WR150: Everyday Objects: Design in the Twentieth Century

February 10, 2014–WR150–Professor Erin McKellar

Misc Resources IconLIBRARY WEBSITE/ BU LIBRARY SEARCH –Services and Searching (BULS)

  • –BULS searches for print and e-books (but not within e-books), ejournal articles, and more…
  • –BULS does not search for newspaper articles or in many bibliographic databases such as Art Full Text.
  • –BULS does search Arts & Humanities Citation Index (Web of Science), JSTOR, MLA Bibliography (Modern Language Association), and Project Muse
  • –Type in your keyword(s) , for example:  ”Charles Eames”
  • –The results will include both books and articles. You can look through all the results or look at books first, then articles.
  • –To maximize your results, click on Expand. This will add some non full-text results.
  • –Each result indicates that it is available either in print or online or sometimes both.
    View It =  online     Get It  =  print
  • –Each result has the link “More information.”  Information might include an annotation, linked subject headings, and and always links to print, email, RefWorks, Endnote.
  • –Some results might also include the link “Recommendations.” Click it for citations to additional online articles.
  • –Results are citations to books and articles and to other resources such as images.  When a list of citations are attached to a book or article, they are called references, works cited, or bibliography. An example of a journal citation is: 
    Shaykett, Jessica. “A Bent for Design.” American Craft 72.6 (2012): 38-9.

Database Icon DATABASES A-Z

Results (citations to articles) from the article databases will be from both online journals and print journals (you will need a journal’s call number to find it in the library).

To find out if the library has a journal, type the name of the journal in the search box at www.bu.edu/library.  If the journal is online, you will get link(s) to it.  If the journal is in print, you will get a call number. Here is an example of where you can find the journal titled  Art History:

Art history.

Association of Art Historians (Great Britain) ; Oxford, etc. New York, etc. Basil Blackwell, etc. ; 1978

Available at Mugar Memorial Library Stacks (N5300 .A75M )
Get It

Art history (Online)

Wiley Online Library 2010 Full Collection
Available from 1997 volume: 20 issue: 1
Wiley Online Library
Available from 1997 volume: 20 issue: 1
EBSCOhost Academic Search Premier
Available from 1981
Most recent 1 year(s) not available

Art Full Text (journal articles)

Art Index Retrospective (journal articles)

ArtBibliographies Modern (journal articles)

ebrary (over 100,000 ebooks keyword searchable)

Gale Biography in Context (biography/bibliography)

Grove Art Online (biography/bibliography)

Proquest Historical Newspapers (newspapers)

Berg Fashion Library (encyclopedia, images)

ARTstor (images)

Jstor caption search (images)


Evaluate your journal sources - Scholarly sources/peer reviewed/refereed journals
Evaluate your book sources – look for Book Reviews (book reviews are journal articles)
for example, type “Eames design the work of the office of Charles and Ray Eames” in BULS: the results will include the book itself plus one or more reviews.


Tools IconTOOLS

Research Guides Librarian selected resources by subject: see Art History
How-to Guides (e.g., Primary Sources, Find Images on the Web)
Create Bibliographies (RefWorks and more)
Evaluating Information Found on the Internet (Johns Hopkins)


Feel free to contact me for help:  Ruth Thomas — rthomas@bu.edu

WR150 Everyday Objects: Design in the Twentieth Century