Academic'.  You can identify theses from Government by typing "Government" into the author field. 

More recent theses and some older material is available via LSE Theses Online

Two heavily used resources for finding mainly doctoral theses are detailed below:

  • Proquest Dissertations and Theses contains PhD, M.Phil and Masters theses mainly from North America
  • Index to Theses contains UK and Irish PhD and M.Phil theses from 1716 to the present day.  Some records contain links to the full text which is available via EThOS.