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History Research  

Scholarly resources in all areas of historical research at Boston College
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Members of the BC community can find and obtain books and other materials from beyond BC in several ways:

  • WorldCat
    Find and request material at BC, Boston Library Consortium, Center for Research Libraries, Google Books, and WorldCat (libraries worldwide) from one interface.
  • Boston Library Consortium (onsite access)
    Members of the BC community have onsite access and borrowing privileges at the 17 members of this library association. Request a BLC borrower card from the O'Neill Circulation Desk before you go.
  • Interlibrary Loan
    You can also complete an ILL form, if you prefer, to have books, media, and articles sent to BC from other libraries.

Dissertations and Theses

List of Core Journals

Core Article Databases

America: History & Life is the premier index of journal articles, book chapters, book reviews, and dissertations pertaining to the study of United States and Canadian History, from prehistory to the present. Coverage is 1910 - present.

Historical Abstracts is the corollary index of journal articles, book chapters, book reviews, and dissertations pertaining to the study of World History (Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, Latin America), from 1450 to the present. Coverage is 1955 - present.

You may also search them simultaneously:

JSTOR is all full-text, and very good for retrospective research in history. But, it does not include all the current scholarship indexed in America: History & Life or Historical Abstracts.

Additional Article Databases

  • Bibliography of Asian Studies  Icon
    Indexes articles on all subjects pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia published worldwide since 1971.
  • Bibliography of British and Irish History  Icon
    Provides bibliographic data on historical writing that deals with the British Isles, the British Empire and Commonwealth, the Republic of Ireland, and the Irish in America.
  • Feminae
    Provides abstracts to journal articles, book reviews, and essays about women, sexuality, and gender in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, from 450-1500. Covers materials published since 1990.
  • Hispanic American Periodicals Index  Icon
    Indexes articles on Central and South America, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Hispanics in the United States in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.
  • Index Islamicus  Icon
    An international bibliography of publications covering all aspects of Islam and the Muslim world, including history, beliefs, societies, cultures, languages, and literature going back to 1906.
  • International Medieval Bibliography  Icon
    A bibliography of all aspects of the European Middle Ages including theology and philosophy. Coverage from 1967-present.
  • Iter Gateway to the Middle Ages & Renaissance  Icon
    Bibliography of interdisciplinary journal literature pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700).
  • Left Index  Icon
    Provides access to the diversity of literature on the left, with a primary emphasis on politically and culturally engaged scholarship inside and outside the academy.
  • Periodicals Index Online  Icon
    An abstracts database of millions of articles published in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
  • Project MUSE  Icon
    Full text collection of over 560 scholarly journals from the Johns Hopkins University Press and other university presses. Earlier years may be in JSTOR.
  • Women's Studies International  Icon
    Covers the core disciplines in Women's Studies to the latest scholarship in feminist research.

*New Databases

Making of the Modern World is comprised of the digitized Goldsmiths'-Kress Collection and offers primary sources focused on "the dynamics of Western trade and wealth that shaped the world from the last half of the 15th century to the mid-19th century." Part II includes a supplement that extends coverage to 1914.

Two Personal Paper Collections

Churchill Archive offers digitized original documents, produced between 1874 and 1965, ranging from Winston S. Churchill’s personal correspondence to his official exchanges with kings, presidents, politicians, and military leaders.

Stalin Digital Archive offers both digitized primary and secondary source documents that cover Stalin's personal biography, his work in government, and his conduct of foreign affairs.

Several Digitized Newspapers

• Caribbean Newspapers

• Christian Science Monitor

•  New York Amsterdam News

•  Illustrated London News

•  The Guardian & The Observer
    (1821-2003; 1791-2003)

•  The Scotsman


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