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History of Prohibition : Recommended Resources

A guide for finding resources on the history of Prohibition in the BC3 Library and on the Internet, complied by the BC3 Librarians.

Suggested databases for articles on prohibition

Google Scholar Search

Google Scholar includes both books and articles. Be careful when selecting that the source is reputable. If an article is not made freely available online, remember that you can use the BC3 Library's Request an Article service to request it and we will do our best to obtain it and email it to you - free of charge.

TED Talk: What happened when the United States tried to ban alcohol

TED Talk: Prohibition and legalization

Oath of Office for Eliot Ness

Eliot Ness, the Treasury Department agent famous for his long-time pursuit of Prohibition-era crime boss Al Capone, signed this Federal oath of office in Chicago, Illinois, on August 26, 1926. Kevin Costner portrayed Ness in the 1987 film The Untouchables

Featured Print Books

Featured E-Books

Related Guides by the BC3 Library

The Academic Article

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The BC3 Library has both print and electronic books for books on the history of prohibition and the 18th Amendment. They are all listed in the BC3 Library Catalog where you will find Dewey call numbers to locate books on the shelves (lower level of the library) and links to connect you to e-books. E-books can also be searched separately in our two e-book collections: e-Book Central by Proquest and e-Book Collection by EBSCO.

Browsing the Stacks

900 is the section of the library for books on history (973 is the division for books on the United States, 974 is the division for books on the Northeastern United States).

360 is the division for books on social problems and social services. 



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