Capstone 2015 Begins on March 27

March 27th, 2015 in Feature

Capstone 2015The BU librarians have prepared a Capstone Research Guide to assist you with the research process.  The Guide includes links to recommended databases and other useful reference resources.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Energy & Environmental Law Society’s Inaugural Climate Change Conference, Friday at School of Law

March 26th, 2015 in Uncategorized

Dr. Kerry Emanuel of MIT will talk Friday about Climate Change, Extreme Weather, and Out Policy Respsonse tomorrow, March 27th in the GSU Conference Auditorium from 2:30 to 5:30 PM. RSVP required to More information at

IR/GE 599: Science, Politics and Climate Change

March 25th, 2015 in

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find journal articles

Additional sources:

Search Think Tank Content

The subscription database CIAO: Columbia international affairs online searches within many well-known think tanks, with a focus on International Relations.

The search box below is a custom search created in Google; it is in no way complete (there are over 6800 NGOs!), but may provide a useful starting point.


Selected Think Tanks, NGOs/IGOs 

Current news


Finding legislation (and other government documents)

BULSearch retrieves some, but not all, of this material.

  • ProQuest Congressional includes:
    • CRS Reports, which provide high-quality, succinct research support to members of Congress.
    • Legislative Histories and Bill Tracking
    • Info on members of Congress, including voting records and campaign finance data
    • ProQuest legislative insight includes RollCall, Washington Post
  • AccessUN 1956+


Key documents/agreements

Polls and Polling Sources

Additional Research Guides

Environmental Law (Pappas Law Library)

International Environmental Law (ASIL)


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Data Management for Graduate Students

March 25th, 2015 in Feature, Uncategorized

The Library’s Data Management Working Group will present a workshop for graduate students on research data management. We will explore common data management issues; discuss best practices for managing these issues and explain how librarians can help with data management resources and tools. The session will take place on Thursday 3/26/2015 from 6 to 7pm in CAS Room 200.

WR150: Life Magazine

March 22nd, 2015 in


Mugar Library TR820 K77 1994




amphotoj Mugar Library TR820 C6595 200

Primary Source:  Life Magazine

Life (Chicago, Ill.) (in print)
Mugar Reserve Room AP2 .F36
V. 1 (1936) -V.73 (1972)

Life Photo Archive from Google (online)









Databases (for finding articles in journals and magazines)

America: History & Life

Art Full Text

Art Index Retrospective 1929-1984

ARTbibliographies modern

BULS: Boston Universities Libraries Search (for finding books and articles)

Communication & Mass Media Complete

MLA International Bibliography (literature)

Readers’ Guide Retrospective 1890-1982

ProQuest News and Newspapers (historical)




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Oxford Companion to the Photograph
Mugar Reference X TR9 .O94 2005





Mugar Library Reference X TR139 .C664 1995

Gale Biography in Context

Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Photography, 3 volumes.
Mugar Reference X TR642 .E5 2006

Life (magazine) in Wikipedia



Photographer as starting point.  Look for articles and books, including biographies.

Subject headings differ in databases:  Life (Chicago, IL), Life (magazine), Life (periodical)


Ruth Thomas, Art History Bibliographer and Liaison, Mugar Library,

CGS RH102: Freakonomics

March 17th, 2015 in

statspotting  freakonomics liesdrugwar nudge janegame wiredfor acadadrift gamehumanities

Find Journal Articles

Searching Across Disciplines


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.

 Find Data

Browse Books and eBooks on . . .

Additional Sources

CC202 Librarian Appointments

March 17th, 2015 in

All students in CC202 are required to make an appointment with a BU librarian. (See CC202 Keyword Generator for instructions on what to bring with you to your appointment.)

Librarian appointments will take place on  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, March 23rd to 26th, between 11 am and 4 pm. Each appointment will be 30 minutes.

You can choose a date and time that works for you, but you must make an appointment. Here’s how:

1. Go to the Appointment Calendar.
2. Click on the date you are interested in. There are five different locations shown. Time slots in green are available for appointments.
3. Click on your chosen time slot and fill out and submit the form with your name, email address, and your topic. You can paste in the keywords search that you generated via the Keyword Generator.

You’ll receive an email confirmation. If you need to change an appointment, use the cancellation instructions that are in that email and make a new appointment.

CC202: From Enlightenment to Modernity

March 17th, 2015 in


Librarian Appointments

How To Do Research

  • How-to Guide: About the Research Process
    An introduction to conducting basic literature reviews in today’s academic library environment, including:

    • Choosing a Topic and Getting Organized
    • Evaluating Sources
    • Finding Background Information
    • Finding Scholarly Literature
    • Finding Material Not Available at BU
    • Citing Your Sources and Plagiarism

General Background Information


  • The Blackwell Companion to the Enlightenment (Mugar Library Reference X  CB411 .B57 1991)
  • The Proper Lady and the Woman Writer (Mugar Library PR469.W65 P66 1984 )
  • Philosophy of the Enlightenment
  • The Enlightenment (Mugar Library B802 .P62 1990 )
  • The Enlightenment, An Interpretation (Mugar Library B802 .F661 )
  • The Cambridge Companion to Modernism

