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Andra Fry

International Development

Our subject guide will help you find the best resources for your studies and research

Books on your reading list

Use Library Search to access online resources and get classmarks for print material.

The Library is divided into a number of collections so make sure to note down the full location of the item you want. 

Course Collection

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. 

Most reading lists are now available via Reading Lists @ LSE

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. When we don't provide access to the full text of the articles you need you can request them through the interlending service

Databases   for International Development

Business Source Complete

  • Content: Business, finance, marketing, management, news and some more general social science topics.

CAB Direct

  • Content: Includes both the Rural Development Abstracts and Global Health.

CIAO: Columbia Affairs International Online

  • Content: International relations & international affairs.

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)

  • Content: Broad range of social science topics, particularly strong on Anthropology, Economics, Politics & Sociology.

IPSA International Political Science Abstracts

  • Content: Produced by the International Political Science Association covering all aspects of government and politics.

ISI Web of Science

  • Content: There are 3 ISI files which can be cross searched: Science, Social Science and Arts & Humanities.

PAIS International (Public Affairs Information Service)

  • Content: Covers public affairs, international relations, social policy and other social science subjects.

Race Relations Abstracts

  • Content: A range of aspects on race and ethnicity. It includes coverage of race relations, racial discrimination, the psychology of race and post colonialism.


  • Content: Abstract database containing citations covering scientific, technical, medical and social sciences fields and, more recently, also in the arts and humanities.

Databases for Developing Countries


  • Content: African women, Africana periodical literature database and Women travellers, explorers and missionaries to Africa.
  • Coverage: Provides access to 4 databases Indexing over 700 journals

African Journals online 

  • Content: Cover the health sciences, social sciences and African culture
  • Coverage: Provides free access to tables of contents and abstracts from over 150 journal titles published in Africa. 

Latin American Newsletters

  • Content: Recent political and economic developments in Latin America.
  • Coverage: This site provides access to the full text of a collection of newsletters  


Many newspaper websites offer free access to the latest headlines and stories. We provide you with access to searchable back files via the Library subscription services listed below:

  • Nexis  - contains the full text of a large number of UK and foreign newspapers most  from 1980 onwards. Updated daily.
  • Factiva  - has extensive English language and foreign coverage. Emphasis upon business and trade news.
  • 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.

Historic newspapers

  • Gale NewsVault - cross search a number of leading historical collections including the 17th-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers; 19th Century British Library Newspapers; 19th Century UK Periodicals.
  • ProQuest Historical newspapers  - includes the full text of the Guardian 1821-2003 and the Observer 1791-2003. Later issues can be accessed via Nexis

Policy and legislation

Most departments have websites where you can find the latest press releases, reports, regulations and statistical data. Some UK examples:

  • Public Information Online  - LSE staff and students can access the full text of UK government documents and reports since 2006.

Audiovisual materials

  • Box of Broadcasts (UK Access only)  - a streaming TV service. Access TV and radio programmes from over 60 channels. Includes BBC TV and radio plus 10 foreign language channels. Content is from 2007 onwards. Transcripts are available for TV and radio news programmes. You can also search for TV Listings using the TRILT database.
  • MediaPlus - (Formerly Jisc MediaHub) provides access to some historic media images and sound collections these include: ITN, Getty images and Wellcome Library images.

Online resources

LSE Library has lots of online resources relating to International Development. Below are a few collections of particular note.

  • ELDIS Country index with the main development projects and links to key organisations, such as development banks and aid agencies. Provides access to reports by subject area or by country. 
  • World Development Reports  This site from the World Bank offers the full text of the latest World Development Report, plus full-text versions of some of the earlier ones and a preview of the next report. Also offered are full-text versions of the background papers and links to related resources.

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 is only available from specific machines in the Library itself and other data is held offline and needs to be requested from the Data Library. The Moodle course called the Library Companion for Data Users has a good introduction to our resources and will help you locate material

Two of the most commonly used datasets amongst International Development researchers are:

  • UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics.This site from the UN has data relevant to the analysis of world trade, investment and development. Some of the data dates back to 1950.
  • WDI Online. The World Development Indicators contains statistical data on over 550 development indicators. Data includes social, economic, financial, natural resources, and environmental indicators. Annual time series data from 1960 - 2003.

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.