Jul 25 2014

Recommended social science sites of the week from LSE Libray

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2014 Commonwealth Games mural, Partick

  • As the Commonwealth Games opens, see the Library’s recommended links for researching the Commonwealth.
  • For statistical data try the Interactive Commonwealth States map. Use this to find out which commonwealth country has the most mobile phone users! Also covered is population, health and the economy.
  • Visit the Glasgow Digital Library resource created by the University of Strathclyde which provides free access to primary resource materials. Key collections include:
  • Red Clydeside - A history of the labour movement in Glasgow 1910-1932. This includes examples of Scottish labour movement leaflets and  cartoons. The site also has biographies of leaders, timelines of events and bibliographies to guide further reading.
  • Aspect: Access to Scottish Parliamentary Election Candidate Materials. A digital archive of election ephemera produced by parties and candidates in 1999 and 2003.

Higher Education


  • This project by the Historical National Accounting Group hosted at Trinity College Dublin analyses agriculture, population  trade, industry and finance. Some materials date from the 1840s onwards. Datasets in Excel format or PDF

Ams Historica

  • Digital library of University of Bologna, Italy features some interesting collections. Letteratura coloniale italiana features volumes of colonial literature published 1895-1941 which offers insight into the Italian attitudes towards empire. There is also a historic map collection.

Court Structures of the Common Law World

What did Thomas Babington Macaulay read on his holidays in 1816?

  • Find out using UK Red, a fascinating project from Open University. It is compiling a database of the history of reading 1450-1945. Browse by types of reader or  author. Find out about childhood reading, reading by travellers or slum dwellers. Lists primary sources as well as journal articles. There is also an online course.
  • For more recent trends look at the latest posting on Mediashift about mobile news consumption and our scoop it page
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Jul 25 2014

‘Library Search’, the new search resource, arrives at the Library

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The Library is launching Library Search on 1 August, upgrading the Summon and Catalogue resource finders.

Library Search will provide all Library users with a simple, single point of access for searching, discovering and accessing the Library’s collections.

As well as being more user friendly, Library Search improves the Library’s print and digital resource management, with stronger analytics allowing greater insight into collection management and usage.

For more information on how to get the most from Library Search, please visit the Library’s website or speak to Library staff who will be able to assist you and provide information.

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Peter Carrol is the Communications Officer at LSE Library. He also co-ordinates the content on this blog.

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Jul 23 2014

Researching the Commonwealth- LSE Library’s recommended resources

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The Chris Hoy Velodrome, Glasgow, one of the venues for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

This week. the Commonwealth Games open. LSE Library has a large collection of materials published by the Commonwealth Secretariat, covering a range of topics specialising in economic, social and political development.

Search the Library’s catalogue to locate books, journals, reports, statistical yearbooks, government reports and monographs from many individual Commonwealth nations.

History of the Commonwealth

The Commonwealth (formerly the British Commonwealth), is an intergovernmental organisation of over 50 memberst that were mostly territories of the former British Empire.

Recommended historic websites

  • The National Archives has some great images taken from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office photographic collections which cover Commonwealth nations. See their site; World Through a Lens .
  • The Colonial Film Database. Covers a slightly earlier period, but is website provides free access to over 150 archival films showing life in British colonies. It also has a catalogue of film holdings in major libraries and archives.
  • National Archives cabinet papers includes substantial sections on colonies, and decolonisation.
  • British Diplomatic Oral History Programme Cambridge University has online transcripts with leading foreign office officials

Current Research

 Research Libraries

These institutions hold significant collections of materials related to the Commonwealth:

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Jul 21 2014

Managing your LSE Library account between 28 and 31 of July

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As part of its transition to its new resource discovery tool, Library Search, the Library will be updating its software during July 2014.

Students are advised that they will not be able to reserve, renew or request books online using Library catalogue or Summon between Monday 28 July to Thursday 31 of July.

Instead, students will be able use the self-service machines in the Course Collection area to borrow and return books. Staff at the Library’s Service Counter will be available to assist with any issues during this period.

Please note that between Monday 28 July to Thursday 31 of July, students will not be penalised if any of their borrowed books become overdue. Students will be able to access and manage their Library account online again as normal after 31 July. From 1 August, the Library will no longer be charging fines and LSE wallet will also cease to be in use.

Inter-library loans cannot be requested through the online form during this period. Instead, users are asked to email their requests to library.idd@lse.ac.uk

From 28 July Library users will not be able to request fetch items online, and will need to request fetch items using the paper form available at the Library’s service points.

From 28 August, Library users will no longer be required to use a Library PIN to borrow books and will be able to manage their accounts by using their LSE card.

Peter Carrol

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Peter Carrol is the Communications Officer at LSE Library. He also co-ordinates the content on this blog.

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Jul 18 2014

Recommended social science resources from LSE Library

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Telecommunications Data Retention: this week 15 academics condemned the new emergency legislation in an open letter.

Women Bishops: as the Church of England votes in favour of this historic move:

User-generated content: Citizen Evidence is a new site from Amnesty International which has been created to help journalists and human rights workers authenticate user citizen journalist video materials. The site features tutorials, case studies and references for further reading.

Income and equality: The Work Foundation Launch Low Pay Project offers online recent papers and low pay data.

Srebrenica deaths: A Dutch court has ruled that the Netherlands is liable for the killings at Srebrenica in July 1995. Read the ruling and notes on legal issues on the  International Crimes Database. Other relevant sources on this topic include:

The Historic maps: USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer was created by U.S. Geological Survey and Esri, and offers free access to more 178,000 maps from 1884-2006. Other recommended historic maps collections include:

Finally, summer holiday postcards for those outside enjoying the sunshine.

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