Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences

May 28th, 2015 in

Consider this guide your starting point in finding speech, language, and hearing services literature.  It will primarily help you discover articles and evidence-based practice summaries on your topic.

Journal Databases

Systematic Reviews & Practice Guidelines

Cited References Searching

Get Research Assistance

Please contact Kate Silfen, Health Sciences Librarian, (ksilfen@bu.edu, 617-358-3965) if you have any questions or would like to set up a time to talk about any aspect of your research.


WR150: Anthropology through Science Fiction

May 26th, 2015 in

BU Libraries SEARCH

Search the BU Libraries collection and beyond using keywords (e.g. “science fiction”, “cultural anthropology”, “aliens”, etc.)


Collections Icon Course Texts

You can find required and suggested readings for your course at the Mugar Memorial Library Reserves Room (if they are only available in paper form) or online.  Click the title below to find the availability of the book.

A Princess of Mars / by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Caves of Steel / by Isaac Asimov (collected in The Robot Novels)


Database Icon Find Scholarly Literature

MLA International Bibliography
An index to books and articles on literature, myth, and folktales

Literature Online
Primary texts, criticism, and reference materials related to literary works in English

Literary Reference Center
Content from encyclopedias and other reference materials, literary journals, and books

Anthropology Plus
Anthropological reports, articles, and commentary


Journal Literature Suggested Texts

The Wesleyan Anthology pf Science Fiction’s reading list includes many excellent works that may enhance your research.  Use BU Libraries Search to locate them by title.

Below are works that are accessible to Boston University students.  Click on the book cover thumbnails to locate the texts.

alien zone

Alien Zone: Cultural Theory and Contemporary Science Fiction Cinema / edited by Annette Kuhn


An Anthropology of Robots and AI / edited by Kathleen Richardson


Anthropology through Science Fiction / by Carol Mason

astounding wonder

Astounding Wonder: Imagining Science and Science Fiction in Interwar America / by John Cheng


Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction / edited by Jeff Prucher


The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction / edited by Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn


Metamorphoses of Science Fiction: Studies in the Poetics and History of Cognitive Estrangement in Fiction / by Darko Suvin


Race in American Science Fiction / by Isiah Lavender III


Science Fiction / by Adam Roberts


Science Fiction and Empire / by Patricia Kerslake


Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction: Challenging Genres / edited by P. L. Thomas


The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction / by Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr


Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction / by John Monaghan and Peter Just

Journal of the American Revolution

May 26th, 2015 in Uncategorized

j of the am revThe Journal of the American Revolution is a visually-engaging free resource that features scholarship, interviews, book reviews, and other media.  History teachers can use this material in classrooms to captivate students with the stories and scholarship on this important period of America’s past.

The Mythbuster section brings the reader up to date on the many legends that have not withstood the test of time.  There is section specifically dedicated to Scholarship, and another focused on Historic Sites and Events.  This site is just one of the useful links on our Resources for Teachers research guide.

LibGuides Introduction

May 22nd, 2015 in

Guide Authors – Please register for one of the Introduction to LibGuides training sessions below

All sessions will be held in the Mugar Administrative Offices Conference Room

LibGuides Training – 5/26 – 2-3 pm

LibGuides Training – 5/27 – 4-5 pm

LibGuides Training – 6/1 – 10-11 am

LibGuides Training – 6/1 – 3-4 pm

Occupational Therapy

May 15th, 2015 in

This guide was designed to provide occupational therapy students at Boston University’s Sargent College with a starting point for their research. It includes sources of background information, scholarly articles, evidence summaries, citation tools, and information for distance education students.

Background Information & Websites

You can find additional books by searching BU Libraries Search.

Scholarly Articles

These databases are excellent sources of peer-reviewed articles, randomized clinical control trials, and systematic reviews. You can link to your options to getting to the full-text of an article by clicking on sfxfind1 next to each article abstract.

Evidence Summaries & Practice Guidelines

Evidence summaries provide systematic reviews and practice guidelines on various health issues.

Services for Distance Education Students

The BU Libraries are committed to providing distance education students with the highest quality of service. Here is a summary of the services that we provide:

  • A growing collection of online books and journals.
  • scan selected chapters of our print books and deliver them to you electronically through our online request forms.
  • scan copies of articles that are only available through print journals. Use our online request forms to request a scanned copy of an article.
  • E-mail and phone assistance from Kate Silfen, Health Science Librarian at Mugar Memorial Library. Contact Kate at ksilfen@bu.edu, or 617-358-3965.

