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Databases

Explore our databases to find key resources in your subject area.

Databases include many different types of material (articles, reports, book chapters, conference papers etc). Some will only include bibliographic details (references) whilst others also include the full-text version.

The links on this page will take you to catalogue records where you should follow the 'View Online' link.

Why use databases?

Use databases to quickly find high-quality resources for your subject. They also have more powerful and advanced search engines when compared to Google or Library Search. 

You will need to search across multiple databases to find a broader range of literature.

Interdisciplinary databases

These databases cover a wider range of subjects and are of general use to most people. They can be used to supplement the subject specific databases listed below.

  • SAGE Research Methods - comprehensive research methodology tool to help you design research projects, understand particular methods and conduct research.
  • Web Of Science - covers all aspects of the sciences, social sciences and humanities since the early 20th century. Enables easy citation tracking.
  • Scopus - thousands of high quality science, social science and arts journals some dating before 1970. Enables easy citation tracking. 
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) - cross-disciplinary coverage across the social sciences from 1951. Covering four primary subject areas: anthropology, economics, political science and sociology. 
  • Dissertations & Theses Global - the world's most comprehensive collection of dissertations (PhD) and theses (Master's) from around the world. UK Master's dissertations (including LSE) are not normally available (try the academic department).
  • BoB National (Box of Broadcasts) - streaming access to TV and radio programmes from the major UK and some European channels, including: BBC, ITV Channel 4 and Sky News. Transcripts are provided.
  • LSE Past Exam Papers - Undergraduate and Postgraduate exam papers from 1994 to the present.

Key subject databases

These databases focus on specialist subject areas and are an excellent starting point for your research. 

  • ABI/Inform - business studies, marketing and management. Includes key trade publications, dissertations, conference proceedings and market reports.
  • Business Source Complete - business studies, marketing and management. Includes key trade publications, industry case studies and company profiles. 
  • Communication and Mass Media Complete - covers media studies, journalism, linguistics, popular culture and IT. 
  • Econlit - covers all aspects of economics and economic history.
  • IPSA International Political Science Abstracts - political science and international relations.
  • LGBT Life with Full Text - LGBT+ studies, women's studies and feminism. Includes journals, magazines, regional newspapers and books published by the LGBT community.
  • Medline Ovid - biomedical and health journals covering clinical care, public health and health policy development.
  • PsycINFO - all fields of psychology from the 19th century. 
  • Race Relations Abstracts - sociology, law, immigration and discrimination.
  • SocINDEX Full Text - in-depth coverage of sociology. Also covers materials related to criminology, gender studies, ethnic and racial studies.
  • Westlaw UK - up to date legal research for the UK, US as well as international legal materials. 

Further subject databases

Follow these links to find more recommended databases for each subject. These are pre-made searches in Library Search, scroll to view the list of results.

Select a subject area to get a list of useful databases
Accounting Anthropology Economics
Economic History Education European Studies
Finance Gender Geography & Environment
Government Studies Government Publications Health Policy
International Development International History  International Organisations
International Relations  Law Management
 Mathematics Media & Communications Philosophy 
Psychology Public Policy  Social Policy
Sociology  Statistics   

Country databases

Getting further help

If you need assistance with choosing or using databases then you can get in touch with a librarian who can help you further.