There is no single tool that includes all Boston College Libraries collections and resources in one search, so use different tools based on your needs:
a quick, broad search of books, articles, and other materials in BC collections and beyond
What is Holmes best for?
- Starting a search when you don't know much about the topic yet and want an idea of what is out there
- Finding a specific article online when you know the article title (if not found online, search the journal title in Holmes)
What's in Holmes?
- Journal articles from a variety of sources, though not all of the articles available through BC Libraries
- Books and other digital and physical items in the BC collections
- Other web-based materials
What's not in Holmes?
- Holmes doesn't include all journal articles, so if you need to do a more in-depth search on a topic, you'll want to go further with Research Databases
Holmes Search Tips
- To narrow your search by material type, subject, date, author, and other facets, use the links on the left under Refine My Results
- Add quotation marks around a term to search it as a phrase instead of as individual words
- Select "Additional Options" to request an item via interlibrary loan if not available at BC
- If you know the book title you're looking for, Holmes will help you find your item with fewer clicks
in-depth, refined tools for finding articles and other sources in specific subjects
What are Research Databases best for?
- Finding scholarly journal articles in specific disciplines
- Finding magazine, newspaper, trade publication and other popular articles
What's in Research Databases?
- Interdisciplinary and subject-specific collections of journal articles, data, archival material, and more
- Powerful search capabilites to focus and narrow your search
With over 600 different databases, where do I start?
- If you know where you'd like to start, just go to any database alphabetically or by subject, but if you're not sure where to begin, try using the Research Guides
a quick search of what journals are available electronically through the BC Libraries
What is the E-journals tool best for?
- Looking up the title of any journal, magazine, or newspaper to see if it is available online through the BC Libraries
Is this searching for articles?
- No, the e-journal tool shows you what journals we have available electronically, and you can then search within a specific journal for individual articles
- If you're looking for a broad search for articles on a topic, try Research Databases or Holmes, which index articles from many different journals in one search
Are these all of the journals available at BC?
- More and more of the journals available at BC are electronic, but certainly not all—we still have many journals available in print or microform.
- Search Holmes for a definitive list of what journals we have available and in what format (print, electronic, microform)
sources, strategies, and support from your Boston College Librarians
What are Research Guides best for?
- Showing you good starting places for your focused, scholarly research, organized by broad and narrow subject and even specific courses
- Helping you find subject specialists and other contacts in the Libraries to help with your research
How can the subject specialist help me?
- We have subject specialist librarians for every field of study at Boston College
- They are eager to help in your search—clarifying your topic, developing search strategies, helping you to access materials and BC and elsewhere, and offering on-going support as you progress in your research