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Commodities in History


Heroin and Opioids in Primary Sources

This is a brief guide for students at Boston College to access historical documents (scholarly and primary) on different kinds of commodities.

What's on This Page

    General: Medical Journals and Research

    These databases include extensive medical literate from both contemporary and historic journals and other publications. Keep in mind that you can find many of these in JSTOR and Project MUSE as well. 

    General: News

    Recommend sources for different newspapers across the US. Try doing a fulltext search for the drug you are studying.

    Heroin: Broad Digital Collections

    Heroin: Diaries, Journals, and Memoirs

    Morphine and Other Opioids: Broad Digital Collections

    Morphine and Other Opioids: Diaries and Memoirs

    Morphine and Other Opioids: Gov. Docs. and State Papers

    For additional help

    For additional recommendations, contact your subject liaison (Dr. Bee Lehman) at or schedule an appointment with them.