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Heather Dawson

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Heather Dawson

Social Psychology

 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 your 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.

Psychology collections

Some key classmarks for psychology are:

  • Psychology BF1 - 990
  • Psychoanalysis BF173 - BF175
  • Social Psychology HM1001 - HM1238

Find the locations of these classmarks on the building floor plans.

Dictionaries and encyclopaedia

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

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

Top 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 including media and communication studies and the media industry. Abstracts and indexes over 20,000 titles mostly from 1996 to present. Quickly locate highly cited articles. 

Specialist Psychology database

This database focusses more narrowly on psychology subject areas. It can be used to supplement the general social science resources listed above.

  • PsycINFO - a specialist database of the American Psychological Association providing bastracts of articles relevant to all fields of psychology from the 19th century to the present day. 

It is possible to cross search this database with a number of our other indexing services. Log on and select the 'Choose Databases' option to see the full list. They include LGBT Life, SocIndex (sociology), Communication and Mass Media Complete plus many more. 

Specialist community health databases

  • CAB Direct - Global health
    provides access to databases published by CABI. This includes Global Health which indexes articles relating to community health and development. It encompasses some articles published in developing countries which are not included in Medline.
  • Cinahl - specialist nursing and medical care subject index. Find journal articles and reports published since 1937.
  • PubMed Central - free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature from the U.S. National Institute of Health's National Library of Medicine.

Specialist organisational psychology databases

  • ABI/INform Complete
    Access references and full text articles from leading business databases and newspapers published since 1971. It is offered on the proquest site where you can cross search it with other business databases including Asian Business, Proquest entrepreneurship.
  • Business Source Complete 
    Leading business research database which provides access to the text of several thousand journals covering business, management, human resources, finance and market research topics. Find articles on the media industry.
  • Emerald
    is a database of references to articles taken from around 450 top management and business journals. The coverage is international but with a UK bias. The database covers the years from 1989 onwards and is updated monthly.

Specialist public communication of science databases

  • History of Science, Technology and Medicine 
    provides references to journal articles, conference papers and reports published since 1973. They cover areas relating to psychology, public health, medical sciences and bioethics.


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

Foreign newspapers

Recent editions of foreign newspapers can be located via Nexis and Factiva  . Other specialist databases include:

  • Latin America Data base - consists of three news digests from the Latin American Institute of the University of New Mexico. There is also a full text archive searchable by date or keyword of all issues from 1986.
  • Mideastwire.com  - provides access to English translations and summaries of news stories and articles that have appeared in the media of over 20 Arab countries, Iran and the Arab Diaspora. It is possible to search all articles from 2005 onwards.
  • Eastview Russian Databases  - Includes the Universal Database of Russian Newspapers for access to the full-text files of over 30 of the most influential Russian newspapers of Moscow and St. Petersburg, and 80 regional newspapers, Russian Duma Publications for parliamentary news and analysis, and the Universal Database of Statistical Publications.

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. You can also search for TV Listings using the TRILT database.
  • 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.


  • 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.

Data Library

Industry research

  • Orbis - has information on over 100 million companies worldwide, including company reports, balance sheets and details on market share. 

Public opinion polls

  • Eurobarometer reports polls of EU citizens cover a wide range of social, economic and political topics including public understanding of science. 

Government documents

An increasing number of governments now have websites where you can find the latest press releases, reports, regulations and statistical data. These may be of value for organisational psychologists researching business policy.They are also useful for health research as they contain health promotion reports and data .

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

Intergovernmental organisations

Many international organisations' websites provide access to reports, regulations and statistics which can be used by Psychologists

  • Official Document System of the United Nations (ODS) currently provides free access to full-text documents issued since December 1992, Security Council documents since 1985. Older materials are being added gradually. They are useful for tracing materials relating to international health policy
  • UNAIDS - specialist body of the United Nations. The AIDSInfo data site has reports and the latest statistics.
  • OECD iLibrary the OECD produces a number of key series. They include detailed health and health systems statistics for OECD nations. There are also reports on the usage of information technology.

Archives and special collections  

  • The Women's Library @ LSE - holds a number of useful collections relating to women's self-help organisations such as Hackney Women's Aid.

Current research

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