Featured Source: Chronicle of Higher Education

October 9th, 2015 in Uncategorized

cheWith an amazing set of assets including daily news articles, a yearly almanac, and data on all kinds of topics, the Chronicle of Higher Education (CHE) is an essential tool for academics.

The CHE has a great website that offers many features, but if you are trying to gain access to an article while you’re outside of the BU campus, you might face a log in screen that you can’t get through.  Why not come through the Libraries website to take advantage of our subscription?

Don’t get locked out of articles you want to read and that you can read for free! Use the BU Libraries Search first to search for “Chronicle of Higher Education”, log in with your BU credentials, and read away.

Library reference presentation

October 8th, 2015 in

Boston Public Library

U.S. Government Libraries

Chinese question

Law Reviews

Wikipedia hoaxes

Wikipedia controversies

Quotation Books

Retrospective book review index

Indexed periodicals

Most unusual question

Pre-emptive Reference

1. WA-WD

2. Life in Legacy

3. Recent NYTimes obituaries

4.  Celebrity Death Beeper









BU Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon: Open Access Week 2015

October 7th, 2015 in

Open Access Week 2015 is coming! You are cordially invited to participate in a Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon on Friday 23 October 2015, 11am-2pm. We will provide pizza, soft drinks, dessert, and editing help. You bring your laptop and Wikipedia account (created and/or verified in advance, please).

You don’t need to be a BU community member to join us! You don’t even need to act alone: we’ll help, and you’re welcome to form small editing teams if you wish. RSVP for each person attending below, so we know how much pizza to order.

Topic: Your Current Research

Our goal is for every participant to add at least two pieces of new information to one or more Wikipedia articles. The new information can take the form of substantiated/cited original prose, citations added to existing information, corrections to existing incorrect information, links between Wikipedia articles, and so on. We will annotate our edits and participate in discussions on Talk pages.

You may edit any page you like! We encourage you to edit a page (or pages) relevant to any of your research or studies at BU, present or past. But everything is fair game.

Where and When

Friday 23 October, 11am-2pm, PAL Lounge on the third floor of Mugar Memorial Library

What to Bring

  • A topic or page(s) of interest if you like (or we can help you find content to edit).
  • A computer you’re comfortable working on, if possible (or you may use the PAL Lounge computers if you have BU credentials).
  • A current Wikipedia account to which you know the password. Please create an account in advance if you don’t already have one.

Why a Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon?

Because we here at BU are in the business of creating and disseminating knowledge. What better way to celebrate Open Access Week than improving a widely used knowledge source on the internet?

How do I choose a page to edit?

This can be daunting—Wikipedia is so vast—but a good way to find a page to edit is to just start reading. Search for a topic, any topic you like. Pick a page and start reading. Branch out to other pages using links within articles. Good candidates for editing are pages that begin or end with any of the following notes:

  • “This article about [subject] is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.”
  • “This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.”
  • “This article is an orphan, as no other articles link to it. Please introduce links to this page from related articles; try the Find link tool for suggestions.”
  • “The examples and perspective in this article may not represent a worldwide view of the subject.”

How do I edit a page?

You need two things: a Wikipedia account, and willingness to acquire some basic knowledge about Wikipedia syntax. This latter can be confusing, but don’t fear: there are plenty of examples to look at, and we will help you during the event. If you have time to watch this three-minute video on editing Wikipedia pages in advance of our event, that may be helpful.

We look forward to seeing you!

Featured Guide: Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

October 7th, 2015 in Uncategorized

Sustainability through service, perspectives, concepts and examplesDo you need help finding information on socially responsible companies?   If so, take a look at the Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility guide. This guide highlights selected books, periodicals and databases to help you find news and information on socially responsible companies and their initiatives.  This guide also includes resources for company ratings such as the ESG Manager on Campus database which rates companies on environmental, governance and social factors.  For additional company resources, take a look at the Company Information Sources guide.

If you have any questions or need help with your research, please contact the Pardee Library Reference staff at (617) 353-4304 or stop by the library.

Columbus Day (October 12) Library Hours

October 5th, 2015 in Feature

October12, 1492:  Christopher Columbus discovers The Americas for Spain, painting by John Vanderlyn

October 12, 1492: Christopher Columbus discovers The Americas for Spain, painting by John Vanderlyn

Many of the BU libraries will be open regular hours on Monday October 12. For information regarding a particular library schedule, please consult the Hours Page or phone the library directly.

Columbus Day is a federal holiday observed the second Monday in October to commemorate Christopher Columbus’ landing in the New World in 1492. In many locations across the country, Americans celebrate the day with parades.

Two new scanners for your convenience!

October 1st, 2015 in Uncategorized

The Science & Engineering Library has just added a second flat-bed book scanner, as well as a loose-page scanner, free for patron use. The scanners allow you to easily scan pages into PDF format which can be sent to your email, or saved to your personal USB drive. All scanners operate through a touch-screen monitor with clear instructions.

How do I get a copy of a dissertation or thesis?

