RILM 101 or Expert: Make the Most of It Now

October 29th, 2015 in Uncategorized

Drop in for a one-on-one with Brett Kostrzewski Fri Oct 30, 1pm-5pm and Sat Oct 31, 11am-7pm, no appointment needed. 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.

What’s the big search box on the library homepage?

September 2nd, 2015 in Feature


As you explore our library website, you will notice search boxes either prominently displayed on a page or in the upper right hand corner. This is the BU Libraries Search (BULS), which consists of  physical resources, such as print books, musical scores, video and audio recordings that you can find in the library as well as digital resources such as ebooks, ejournals, streaming audio, databases, online articles and other scholarly resources that you can access online.

If it seems overwhelming, not to worry. We have a help page that details what the search is and how it can be used. If you want more in-depth searching techniques, check out power searching which details how to use the BULS to its fullest. And librarians are always at hand to assist you with the BU Libraries Search and other research needs.

Mugar Library: Extended Exam Hours

April 24th, 2015 in Uncategorized

Mugar Open 24 Hours

Beginning Friday May 1, 2015 at 7:00 am, through Saturday May 9, 2015 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 23rd, 2015 in Uncategorized

Books and GlassesPardee Management Library will be open extended hours during the final exam period.  The hours for May 1 – 9 are listed below.  Mugar Library is also holding extended hours.

Friday, May 1 8 am – 8 pm
Saturday, May 2 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday, May 3 10 am – 12 midnight
Monday, May 4 –Thursday, May 7 8 am – 12 midnight
Friday, May 8 8 am – 8 pm
Saturday, May 9 10 am – 6 pm

Good luck with your exams!

Getting articles in full text is easier than ever

March 17th, 2015 in Uncategorized

New this semester, there is an additional and easy route to full text that you should be aware of. We’ve combined the power of BU Libraries Search with the reach of the Interlibrary Loan “Illiad” system, so that you can get materials to BU from all over the world! Here’s how it works.

When searching for literature in many databases, you may find search results where a pdf of an article is not available. The article title is represented, and the Find @ BU icon as below.
ed full text not ft

First, try the Find @ BU icon, because it does work many times, like when the full text is accessible within JSTOR. But, in this case, this article is not in JSTOR. In fact, it’s not something we have available at BU, as you can see on the BU Libraries Search screen below.

no physical resource

Has this happened to you before? What is new this semester is that second line above, asking you to sign in. You can find the sign in button in the upper right hand corner of the page and it looks like this.

buls sign in

After you sign in through BU Web Login, the appearance of the BU Libraries Search record for the article changes slightly. Now you see a new link that reads “Get it from another library”, like this one below.

get it from

Simply click on that link, and you will be taken directly into the Interlibrary Loan service, Illiad.

If you have used Illiad once before to get materials delivered, the information about the article will be automatically entered into the correct fields for you!

ill filled out

Scan the fields to make sure they’re correct, submit the request, and you’ll likely have the article in just a couple days.

If you have any questions feel free to Ask a Librarian.

Massachusetts tax forms available in Mugar Library

March 16th, 2015 in Feature

Mugar 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 Mugartaxpicture5 Circulation Desk on the first floor. Massachusetts tax returns and payments may be filed on or before April 15, 2015. The U.S. federal tax deadline is also April 15, 2015.

If you don’t pick up the print 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 Database: Investext Plus

February 25th, 2015 in Uncategorized

Philippine-stock-market-boardInvestext Plus provides research reports written by analysts at leading investment banks, brokerage houses and consulting firms.  These reports provide in-depth financial information and analysis on companies and industries.  Investext is available on our Business Databases: A-Z page.  If you need help searching for a company or industry analyst report, please try our Analyst Reports tutorial.

If you have any questions or need help searching Investext, please stop by the Pardee Library Service Desk, or give us a call at (617) 353-4303.

Also, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest Pardee Library news.

WR150 — Toxic Boston

February 24th, 2015 in

Database IconCore Databases

The following databases all contain a large number of articles pertaining to biology and the life sciences. To find articles on topics relating to environmental science, try searching these first.

Database IconOther Subject-Specific Databases

If you can’t find what you need in any of the core databases, try searching any of the databases below that focus more narrowly on your topic.

