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.

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.

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May/June 2015 Featured New Books

June 29th, 2015 in

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New E-books

Note: To access a book, click on “Find Online.” Most books are available online through Ebrary, Ebooks Library (EBL), or through Oxford Scholarship Online. Books can be read online or downloaded. Printing of specific pages is allowed.
Pricing Journey  Leading with Grit  Access to Asia  Community at Risk  Strategic DataBased Wisdom  Innovation and Entrep  Corp Criminal  Paid Atten  Corp Social Resp   Art and Adventure  On Luxury  Psyc of Proj Teams


Books found at the Pardee Library

Note: Click on the title to find the book’s current availability. If the book is currently unavailable click on the “Find in Library” tab to view request options.

The First Venture Capitalist  A Year With Peter Drucker  Marissa Mayer And The Fitght To Save Yahoo!  The Innovators  Future Smart:  Managing The Game-Changing Trends That Will Transform Your World  Rebuilding Empires  The Mangement Shift  Hooked: How to build habit-forming products  Dead Companies Walking  America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System  Long Tail: Why The Future of Business is Selling Less of More  The Mission-Driven Venture: Business Solutions to The World's Most Vexing Social Problems  The Institutional Development of Business Schools  The Best of Business Writing, 2014  The Power of Thanks: how social recognition empowers employees and creates a best place to work  India 2050: A Roadmap to Sustainable Propsperity 

Systematic Reviews Support

June 26th, 2015 in

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, ( 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:

Journal Databasespubmedgov

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:

Research Management Tools

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.

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.

Father’s Day 2015 by the numbers

June 12th, 2015 in Uncategorized

Father's DayIn honor of Father’s Day, Sunday June 21, 2015, we have compiled a few interesting facts and figures (most are estimates) from the National Retail Federation and the U.S. Census Bureau:

  • $12.7 billion:  The amount that will be spent for Father’s Day this year.
  • 211,000:  The number of stay-at-home dads in 2014.
  • $115.57:  The amount that the average person will spend on Father’s Day gifts this year.
  • 70.1 million:  The total number of fathers across the nation.

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

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All databases are not Google: learn from a librarian now

June 9th, 2015 in Uncategorized


Not all important databases are available through Google, and many do not use a similar search algorithm. There are real differences in the way scholarly literature databases are structured, and the distinctions are important. Knowing these details makes it possible to search in advanced ways.

Spending time with a librarian now can save you time when you need to do research in the future. We can teach you how to get the most from our database subscriptions and other resources like electronic journals.

Here are a few ways to receive instruction from our librarians:

  • Individuals can easily schedule a time to meet.
  • Instructors can arrange for a class meeting.
  • No time to meet? We understand! Browse our ask a librarian pages to see FAQs, How-to guides, and more.

Journal of the American Revolution

May 26th, 2015 in Uncategorized

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The 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.