October 1st, 2015 in Feature, Uncategorized

Dissertation of Tom MagliozziThe BU Libraries maintain a subscription to ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global which is the primary database for digital dissertations.  The database provides full text (PDF) access to most of the dissertations added since 1997.  Dissertations from prior to 1997 may be found in the database, but generally only as abstracts.  Physical copies of older dissertations are usually kept only at the school at which they were written.

To determine the current location of an older BU dissertation, please check BU Libraries Search.  Dissertations from other institutions may be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

Please see our FAQ on this topic for further information, or to review additional dissertation and theses FAQs.

If you need help finding a dissertation or thesis, please contact a reference librarian.

WR150: Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones, and Culture Bought and Sold

September 30th, 2015 in

ethics culture kennewick man cultural heritage cultural heritage issues





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

America: History & Life
Description: “Definitive index of literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. Indexing for 1,700 journals from as far back as 1910.”

ART Fulltext 
Description: Offers full text plus abstracts and indexing of  international scholarly publications. Areas covered include archaeology, architecture, art history, graphic arts, painting, photography, and motion pictures.

Description: Searchable database of digital images, with new image collections added several times a year. ARTstor covers many time periods and cultures, and documents the fields of architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, design, anthropology, ethnographic and women studies, as well as many other forms of visual culture.

Description: Provides page images of back issues of the core scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and basic sciences from the earliest issues to within a few years of current publication. Users may browse by journal title or discipline, or may search the full-text or citations/abstracts.

Humanities Fulltext
Description: Humanities Fulltext includes many of the most important academic journals in the humanities with the full text of articles from over 300 periodicals dating back to 1995, and high-quality indexing for almost 700 journals–of which 470 are peer-reviewed–dating as far back as 1984. The database provides coverage of feature articles, interviews, bibliographies, obituaries, and original works of fiction, drama, poetry and book reviews, as well as reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, radio and television programs, plays, operas, and more.

Project Muse
Description: Provides digital humanities and social sciences content for the scholarly community and is a source of complete, full-text versions of journals and monographs from many of the world’s leading university presses and scholarly societies.

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

Reminder for Students Taking MBA Integrated Project

September 30th, 2015 in Uncategorized

ReminderIt was nice to see all the MBA Integrated Project students recently!  We wanted to leave you with a few links from the Pardee Library website that may be helpful to you as you work on your projects:

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

UA515 / UA301 : History and Theory of Planning; Introduction to Urban Affairs

September 28th, 2015 in

BU Library Search

The white box at the top of the page searches academic material provided by the BU Libraries, including print books and ebooks, print journals and ejournals, video and audio recordings, databases, and online articles.  Please note: it searches many of our resources but is not comprehensive.


Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals

An extensive collection of  journal articles on architecture since 1934, covering the history and practice of architecture, landscape architecture, city planning, historic preservation and related topics.

Boston and its Neighborhoods

A very useful portal to find information on Boston, including links to city planning agencies, demographics, media, etc.


A full-text database covering the complete content (except for the last few years due to copyright regulations) of journals in the social sciences, humanities and sciences.  Please note: this contains an excellent range of publications but only searches a small number of journals in our collection.

Project Muse

Similar to JSTOR, this full-text database complements and overlaps coverage with JSTOR

Social Sciences Full-Text

Covers concepts, trends, opinions, theories, and methods from both applied and theoretical aspects of the social sciences

WorldCat Discovery

The most comprehensive national catalog listing book holdings in most libraries in North America.


Almendinger, Phillip.  Planning Theory
HT166 .A6163 2002

Cities of tomorrow: an intellectual history of urban planning and design since 1880;
Hall, Peter; Eduardo Perez; Simon Levy, 2014

Urban design: Green dimensions
Online E-book


List of several online journals [Log-in required]

The following selected journals are not indexed in the Avery Index (see above) so they need to be searched separately

International journal of urban and regional research (Print and Online).
An interdisciplinary approach to the study of conflicting interests in urban and regional development, demonstrating the social basis of various approaches to planning and state intervention.

Planning theory and practice (Online only)
Focuses on the development of theory and practice in spatial planning and to encourage the development of spatial dimension on other areas of public policy.

Urban studies (Online; also in print- HT103 .U7)
Provides an international forum of social and economic contributions to the fields of urban and regional planning.


American Planning Association

The American Planning Association is the pre-eminent professional organization and was created in 1978 by the consolidation of two separate planning organizations.   This website provides a useful overview of their work and publications.

Housing a changing city: BOSTON 2030
An online report published by the City of Boston discussing future housing planning; look at pages 33-45 for a discussion and statistical information on affordable housing.

Refugee resettlement in the U.S.

U.S. State Department site providing the official government policy, as of 2013.

Regenerating America’s Legacy Cities

This policy focus report explores the challenges of regenerating America’s legacy cities—older industrial cities that have experienced sustained job and population loss over the past few decades.”

Rebuilding America’s Legacy Cities

Published by the American Assembly at Columbia University, this monograph examines cities losing population and their economic base and suggests projects and strategies to reverse the trends.