WR150: Interrogating Race in Contemporary America

February 9th, 2016 in

WR 150 – Bozek – Mugar Library 2nd Floor Balcony 2/11/16

bush kanye hands-up-dont-shoot emanuel ame church

Library Website and BU Library Search

Search by keywords e.g. “race and Katrina”



racism03  racism02racejustice1
katrina race

Database IconFIND (more) ARTICLES using DATABASES



What are scholarly sources?

What are peer reviewed journals? A peer reviewed journal consists of articles that have been reviewed by a panel of subject experts before they are approved for publication.

What are Primary sources? Primary sources are materials that provide direct evidence or firsthand testimony concerning the period or subject under investigation.
What are Secondary sources? Secondary sources interpret or analyze an event or subject.



Citing your Sources

Create Bibliographies

RefWorks research management, writing and collaboration software


IMG_6373Please contact me with ANY library or research questions

Ivette Castillo

February 9th, 2016 in

Human Rights Africa: Civil Rights

February 8th, 2016 in

Civil Rights

Poster in hospital, Swaziland. Photo: B. Restrick 2005

Poster in hospital, Swaziland.      Photo: B. Restrick 2005

Africa : facing human security challenges in the 21st century
Mentan, Tatah ; 2014
Available online

After the rebellion : black youth, social movement activism, and the post-civil rights generation
Franklin, Sekou M. ; 2014
Available online 


Indigenousness in Africa : a contested legal framework for empowerment of ‘marginalized’ communities
Ndahinda, Felix Mukwiza ; c2011
Available at Law Library Annex (KQC572 .N33 2011 )

International human rights law in Africa ; 2nd ed..
Viljoen, Frans. ; 2012
Online Access (also available in the Law Library Annex KQC572 .V55 2012 )

Protecting human security in Africa
Ademola Abass ; 2010
Available online (also available in Mugar Memorial Library KQC572 .P76 2010 )



Ukweli : monitoring and documenting human rights violations in Africa : a handbook
Codesria.; Amnesty International. ; 2000
Available at Mugar Memorial Library Stacks (JC599.A36 U48 2000 )


GLBT Rights

American culture warriors in Africa : a guide to the exporters of homophobia and sexism
Kaoma, Kapya J. ; 2014
Available at Theology Library Open Stacks (HQ76.45.A35 K36 2014 )

Human rights and homosexuality in Southern Africa ; 2nd, expanded ed..
Dunton, Chris. ; Mai Palmberg ; 1996
Available at Mugar Memorial Library Stacks (HQ76.3.A356 D86 1996 )

Queer African reader
Hakima Abbas; Sokari Ekine ; 2013
Available at Theology Library Open Stacks (HQ76.3.A6 Q83 2013 )

Women’s Rights

Grace, tenacity and eloquence : the struggle for women’s rights in Africa
Patrick Burnett; Shereen Karmali; Firoze Madatally Manji ; 2007
Available Online (also available at Mugar Memorial Library HQ1236.5.A35 G73 2007 )

Women’s rights in the Middle East and North Africa progress amid resistance ; 2010 ed..
Sanja Kelly; Julia Breslin ; 2010
Available Online

Breathing life into the African Union protocol on women’s rights in Africa
Roselynn Musa; Faiza Jama Mohammed; Firoze Madatally Manji; Solidarity for African Women’s Rights.; African Union. Directorate of Women, Gender and Development. ; 2006
Available at Mugar Memorial Library Stacks (HQ1236.5.A35 B74 2006 )

International human rights : the protection of the rights of women and female child in Africa : theory and practice
Otiocha, Eleazar Echezonachi. ; c2011
Available at Law Library Annex (KQC145.W64 O85 2011 ) 

Children’s Rights

Children’s rights in Africa : a legal perspective
Julia Sloth-Nielsen ; c2008
Online Access. See Find Online for options. The library also has physical copies.

