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, 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.

Opt Out Policy: Special Agreements with Publishers

April 29th, 2015 in

In April 2015 we sent out letters to over 500 publishers notifying them of BU’s recently adopted opt-out open access policy. In addition to the letter, publishers were provided with the text of the policy and the BU Author Addendum.

Some of the recipients of these letters brought concerns to our attention: some were interested in instituting a default embargo for BU-authored articles, others would like us to archive final publisher versions instead of final author drafts. We have resolved these concerns by reaching individual agreements with some of the publishers regarding policy implementation that benefit everyone concerned. These agreements are outlined below.

Authors: if you are publishing in any of the journals listed below, please be advised that we will seek to apply the embargoes as listed (clock starts at publication) and/or archive the final publisher’s version where we can.

Publishers: if you would like to have a conversation about reaching a special agreement, please contact us. In addition to the below, we intend to link to the final published version of each article, driving traffic to it.

Publisher Name Journal Name(s) Default Embargo Publisher’s final version?
AMSUS Military Medicine 12 months N

Network Security Poster Session

April 28th, 2015 in Uncategorized

Students of CS 558 (Network Security) will present their research on information tracking practices used by popular web sites. The encryption practices, placement of cookies, and information sharing policies of Facebook, SoundCloud, Adobe, and other sites were analyzed during the course of the semester. The session will take place May 1st from 2-5pm at the Hariri Institute, 111 Cummington Mall.

Research Perspectives and Best Practices in Educational Technology Integration

April 27th, 2015 in Uncategorized

Featured eBook

Research Perspectives and Best Practices in Educational Technology Integration
Jared Keengwe, 2013

This book features 16 chapters on the many ways that teachers and students engage with new technologies.  Some chapters focus on aspects within higher education (e.g. “Using Social Media to Enhance Instruction in Higher Education”) while others address K-12 levels (e.g. “Integration of the Computer Games into Early Childhood Education Pre-Service Teachers’ Mathematics Teaching”).  The book also offers some information about media literacy and TPACK (Technological, Pedagogical, Content Knowledge) design.

Did you know that eBooks within the BU Libraries collections that are available on the ebrary platform can be read on devices like iPhones and iPads? Just search for “ebrary” in the App Store.