Labor Day (September 7) Library Hours

September 2nd, 2015 in Feature

Children march in the 1963 New York City Labor Day parade

Children march in the 1963 New York City Labor Day parade

Many of the BU Libraries will be open Labor Day (Monday, September 7).  For information regarding a particular library schedule over Labor Day weekend, please consult the Hours page or phone the library directly.

Labor Day is a national holiday in the United States and Canada in honor of working people. The first Labor Day in the U.S. was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City. Traditionally, Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer.

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.

Welcome to the Pardee Library!

August 27th, 2015 in Uncategorized

BalloonsWe hope everyone had a great summer. If you haven’t visited the Pardee Management Library lately, or if you are new to Boston University, please stop by to see us soon!

The library is located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Rafik B. Hariri Building at 595 Commonwealth Avenue. The library’s electronic collections consist of eJournals, business/management databases, and eBooks. Our physical collection consists of 10,000 volumes on-site and another 50,000 volumes in storage.

During the academic year, the library is open 93 hours per week, and the Reference/Information desk is staffed 73 hours a week.

Although David Letterman has retired already, below is a list of the Top Ten Things That You Can Do at Pardee Library (in no particular order). There are certainly more than 10 things that you can do at Pardee Library, but we wanted to highlight a few as we begin the academic year.    

1.   Borrow Course Reserve materials
2.   Use MyPrint
3.   Study
4.   Ask a reference question
5.   Use the scanner or photocopier
6.   Borrow a book
7.   Use a Team Room
8.   Suggest a Purchase
9.   Read a newspaper or journal
10. Use Bloomberg

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by phone, email, or in person.

Have an excellent semester and we hope to see you in the library very soon!

Mining the Mugar Search Engine for Teaching and Research

August 25th, 2015 in

BUSL – Search Engine



Asia American Drama

Bibliografia de la literatura Espanola desde 1980

Bibliography of Asian Studies

Dizionario biografica degli italiano

E-Korean Studies database


HLAS Online Handbook of Latin American Studies

Japan Knowledge

Latin Literature (in the USA)

Lexibaseintranet  (dictionaries)

Le Petit Robert (dictionary)

OED (Oxford English Dictionary)

Proquest International Newstand

Library Press Display

Zasshi  — Complete database for Japanese magazines and periodicals from the Meiji era to the present

Research Guides

Faculty services – preparing for the semester

August 25th, 2015 in Uncategorized

student studyingFaculty, are you getting ready for the new semester? The library is looking to help.

See our faculty services just for you, including librarian-led class instruction and course reserves among others.  For course reserves, the time is now to get your needed materials to us, so that if we have to make a purchase, we can order and process the material in a rush fashion before the semester starts.



World’s Oldest Message in a Bottle Found — and it’s for science!

August 24th, 2015 in Uncategorized

Oldest Known Message-In-A-Bottle Found

A postcard placed in a bottle and thrown into the North Sea more than a century ago has been found and returned to the scientific institution responsible for its distribution. Rather than a love letter or an SOS to the world, it is part of one of the longest running scientific experiments in the world.

From 1904-1906 George Parker Bidder of the Marine Biological Association of the U.K. (MBA) placed 1020 postcards addressed to the institution in bottles and had them released into the North Sea. The cards offered a reward of a shilling to anyone who found one and posted it back with information.

Marianne Winkler found the bottle in April on a beach on Amrum, an island off Germany’s North Sea coast. Winkler told local website Amrun News, “It’s always a joy finding a message-in-a-bottle on the beach. Where does it come from, who wrote it and how long has it been travelling with the wind, waves and currents?” . . . Continue

Welcome to the BU Libraries!

August 20th, 2015 in Feature

If you are an entering undergraduate or graduate student, a new faculty or staff member, please avail yourself of the library’s varied and wide-ranging resources!  If you are a returning student, welcome back and we again look forward to helping you.

MugarThe following statistics indicate the extensive nature of our collection and resources:

    • BU has the second largest academic library in the Boston area (after Harvard) and has the fourth largest academic library in New England.
    • BU Libraries hold approximately 4 million physical volumes, 1.2 million eBooks, 50,000 journals, 350 databases, and over 100 research guides.
  • BU Libraries also have more than 200 staff members ready to assist your research needs.

Our main library page provides links to our databases, eJournals and research guides as well as the BU Libraries Search, which you can use to find resources in the library in addition to electronic books, journals, articles and more. Access to electronic resources requires a BU login name and password. If you do not have a BU login name and password, please contact the IT Help Center. Additional answers and assistance can be found on our Research page.

Pardee Library

Pardee Management Library

While we have an ever growing number of electronic resources, please remember that many of our journals and the majority of our books are only available in print. Locations, call numbers and formats (print, electronic, microfilm) and also our journal holdings can be found using the BU Libraries Search.

If you have any questions about our resources, please check our Help page or feel free to contact the appropriate library reference desk. We look forward to meeting you this new academic year.

Behavior & Health

August 18th, 2015 in

Welcome! This guide is designed to help Sargent College Behavior & Health majors get started with library research. Please contact me (; 617-358-3965) if I can offer any assistance. I look forward to working with you!

Quick Tips

  • To find the full-text of articles, click on the sfxfind icon in our databases. Watch me retrieve full-text in PubMed in this video. If you need an article or book that BU Libraries does not own, request it for free through interlibrary loan.
  • To find a specific journal title at BU, search our collection of electronic journals.
  • Stay organized during your lit review! Try using Zotero, RefWorks, or EndNote to help keep track of your citations and generate bibliographies.

Background Information & Websites

Online reference books & websites can help you identify and focus a topic that you want to explore for your research.

Find Books

Search for books when you want to get a broad overview or introduction to a topic.

  • BU Libraries Search: Use the search box on the BU Libraries homepage to search for books in BU’s Libraries.
  • WorldCat: Search WorldCat to search for books within the Boston Library Consortium and beyond. You can also use WorldCat to order books that are not available at BU.

Find Journal Articles

Journal articles are excellent sources of focused, peer-reviewed research. Listed below are some recommended databases for finding journal articles.

Anatomy & Biology

Health Sciences

  • PubMed                                                                            pubmedgov

Human Behavior & the Social Sciences

Evidence-Based Practice

The following books are all available online and will provide you with an introduction to evidence-based medicine.

Letter to White House on Open Educational Resources

August 14th, 2015 in Feature

White House LetterThe Boston Library Consortium (“BLC”) and an alliance of 90 education, library, technology, public interest and legal organizations, recently asked the White House to take administrative action to ensure federally funded educational materials are made available as Open Educational Resources that are free to use, share and improve.  Boston University is a member of the BLC.

A copy of the letter and list of signatories is available here.

The letter was initiated by SPARC in response to the White House Office and Science and Technology Policy’s (OSTP) request for ideas to strengthen the U.S. Open Government National Action Plan currently in development.

Now Available: Headphones & USB charging cables!

August 13th, 2015 in Uncategorized


Forget to charge your smartphone? Do you need to listen to audio, but your earbuds are hopelessly tangled? Not to fear! The Science & Engineering Library now has USB charge cords (and AC power adapters), as well as headphones for loan.  They are available for a 2-hour, in-library loan.

Please inquire at the SEL Circulation Desk for more information.