Sorting Out Your History Questions

By Elliot Brandow

Where can I find an extensive legislative history of the Nixon national health insurance proposal? What is the relationship between then-Secretary of State John Quincy Adams and Latin American revolutionary nationalism in the 1820's? What impact did the Second World War have on pub life in Britain? Where can I find some good primary sources to help me compare American anti-Irish nativism with anti-Semitism?

Elliot Brandow

Elliot Brandow
Photo by Kevin Tringale

These are just a few of the many topics that students have asked me to help them research in the short time since I joined BC Libraries this August as your newest Reference Librarian. My role is to help you to articulate your topics and to navigate resources that inform your research, allowing you to write better papers, to receive better grades, and ultimately to become more engaged and rigorous scholars. I specifically support the History Department -- faculty, majors, and any student with a history-related question. But, the Libraries offer research support in all areas and disciplines.

Before coming to Boston College, I worked at Wheaton College in Norton, MA, and before that at a non-profit resource center inside the Boston Public Library that helps low-income, first-generation students find their way through college and financial aid applications.

I'm very excited to join the vibrant (and very busy!) O'Neill Library and to become a part of such a scholarly and supportive community at Boston College. There is an amazing plethora of resources available through the BC Libraries, and a fantastic group of energetic, knowledgeable, and friendly staff champing at the bit to offer their support. I highly encourage you to take advantage of how we can make your work and your lives easier.

Don't bang your head against a wall, overwhelmed by too many results or frustrated with zero. Stop by my office (309 -- on the main level of O'Neill) or send an email: if I can be of any help.

Elliot Brandow, Senior Reference Librarian/Bibliography for History, O'Neill Library

Cover photo by Kevin Tringale