Ejournal IconEJournal Search at BU

Computer Lab IconWeb Resources

    • online access to current and past legislation, committee reports, the Congressional Record, and other material produced by the Legislative Branch of the US Federal Government.
    • Toxnet The Toxicology Data Network from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Library of Medicine provides access to research on Toxicology and Hazardous Materials Research.
      a gateway to government science information and research results. provides a search of over 50 scientific databases and 200 million pages of science information with just one query, and is a gateway to over 2100 scientific websites including DOE, DOD, EPA, and NASA.
    • SciTech ConnectSciTech Connect consolidates the contents of OSTI’s Information Bridge and Energy Citations Database, full text scientific and technical reports.
    • Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (U.S. Department of Energy)
      The energy information portal available from this web site provides a gateway to hundreds of web sites and thousands of online documents on energy efficiency and renewable energy.
    • Energy Information Administration, US Government
      A statistical agency of the US Department of Energy. Publishes energy statistics, articles, and analysis, covering various fuels (including renewables) and countries, with a focus on the United States.
    • EnviroLink
      Online environmental community uniting hundreds of organizations and volunteers around the world with millions of people in more than 150 countries dedicated to providing comprehensive, up-to-date environmental information and news on a large variety of environmental topics.
    • EPA’s Water Home
      This Environmental Protection Agency site provides information about groundwater, water science, wastewater management, wetlands, oceans and watersheds.
    • Red List of Threatened Species
      This list, compiled by IUCN – The World Conservation Union, provides taxonomic, conservation status and distribution information on taxa that are facing a high risk of global extinction.
    • UNESCO Water Portal
      This web site is intended to enhance access to online information related to freshwater and provide information about UN programs dealing with water.
    • Water Resources of the United States
      This government web site provides a wealth of reliable, impartial, and timely information needed to understand the water resources of the United States.

WR100/WR150: Check One Box

January 15th, 2015 in

Selected library sources to support your research

Background                                                                               encycrace

Think Tanks

The search box below is a custom search created in Google to search think tank content; it is in no way complete, but may provide a useful starting point.


Argument & Theory

Browse BU Books & eBooks on . . .

shades colormatters debunkrace racebrazil livingcolor lightbright reimagining dalitlife

Search Article Databases


Social Sciences


Searching Across Disciplines

Public Intellectual Discourse


NOTE: Links to some of these publications are to online library versions, free to anyone with a BU login.


NOTE: The Boston University Libraries have newspapers available in a number of formats and languages, selectively spanning years from 1620 to the present. Use the Newspapers and News Media research guide for quickest access to specific publications. The guide and key newspaper databases are listed below.

MET EN201: The Sixties

January 15th, 2015 in

america sixties sixties students warsenvironment protest women

civil rights


BU Libraries Search

You can use the BU Libraries Search box to look for print and electronic resources available thru the Boston University Libraries. These resources include print books and journals available in the library stacks, as well as e-books and full-text journals available electronically.

For search tips or questions regarding the search function: see the Search Help page.

For physical items, you will need the call number and library location to locate the books or journals in the stacks. See the location chart (available by the elevators and at the research center) to help you find the floor by call number range. Floor maps are also available by all the elevators.



How to locate a specific journal:

If you have a citation for a journal article and need to locate the full text:
Simply enter the Journal Name in the eJournals search box and a list of databases will be displayed; but note the dates!
If not available at BU, try searching BU WorldCat to request a copy from a BLC Library or submit an interlibrary loan request.

Suggested Databases

Description: Provides page images of back issues of the core scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and basic sciences from the earliest issues to within a few years of current publication. Users may browse by journal title or discipline, or may search the full-text or citations/abstracts. New issues of existing titles and new titles are added approximately on a weekly basis.

Humanities Fulltext
Description: Humanities full text includes many of the most important academic journals in the humanities with the full text of articles from over 300 periodicals dating back to 1995, and high-quality indexing for almost 700 journals–of which 470 are peer-reviewed–dating as far back as 1984. The database provides coverage of feature articles, interviews, bibliographies, obituaries, and original works of fiction, drama, poetry and book reviews, as well as reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, radio and television programs, plays, operas, and more.

Project Muse
Description: Provides digital humanities and social sciences content for the scholarly community and is a source of complete, full-text versions of journals and monographs from many of the world’s leading university presses and scholarly societies.

Visit the Mugar Research Center (353-2700) for immediate, walk-in help:

Monday – Thursday : 9am – 9pm

Friday : 9am – 5pm

Saturday : 10am – 6pm

Sunday : 12pm – 8pm

(Hours may vary over Holidays and summer)


Schedule Research Help with a Librarian

Use the ask-a-librarian service to email or chat