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Your Academic Support Librarian 

Nancy Graham

Telephone: 020 7955 7946

Email: n.graham1@lse.ac.uk 

Nancy Graham


Library Search

Use Library Search to discover books, journals and online resources.

Use the table below as a quick guide to some of the main classmarks for mathematics.

A table to show the classmark for certain maths subject areas
Subject  Classmark 
Mathematical analysis QA300
Mathematical economics HB135
Statistical methods HA29
Graph theory QA166
Probabilities QA273
Mathematical statistics QA276
Operational research T56.7


Course books

The Course Collection (1st floor) contains multiple copies of essential course texts.

Many courses at LSE now use Reading Lists @ LSE to display course reading lists. 


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:

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.

See our information on using other libraries for links to other University and National Libraries.   

Journal articles

If you are conducting research on a topic and do not have a reading list, we recommend starting with Library Search and searching individual databases.

  • Do not assume a simple Google search will find all articles. 
  • 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 - others will give you bibliographic details only.
  • Databases can also include information on book reviews, book chapters, grey literature, government reports, theses and so on.

Key databases

Use the Subject guides to identify and locate a wide range of online resources to support your studies and research in mathematics and statistics.   

A searchable database of reviews, abstracts and bibliographic information for much of the mathematical sciences literature. Over 100,000 new items are added each year, most of them classified according to the Mathematics Subject Classification.

Mathematics makes great use of pre-print versions of articles in repositories which can be found in the following databases

  • ArXiv - Open access to e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics.

For broad coverage on the whole range of social science topics you can also try:

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 Knowledge

  • Content: There are 3 ISI files which can be cross searched: Science, Social Science and Arts & Humanities.
  • 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 encyclopedia and reference works covering all aspects of science, technology and medicine. 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 and also in the arts and humanities.
  • Date range: 1823-
  • Updates: Daily    

Data Library

The Data Library contains a wide range of data and statistics from across the globe. In some cases data is only available from specific machines in the Library. 

Although there are no specific data sources recommended for mathematics, the Moodle course, Library Companion for Data Users, provides a good introduction to data resources and will help you locate material. 

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.

All our datasets are listed on Library Search.  Visitors should note that these resources are only available to current LSE staff and students.   

The Data Library team are also available to assist with any queries you may have about finding data or using individual resources. 

Current research and Open Access

LSE Research Online is a collection of research produced by LSE staff and is regularly updated with new full text material and citations.

Two major collections of open access repositories around the world are OpenDOAR andOAIster

 Conference Papers

  • ZETOC - Index to conference papers 1992-present. No full-text, simply tells you where to find the paper concerned, such as in a book or journal.
  • ISI Proceedings on Web of Knowledge - science and technology, 1990-present.  


LSE PhD Theses are indexed on Library Search.  More recent theses and a selection of older digitised theses are available via LSE Theses Online.

  • Dissertations and Theses - PhD, M.Phil and Masters theses mainly from North America, but increasingly global in its holdings. 

You can also try:

  • DART-Europe - for European research theses. Full text sometimes available.