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Journal articles and online resources

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

Social science databases

Biosis Previews via the Web Of Knowledge 

  • Content: Comprehensive biology, life sciences and biomedical research database
  • Coverage: Abstracts and references to journal articles, meetings, books and patents. The Library catalogue takes you to the parent Web of Knowledge page - from here choose the select a database option to choose Biosis Previews 
  • Updates: Weekly

CINAHL plus with full text 

  • Content: Comprehensive nursing and allied health research database
  • Coverage: Full text of hundreds of journals and books

Cochrane Library 

  • Content: Medical & psychological topics in a collection of evidence - based medicine databases including the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Includes withdrawn information

Global Health 

  • Content: Specialist bibliographic, abstracting and indexing database covering public health research and practice
  • Coverage: Over 3500 journals, plus reports, books and conferences
  • Updated: Weekly

History of Science, Technology & Medicine 

  • Content: Combines four different databases (including one from the Wellcome Library) on the history of science, technology and medicine
  • Coverage: Abstracts and references to journal articles, conference proceedings and book details

ISI Web of Science via the Web Of Knowledge 

  • Content: 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
  • Updates: Weekly

 NHS Evidence: Health Information Resources  (formerly National Library for Health)

  • Content:  The digital library of health related resources for the UK public, NHS staff and patients. It provides free access to health related news stories, UK government health policy documents, journal articles, NHS guidelines on health care and a number of databases relating to medical care and health
  • Coverage: LSE Library has access to the freely available sections of the website-there is no access to any parts of the site requiring login.


  • Content:  Maintained by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Center for Communication Programs. Covers reproductive health, demography, and related areas.
  • Coverage: References and abstracts to journal articles, books, reports and unpublished reports. Some links to full text. 
  • Updates: Every Monday


  • Content: Premium database for Psychology & Psychiatry
  • Coverage: Abstracts and references to journal articles, conferences, book reviews, some theses and chapters from edited books
  • Updates: Weekly


  • Content: Premium medical database supplied by the National Library of Medicine. Freely available online
  • Coverage: Abstracts and references to journal articles and book reviews
  • Updates: Variable throughout the year, but usually daily or weekly


  • Content: Abstract database containing citations covering scientific, technical, medical and social sciences fields and, more recently, also in the arts and humanities.
  • Coverage: The largest abstract and citation database containing both peer-reviewed research literature and quality web sources.
  • Updates: Daily

Social Care Online (formerly Care Data)

  • Content: Social Care topics provided by the Social Care Institute for Excellence. Freely available
  • Coverage: Abstracts and references to journal articles, books, research briefings, government reports, legislation, news, working papers, websites. Social Care Online incorporates the Care Data and AgeInfo resources. Mostly UK coverage. Some full text access
  • Updates: Weekly