Pickering Library closing at 3pm, Friday February 5th

February 5th, 2016 in Uncategorized

The Pickering Library is closing at 3pm today, Friday, February 5th.

Evaluating Information Sources

February 5th, 2016 in Uncategorized

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.

WR150: Inventing Paris

February 4th, 2016 in

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

Humanities Fulltext


Literature Online

Project Muse




literature of Paris   fashioning spaces Paris  haussmann paris  transforming Paris


paris zone 2     city of noise paris 2     realist vision Paris





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

Schedule Research Help with a Librarian

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

Human Rights Africa: Refugees, Immigration & 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:
2013 report on Documented Immigrants in South Africa
Monitoring Reports of specific incidents 

MRI+ database now called University Reporter

February 3rd, 2016 in Uncategorized

University reporterThe 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.

WR150- Educated Electorate

February 2nd, 2016 in

Federal Election Statistics & Data

Election Turnout

Polls & Surveys




WR150: Theater Now (Mediated Integration)

February 2nd, 2016 in

Selected library sources to support your research

Cambridge Companion to Theatre HistoryBackground


Argument & Theory

Browse BU Books & eBooks on . . .


Search Article Databases

Searching Across Disciplines

Literature, Arts & the Humanities

from American Theatre, May/June 2014

from American Theatre, May/June 2014 (via International Index to the Performing Arts)

Global Health: Beyond Germs and Genes

February 2nd, 2016 in

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 ksilfen@bu.edu.

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

Disease Statistics

Journal Databases

These databases are excellent sources of peer-reviewed articles. You can link to your options to getting to the full-text of an article by clicking on sfxfind1 next to each article abstract.

News Sources

Other Helpful Guides


Library Intro: WR150

February 2nd, 2016 in

Win a cash prize in a personal book collecting contest!

February 1st, 2016 in Feature

For the Love of BooksFor 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.