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
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
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. Further finding aids are available via the above pages.
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 newpapers 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.
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".