Primary sources


Many daily newspapers have their own websites. While these offer free access to the latest headlines, searchable back files are offered via the Library subscription services listed below.

Contains the full text of a large number of UK and foreign newspapers most  from 1980 onwards. Updated daily. (except the FT which has a 30 day time delay)

 Also has extensive English language and foreign coverage. Emphasis upon business and trade news. No news alerts .Current issues of the FT can be accessed by searching for the financial times as a source and choosing the option access via a third party subscription


Register to access the full text of the FT from 2004 onwards using your LSE email address. Note that this service also enables you to consult special reports, set up alerts and create lists of press clippings that can be shared 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 PeriodicalsTimes Digital Archive, Daily Mail Digital Archive
Proquest Historical newspapers- includes the full text of the Guardian 1821-2003 and the Observer 1791-2003. Later issues can be accessed via NEXIS
 Times Digital Archive 1785-2008
Full text of the famous newspaper. Includes scanned images of photographs and original advertisements.
Financial Times Historical Archive 1888-2009
Daily Mail Historical Archive 1896-2004
New York Times 1851-2010

Foreign Newspapers

Current Digest of the Post-Soviet Press
Abstracts of newspaper stories translated from approximately 2001 onwards.
 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.

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.

Many more links to free key news services and digital libraries can be found on theLSE delicious website.

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
s the main gateway to recent Uk government information, press releases and reports.
Note there is also a separate NHS website which is worth exploring. NHS evidence also has examples of research relating to community health care.

Public Information Online
Provides LSE staff and students with access to full text government documents and reports from the UK parliament from 2006 onwards.
Legislation UK
Provides free access to the full text of all legislation (acts of Parliament, laws and statutory instruments) from 1988 onwards. Many materials prior to 1988 can also be downloaded but in most cases revisions are not available

Intergovernmental organisations

An increasing number of international organisations have websites where you can gain free access to reports, regulations and statistics. Key bodies for psychology include;

OECD iLibrary
|Contains detailed health and health systems statistics for OECD nations.There are also reports on the usage of information technology.

Specialist body of the United Nations. Publishes an annual report and regular epidemiology updates.It includes the AIDSInfo data site which enables visualisations of the latest statistics.

World Health Organization (WHO)
Key publications include: the annual World Health report.(online from 1995 onwards)
World Health statistics 1995 onwards. Bulletin of the WHO (free online from 1947 onwards) .

It also contains WHO Library databases. WHOLIS is the World Health Organization's library database. WHOLIS indexes all WHO publications from 1948 onwards and articles from WHO-produced journals and technical documents from 1986 to the present. IRIS will provide WHO’s information products in digital format from a single location (URL) with a multilingual interface.
The site also has a Global Health Observatory which provides free access to country reports and data. A number of specialist datasystems have been produced by devinfo based on WHO data. They include: Maternal Mortality Information.
Child Mortality Information

Global health Library which provides access to  which searches regional indexes of publications and may retrieve some items not found in Pubmed

Also worth checking separately are the websites of regional offices of the WHO:
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
The website has a Regional health observatory with statistics.
South East Asia regional office
Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean
Includes a virtual health services library and a Regional health observatory with data.

WHO European Region
Website includes free access to a number of data sources.and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies- promotes evidence-based health policy-making through comprehensive and rigorous analysis of the dynamics of health care systems in Europe.

WHO Western Pacific Region
Includes publications and some regional databases.

World Bank
has produced Health Nutrition and Population Statistics from 1960 onwards.

Audiovisual materials: image databases

  • JISC Media Hub (Access using Firefox)  Locate thousands of current and historical photographs, prints and other still images. Includes the Getty still image collection containing over 12,000 images of political, cultural, and social history, covering the major events of recent world history.

Moving Image Databases

  • Box of Broadcasts (UK Access only). 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. You can also search for TV Listings using the TRILT database.
  • JISC Media Hub (Access using Firefox) allows cross searching of a large collection of online video materials. These include news reels from ITN and Reuters. Choose the access using the Uk Federation option. Use Firefox if possible. 
  • Remember that an increasing number of programmes, films and images can now be found on the Internet. Look at our recommended video search engines via the LSE Library delicious account. They also include online links to academic lectures and documentaries. 

Archives and special collections

The Women's Library @ LSE collections include historic materials relating to women's self help organisations such as Hackney women's Aid .