FYSOP 2015: Public Health

July 6th, 2015 in

Welcome! This guide is geared towards students in FYSOP 2015: Public Health. Please contact me (ksilfen@bu.edu) if I can introduce you to any aspect of library research. I look forward to working with you!

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Background Information

Journal Databases

  • Science Direct: Full-text, online journals in the health disciplines.
  • General Science Full-Text: A database with a broad range of science research.
  • Academic Onefile: A source of both news articles and scholarly articles in all disciplines, including public health.
  • CINAHL: geared for allied health research, including public health.
  • PsycInfo: premier database for mental health research.




Physical Therapy & Athletic Training

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Consider this guide your starting point in finding physical therapy and athletic training literature.  It will primarily help you discover articles and evidence-based practice summaries on your topic.

Background Information & Websites

Journal Databases

Systematic Reviews & Practice Guidelines

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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.

Sun, The Sons, and Summer’s arts scenes

July 1st, 2015 in Feature

July 3rd-4th celebrations initiate a wave of free summer events. Guides prepared by BU’s Office for the Arts, NEMLA (NE chapter of the Music Library Association), and Berklee offer up multiple possibilities. For instance: the beautiful group Sons of Serendip, friends who came together while in grad school at BU, is featured live in the Esplanade Hatch Shell this 4th–see you there.

Featured Resource: Handbooks in Education

July 1st, 2015 in Uncategorized


Newly available on the Pickering Educational Resources Library website: a central location to access Handbooks on various topics in Education. The new page contains accessible eBooks and also highlights print books. Hover your mouse over a book cover to see a popup of the book’s title. Clicking on an eBook image will lead you directly to the full text, while clicking on a print book’s image will lead you to our record within BU Libraries Search, so that you may see it’s exact location and availability. If you have any questions please contact the Education Librarian Dan Benedetti at benededa@bu.edu.

Independence Day 2015 by the numbers

June 30th, 2015 in Uncategorized

2015-July-4th-Travel-ForecastWhile Independence Day officially commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and American independence from Great Britain, the holiday is often associated with travel, family gatherings and cookouts.  In recognition of the holiday, we have compiled a few interesting facts and figures from the National Retail Federation and AAA.

  • $2.78 – Today’s national average price for a gallon of gasoline.  This is 88 cents lower than the average price over Fourth of July weekend last  year, and is expected to be the lowest price in 5 years.
  • 156 million – Number of consumers who are planning to celebrate the patriotic holiday by attending a cookout, picnic or barbecue.
  • $71.23 – Estimated amount that the average American household will spend this year on a celebratory cookout, picnic or barbecue.
  • $6.7 billion – Total combined spending on food for July 4th cookouts, barbecues and picnics.

If you have questions, please contact the reference librarians at the Pardee Library Services Desk.

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Systematic Reviews Support

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How Can the Library Help?

Preparing and writing a systematic review involves careful planning and several steps. Librarians are available to help you throughout the process and are eager to help with any or all of the following steps:

  • Identifying existing systematic reviews related to your research question.  searchingskills
  • Selecting appropriate journal databases for your topic.
  • Devising a database search strategy. This includes: identifying keywords/MESH headings, creating a search string, applying search filters and performing databases searches.
  • Obtaining the full-text of articles and other documents.
  • Searching for grey literature on your topic.
  • Keeping a record of the search strategies for the methodology section of your systematic review.
  • Assessing the influence of a particular author or paper.
  • Managing the search results by saving them in a citation management software such as Zotero or RefWorks.
  • Setting up research alerts in databases in order to help you keep up with the latest publications.

Please contact Kate Silfen, librarian for Sargent College, (ksilfen@bu.edu) if you would like assistance with your systematic review. In your e-mail, please include your PICO question and example of one or two citations that address your question.

Why Work With a Librarian?

