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Ellen Wilkinson

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Social Policy

Our subject guide will help you find the best resources for your studies and research.

Books on your reading list

Use Library Search to access online resources and get classmarks for print material.

The Library is divided into a number of collections so make sure to note down the full location of the item you want. 

Course Collection

The Course Collection (ground floor) contains copies of essential texts from you reading list. These books can be borrowed for 3 days and renewed if no one else requests them.

Many of these books will be available as ebooks on Library Search. 

Most reading lists are now available via Reading Lists @ LSE.

Specialist dictionaries and encyclopedia

Useful for quickly checking definitions, summaries of theories and thinkers. Key titles include:

  • Oxford Reference Online - contains several hundred dictionaries and encyclopedia. These include English and foreign language dictionaries as well as specialist works on social policy, social care and philosophy

Finding journal articles

Most of the time you should be able to find and access the articles you need through Library Search. However, we also provide access to powerful databases that can help you discover articles that are not available through Library Search, or even search engines like Google.

Use these tools to discover journal articles to further support your research. When we don't provide access to the full text of the articles you need you can request them through the interlending service

Key social science databases

  • Web Of Science - provides access to articles covering all aspects of the sciences, social sciences and humanities. Many dating from the 19th century onwards. Also enables you to quickly locate highly cited articles in your subject area.
  • Scopus   - covers a wide range of science and social science subject areas. Abstracts and indexes over 20,000 titles mostly from 1996 to present. Quickly locate highly cited articles. 
  • Race Relations Abstracts - includes coverage of race relations, racial discrimination, the psychology of race and post colonialism.
  • SocINDEX Full Text - extensive coverage of sociology including sociological theory and practice, political sociology and anthropology, criminology and marriage and family. 
  • Econlit -  premium database for economics.
  • European Sources Online (ESO) - a useful starting place, ESO provides access to information on the institutions and activities of the European Union.
  • Global Health - specialist bibliographic, abstracting and indexing database covering public health research and practice.
  • Popline - covers population, demography, public health, family planning, AIDS and health care law.
  • Social Care Online - social care topics provided by the Social Care Institute for Excellence covering all aspects of social care, including social policy, housing, child welfare, social work.

Newspapers

Many newspaper websites offer free access to the latest headlines and stories. We provide you with access to searchable back files via the Library subscription services listed below:

  • Nexis  - contains the full text of a large number of UK and foreign newspapers most  from 1980 onwards. Updated daily.
  • Factiva  - has extensive English language and foreign coverage. Emphasis upon business and trade news.
  • FT.com  - register with your LSE credentials and benefit from our institutional access. Enables you to consult special reports, set up alerts and create lists of press clippings that you can share with others.

Historic newspapers

  • Gale NewsVault - cross search a number of leading historical collections including the 17th-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers; 19th Century British Library Newspapers; 19th Century UK Periodicals.
  • ProQuest Historical newspapers  - includes the full text of the Guardian 1821-2003 and the Observer 1791-2003. Later issues can be accessed via Nexis

Policy and legislation

Most departments have websites where you can find the latest press releases, reports, regulations and statistical data. Some UK examples:

  • Public Information Online  - LSE staff and students can access the full text of UK government documents and reports since 2006.

Audiovisual materials

  • Box of Broadcasts (UK Access only)  - a streaming TV service. Access TV and radio programmes from over 60 channels. Includes BBC TV and radio plus 10 foreign language channels. Content is from 2007 onwards. Transcripts are available for TV and radio news programmes.
  • JISC Media Hub - enables cross searching of a large collection of online video materials. These include news reels from ITN and Reuters. Also available are image and photograph collections. Access using the UK Federation option. 

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.  The Moodle course, Library Companion for Data Users, provides a good introduction to data resources and will help you locate material. 

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

Current research

  • Zetoc - use this service to set up alerts and receive tables of contents from your favourite journals. 

Theses

  • Dissertations & Theses Global - an online database containing the full text of thousands of PhD from universities worldwide. It includes references to all UK and Irish doctoral theses produced since 1715 with full text content where available. If an item you need is not in full text online, you can place a request for it via the Interlending option on Library Search.
  • LSE Theses online - contains many full text LSE PhD theses. Older items that are not available online are available in the Library.
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