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We subscribe to and purchase a large number of databases. All are intended to support the research and teaching needs of Boston College students, faculty and staff. The databases' range of content is broad: disciplinary specific, interdisciplinary, specialized as well as general. Formats include full-text, citation, image, audio, video, and data/numeric.

As databases tend to be expensive, they are usually trialed before a purchase or subscription decision is made. Such decisions are based on certain selection criteria.

Subscription databases are generally renewed annually. Accordingly, the Library carefully monitors their use and employs usage data when making annual renewal decisions.

Any member of the BC community may initiate requests for new databases by contacting a Subject Librarian.