The Educational Resources Center has acquired several new digital tools for K-12 education:

  • Bookflix – A digital literacy resource that pairs more than 120 animated stories from Weston Woods.  The fiction and nonfiction pairings are designed to strengthen early literacy skills while exposing young learners to real-world concepts
  • ProQuest CultureGrams – CultureGrams are country/state/province reports. The database includes: images, slideshows, streaming videos, sortable data tables and graphs, interviews with natives from countries around the world, and recipes for each country.
  • Storia – Offers hundreds of fiction and nonfiction ebooks in English and Spanish for grades PreK-3rd grade.
  • Ebsco Flipster has made available many children’s magazines, such as Ask, Cricket, and National Geographic for Kids. Find titles by searching the catalog.

For more information, contact Tiffeni Fontno, Head, Educational Resource Center.


AccessPediatrics from McGraw-Hill Medical covers the entire span of pediatric practice, from neonatology through adolescent medicine. Updated regularly and optimized for viewing on any device, this comprehensive online pediatric resource provides  access to information essential for completing evaluation, diagnosis, and case management decisions. This collection includes 37 leading pediatric textbooks, videos, and cases, plus vignette style exam preparation for licensing. For more information, contact Wanda Anderson, Sr. Research Librarian for Nursing & Health Sciences.

Revolution & Protest Online

This growing collection of video, documents, images, reports and books explores protest movements, revolutions, and civil wars around the world from the 18th century to present day. Examples in the collection include the Haitian Revolution, Russian Revolution, Indian Independence Movement and the Arab Spring. The resource allows students to browse and search material by event and theme. For more information, contact Julia Hughes, Senior Research Librarian/Bibliographer for Political Science and International Studies.

Safari Online Learning

The Safari 500 Online Book Collection has changed! Now called Safari Online Learning, this digital package includes unlimited user access, exclusive O’Reilly-produced content, more than 250 additional publishers, videos, customized accounts and content to match emerging career trends like big data, artificial intelligence, gaming and more. This O’Reilly product specializes in technology introduction books for software, programming languages, marketing, cloud computing and other business topics. For more information, contact Barbara Mento, Senior Research Librarian/Bibliographer for Computer Science, Data, Economics, and Mathematics.

The American Slavery Collection, 1820–1922 from the American Antiquarian Society
This digital edition of the American Antiquarian Society’s extraordinary holdings of slavery and abolition materials delivers more than 3,600 works published over the course of more than 100 years. Materials include books, pamphlets, graphic materials, and ephemera on topics that include the Missouri Compromise and the founding of Liberia; the first National Anti-Slavery Society Convention in 1837 and the Compromise of 1850; the Emancipation Proclamation and the establishment of “Redeemer” state governments; the birth of “Jim Crow” and the expansion of segregation through the early 1920s. For more information, contact Lawrence Busenbark, Metadata Specialist / Bibliographer.

Women and Social Movements International
This resource of primary source material focusing on women’s international activism since the mid-nineteenth century includes proceedings of women’s international conferences, books, pamphlets, articles from newspapers and journals, as well as diary entries. The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, Anna Lord Strauss Papers, and the Inter-American Commission on Women’s Records are some of the materials you will find. For more information, contact Leslie Homzie, Sr. Research Librarian for Communication, Sociology, Women’s and Gender Studies

Thesaurus Linguae Latinae
The Thesaurus Linguae Latinae is a comprehensive Latin to Latin dictionary based on all available Latin texts (including inscriptions and other non-literary material) for the period up to 600 AD. Its primary uses are etymology and exhaustive examples of usage. Continuously published and updated in Germany since 1894. For more information, contact Chris Strauber, Sr. Research Librarian for Theology and Philosophy.

Economist Digital Archive
The Gale Cengage Economist Historical Archive provides researchers searchable online access to The Economist back to 1843. This important resource covers international news with a focus on finance, politics and business. It also includes current science and technology insight. For more information contact Barbara Mento, Economics Librarian.

Chinese Newspapers Collection
Full-text access to 22 English-language Chinese historical newspapers published between 1832 and 1953. Topics include the end of imperial rule in China, the Taiping Rebellion, the Opium Wars with Great Britain, the Boxer Rebellion and 1911 Revolution, and the subsequent founding of the Republic of China. The full-image newspapers provide searchable access to articles, advertisements, editorials, cartoons, and classified ads. For more information, contact Kimberly Kowal, Interim Liaison Librarian for History.

