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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 is currently developing a project to digitise British Theses. This is 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  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 link 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 via the Interlending link 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.  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 approaching 45 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

 Public opinion polls

  • 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.

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. 
  • A good starting points are blogs maintained by the leading Psychological association as these often highlight new research. Try
  • British Psychological Society Research Digest 
    and the PsycPORT: Psychology Newswire.
  • Many journal indexes (such as Nexis and Business source premier) enable you to save and re-run your searches to pick up the most recently added materials. Find out how to do this by consulting our online guide via Moodle.  
  • New York Academy of Medicine has a free Grey Literature report
    abstracts recent research papers and reports (from many US organisations) covering a wide range of topics related to health care, health policy and medicine.
  • CogPrints 
    free open access repository which offers full text working papers and pre-prints from psychology, neurosciences and computer science.
  • PsyDok 
    an Open Access Repository for Psychology maintained by Saarland University and State Library (Germany). It is a good resource for locating abstracts and many full text papers published by German and other European researchers based in German speaking nations.
  • Examples of recent research papers are listed on LSE Research Online. see the RSS feed below of the latest items.


  • Technology of consumption on social shopping platforms: deconstructing similarity
    Alaimo, Christina (2013) Technology of consumption on social shopping platforms: deconstructing similarity. In: Sub-theme 54: Rethinking the Social, Technical and Material Foundations of Organizations, 4 - 6 July 2013, Montreal, Canada.
  • Social media as infrastructure of consumption: a semiotic approach
    Alaimo, Cristina (2014) Social media as infrastructure of consumption: a semiotic approach. In: 3rd Innovation in Information Infrastructures (III) Workshop, 13 - 16 October 2014, Oslo, Norway. (Unpublished)
  • Michael Freeman and domestic violence
    Reece, Helen (2015) Michael Freeman and domestic violence. In: Diduck, Alison, Peleg, Noam and Reece, Helen, (eds.) Law in Society: Reflections on Children, Family, Culture and Philosophy: Essays in Honour of Michael Freeman. Human rights and humanitarian law e-books online, collection 2016. Brill, Leiden, The Netherlands, 309-329 . ISBN 9789004261495