Several recent journal articles highlight the advantages of working with a librarian when preparing to write a systematic review. These include:

Finding Existing Systematic Reviews

Identifying existing reviews that address your PICO question is an essential first step for your research. These are some resources for finding existing systematic reviews:

  • Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: the premier database for cochrane handbooksystematic  reviews on all health care topics.
  • TRIP: A free search engine that searches systematic reviews, randomized trials, and practice guidelines.
  • PEDro: A free database of over 30,000 randomized trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy
  • The Campbell Collaboration: Systematic reviews on effects of social interventions on psychosocial issues.
  • PubMed: The clinical queries feature in PubMed allows you to limit your search to systematic reviews.
  • CINAHL: Scroll to the bottom right side of the main search screen to limit your publication type to systematic reviews.
  • PsycInfo: Scroll to the bottom right side of the main search screen to limit your methodology to systematic reviews.

Guides to Doing Systematic Reviews

Several books and websites offer comprehensive guidance on the process of doing systematic reviews. Here are a few:

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The following databases provide citations to articles that report on randomized clinical control trials and other empirical studies:

  • PubMed : The core database for biomedical research, PubMed includes abstracts to systematic reviews, randomized clinical control trials, and single studies.
  • CINAHL: An allied health databases covering physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutrition, and hearing/speech pathology.
  • PsycInfo: An excellent resource for research on occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, and the cognitive neurosciences.
  • Web of Science: Useful for finding identifying heavily cited articles in the sciences.
  • Nutrition Abstracts & Reviews: covering the latest information on all issues related to human food and health.
  • SPORTdiscus: citations on exercise, sports medicine, and related subject areas.
  • ERIC: Education Resources Information Center : A useful database for researching the roles of occupational & speech therapists in school settings.

Grey Literature

It can be helpful to supplement your review of journal literature with research from grey literature, which includes conference papers, presentations, and research papers found on an organization’s websites. Here are a few recommended sources of grey literature:

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There are a variety of tools to help you manage your research. Citation management software you a place to store citations and identify duplicates. Other tools will help you track your search strategy and extract data for your research.

  • RefWorks: RefWorks is an online tool that is free to all BU users. It allows you to store and organize citations, and generate bibliographies within a matter of seconds. Use RefWorks if you want to use a tool that works seamlessly with databases such as CINAHL and PsycInfo. It works well with PubMed, but requires an extra step.
  • Zotero: An free, online tool for all users. Similar to RefWorks, and it works seamlessly with PubMed.
  • abstrackr : A free, online application from Brown University that facilitates screening of citations by multiple reviewers.
  • Systematic Review Data Depository: a tool for the extraction and management of data for systematic review or meta-analysis.
  • Covidence: A free systematic review collaboration tool from a team of researchers in Australia.

July 3rd & 4th Library Hours (Independence Day)

June 25th, 2015 in Feature

Fireworks - Washington, DCAll BU libraries will be closed on Friday July 3 and Saturday July 4.  For information regarding a particular library schedule over the holiday weekend, please consult the Hours Page or phone the library directly.

Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain.   The holiday is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, picnics, concerts, baseball games, political speeches and ceremonies, and other events celebrating the history and traditions of the United States.

OECD Skills Outlook 2015: Youth, Skills and Employability

June 24th, 2015 in Uncategorized

skills outlookNew eBook Available:

OECD Skills Outlook 2015: Youth, Skills and Employability

According to this work “one in four 16-29 year-olds is neither employed nor in education or training”.  Focused on international trends and policies affecting the labor market, this book is an excellent source for comparative international statistics on education.

The Skills Outlook 2015 has seven main chapters, an introductory “Reader’s Guide” and an Executive Summary.  Also available are tables and graphs with data downloadable in Excel format.

This eBook is available to the BU community through the OECD iLibrary (formerly SourceOECD). The OECD iLibrary database contains many ebooks on education topics.

Welcome Summer 2015!

June 21st, 2015 in Uncategorized

Today is the longest day of the year and the start of the summer season. See the science behind the Summer Solstice.

The Digital Public Library of America

June 17th, 2015 in Feature, Uncategorized

The Digital Pdplaublic Library of America (DPLA) is an amazing collection of material from all over the country.  This engaging site can be enjoyed by exploring various places or time periods, or simply by browsing their wonderful exhibitions. Not to be missed is the exhibit featuring Boston Sports Temples, as it includes photographs of the old Braves Field that would later become BU’s own Nickerson Field.

The DPLA is also currently looking for humanities educators in grades 6-14 to serve on an Educational Advisory Committee. Read more about this opportunity in their news release.