The Pickering Library is closing at 3pm today, Friday, February 5th.
Librarians at Brigham Young University have created a video that nicely points out how students can learn to evaluate different types of information sources. This includes peer-reviewed and scholarly sources, which are often conflated as being one and the same.
You can also find more tips on how to evaluate sources in our guide entitled About the Research Process.
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.
Visit the Mugar Research Center (353-2700) for immediate, walk-in help:
Monday – Thursday : 9am – 8pm
Friday : 9am – 5pm
Saturday : 10am – 5pm
Sunday : 12pm – 6pm
Use the ask-a-librarian service to email or chat
Scroll down the page for tips and resources for researching Refugees, Immigration and Xenophobia.
- 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
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.
Note: documents half a century of humanitarian assistance and the plight of refugees worldwide.
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
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 )
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
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
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
Data / Statistics
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
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
Ethnic and racial studies.
London : Routledge
Check out their references and resources page:
–2013 report on Documented Immigrants in South Africa
–Monitoring Reports of specific incidents
The MRI+ database has a new upgraded platform and a new name: University Reporter. University Reporter still provides access to the same consumer product usage data, but has more options for creating reports and sorting data. In order to use this database, you will need to create an account with the registration code that is provided in the University Reporter tutorial. This tutorial includes instructions for creating an account, as well as how to create and read the reports.
If you need any assistance, please contact the Pardee Library Reference Desk.
Federal Election Statistics & Data
Polls & Surveys
Selected library sources to support your research
- Dictionary of the Theatre: Terms, Concepts, and Analyis
Mugar Reference X PN2035 .P2913 1998
- North American Theatre Online
- Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance
- Cambridge Companion to Theatre History
- Historical Dictionary of Contemporary American Theater
- “Music and performing arts: tradition, reform and political and social relevance” in Cambridge Companion to Modern Chinese Culture
- Gale Biography in Context
- Multingual Glossary of Library Terms
Boston Globe (1980-present)
- New York Times: ProQuest Historical Newspapers Newspaper articles and advertisements from the New York Times, from 1851-2010
- or search several historical newspapers at once, including the Times, Boston Globe (1872-1984); Washington Post (1877-1999); Chicago Tribune (1849-1992); and Los Angeles Times (1881-1992)
- ProQuest International Newsstand (International newspapers 1977-present)
- ArtStor Theater Images
- Kanopy (Streaming Video) – Theater
Argument & Theory
Browse BU Books & eBooks on . . .
Search Article Databases
Searching Across Disciplines
Literature, Arts & the Humanities
Welcome! This guide is geared for students in SAR HS463 Global Health: Beyond Germs and Genes. It provides websites with background information and key journal databases.
Please let me know if I can assist you with your research. I will be available in Sargent’s Settterberg Lounge on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5pm. I am also glad to meet you by appointment, just send me an e-mail at email@example.com.
Background Information & Statistics
The websites listed here provide excellent background information on the social determinants of health and data on diseases in various countries.
The Social Determinants of Health
- Rio Political Declaration on the Social Determinants of Health
- WHO: Case Studies on the Social Determinants of Health
- WHO: Key Concepts
- Robert Woods Johnson Foundation
- CDC Disparities Analytics
- Public Health Law Research: Social Determinants of Health
- Noncommunicable Diseases: Country Profiles (WHO)
- Country Index (WHO)
- Global Burden of Disease Visualizations (Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation)
- Chronic Diseases (CDC)
- Health System Response to NCD by Country (WHO)
- Health System Response by Country: Policies (WHO)
- Health System Response by Country: Infrastructure (WHO)
- Global Cancer Map (Pulitzer Center/PRI’s The World)
- The Atlas of Heart Disease & Stroke (WHO)
- Mental Health Atlas: Country Profiles (WHO)
- Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health (WHO)
- Country Profiles on Maternal & Perinatal Health (WHO)
- Obesity & Overweight (CDC)
- Applied Social Science Index and Abstracts (ASSIA)
- PAIS International
- Sociological Abstracts
Other Helpful Guides
For 39 years, the Friends of the Libraries of Boston University has sponsored an annual book collecting contest. The contest is open to all full-time students regularly enrolled at Boston University and is devised “to stimulate the student body to pursue the gratifying and exhilarating experience of creating a collection of books, with all the ancillary benefits such an interest involves.” Formerly named in honor of its principal donor, the HGARC Book Collecting Contest awards six cash prizes ranging from $200 to $1,500. For additional information, please review the Contest Rules and First Place Winners since 1967. The deadline for applications is 5:00 pm on Friday, March 4, 2016.