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Journal articles and online resources

Journal articles

Library Search is a fast and intuitive library search system that enables you to search a wide range of LSE Library content, including journal articles, all in one place.

Note: Not all resources are available via Library Search and it is recommended to also search relevant databases individually.

If you are conducting research on a topic and do not have a reading list, we recommend starting with Library Search and searching individual databases. See the suggested list of databases below.

  • Do not assume a simple Google search will find all articles. Our databases cover materials from a wide range of publishers so will provide more information than you could retrieve from a single publisher's ejournal site.
  • To see if full text is available, click on the LSEFullTextlogobutton
  • Databases can also include information on book reviews, book chapters, grey literature, government reports, theses and so on.

Online information resources

Use the Subject guides to identify and locate the widest range of online resources in politics, economics, geography, history, political economy, law, philosophy, and international relations.

Search the A-Z List of journals for particular journal titles you are interested in.

Databases  for International Development


Business Source Complete

  • Content: Business, finance, marketing, management, news and some more general social science topics
  • Coverage: Abstracts and references to journal articles, trade papers etc. Some full text available.
  • Updates: Daily

CAB Direct

  • Content: Includes both the Rural Development Abstracts and Global Health.
  • Coverage: Abstracts and references to journal articles, reviews, news articles and reports

CIAO: Columbia Affairs International Online

  • Content: International relations & international affairs.
  • Coverage: Abstracts and references to journal articles, books, theses, government publications and reports, policy briefs & Case studies. Includes the full text of working papers from over 50 institutions and think tanks, and some full text conference proceedings.
  • Updates: Monthly

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)

  • Content: Broad range of social science topics, particularly strong on Anthropology, Economics, Politics & Sociology.
  • Coverage: Abstracts and references to journal articles, book reviews and chapters from edited books.
  • Updates: Weekly

 IPSA International Political Science Abstracts

  • Content: Produced by the International Political Science Association covering all aspects of government and politics.
  • Coverage: Abstracts and references to journal articles from 900 leading journals in political science. Some full text within the database.

ISI Web of Science

  • 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

PAIS International (Public Affairs Information Service)

  • Content: Covers public affairs, international relations, social policy and other social science subjects.
  • Coverage: Abstracts and references to journal articles, books, theses, government publications and some grey literature.
  • Updates: Monthly  

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.
  • Coverage: Abstracts and references to journal articles.


  • 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

Databases for Developing Countries


  • Content: African women, Africana periodical literature database and Women travelers, 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