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International Relations

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.  

Main Collection locations are as follows:

  • 1st floor - international relations and development economics, classmark JX; Defence, war, and military, classmarks U - UH
  • 2nd floor - comparative politics, classmark JF; European politics, classmark JN; US politics, classmark JK 
  • 3rd floor - world histories, classmarks D17 - D24.5.

Disciplines related to International Relations include Government, International History, and Law.

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

Key International Relations databases

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.

For International Relations start with:

  • PAIS International covers articles in public policy, public affairs, international relations, social policy.
  • Web Of Science - provides access to articles covering all aspects of the sciences, social sciences and humanities. Many dating from the 19th century onwards. Also enables you to quickly locate highly cited articles in your subject area.

Other major electronic resources with relevance for IR include:

  • African journals online. African Journals Online provides free access to tables of contents and abstracts from over 150 journal titles published in Africa. They cover the health sciences, social sciences and African culture.
  • Armed Conflict Database enables users to find information, generate reports and download data on armed conflicts and wars worldwide.
  • International organizations online provides access to the full text of the current issue of Yearbook of International Organizations containing basic reference information about international bodies, organisations and agencies worldwide.
  • Peace Research Abstracts indexes journal articles on all aspects of peace studies, conflict resolution and international security.
  • EIU country reports. A searchable database of reports produced by the Economist intelligence Unit. They provide detailed political and economic analysis of over 200 nations worldwide.
  • Latin American newsletters. This site provides access to the full text of a collection of newsletters providing information on recent political and economic developments in Latin America.

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. As well as:

  • European Sources Online (ESO) is an online database which provides information on the institutions and activities of the European Union.

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. 

  • 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.

Both Nexis and Factiva provide access to the BBC Monitoring service which provides English translations of news events from around the world, "showing not only what the media are reporting, but how they are telling the story".

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 OpenDOARand 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.

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. 

As International Relations students aren't heavy users of data, our Moodle course called the Library Companion for Data Users provides a good introduction to our resources and will help you locate material. 

  • The UK Data Archive (sometimes still called by its old name of ESDS) is the quickest source for international data from governments and IGOs.
  • Zephyr although primarily a Mergers and Acquisitions database, Zephyr also contains information on Sovereign Wealth Funds, a topic of growing interest.
  • Global Insights offers comprehensive economic coverage of countries, regions and industries.

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.

Conference papers

Conference papers can be a useful source of information on current research. A few resources can help you with this:

  • ZETOC - Index to conference papers 1992- . No full-text, simply tells you where to find the paper concerned eg: in a book or journal.