An important tip: whenever you send an e-mail or fill out a request form, it is helpful to identify yourself as an off-site student. This ensures that we provide you with the right kind of service.

Citation Tools

Citation tools help you store and organize your research. They also allow you to create a bibliography/references page within a matter of minutes. Here are the citation tools available to you at Boston University:

Newspapers online in full-color, full-page format

May 12th, 2015 in Feature, Uncategorized

Library PressDisplay
is a subscription database that scans papers from all over the world and presents them in full-color and full-page format. Titles from the United States include the Boston Herald, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Post. International titles include the Jerusalem Post, Metro Hong Kong, Le Monde, Korea Times, and many more.

The keyword search is best used when looking for news that is less than 60 days old, as most papers only go back this far in this database. When searching for news that is older, you could try our New York Times Historical database, or look through our Newspapers research guide for more ideas.

You can find and access Library PressDisplay on our Databases A-Z page, or by searching “Library PressDisplay” from the library home page.

Pardee Library: Commencement Week Hours

May 10th, 2015 in Uncategorized

DiplomaThe Pardee Management Library will be open the following hours from May 10 – 17:

Sunday, May 10 12 pm – 9 pm
Monday, May 11 – Thursday, May 14 8 am – 9 pm
Friday, May 15 8 am – 6 pm
Saturday, May 16 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday, May 17 (Commencement) 12 pm – 9 pm

Congratulations graduates!

Data Visualizations from the US Census

May 4th, 2015 in Uncategorized

census data

The US Census Bureau has made several data visualizations available on their website. Visitors will be able to quickly scan the page for ready-made visualizations such as Differential City Growth Patterns and Without a High School Education. The Population Bracketology visualization can be used as a game that tests knowledge of population data across the United States. The site may be helpful for teachers looking to engage students in discussions of American history, population movements across time, and statistics on diversity.

You can find this site and many more highlighted on our Resources for Teachers research guide.  That guide contains mostly free websites, but also features print books and electronic databases appropriate for Language Arts, History, Mathematics, and Science and Engineering teachers, as well as some general resources for all teachers.

Learning Outcomes

April 30th, 2015 in

Learning Outcomes for Information Literacy at Boston University

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The Boston University Libraries have long partnered with faculty, academic departments, and other university offices to foster information literacy among BU students. The libraries, in conjunction with the University’s efforts to assess learning outcomes across the curriculum and in co-curricular and extra-curricular programs, have developed a set of five learning outcomes for incorporating information literacy as part of a well-rounded education at BU.

Students understand that scholarly content is produced in many ways, takes many forms, and is found in many places, and that different forms, formats, and sources of content are appropriate for different information needs.

Methods and Tools
Students understand that research is an iterative process that makes use of multiple methods and tools (selected depending on need, purpose, and circumstance) to explore questions leading to new knowledge and new lines of inquiry.

Argumentation and Analysis
Students are able to critically evaluate findings of their research, identifying and making use of appropriate content in the context of a broader scholarly conversation and of their particular areas of inquiry.

Students are able to present and explain the results of their research, through a variety of means and modes, to different audiences including: collaborators on group projects, faculty, fellow students, and others who can benefit from their contributions to the scholarly discourse on a topic.

Students are able to bring together their understanding of information content and context and of research and communication methods and tools to discover new knowledge, develop new ideas, and contribute to the scholarly conversation.

A few notes about these learning outcomes:

  • The outcomes follow the five-part structure (Content; Methods and Tools; Argument and Analysis; Communication; Application) outlined in the template for CAS learning outcomes that is found in the General Education Annual Report on Program Student Learning Outcomes Assessment.
  • The outcomes are informed and influenced by the new Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education developed by the Association of College and Research Libraries.
  • Diversity and interdisciplinarity are underlying themes in all five of the outcomes, highlighting the importance of context in the selection, interpretation, understanding, and use of information in a complex world with many voices, perspectives, and information needs.

More about Program Learning Outcomes Assessment at Boston University

Questions or comments about the BU Libraries learning outcomes? Email Ken Liss, Head of Liaison and Instruction Services. We’d be happy to hear from you!

Information Literacy  image CC-SA by  Ewa Rozkosz 

Summer Hours for Stone Science Library

April 29th, 2015 in Uncategorized

From May 11th through August 28th, the Stone Science Library will be open from 9am until 5pm, and will be closed on the weekends.