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Resources for Research Assistants

Locating Interdisciplinary Research

If your research involves disciplines other than law, like economics, history, business or sociology, you may need to locate scholarly publications in those areas. The Boston College University Library provides access to a wide range of resources covering non-legal subjects.  As a starting point, review a BC Research Guide on your subject. These guides will provide an overview of the resources available on that subject and provide tips on how to begin your research.


To locate books on a on non-legal topics, you can search the BC Law Library Catalog. The catalog contains records of books held across all BC libraries. If you find a book you want to check out that is located at another BC Library, just follow these instructions to request that it be checked out and delivered to the Law School campus.

If you cannot locate a book on your topic at a BC library, you can search WorldCat to locate books available at other libraries. Once you have identified relevant books via interlibrary loan using these instructions


  • Online Databases : Boston College subscribes to a wide variety of databases containing scholarly articles non-legal topics. You can review a list of all available databases through the All BC Research Database link in the Databases box on the Law Library's website. The list can also be filtered by subject. 
  • BC Library Catalog : You can search the BC Law School Library catalog to located specific articles or conduct searches to identify articles that BC has access to in print or through online subscriptions. Instructions for locating articles using the library catalog are available here.