Official publications contain a range of historic 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
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
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.
The Library holds a large collection of materials published by IGOs.
The two main databases used to access news articles are Nexis UK and Factiva. These provide the full text of articles from a huge range of newspaper but do not include any images or the original page layout. The Library also has a number of databases covering back-runs of particular newspapers which do contain images.
Provides the full text of newspapers and newswire services from around the world. It includes the full text of UK daily newspapers from 1980 to the present day. It is updated daily.
Also has extensive English language and foreign coverage. The emphasis is on business and trade news. Note that LSE only has 5 concurrent log ins.
For information on the Library's archival holdings and services, see the Archives pages