Learning from Teaching Machines

February 16th, 2018 in Uncategorized

teachmachA new web timeline highlights the History of Teaching Machines.  The site, created by writer Audrey Watters, can serve as a very brief introduction to educational technology over the years. The timeline features developments as diverse as MOOCs, television programs, B. F. Skinners’ teaching “box”, and “mechanical textbooks”.   The site has some links to further reading, but you can also find more literature about teaching machines, and of course educational technology, within BU Libraries Search.  See below for a selection of works available to the Boston University Community.

For another freely available, more expansive introduction to educational technology, a lengthy and well-organized entry appears on Wikipedia.  The Education Librarian at BU, Dan Benedetti, suggests that Wikipedia articles can serve as great introductions to topics for general background knowledge, but that such essays should rarely if ever be cited in in a college-level papers.

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Upcoming Career Research Sessions at Pardee Library

February 14th, 2018 in Uncategorized


careerPardee Library will be offering the following career research sessions over the next several weeks.

Company Information for Career Research

Learn how to create company lists by industry and geographic location and locate company profiles and news. The databases covered in these sessions will include Reference USA, Nexis Uni, Mergent Online, Hoover’s Company Records, Factiva and CB Insights.

Industry Information for Career Research

These sessions will cover the library databases that will be helpful for learning about your industry, such as Vault, First Research Industry Reports, Factiva,
CB Insights and the Industry Survey Locator.

For further information and to register, please visit this page.

Upcoming Career Research Sessions at Pardee Library

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Pardee Library will be offering the following career research sessions over the next several weeks.

Company Information for Career Research

Learn how to create company lists by industry and geographic location and locate company profiles and news. The databases covered in these sessions will include Reference USA, Nexis Uni, Mergent Online, Hoover’s Company Records, Factiva and CB Insights.

Below are the dates/times for these sessions:

Saturday, February 17 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Saturday, February 24 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Monday, February 26 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Industry Information for Career Research

These sessions will cover the library databases that will be helpful for learning about your industry, such as Vault, First Research Industry Reports, Factiva, CB Insights and the Industry Survey Locator.

Below are the dates/times for these sessions and the industries covered:

Tuesday, March 13 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM (Financial Services)
Wednesday, March 14 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM (Entertainment, Sports & Fitness)
Thursday, March 15 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM (Health Management)
Monday, March 19 5:30 PM –  6:00 PM (GreenTech/Renewable Energy)
Wednesday, March 21 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM (Marketing and Advertising)
Thursday, March 22 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM (Technology)

Please email Pardee Library at pardstf@bu.edu with the date and time of the session that you would like to attend.  If these times are not convenient or if you would like to schedule an individual research appointment, please let us know.

If you have any questions, please contact the Pardee Library reference staff at 617-353-4304 or email us at pardstf@bu.edu.

February 19 (Presidents’ Day) Library Hours

February 12th, 2018 in Feature


Mount RushmoreSeveral of the BU libraries will be open regular hours on Monday, February 19. For information regarding a particular library schedule, please consult the Hours Page or phone the library directly.

Also known as Washington’s Birthday, the holiday was originally established to celebrate the life and contributions of the first President of the United States, George Washington. The magazine of the National Archives has published a comprehensive history of the holiday.

Upcoming Library Research Sessions

February 7th, 2018 in Uncategorized


IMG_20170825_152338The Pardee Library will be offering the following research sessions over the next several weeks.

Company and Industry Information

Come and learn about the databases that will be helpful for your assignments such as Hoover’s Company Records, Factiva, MarketLine, Mergent, Mintel and the Industry Survey Locator.

Marketing and Demographic Data

These sessions will cover the library databases that will be useful for putting together your marketing plan, such as Mintel, University Reporter, SRDS, the Industry Survey Locator and article databases.

