Specialist resources


UK Theses

  • LSE Theses online contains some full text LSE PhD theses. Note that many older items are still only available in paper.
  • The British Library has a project to digitise British Theses called Ethos. Your first step should be to search this to see what is available online. You will need to register before downloading and there is no fee for this.
  • However, not all theses are currently online. For a comprehensive search you should use  Index to Theses (for abstracts to all PhD theses submitted in British and Irish institutions since 1715). Once you have found the items, you can place an Interlibrary loan request via the Interlending option on Library Search

Foreign Theses

  • Dissertations & Theses is an index to theses from North American Universities. You can access the full text of over 10,000 titles completed since 1997 and references to all those submitted since 1861. If an item you need is not in full text online,  you can place an Interlibrary loan request via the Interlending option on Library Search
  • An increasing number of universities overseas are also making full text theses available via the Internet. See theses in our recommended links via the LSE Library delicious account.


The Library subscribes to a number of databases where you can find statistical information on trends in the media industry. The main databases are listed below. However, for a full list browse the collection on our specialist Data Library pages.

Company reports

  • Orbis - A global database which has information on over 100 million companies worldwide.  Find statistical information on company size and turnover.
  • Historical Annual Reports Access over 800 reports from USA companies from 1844 to the present day. Includes a section on Broadcasting and telecommunications  Examples include CBS

Market data and statistics

  • UK media yearbook has annual facts and figures available from 2003 onwards in print only. Classmark: 42 (HA351)
  • Television Week has weekly news from the Industry. Further news wire on related topics can also be found on Business Source Complete
  • Global Insight World Markets -This includes news and reports about the Telecoms market.
  • Euromonitor International Passport (formerly Global Market information database (GMID). Provides sector reports, company profiles and includes sections on ICT and leisure industries.
  • MAVISE database - European Audiovisual Observatory. Provides information on TV channels and markets in European nations.
  • OECD iLibrary - Contains Information Technology Outlook and has information on policy markets, trends and employment in ICT and internet industries. Search for the title on the serials section of the website.
  • World Press Trends 2012  (print copy) provides data on newspaper circulation and industry worldwide Basic data on newspapers can also be obtained from the website of the International Federation of Audit Bureaux of Circulation (IFABC)
  • World Telecommunication Indicators Database  contains time series data for around 80 communications statistics covering telephone network size and dimension, mobile services, quality of service, traffic, staff, tariffs, revenue and investment. Selected demographic, macro-economic, broadcasting and information technology statistics are also included. This database is loaded in the Data Sources PC - ask at the Help Desk, Library First Floor, for more information.  Also available in paper copies of ITU yearbooks at ITU (R5) World Telecommunications Development Report ITU (HA221).

Market Research

  • Ofcom website has examples of free research studies and statistics which it has commissioned. These cover TV, radio, telecommunications and technology.
  • UK Data Archive Service has many examples of government commissioned social, political and economic surveys. Search their website for examples relating to media and communication. These cover topics relating to media consumption, ownership and attitudes. Access requires free registration.
  • Eurobarometer reports polls of EU citizens cover a wide range of social, economic and political attitude surveys, as well as coverage of Media and information technology usage. 
  • Roper Center Polls a major source of United states opinion polls. Includes questions on attitudes towards media coverage of events.
  • Oxford Internet Surveys -provides free access to surveys (conducted every two years) on the influence of the Internet on modern life in Britain today.
  • BARB is a UK based organisation which provides some free basic statistics on recent viewing figures. 


LSE Library subscribes to a number of key  journals covering journalism.

These include
British Journalism Review

American Journalism Review

Columbia Journalism Review

Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics

Journalism Studies

Articles from these titles will be indexed in Communication and Mass Media Complete.

Press freedom

Find data and reports on press freedom.
Freedom House- publishes regular reports and rankings on press freedom worldwide.
Reporters without Borders- have an annual Press freedom index- online from 2002 onwards.
Committee to Protect Journalists - has reports on data on journalists killed or injured.

Current Research

Current contents alerts 

A quick way of keeping up to date with the latest articles is to set up a current contents alert. This enables you to automatically receive via email tables of contents from you favourite journal titles as soon as they are published. Zetoc is an excellent service which enables you to create lists from 1,000s of titles.

Finding new research papers

  • Keep up to date with new developments in your field. A good starting point is the ESRC website which is a central funding body for UK research in the social sciences. 
  • LSE Library has a scoop.it page which links to recent free full text online media and communication reports
  • Examples of recent research papers are listed on LSE Research Online. see the RSS feed below of the latest items.