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Historical Methods

This is a guide to different sources available through Boston College relating to various methodological studies of history including cultural, history of medicine, etc.


Historical research is interdisciplinary in nature and relies on a wide variety of sources (both primary and secondary). The following pages offer an overview of different types of historical methods and historiography. This is not exhaustive.

Books: Find & Request from BC & Beyond

Your local libraries have excellent monographs and anthologies located in O'Neill library as well as through the BC libraries portal. Try searching for books (only books) through the WorldCat library system to see if we have what you need. If we don't, you can order material through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

WorldCat Catalog

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Core Journal Article & e-Book Databases

For a selection of excellent journals and some e-books on various topics in global histories, we recommend a few databases. Remember to explore these database advanced search options for date and other modifiers before you run your searches.

Within this field, you might want to look at the following journals:

Select Digital Collections

History Liaison