MET ML641: Anthropology of Food

May 20th, 2015 in

eHRAF World Cultures (Human Relations Area Files) trial available now through mid July!

foodculture unendinghunger ricetalks everyfood


Anthropology and Social Science

Hospitality and Culinary  Arts

Searching Across Disciplines

Background Sources

Browse Books and eBooks on . . .

Ethnography Tools

Additional Resources

Library Summer Hours

May 13th, 2015 in Feature

Book on BeachMany of the BU libraries have already changed to summer hours.  If you have any questions about a particular library schedule, please consult the Hours Page or phone the library directly.

Enjoy your summer!

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!

MET ML691: Nutrition and Diet: Why What You Eat Matters

May 5th, 2015 in

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Find Journal Articles

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Annual Review of Nutrition. 24, 1, 455-479, Aug. 2004.

Health, Science, & Social Science

Think Tanks

The search box below is a custom search created in Google to search think tank content; it is in no way complete, but may provide a useful starting point.

foodpolitics eatright measuredmeals foodfear    justfood eatwhat nutritionbehavior ediblestructures

Browse Books and eBooks on . . .

Find Nutrition Information and Dietary Data

Public Intellectual Discourse


“The Green Coffee Caper.” Nutrition Action Health Letter 42, no. 2 (March 2015): 10-11. Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost.


NOTE: Links to some of these publications are to online library versions, free to anyone with a BU login.



Tweed, Vera. “supplement shelf. CHECK OUT: weight-Loss Wonder.” Better Nutrition 74, no. 12 (December 2012): 20-21. Readers’ Guide Full Text Mega (H.W. Wilson), EBSCOhost.

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

Mugar Library: Extended Exam Hours

April 24th, 2015 in Uncategorized

Mugar Open 24 Hours

Beginning Friday May 1, 2015 at 7:00 am, through Saturday May 9, 2015 at 11:00 pm, Mugar Memorial Library will be open 24 hours.

During late night/early morning hours (generally between 11:00 pm and 7:00 am) access to the library will be restricted to currently enrolled Boston University students with a BU ID (Terrier card).  All six floors of the library will be available for study space. Please note that during the late night hours, regular library services, such as checking out books, will not be available. Also, the Music and African Studies Libraries and Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center will be closed.

Mugar Library will provide a van service from midnight until 6:00 am for anyone that needs a ride home on campus. The van will make periodic pick-ups on Commonwealth Ave. in front of the GSU Plaza, with drop-offs at any on-campus location.  If you have any questions, please call the Mugar Library Security Department at (617) 353-4015.

Other BU libraries may also have extended hours. Please check the full listing of BU libraries for more information and contact the individual library directly if you have any questions.

Good luck on your finals!