WS213: Sexism in the 21st Century

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Gendered expressions of performance

June 2nd, 2016 in

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Subject search: Women Performance Artists


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Mugar Library: Extended Hours for Exams

April 27th, 2016 in Feature

Mugar 24 hoursBeginning Saturday April 30, 2016 at 7:00 am, through Saturday May 7, 2016 at 11:00 pm, Mugar Memorial Library will be open 24 hours.

During late night/early morning hours (generally between 11:00 pm and 7:00 am) access to the library will be restricted to currently enrolled Boston University students with a BU ID (Terrier card).  All six floors of the library will be available for study space. Please note that during the late night hours, regular library services, such as checking out books, will not be available. Also, the Music and African Studies Libraries and Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center will be closed.

Mugar Library will provide a van service from midnight until 6:00 am for anyone that needs a ride home on campus. The van will make periodic pick-ups on Commonwealth Ave. in front of the GSU Plaza, with drop-offs at any on-campus location.  If you have any questions, please call the Mugar Library Security Department at (617) 353-4015.

Other BU libraries may also have extended hours. Please check the full listing of BU libraries for more information and contact the individual library directly if you have any questions.

Good luck on your finals!

Pardee Library Extended Exam Hours

April 20th, 2016 in Uncategorized

stack of booksPardee Library will be open extended hours during final exams. The hours for April 29 – May 7 are below. Mugar Library is also holding extended hours.

Friday, April 29 8 am – 8 pm
Saturday, April 30 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday, May 1 10 am – 12 midnight
Monday, May 2 – Thursday, May 5 8 am – 12 midnight
Friday, May 6 8 am – 6 pm
Saturday, May 7 10 am – 6 pm

Good luck with your exams!

Featured Resource: LexisNexis Academic

April 7th, 2016 in Uncategorized

LexisNexis AcademicLexisNexis Academic is a multidisciplinary electronic resource that includes U.S. and international news, trade publications, and legal and company resources.  From the database top page you can search news stories, look up a legal case and access company profiles.  Company profiles in LexisNexis Academic include news, competitors, brands and financials.  Additional databases for obtaining articles and company profiles are available through the Business Databases: A-Z list.

If you need any help searching LexisNexis Academic, please contact the Pardee Library Reference Desk.




RILM 101 or Expert: Make the Most of It Now

March 26th, 2016 in Uncategorized

Drop by any Saturday 11am-7pm for a one-on-one with Brett Kostrzewski. Build your comfort level interpreting and navigating findings in RILM Abstracts (Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale), a comprehensive and specialized database of citations for writings about music in all genres, from all eras. Another benefit: familiarity with RILM’s vendor platform will fast-track you for using the Music Index and RIPM databases, both of which are also offered on the same platform. Location: Music Library (2nd floor of Mugar Library).

Massachusetts tax forms available in Mugar Library

March 11th, 2016 in Feature

taxpicture5Mugar Library provides print tax forms for both full-year Massachusetts residents and also part-year non-residents. These booklets are available on the New Book shelves located opposite the Mugar Circulation Desk on the first floor. Due to the Patriot’s Day holiday, Massachusetts tax returns and payments are due on or before April 19, 2016. The U.S. federal tax deadline for Massachusetts residents is also April 19, 2016.

If you are unable to pick up a printed form, you can also download Massachusetts forms and instructions from the Department of Revenue.

If you reside in another state, the Federation of Tax Administrators provides links to all other state tax forms.

The U.S. government no longer sends tax forms to the library. Tax booklets and instructions are available online from the Internal Revenue Service.

Featured journal: Exceptionality

March 10th, 2016 in Uncategorized

The BU community has full text, online access to the current issues of the peer-reviewed title Exceptionality: A Special Education Journal.  This quarterly serial offers excellent articles on the state of current research in special education practice, such as:

Guckert, M., Mastropieri, M. A., & Scruggs, T. E. (2016). Personalizing research: Special educators’ awareness of evidence-based practice. Exceptionality, 24(2), 63-78.

Articles from Exceptionality can be found in many databases, such as Academic Search Premier and Education Full Text. Our subscription provides access to current issues and issues going back to 1997.

From the journal’s Aims and Scope: “Areas of scholarship published in the journal include quantitative, qualitative, and single-subject research designs examining students and persons with exceptionalities, as well as reviews of the literature, discussion pieces, invited works, position papers, theoretical papers, policy analyses, and research syntheses.”

Human Rights in Africa: Topics: Immigration, Refugees & Xenophobia

February 3rd, 2016 in

Scroll down the page for tips and resources for researching Refugees, Immigration and Xenophobia.

Research Tips:

  •  Be sure to research the background history of the region or peoples of interest. It will provide you with valuable context for the current situation.
  • You will notice that much of the best information is found in works that include world-wide treatments.
  • The most recent reports and data often exist online, from sources such as the UNHCR, World Bank, etc. Pay attention to your sources.
  • Searching BULS for “refugees Africa” yields over 14,000 results. Try to be as specific as you can.
    Narrow your search to find information on individual countries, e.g. : “refugees Guinea”
You will find that often the literature will discuss 5 kinds of activity:- flight / travel from a particular country
– flight / travel to another country
– internal displacement
– return of populations
– refoulement or forcible return of refugees

First, it is important to understand the context. These can help:

Africa South of the Sahara. Europa Publications Limited.
2016 edition available in African Studies Library Reference (DT351 .F71 )
 Note: This book gives a great overview of each country south of the Sahara, including the most recent statistics available.

