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Literary Research


Secondary Criticism: Books

This guide is intended to assist students who are conducting research on literature in English.

Material Not Available at BC

Use the following options for items that you cannot locate within the Boston College Libraries collections.

Request books and other physical items directly from other Boston Library Consortium (BLC) libraries and beyond. Consortium items are usually delivered to BC in 2-5 days.

Have a Citation?
Use Interlibrary Loan book and journal request forms if you have a citation. The online forms are located within your Interlibrary Loan Account listed under My Accounts on the Libraries home page.

Still Searching for Items on Your Topic?
Most databases available to you from Boston College have a FindIt link buttonlink in search results, which will either lead you to a full-text version of the article or to an ILL request link; click that link, and the form will auto-fill with the article information.

Local Libraries
Resources available from the many public and university libraries in the Boston area can be found using the following:

Boston Library Consortium
Members of the Boston College community have access to the Boston Library Consortium (BLC), an association of 17 academic and research libraries in New England. Borrowing and onsite use policies vary. Ask at a circulation desk for the BLC borrower card and for more information about visiting or borrowing from  a BLC library.

Boston Theological Institute Libraries
The collections of the Boston Theological Institute consortium, consisting of over a million and a half volumes in theology and related disciplines, constitute one of the richest theological library centers in the world.

Boston Public Library
28 locations including the Central Library, located in Copley Square, Boston.

Finding Books in BC Libraries

Search the BC Libraries' Catalog by Keyword(s) in Subject


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Find & Request Books from BC and Beyond

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