Do African children have rights? : a comparative and legal analysis of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
Achilihu, Stephen Nmeregini ; 2010
Available at Law Library Annex (KQC145.M55 A28 2010 ) . See Find in Library for other locations

Children’s lives in an era of children’s rights the progress of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Africa
Afua Twum-Danso Imoh; Nicola Ansell ; 2014
Online Access. See Find Online for options

Children at work : child labor practices in Africa Kielland, Anne. ; Maurizia C Tovo ; 2006 Available at Mugar Memorial Library Stacks (HD6250.A352 K54 2006 )

Religious Rights

Gender, religion, & family law theorizing conflicts between women’s rights and cultural traditions
Lisa Fishbayn Joffe; Sylvia Neil ; 2013
Waltham, Mass. : Brandeis University Press
Available Online

Muslims and global justice
Naʻīm, ʻAbd Allāh Aḥmad ; c2011
Available Online (also available at Fineman & Pappas Law Libraries Annex   KBP2460 .N353 2011 )


Proselytization and communal self-determination in Africa
Naʻīm, ʻAbd Allāh Aḥmad, ; 1999
Available at Mugar Memorial Library Stacks (BL2400 .P76 1999 )



Human Rights Africa: Censorship, Land Rights

February 8th, 2016 in

Here are some selected books that can help you get started with research on these controversial topics. Note who the authors are, what else have they written? Peruse bibliographies and sources cited. Also, be sure to look for journal articles for more current information.


Our library has a lot of literature concerning censorship and banning of books in apartheid-era South Africa. It will take a little more work to seek out materials on issues of contemporary censorship, in places like Eritrea.

Some selected titles:

Popular music censorship in Africa. Michael Drewett; Martin Cloonan ; c2006
Available Online (also available at the Music Library ML3917.A4 P6 2006 )
Adewale-Maja Pearce. Who’s Afraid of Wole Soyinka? Essays on Censorship. Oxford: Heinemann, 1991.
(Law Annex JC599.N54 M35 1991).

The Internet in the Mideast and North Africa : free expression and censorship.
Goldstein, Eric. ; Human Rights Watch (Organization) ; c1999
Available at Law Library Annex (P96.C46 G65 1999 )

A good journal to search is Index on Censorship. (African Studies Library K9 N3)

The literature police : apartheid censorship and its cultural consequences. McDonald, Peter D. ; 2009.
Available Online (also available at Mugar Memorial Library Z658.S6 M34 2009)

The hidden history of South Africa’s book and reading cultures. Dick, Archie L. ; c2012
Available at Mugar Memorial Library Stacks (Z1003.5.S6 D53 2012)


Ideas Under Arrest: Censorship in South Africa. Kunene, Daniel P.; 2014.
Available Online 

Escape from Eritrea: Fleeing one of the world’s harshest regimes. Einashe, I
Index On Censorship, 2015 Spr, Vol.44(1), pp.46-49 [Peer Reviewed Journal]
Available Online

Tip: Look for news items, such as the following:

Censorship in South Africa:

Examples of resources on the Internet:

***Code of the Broadcast Complaints Commission of South Africa

***The South African Film and Publication Board (FPB) regulates cinema and video distribution.

NGO’s keeping an eye on censorship in South Africa:

 Land Rights

Conservation land is fenced off to local communities who view it as an untapped resource. Photo: B. Restrick, 2011

Conservation land is fenced off to local communities who view it as an untapped resource. Photo: B. Restrick, 2011

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.

Human Rights Africa: Immigration, Refugees & 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:

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




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.

WR150: Childhood in Three Disciplines

January 30th, 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.


BU Art Research Guides

Art History

Art and Architecture Electronic Resources

Art and Artists

American Art

Images, Illustrations, Reproductions

Suggested Art Databases

America: History & Life

Art Fulltext



Humanities Fulltext

Project Muse


Art Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Berg Fashion Library

Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms

Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art

Grove Art Online

Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts



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