The Oxford handbook of refugee and forced migration studies ; First Edition.
Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh; Gil Loescher; Katy Long; Nando Sigona ; 2014
Available at Mugar Memorial Library Stacks (HV640 .O94 2014 )

United Nations High Commission for Refugees. (UNHCR). The State of the World’s Refugees. Fifty Years of Humanitarian Action. Oxford:  Oxford University Press, 2000.
Available online
Note: documents half a century of humanitarian assistance and the plight of refugees worldwide.



Maputo bus stop

Bus stop in Maputo. Photo credit: B. Restrick


There are almost 15 million displaced people within Africa. Thousands travel north towards Europe, others head for South Africa. Today almost 2 million people of African-birth are immigrants in the (about 4% of the total number of immigrants) in the United States today. (Migration Policy Institute)

Much of this movement is prompted by war and political instability. Other motivators are desire for employment and education.


Contemporary migration to South Africa : a regional development issue
Aurelia Wa Kabwe-Segatti; Loren B Landau; World Bank.; Agence française de développement. ; c2011
Available online


Of myths and migration : illegal immigration into South Africa ; 1st ed.
Solomon, Hussein. ; c2003 Pretoria : University of South Africa
Available at Mugar Memorial Library Stacks (JV8825 .S65 2003 )

 International migration within, to and from Africa in a globalised world
  Aderanti Adepoju; Network of Migration Research on Africa. ; 2010
Available at Mugar Memorial Library Stacks (JV8790 .I64 2010 )




Mozambican refugee camp, awaiting food distribution, 1988. Photo credit: D. Restrick

Mozambicans in a refugee camp, awaiting food distribution. 1988. Photo credit: D. Restrick

According the UNHCR’s Mid-Year Trends 2015 Report, the number of refugees, asylum-seekers, and internally displaced persons worldwide has likely risen to 60+ million and still grows.

Between 1969 and 1994, Africa’s refugee population grew from 700,000 to more than 7 million (see the 1994 report from an OAU/UNHCR Symposium). Africa has more refugees than any other continent.

Some Useful Books:

Refugee politics in the Middle East and North Africa : human rights, safety, and identity
Ullah, Ahsan ; Ebooks Corporation ; 2014
Available online


Asylum-seeker and refugee protection in sub-saharan Africa the peregrination of a persecuted human being in search of a safe haven
D’Orsi, Cristiano ; (author) ; 2015
Available online


Outcast : the plight of Black African refugees. Yilma Tafere Tasew ; 2011
Available at Mugar Memorial Library Stacks (HV640.5.A3 O98 2011 )



Some Useful Journals

Refugee survey quarterly (Online) (print also available)
Centre for Documentation on Refugees (United Nations); UNHCR Centre for Documentation and Research.; Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Library.; Oxford University Press.

Journal of refugee studies (Online) 
University of Oxford. Refugee Studies Programme

International journal of refugee law. (print also available)
Oxford England : Oxford University Press.


Internet Resources

Data / Statistics

Refugee population by country or territory of asylum (WorldBank)
The Refugee Story in Data and Statistics (UNHCR)

US – Africa Relations 

U.S. Department of State, Bureau of African Affairs  – See country profiles, news, and regional topics, particularly the Horn of Africa


Xenophobia in South Africa

Blog Article: Africa Reacts to Xenophobia ~ Buzz South Africa

Since the end of apartheid, South Africa has drawn immigrants from elsewhere in the continent. From that time on, tensions  have occasionally resulted in episodes of violence. Mostly notably in 2008 and again in April/May of 2015, immigrants were brutally attacked. 



Some Useful Books

The perfect storm: the realities of xenophobia in contemporary South Africa.
Southern African Migration Project.; Institute for Democracy in South Africa.; Queen’s University (Kingston, Ont.). Southern African Research Centre. ; 2008
Available at Mugar Memorial Library Stacks (JV8825.2 .P47 2008 )
From ‘foreign natives’ to ‘native foreigners’ explaining xenophobia in post-apartheid South Africa: citizenship and nationalism, identity and politics. Neocosmos, M. ; c2010
Online Access. See Find Online for options


Useful Journals:

Ethnic and racial studies.
London : Routledge
Available online

 Politikon : South African journal of political studies.
South African Political Studies Association
Available online (print also available)

  Third World Quarterly.
Third World Foundation (Great Britain).
Available online (print also available)



Useful websites:

Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa

Check out their references and resources page:

ScienceDirect to cease support of Internet Explorer 8 on January 1, 2016

December 21st, 2015 in Uncategorized

Due to Microsoft’s decision to cease support for IE8, the ScienceDirect platform will also cease IE8 support at of January 1, 2016. All IE8 users should update their browsers to the current version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome.