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Journal articles and online resources

Journal articles

Library Search is a fast and intuitve library search system which enables you to search a wide range of LSE Library content, including journal articles, all in one place.
If you are conducting research on a topic and do not have a reading list, we recommend starting with Library Search and searching individual online databases.

Access Library Search from the Library homepage|.

  • Do not assume a Google or Google Scholar search will find all articles - the Library provides specialist and powerful databases.
  • Our databases cover materials from a wide range of publishers so will provide more information than you could retrieve from a single publisher's ejournal site.
  • Some databases will link to the full text of article - look for the  LSEFullTextlogobutton ; others will give you bibliographic details only.
  • Databases can also include details of book reviews, book chapters, grey literature.
  • Not all relevant resources for all topics are available via Library Search and sometimes it is necessary to search individual databases.

To research articles on legal topics:

  • Search Library Search with your subject key words for journal article content.
  • Search Westlaw UK, Lexis Library or Hein Online separately for more in depth legal journal content.

There is extensive full text coverage of current law journals via Westlaw UK (select Services then Westlaw International for non-UK materials) and Lexis Library (select Sources for separate jurisdictions).

  • Hein Online(US law journal archives and more), and JSTOR major social science journals archive) include large backsets of many titles.

Print law journals are on the first floor with the classmarks JX or K. Titles at the same classmark, are shelved alphabetically by title.

Law journal indexes

Use these services to research across a wide range of legal publishers and journal content.

Legal Journals Index (1986- ) via Westlaw UK|: Content and coverage:  Abstracts and references to legal journal articles published in UK publications since 1986. Links to full text articles where available.

Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals via Hein Online|: Content: Abstracts and references to non-US and non-UK articles published in legal journals with extensive coverage of foreign language material since 1981.

Criminal Justice Abstracts: Content and coverage: Criminology & related areas - abstracts and references to journal articles, book reviews and book chapters since 1987. Links to full text articles where available. 

Key social science journal indexes

For broad coverage on the whole range of social science topics use:

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences| (IBSS)

  • Content: Broad range of social science topics, particularly strong on Anthropology, Economics, Politics & Sociology. Abstracts and references to journal articles, book reviews and chapters from edited books.
  • Date range: 1951-
  • Updates: Weekly

ISI Citation Indexes via the Web Of Science|

  • Coverage: Abstracts and references to journal articles and book reviews
  • Date range: 1956-
  • Updates: Weekly
  • Features:
  • Enables citation searching in addition to searching by keyword
  • Set up citation alerts to inform you of new entries citing your key papers

Science Direct|

  • Content:  ScienceDirect provides access to 11 million full text journal articles and ebooks, plus some encyclopedias and reference works. This includes materials relevant to the study of  business and management; decision sciences; economics and marketing.
  • Date Range: 1995-


  • Content: Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database containing both peer-reviewed research literature and quality web sources. With over 20,500 titles from more than 5,000 publishers in the scientific, technical, medical and social sciences fields as well as in the arts and humanities, it is useful for legal research topics.
  • Date range: 1823-
  • Updates: Daily  

Please note that the majority our online legal resources are available to current LSE staff and students only. If you are not a member of LSE, please check before you visit that you can access the resources that you require.