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Journal articles and online resources

Journal articles

Library Search is a fast and intuitive library search system that enables you to search a wide range of LSE Library content, including journal articles, all in one place.

Note: Not all resources are available via Library Search and it is recommended to also search relevant databases individually. 

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. See the suggested list of databases below:

General Social Science Databases 

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

IPSA International Political Science Abstracts

  • Content: Produced by the International Political Science Association it offers abstracts and references to journal articles from 900 leading journals in political science. Some full text within the database.
  • Date range: 1975-

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


  • Content: Article, conferences and book chapter references with some abstracts from humanities and social sciences (bias is towards Humanities). Good non-UK coverage as produced by the Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
  • Date range: 1984-
  • Updates: Monthly