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Research Resources

Access and borrowing privileges.

Locate books, videos, dissertations and other items in the Libraries’ collection.
Get full-text article access in BC's databases.
Set  preferences for your searches. Write reviews and tag items.

Research Databases
Find bibliographic citations for information in your research subject area. Locate full-text resources. Well over 600 databases. 

Electronic Journals

Browse a list of full-text journals in a variety of disciplines and link to full-text articles.

Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections
The Burns Library is home to more than 250,000 volumes, some 16,000,000 manuscripts and important collections of architectural records, maps, art works, newspapers, photographs, films, prints, artifacts and ephemera.

Boston College Digital Collections
Access to rare and unique collections in digitized form. 

The institutional repository of Boston College. The aim of eScholarship@BC is to showcase and preserve Boston College's scholarly output in digital form and to make it freely accessible globally.

Open Access Journals at Boston College
Boston College Libraries are committed to the open dissemination of scholarly information to a global audience. Through our journal publishing program the Libraries provide services and software for Boston College faculty, staff, and students who want to publish an online open access journal.

Scholarly Communication News @ BC
Links to selected sites containing articles, papers, programs etc. regarding scholarly communication efforts. Two useful guides:

Library Newsletter
Library news for Boston College and the academic community

Faculty Publication Highlights
Interviews with faculty about recent publications.

Using Other Libraries

WorldCat Local
Request books and other physical items directly from other Boston Library Consortium (BLC) libraries and beyond. Consortium items are usually delivered to BC in 2-5 days.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
Online forms; delivery by e-mail, campus mail or pickup.

Center for Research Libraries
BC Libraries are a member of the Center for Research Libraries. Membership has numerous benefits, the major one being access to its numerous research resources unavailable anywhere else.

Boston Library Consortium (BLC)
One may check out books of the 17 academic and research libraries in the BLC. Consortium cards may be obtained at the Circulation Desk in O'Neill Library or at the Law Library.

Boston Theological Institute (BTI)
The collections of the BTI, consisting of over a million and a half in theology and cognate disciplines, constitute one of the richest theological library centers in the world. For more information about borrowing privileges contact Jonas Barciauskas (617-552-4447).

The Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program  (RFBP)
This program allows faculty members of participating institutions borrowing privileges and on-site access to almost 200 important research libraries in North America. You must have an RFBP borrowing card, issued by Boston College, to gain access or borrow from a participating institution. For more information contact any Subject Specialist

Jesuit Library Passport Program
Through the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) faculty members have on-site access and borrowing privileges to the collective holdings of 28 Jesuit institutions.

Research Support

Subject Specialists
Consult a subject specialist for help with your research as well as help with course related audio-visual, images and multimedia. Selected research support services are described in our Research Support guide. Subject specialists also provide library instruction for students in a variety of ways, through programmatic instruction, individual interactions and course related guides. See Instructional Services page for more information.

Ask a Librarian
Contact us for general library related questions.

Research Guides 
Starting points for subject and general research.

Set up automated/e-alerts
Receive book citations, tables of contents of your chosen journals or a list of individual article citations via email.

Citation Management Tools
BC Libraries support RefWorks, EndNote Web and others.

Course Reserves
Information and forms for submitting items.

Integrate the Library into Canvas Courses
How to add Library resources to your Canvas course.

Connors Family Learning Center
Attend seminars on college teaching, higher learning, and academic life (O’Neill Library, 2nd floor). 

Document Services
Self-service copiers; scans from print to PDF; FAX machine.

Research Data

Data Management Planning
Help in best practices for managing, sharing and preserving your data for the long-term, as required by some funding agencies. Data citation best practices.

Data/GIS Services
Support for locating and accessing research data.