Key Resources & Book Searches




Romantic Poetry


Thoreau & Dickinson


  • Leaves Of Grass And Other Writings : Authoritative Texts, Other Poetry And Prose, Criticism (Mugar Library PS3204 2002 )
  • The Solitary Singer: A Critical Biography of Walt Whitman (Mugar Library PS3231 F67 )
  • Breaking Bounds: Whitman and American Cultural Studies (Mugar Library PS3238 .B74 1996 )


  • Cambridge Companion to Chekhov
  • Chekhov’s Plays: An Opening into Eternity (Mugar Library PG3458.Z8 G5 1995 )
  • Anton Chekhov: A Life (Mugar Library PG3458 .R35 1998 )

  • Chekhov’s Great Plays: A Critical Anthology (Mugar Library PG3458.Z9 D723 )


Nietzsche on Morality


Du Bois



  • The Composition of Four Quartets (PS3509.L43 F645  )
  • Reading T.S. Eliot : Four Quartets and the Journey Towards Understanding (Mugar Library PS3509.L43 Z5985 2012 )
  • Discovering Modernism: T.S. Eliot and His Context (Mugar Library PS3509.L43 Z7854 2007)

Finding Scholarly Articles

Scholarly articles on topics studied in this class can be found in journals in many disciplines or subject areas. The databases below are excellent places to search.

Searching Across Disciplines

Literature & the Humanities


Social Sciences


WR150: The Matter with King Arthur Then and Now

March 16th, 2015 in


Sources that provide overviews or snapshots of a topic.  Usually consist of factual information.  Usually provide references for further research.



Mugar Reference XD114.D5 1982


Dictionary of the Middle Ages, 13 volumes, 1982.
(long and short entries, bibliographic references)




Mugar Reference XCB351.D5413 2000


Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages, 2 volumes, 2000.
(short to medium entries, bibliographic references)






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Cambridge Companion to the Arthurian Legend, 2009.
(Evolution by century, Themes; bibliographic references)






Mugar Library DA152.5.A7 L87 2005


Oxford Guide to Arthurian Literature and Legend, 2005.
(History and criticism; bibliographic references)







Object of analysis, interpretation, discussion, or criticism.  Listed below are sources that may help you find a text or document.


Click to open ebook! Mugar Library PN671. C36 2000



Cambridge Companion to Medieval Romance, 2000.
(Origin, forms, and contexts; European romance and medieval society; European transformations; includes Notes)





Click to open ebook! Mugar Library PN682.W6 C36 2003



Cambridge Companion to Medieval Women’s Writing, 2003.
(Estates of women, Texts and other spaces, Medieval women (individuals); Further reading








Mugar Reference XHQ1143.W643 2004


Wilson, Women in the Middle Ages: an Encyclopedia, 2 volumes, 2004.








Mugar Library PR1972.G53 C96 1997


Companion to the Gawain-Poet, 1997.








Mugar Reference XD114.N66 2006


Age of Wars of Religion 1000-1650, 2006.








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Mugar Library N8215 .W47 1990









Music Library ML3849 .K55 2002




Arguments and Theory

Here you will find suggestions on where to find what scholars and researchers have published about your “exhibit.”  These sources generally will be scholarly books and journals.

Browse BU Books & eBooks on . . .

  • BULS (Boston University Libraries Search)    Limit results to “Available in library” for print books or “Refine My Results: Books” for print and online.  Be sure to “Sign In” (top right of results screen) with your BU login. This allows you to borrow checked out books or books the library does not own by clicking a request button labelled “Get it from another library.”
  • BU WorldCat Local  Search here to find books Boston University Libraries does not own.   Books the library does not own and books checked out of the library may be requested here.  Requested books from Boston Library Consortium (BLC) member libraries usually arrive in 3 or 4 business days and may be picked up and returned at Mugar Memorial Library Circulation Desk.
  • Ebrary  Collection of over 100,000 online books; new titles frequently added.  Keyword searching.
  • JStor  Book reviews.
  • Google Scholar  Click on Settings then click on “Library links” and type “Boston University” in the box.  When you do your searching, results that are full text in our library resources, such as JStor,  will include direct links to them.  You also can export results (citations) to Refworks from Google Scholar Settings.


Search Article Databases


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Searching Across Disciplines

Literature & the Humanities


The Camelot Project, University of Rochester

Ruth Thomas, Art History Bibliographer and Liaison, Mugar Library,

Massachusetts tax forms available in Mugar Library

March 16th, 2015 in Feature

Mugar Library provides print tax forms for both full-year Massachusetts residents and also part-year non-residents. These booklets are available on the New Book shelves located opposite the Mugartaxpicture5 Circulation Desk on the first floor. Massachusetts tax returns and payments may be filed on or before April 15, 2015. The U.S. federal tax deadline is also April 15, 2015.

If you don’t pick up the print form, you can also download Massachusetts forms and instructions from the Department of Revenue.

If you reside in another state, the Federation of Tax Administrators provides links to all other state tax forms.

The U.S. government no longer sends tax forms to the library. Tax booklets and instructions are available online from the Internal Revenue Service.