New Resource: Embase

December 7th, 2016 in Feature

The BU Libraries now have access to 
Embase.  Embase includes over 6 million records and more than 2,900 journals that are not covered in MEDLINE. It also includes conference abstracts from biomedical, drug and medical device conferences dating back to 2009. Embase currently indexes 6,000+ conferences covering over 2 million conference abstracts.

Embase is the database equivalent of EXCERPTA MEDICA. It is international in scope and covers a broad range of cross-disciplinary subjects such as allied health, basic sciences, genetics, pharmacology, biotechnology, allied health sciences, environmental health, public health, forensics and more. It is an essential research database in support of the increasing numbers of requests for librarian assistance for systematic reviews, and enhances access to high quality global information sources for Boston University.

The collection may be accessed directly through this link or through the BU Libraries Search.

If you need any help with your research, please contact a reference librarian.

Open Digital Pedagogy Discussion, 12/15, 12-1pm

December 5th, 2016 in Feature

On Thursday, December 15, the BU Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Services will be hosting a discussion on open digital pedagogy: how do we define it and what does/could it look like at BU?

We’ll be using the article “Open Digital Pedagogy = Critical Pedagogy” as our jumping-off point for the discussion; you may also find it helpful to look at the “Open” chapter in Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments for some examples of open digital pedagogy in action.

The discussion will be held on Thursday, December 15, 12-1pm, in the Mugar Memorial Library, Administration Office, Large Conference Room.

Directions: To get to the discussion location, please go to the GSU Link; enter the bank lobby opposite the Mugar main entrance; and go up the stairs to the administrative suite. The large conference room will be on your left. If you need to reach the room without using stairs, please use the elevator just inside the main entrance to the library to go to the third floor. Out of the elevator, go around the wall and to the left into the administrative suite.

This is the third in a series of Open Meetups, monthly informal gatherings that will bring together members of the BU community to engage in issues of open access, open data, and open education. Contact Anna Newman at with any questions.

Business Research Guides

November 29th, 2016 in Uncategorized

a3-poster-1296448_960_720As you work on your final projects for the semester, we wanted to remind you that the Pardee Management Library has several Research Guides, Tutorials and Course Guides available to assist you with your research.  For example, if you need help researching a business topic such as entrepreneurship, take a look at the Entrepreneurship and New Ventures guide.  For helpful instructions on how and where to find financial information, check out the Financial Databases Overview tutorial or the Ratios tutorial.  As for course guides, we currently have guides for several undergraduate and graduate classes, including SM323: New Product Development, SM323: New Services Development, SM131: Business, Society and Ethics, SM151: Creating Value in the Global Economy and MBA Integrated Project – Module 1.

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

Find Business Journals with BU Libraries Search

November 21st, 2016 in Uncategorized

calculator-v2-1463122If you need help finding a business journal, try using the Search for Journals and Newspapers (Advanced Search) feature of the BU Libraries Search. Type the journal name into the search box and the results will be limited to journals and newspapers currently available through the BU Libraries. The BU Libraries currently subscribe to more than 45,000 journals including major business publications, such as: Barron’s, Forbes, Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

If you need to find a specific article, read on to see how to get the full text.

You may also want to suggest a purchase if we don’t subscribe to the journal that you are seeking.

Please contact the Pardee Library Reference Desk if you need assistance locating a specific journal or article.

Open Access and Publication Quality, 11/29, 12-1pm

November 17th, 2016 in Feature

Open Access logoThe scholarly communication landscape is rapidly changing. The growth of open access journals, new forms of peer review, and alternative ideas about publication impact are provoking new questions about how we evaluate published scholarship: What criteria can we use to evaluate a scholarly journal? How can we protect ourselves and our community from predatory publishers? Are citation-based metrics still relevant in evaluating journal impact?

Join us on Tuesday, November 29, 12-1 pm, in Mugar Library, Room 302 (Estin Room), as we discuss these and other questions about evaluating publication quality.

If you would like to read more about this topic before the meetup, recommended reading is Peter Suber’s “Thoughts on prestige, quality, and open access,” (particularly points 1, 4, 8, and 12) from the September 2, 2008, issue of the SPARC Open Access Newsletter.

