Skip to Main Content
Chat With Us

Undergraduate Research in History



This is a guide for Boston College's undergraduate student population in how to approach historical research.

Finding Books

Books are often a useful starting point for historical research. It's a good rule of thumb to gather a cross section of books that include the last 20 years to get the most up-to-date scholarship. Tip: read book reviews to find out what other experts in the field think and remember to look at citations for research inspiration.

Find Books at BC

Boston College's eight libraries have a world class research collection with more than a million books for your perusal. The bulk of the history collection sits physically in O'Neill Library and/or online. Use our Library Catalog (Primo) to search for specific titles or authors or look for material on specific subjects using keywords. Don't forget to limit your search by date. 

BC Library Catalog

 Keyword     Keyword in Subject

Use the BC catalog to explore the books we have here.

Order Books from Beyond BC

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

Books Only   All Formats  


A selection of databases Boston College subscribes to with extensive eBook collections. To browse (look through titles), try exploring some of the content. To search (look for specific titles), try using the Boson College Libraries' catalog