For further information and to register, please visit this page.

eJournal Spotlight: Journal of Higher Education

February 5th, 2018 in Uncategorized

jhetfFeaturing “the highest quality empirical, theoretically grounded work addressing the main functions of higher education and the dynamic role of the university in society”, this peer-reviewed source has been in publication since volume 1 in 1930. The current issues of the Journal of Higher Education are newly available to the BU community via the Taylor & Francis website.

Articles from the the Journal of Higher Education can be discovered right within BU Libraries Search, with links directly to content where the article text is available.  The journal record itself (below) lists our full holdings through several online providers, and also lists our print and microform holdings.

The current issues were previously available from Project Muse, but the content was withdrawn from that database a couple of years ago. The journal has actually been available in print form at BU for a long time. For decades we collected the issues, and then bound them into volumes. As the BU Libraries Search record indicates, we still retain some volumes in print. However, content back to volume 1 is available digitally via JSTOR, which of course is a well-known and very stable digital source.

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Upcoming Library Research Sessions at Pardee Library

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The Pardee Library will be offering the following research sessions over the next several weeks.

Company and Industry Information

Come and learn about the databases that will be helpful for your assignments such as Hoover’s Company Records, Factiva, MarketLine, Mergent, Mintel and the Industry Survey Locator.

Below are the dates/times for these sessions:

Monday, February 12 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Thursday, February 15 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Friday, February 16 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Friday, February 16 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Thursday, February 22 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Marketing and Demographic Data

These sessions will cover the library databases that will be useful for putting together your marketing plan such as Mintel, University Reporter, SRDS, the Industry Survey Locator and article databases.

Below are the dates/times for these sessions:

Tuesday, February 13 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Tuesday, February 13 4:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Wednesday, February 14 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Wednesday, February 14 4:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Tuesday, February 20 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Tuesday, February 20 4:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Wednesday, February 21 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Wednesday, February 21 4:30 PM to 5:00 PM

 

In order to register for a session, please email Pardee Library at pardstf@bu.edu with the date and time of the session that you would like to attend and if you will be attending individually or with a group.  Additional times will be added soon and if these times are not convenient, please let us know your availability.

If you have any questions, please contact the Pardee Library reference staff at 617-353-4304 or email us at pardstf@bu.edu .

Featured Guide: International Business & Country Information

January 30th, 2018 in Uncategorized


international-1952464_960_720The International Business & Country Information guide is a great starting point for conducting international business research. This guide includes a wide variety of country information sources such as country snapshots and statistics, finance, and global trade. The resources can be searched by country or region. The guide includes many popular resources for country information, such as Economist Intelligence Unit, OECD iLibrary, International Financial Statistics and World Development Indicators.

For a complete list of our research guides, please consult the Pardee Library Research Guides page.

If you need assistance with your research, please contact the Pardee Library Reference Desk.

Education on Film series begins with The Raising of America – the Signature Hour

January 29th, 2018 in Uncategorized

The Pickering Library’s Education on Film series launches Tuesday January 30th at 5pm with the showing of The Raising of America – the Signature Hour. Come join the community in learning about how early childhood care policy in America is lagging behind that of other countries.

This event is part of the Equity Diversity and Inclusion programming at the School of Education. Bring a mug with a lid to enjoy a drink, and learn more about the effects of stress on children and families.  Space is limited so please RSVP at http://bit.ly/edonfilm.

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Create Company Lists with Business Databases

January 24th, 2018 in Uncategorized


successThe Pardee Management Library has several databases for creating lists of companies by industry and geographic location. Two examples would be Reference USA and the Company Dossier database in Nexis Uni. These databases can be very helpful when you need to create a list of targeted companies for your job search or when you want to identify local competitors for your course projects. Reference USA is a U.S. company directory database that currently contains over 50 million business listings. The Company Dossier database in Nexis Uni provides both U.S. and international company listings. Pardee librarians have also prepared online tutorials for these databases.

If you have any questions or need help searching these databases, please contact the Pardee Library Reference Desk.