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The on-line catalog provides access to the Library's collection of approximately 40,000 books, periodicals and audio-visual titles. These resources may be used to find information for assignments or general interest.

Tutorial for searching catalog and ordering books from Metro Boston Library Network (includes Boston Public Library)

Good Search Terms to use: words or phrases

  • “HIV”
  • “AIDS”
  • “Human Immunodeficiency Virus”
  • “Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome”

New Books

Crawford, Dorothy H. Virus Hunt: The search for the origin of HIV. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. Print.
Call Number: RA 643.8 .C73 2013

Circulating Books

General HIV and AIDS Information

Chase, Sabrina Marie. Surviving HIV/AIDS in the inner city: How resourceful Latinas beat the odds. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2011. Print.
Call Number: RA643.84.N49 C43 2011

Gilber, Dorie J. and Ednita M. Wright, eds. African American women and HIV/AIDS : Critical responses. Westport: Praeger, 2003.Print.
Call Number: RA643.83 .A35 2003

Roleff, Tamra, ed. AIDS : Opposing viewpoints, San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2003. Print.
Call Number: RA643.8 .A42 2003

Harris, Paul G. and Patricia D. Siplon, eds. The Global Politics of AIDS. Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2007. Print.
Call Number: RA643.8 .G567 2007

Behrman, Greg. The Invisible People: How the United States has slept through the global AIDS pandemic. New York: Free Press, 2004. Print.
Call Number: RA643.83 .B44 2004

Levenson, Jacob. The Secret Epidemic: The story of AIDS and Black America. New York: Pantheon Books, 2004. Print.
Call Number: RA643.83.L48 2004

AIDS in Africa

Feldman, Douglas A., ed. AIDS, culture, and Africa. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2008. Print.
Call Number: RA643.86. A35A345 2008


Nolen, Stephanie. 28: Stories of AIDS in Africa. New York: Walk & Co., 2007. Print.
Call Number: RA643.86 A35 N65 2007

Hunter, Susan S. Black Death: AIDS in Africa. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003. Print.
Call Number: RA643.86 .A35 H86 2003

Epstein, Helen. The Invisible Cure : Africa, the West, and the fight against AIDS. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007. Print.
Call Number: RA643.86.A35 E674 2007

Fassin, Didier. When Bodies Remember: Experiences and politics of AIDS in South Africa. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007. Print.
Call Number: RA643.86.S6 F3714 2007

Lewis, Stephen. Race Against Time: Searching for hope in AIDS-ravaged Africa. Toronto: House of Anansi Press, 2006. Print.
Call Number: JC571 .L5235 2006x

Electronic Books

Dying Inside: The HIV/AIDS Ward at Limestone Prison
Steiner-Fleury, Benjamin. Dying Inside: The HIV/AIDS ward at Limestone prison. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2008. Web.

HIV and Aging
Lee, Sharon Dian, ed. HIV and Aging. New York: Informa Healthcare, 2008. Web.

Reference Books

Sources annotated with REF are found in the 2nd Floor Reference Section

Watstein, Sarah. The AIDS Dictionary. New York: Facts on File, 1998. Print.
Call Number: REF RC607.A26 W383 1998


Turkington, Carol. The encyclopedia of infectious diseases. New York: Facts On File, 2007. Print.
Call Number: REF RC112 .T87 2007

Snodgrass, Mary Ellen. World Epidemics : A cultural chronology of disease from prehistory to the era of Sars. Jefferson: McFarland & Co., 2003. Print.
Call Number: REF RA649 .S65 2003


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's periodicals section for articles about AIDS

  • Browse nursing jounals for medical articles
  • Newsweek
  • Time

Open Access journals

Access these free, scholarly journals online from the links below.

The Open AIDS Journal
A free, online scholarly journal which published research on all aspects of HIV and AIDS research.

AIDS Research and Therapy
An "Open access, peer reviewed journal publishing basic science and clinically important research articles to help abate the spread of AIDS."


Access to millions of journal, magazine, newspaper and reference source articles through our research databases.

Academic OneFile

Provides full text for more than 3,800 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including over 36,000 articles mentioning "AIDS", and over 41,000 mentioning "HIV".

Biomedical Reference Collection

Provides access to 100 full text journals covering such disciplines as clinical medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system and the preclinical sciences. With over 3,300 articles mentioning "AIDS" and "HIV".

CINAHL Plus® with Full Text

is the world's most comprehensive source of full text for nursing & allied health journals, providing full text for more than 770 journals indexed in CINAHL®. This authoritative file contains full text for many of the most used journals in the CINAHL index – with no embargo. CINAHL Plus with Full Text is the definitive research tool for all areas of nursing and allied health literature. Over 49,000 articles are returned on a search for "HIV," and over 33,000 for "AIDS."

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

This database provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Includes over 15,600 articles on "AIDS" and "HIV".


Provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Includes over 71,000 articles mentioning "AIDS" and "HIV".

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center is a one-stop source for information on today's hottest social issues. Drawing on acclaimed series published by Greenhaven Press and other Gale imprints, OVRC features viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazine, academic journal, and newspaper articles, primary source documents, statistics, images and podcasts, and links to Websites.

Academic Search Premier

1,000's of artcles on AIDS.

Web sites

There are many good HIV and AIDS web sites on the internet. These web sites have been evaluated by library staff. Remember to always evaluate internet resources. To find out more about evaluating web sites, Cornell University has a very good guide.

HIV and AIDS Information
A Wealth of information on many AIDS related topics.

From the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, this site provides information on AIDS testing, and issues relating to current AIDS and HIV medications

From the US Department of Heath and Human Services, AIDSinfo contains information on health aspects of HIV/AIDS including Treatment guidelines, Drug info, clinical trials, vaccines, and more.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Contains statistics about HIV/AIDS research and treatment as well as other diseases and conditions.

Center for Disease Control – HIV/AIDS
This site contains news, statistics and resources on HIV/AIDS. Also available in Spanish.

Comprehensive, up-to-date information on HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, and policy from the University of California San Francisco.


World Heath Organization – HIV/AIDS
Available in multiple languages. Contains information on AIDS topics, fact sheets by country, reports and statistics and AIDS related publications and AIDS related map library.

Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. Contains in-depth information by country as well as HIV data and resources in their “Knowledge Center”.

AIDS in Africa-AVERT
Up to date information and statistics on AIDS in Africa

HIV/AIDS Prevention and Living with HIV/AIDS

Aids Action Committee of Massachusetts
This site contains basic HIV/AIDS information, and online library of information on HIV/AIDS related topics and links to programs and services for HIV positive persons. Also contains news and updates on HIV/AIDS related topics. A good site for local information.

The Body
Online HIV/AIDS resource with easy to understand information on over 550 HIV/AIDS related topics.

Boston Living Center
“A non-profit community and resource center whose mission is to foster the wellness of all HIV positive people and respond to the changing needs of the HIV/AIDS community.

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Research guide prepared on 10/02/08 by Kathleen Keleher. Upated by Joy Singletary 3/27/14.