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Ellen Wilkinson

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Specialist resources

Online resources

The 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.

The LSE Library has created a Delicous account with suggestions of good free online resources. Each resource is tagged to describe the content and these tags are browsable. There is a development tag| but do have a look at the other tags to see what else may be relevant. 


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 shown below.

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 content which is full text and freely available. This is constantly updated and displayed below are examples of some of the most recently added items from the International Development Department.

If you are interested in including your own research please contact staff at|

Two major collections of open access repositories around the world are OpenDOAR| and OAIster|.


Proquest Dissertations and Theses
|Contains PhD, M.Phil & Masters theses/dissertations, mostly from North America, but titles from other areas are included. LSE subscribes to the Humanities and Social Sciences sub-set, but brief details are available for more recent years in all topic areas

Index to Theses
|Contains UK & Irish PhD & M.Phil theses from 1716 to the present day. From 1986 onwards abstracts are included although many are now being added prior to that date.

LSE Theses are indexed on the Library Search|. Carry out a search and then limit your results to Theses under the Collection option. You can also type International Development into the search box to see all LSE theses for the department and then limit your results to Theses under the Collection option. Some older theses will be catalogued under the author Development Studies as the old name of the Department.

More recent LSE theses and some older material is also available online throughLSE Theses Online. The theses are browsable by department.

For more information on finding theses from LSE, the UK and the rest of the world, please see the Theses and Dissertations