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Research Resources

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.

Research Guides
Starting points for subject and general research.

Items from Other Libraries
Resources for items beyond the BC Libraries collections

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.

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:

John J. 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.

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.

The Basics

Subject Specialists
Consult a subject specialist for help with your research, to set up alerts to new publications in your areas of interest and to answer any research and library related questions. Selected research support services are described in our Research Support guide.

Ask a Librarian: contact us for general library related questions.

Access and borrowing privileges.

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

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

Submit Your Thesis/Dissertation
Walks you through the steps for submitting your thesis or dissertation online.

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.

Research Support

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

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

Technology Items for Loan in BC Libraries
The following are available for loan: Apple iPads; Calculators; Dell Laptops; Flat Screen Adapters; Flip Video Cameras; Headphones; Laptop Power Cords.

TA/TF Support

Subject Specialists
Subject specialists 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.

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 at the Connors Family Learning Center (O’Neill Library, 2nd floor).