BBC Shakespeare Plays
The new collection BBC Shakespeare Plays includes streaming video (with searchable transcripts) of thirty seven plays by Shakespeare featuring some of Britain’s most distinguished theatrical talent, such as Helen Mirren, Claire Bloom, Anthony Hopkins,  Ben Kingsley, and others. For more information contact Nina Bogdanovsky, Senior Research Librarian/Bibliographer for Art & Architecture, Music, Linguistics, and Theater Studies.

Knowledge Unlatched
BC Libraries continues to support this open access project, which funds the “opening” of selected eBooks from scholarly publishers. This year includes a STEM section, which is particularly strong in the environmental sciences.  KU titles are also findable when searching our online catalog. For more information, contact Sally Wyman, Sr. Bibliographer for Chemistry and Physics.

Early Franciscan Sources and Early Commentaries on the Rule of the Friars Minor provide electronic access to significant writing by Francis of Assisi, Clare of Assisi, and Isabelle of France, as well as to medieval commentary on the monastic rule which governed the life of the Franciscans. For more information, please contact Chris Strauber, Senior Research Librarian/Bibliographer for theology.

Science of Synthesis
Boston College users now have access to individual monograph titles in the Science of Synthesis (SoS) database (Thieme Medical Publishers). Recent purchases have included full online access to the database for the coming year.  SoS provides authoritative, critical reviews of synthetic methodology from the early 1800s to-date for organic and organometallic chemistry.  For more information, contact Sally Wyman, Head Librarian, Collection Development & Research.

Comprehensive Energy Systems
This newly-updated, online reference work provides information on the full array of topics related to energy, one of the most significant challenges facing humanity. Issues addressed here move far beyond the technology, to include the environment, sustainability, the economy, policy, and much more. For more information, contact Sally Wyman, Head of Collection Development and Research Services, Senior Research Librarian for Chemistry and Physics.

New Springer Nature Journals Added
The Boston College Libraries have added three new Springer Nature journals: Nature Catalysis, Nature Ecology and Evolution and Nature Sustainability. For more information, contact Enid Karr, Senior Research Librarian for Biology, Earth & Environmental Sciences and Environmental Studies, or Sally Wyman, Head of Collection Development and Research Services, Senior Research Librarian for Chemistry and Physics.

The Strategic, Defence & Security Studies Classic Archive Journal Collection from Taylor & Francis contains backfile coverage, starting from the first issue, of the thirty journals shown in this PDF (access individual titles through the BC Libraries catalog). The collection includes Intelligence & National Security, Journal of Strategic Studies, Security Studies, Survival and Terrorism & Political Violence. Access to these journals support faculty and student research in security, peace and terrorism studies. For more information, contact Julia Hughes, Senior Bibliographer for Asian Studies, International Studies, Islamic Civilization & Societies, Political Science & Government.

Queen Victoria’s Journals is a digital edition of the complete journals of Queen Victoria, covering the entirety of her reign (1837 to 1901) and beginning when she was thirteen years old, five years before she took the throne. This resource provides high quality scans of each journal page with a facing transcription, and the journal’s full text is searchable. Additional features include a browsing index of names and places, an interactive timeline of Queen Victoria’s life, linked resources on the culture and history of Victorian England, and a gallery of Queen Victoria’s watercolors and drawings. For more information contact Stephen Sturgeon, Senior Digital Scholarship Librarian & Bibliographer for English.

Women’s Issues and Identities includes primary source material that focuses on the social, political, and professional achievements of women from the nineteenth and twentieth century. Among the unique collections in this resource are Planned Parenthood Federation of America Records, 1918-1984, Records of Women’s Peace Union 1921-1940, and Grassroots Feminist Organizations (includes Boston Area Second Wave Organizations, 1968-1998).

New Web of Science Resources

The Web of Science database platform has added a wide range of new component databases, including Book Citation Index to find book citation data from 2005 on, Data Citation Index to find published datasets, Derwent Innovations Index, Zoological Record, various international search options and more. These resources can be found by clicking the orange check-box next to Web of Science Core Collection (the default) to open the drop-down menu showing component databases. Check with your Subject Librarian to learn more about any of these new additions to the Web of Science.

BioCyc Database Collection

This previously open collection of databases is now being offered as a community supported, nonprofit resource. Drawing from over 60,000 publications, BioCyc provides data for metabolic pathways and genomes for a variety of organisms, with tools for analyzing the data.  There is  particularly rich and professionally-curated data for intensively researched species like Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Mycobacterium tuberculosis and  Clostridium difficile. For more information, contact Sally Wyman, Chemistry and Physics Librarian, or Enid Karr, Biology and Earth & Environmental Sciences Librarian.