This is the second in a series of Open Meetups, informal monthly gatherings that will bring together members of the BU community to engage in issues of open access, open data, and open education.

“Celebrating Peace Corps” Exhibit & Events Nov. 14-18, 2016

November 15th, 2016 in Feature

As part of International Education Week (Nov. 14-18, 2016) the African Studies Library is invites you to stop by and view the following exhibit and events.

Exhibit:   “Peace Corps: 55 Years of Global Engagement” 
Peace Corps has changed the lives of its volunteers even as they made a difference in their countries of service. This is clearly evident in the growing literature written by returned volunteers.  
The African Studies Library is organizing an exhibit highlighting some of the Peace Corps materials within our own BU Library collections. Stop by and see selections from a variety of memoirs, field notes, photographs and Peace Corps publications on exhibit.  Learn about some famous people who, it turns out, were Peace Corps volunteers. Last but certainly not least, discover the stories of returned Peace Corps volunteers who live, study, and work alongside us here at BU.

Events: Conversations with former Peace Corps Volunteers
Be sure to attend one or both of our informal discussions with Returned PC Volunteers (RPCV’s) from various countries in Africa. Find out what motivated them to join the Peace Corps, what life was like in the field and how it has changed their lives.  

African Studies Library Reading Room. Light refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 10:30am  – A conversation with former Peace Corps Volunteers,
Christopher Conz (Lesotho) and Diane Gallagher (Cape Verde)

 Friday, Nov. 18, 3:30pm – A conversation with former Peace Corps Volunteers,
Jennifer Yanco (Zaire – now DRC) and  John Hutchison (Niger)

Peace Corps misc ASL Archive photos
Please attend if you can!
We are located on the
6th floor of the Mugar Library (accessible by the north elevator).
Contact if you have any questions. Thanks!

National Digital Science Library – lesson plans and more

November 14th, 2016 in Uncategorized

ndslThe National Science Digital Library is an excellent site that provides plenty of lesson plans, information on educational standards (including the Common Core), and Science Literacy Maps.

Their lesson plans are often available in multiple translations to support students in many languages.  It was produced by funding from multiple grants from the National Science Foundation and through University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Community Program efforts.

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.

Featured Resource: Kanopy streaming video

November 8th, 2016 in Uncategorized

FilmThe BU Libraries now subscribe to Kanopy, a streaming video service for educational institutions that offers more than 26,000 films. Coverage includes award-winning documentary and feature films, with titles from PBS, BBC, Criterion Collection, Media Education Foundation, and more.

Kanopy currently has 1,200 films available pertaining to business-related subjects such as career management, case studies, business skills, economics and globalization, and leadership training.

For additional film and video options available through the BU Libraries, please contact Krasker Film/Video Services.

If you need help searching Kanopy, please contact the Pardee Library Reference Desk.


New Resource: Greenleaf Online Library

November 1st, 2016 in Uncategorized

Greenleaf Online LibraryThe BU Libraries now have access to the Greenleaf Online Library. This collection includes publications in the areas of corporate responsibility, business ethics, environmental policy and management, responsible business strategy and sustainable development. Greenleaf Publishing specializes in publishing books and journals in the fields of sustainability, responsible management and accountability.

Included are 5,000 chapters, articles, and reports from more than 400 book and journal titles. Coverage is from 2000 to 2016 with a few titles from the 1990s. Journal titles include Journal of Applied Management, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Sustainability, Journal of Corporate Citizenship, and Journal of Sustainable Mobility.

Also included are collections first published by the United Nations Global Compact and the Geneva Association.

The collection may be accessed directly through this link or through the BU Libraries Search.

If you have any questions, please contact the Pardee Library Reference Desk.

Citing Sources & Creating Bibliographies

October 28th, 2016 in Feature

Style ManualsIf you need assistance citing your sources, be sure to consult the library’s Citing Your Sources research guide.  This guide will help you locate some of the most frequently used style manuals and provides links to a few subject specific citation guides.

Also, if you are interested in using a bibliographic management tool to help manage your citations or format your paper, be sure to check out our Create Bibliographies page.

If you need help, please contact a reference librarian.