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Your Academic Support Librarian 

Paul Horsler

Telephone: 020 7955 6354

Email: p.n.horsler@lse.ac.uk


International History

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 (1st 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.  

Subject areas within the Library
 Subject Classmark  Floor
Auxiliary sciences of history   C-CT  3
History: general and old world  D-DU  3
History: Americas   E-F  3
International Law  JX-JZ  1

Many courses at LSE now use Reading Lists @ LSE


The Library has a growing number of  ebooks accessible to LSE staff and students using your network username and password via Library Search. Major collections include:

  • MyiLibrary - includes many essential reading texts

Finding books not held by the Library

You can search Library catalogues from all over the world to identify material. If you can't get to the holding Library, then you can request material via our Inter Lending service.

COPAC is a joint catalogue of major UK research libraries including LSE, the British Library, UCL, King's, Wellcome Library, Oxford, Cambridge.

Use Search25 to find books located in the libraries of universities in the London area.

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

Key databases for International History

Official publications

Official publications contain a range of 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.

Government documents

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.

Intergovernmental organisations

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.

There is a large collection of materials published by IGOs held in the Library.


Newspapers form a valuable part of research as they provide a description of events at the time.  For those researching  recent topics, LSE has access to Nexis UK and Factiva. 

  • Gale News Vault provides access to a range of newspapers from the 17th century including The Times, Financial Times, Economist and Daily Mail.  These can also be searched individually.
  • Nexis UK provides full text access of newspapers and newswire services from around the world.  It includes the full text of UK daily newspapers since 1980.
  • Factiva provides a similar service but with an emphasis on business and trade news.  Only 5 users can be logged in at any one time.
  • 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.


Archives form a major part of historical research with LSE archives and the Women's Library making a significant contribution. Some of the key collections include: 

A selection of material from both collections is available via the LSE Digital Library

Online resources

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

  • Empire Online is a collection of primary source materials including diaries and travel logs relating to Empire Studies.
  • Churchill archive includes private letters, speeches and other key historical documents.
  • Stalin digital archive makes available around 28,000 documents pertinent to Stalin's personal biography, his work in government and his conduct of foreign affairs.

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 it is only available from specific machines in the Library itself whilst other data is held offline and needs to be required from the Data Library. 

Our Moodle course: Library Companion for Data Users provides a good introduction to our resources and will help you locate material. 

Two of the most commonly used datasets within International History are:

Online and offline data provided by the Data Library can only be used by current LSE staff and students in pursuit of LSE related academic research. 

The Data Library team is also available to assist with any queries you may have about finding data or using individual resources.  The level of support depends our knowledge of the resource.

Open Access

LSE Research Online is a collection of research produced by LSE staff.  It often contains contents which is full text and freely available. 

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


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.

Special collections

The Library has a large collection of microfilm and microfiche.  Items held on this medium include the State Department Confidential, British Cabinet minutes 1880-1916, and a selection of holdings from the Comintern.  Further information about this collection can be obtained directly from the Library contact for the Department of International History, Paul Horsler