Specialist resources

Current Research

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

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 PhD Theses are indexed on Library Search.    More recent theses and some older material is available via LSE Theses Online

Two heavily used resources for finding mainly doctoral theses are detailed below:

  • Proquest Dissertations and Theses contains PhD, M.Phil and Masters theses mainly from North America
  • Index to Theses contains UK and Irish PhD and M.Phil theses from 1716 to the present day.  Some records contain links to the full text which is available via EThOS

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
  • International Country Risk Guide (ICRG) contains a number of tabulated statistics for economic, financial and political risk
  • Zephyr - although primarily a Mergers and Acquisitions database, Zephyr also contains information on Sovereign Wealth Funds, a topic of growing interest.

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.
  • ISI Proceedings on Web of Knowledge, 1990 onwards.