Boston College Libraries &
The Center for International Higher Education
The Boston College Libraries support the mission and endeavors of the CIHE as effectively and as efficiently as possible.
Technology’s continually evolving capabilities is contributing to an inexorable change in research, especially due to the thriving
improvements in data manipulation, not just of text but of images, sound, and videos. Complementing innovative production types of electronic research activity are new models of digital scholarly publishing that are ensuring that the dissemination of research findings electronically will increasingly be the norm.
As O'Neill Library becomes increasingly a digital library, particular focus is being placed on collecting and providing access to electronic materials. This is particularly important and beneficial to members and associates of CIHE for whom remote access to the Library’s resources is often necessary. For example, in 2005 approval was granted to permit 20 CIHE non-US NCS Fulbright Scholars to have off site access to the BC library system. This has been especially valuable for Fulbright associates in such countries as Russia. In addition to numerous full-text electronic periodicals in Education and related disciplines many relevant electronic bibliographic citation databases are also being acquired by the Library. The Library is also purchasing a growing number of important discipline specific and multidisciplinary full-text databases that are valuable for much Education and Education related research, and not least research conducted by members of CIHE.
The Library is well aware that much of CIHE’s work revolves about far more subject areas and disciplines other than what is sometimes narrowly construed as Education. Certainly, the Center’s faculty, associates and students also require ready access to resources in such fields as Area Studies, History, Political Science & Government, Economics, Sociology & Anthropology, Law, Communication, Gender Studies among others. In addition to such “Education” specific databases as ERIC (Educational Resource InformationCenter) and Education Index Retrospective a large number of other BC Library multidisciplinary and discipline specific databases are potentially useful for researchers and teachers from the Center.
The Libraries' E-journals pages may be used to access any of Boston College’s about 20,000 electronic journals. For more information about Boston College Libraries’ support for CIHE, please contact Brendan Rapple, Collection Development Librarian.