BioMed Central’s Global Roadshow Coming to Boston

February 26th, 2015 in Feature

BioMed Central, the open access publisher, will be visiting Boston on Thursday, March 26th, 2015, as part of its publishing roadshow program. This free one day event will be aimed at early career researchers looking to get an inside look into the publishing world.

Topics include:

  • The nuts and bolts of the peer–review process
  • Current trends in scientific publishing
  • Understanding publishing ethics

The event is taking place at The Double Tree Suites  in Cambridge.  The event is free, but registration is required. For additional information and  registration, visit:  http://roadshow.biomedcentral.com/boston/

Featured Database: Investext Plus

February 25th, 2015 in Uncategorized


Philippine-stock-market-boardInvestext Plus provides research reports written by analysts at leading investment banks, brokerage houses and consulting firms.  These reports provide in-depth financial information and analysis on companies and industries.  Investext is available on our Business Databases: A-Z page.  If you need help searching for a company or industry analyst report, please try our Analyst Reports tutorial.

If you have any questions or need help searching Investext, please stop by the Pardee Library Service Desk, or give us a call at (617) 353-4303.

Also, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest Pardee Library news.

WR150 — Toxic Boston

February 24th, 2015 in

Database IconCore Databases

The following databases all contain a large number of articles pertaining to biology and the life sciences. To find articles on topics relating to environmental science, try searching these first.

Database IconOther Subject-Specific Databases

If you can’t find what you need in any of the core databases, try searching any of the databases below that focus more narrowly on your topic.

Ejournal IconEJournal Search at BU


Computer Lab IconWeb Resources

    • Congress.gov online access to current and past legislation, committee reports, the Congressional Record, and other material produced by the Legislative Branch of the US Federal Government.
    • Toxnet The Toxicology Data Network from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Library of Medicine provides access to research on Toxicology and Hazardous Materials Research.
    • Science.gov
      a gateway to government science information and research results. Science.gov provides a search of over 50 scientific databases and 200 million pages of science information with just one query, and is a gateway to over 2100 scientific websites including DOE, DOD, EPA, and NASA.
    • SciTech ConnectSciTech Connect consolidates the contents of OSTI’s Information Bridge and Energy Citations Database, full text scientific and technical reports.
    • Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (U.S. Department of Energy)
      The energy information portal available from this web site provides a gateway to hundreds of web sites and thousands of online documents on energy efficiency and renewable energy.
    • Energy Information Administration, US Government
      A statistical agency of the US Department of Energy. Publishes energy statistics, articles, and analysis, covering various fuels (including renewables) and countries, with a focus on the United States.
    • EnviroLink
      Online environmental community uniting hundreds of organizations and volunteers around the world with millions of people in more than 150 countries dedicated to providing comprehensive, up-to-date environmental information and news on a large variety of environmental topics.
    • EPA’s Water Home
      This Environmental Protection Agency site provides information about groundwater, water science, wastewater management, wetlands, oceans and watersheds.
    • Red List of Threatened Species
      This list, compiled by IUCN – The World Conservation Union, provides taxonomic, conservation status and distribution information on taxa that are facing a high risk of global extinction.
    • UNESCO Water Portal
      This web site is intended to enhance access to online information related to freshwater and provide information about UN programs dealing with water.
    • Water Resources of the United States
      This government web site provides a wealth of reliable, impartial, and timely information needed to understand the water resources of the United States.

WR150: Modern American Liberalism and its Critics

February 24th, 2015 in

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What you need to know:

  • Sign In after your first search. This allows you to keep a record of your search strategies and results using the e-Shelf – simply click the mark image by each record you want to save (saved items = marked)

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  • BULS searches for books, articles, and other formats such as government documents, dissertations, short news articles and images. The results list will be a combination of formats sorted by relevance. Each result indicates that it is available either in print or online — or sometimes, both.
    findinlibrary = print
  • BULS does not search most newspapers (such as the New York Times); BUT we have other databases that cover newspapers and more.
  • Focus you search using AND to combine concepts, quote marks for phrases; expand your search with OR between like terms, * to retrieve variations on a term.
    • “press coverage” AND “Tet offensive”
    • (news* OR media) AND vietnam*
  • To maximize your results, click on Expand. This will add some non full-text results that may be only in print; may be chapters in books; or articles that you can request (for free!) from Interlibrary loan.
  • Search the titles of cited references for best results (both book titles and article titles).

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    students

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Database Icon Find Journal Articles

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How-to Guides
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appt2Prepared for Lucas 2/24/15

What is Fair Use?

February 24th, 2015 in Feature

It’s Fair Use Week!

Each day teachers teach, students learn, researchers advance knowledge, and consumers access copyrighted information due to exemptions in copyright law, such as fair use in the United States or fair dealing in Canada and other jurisdictions.

Fair use and fair dealing allow the use of copyrighted materials without permission from the copyright holder under certain circumstances. For libraries, educational institutions, and the public, the fair use doctrine is the most important limitation on the rights of the copyright owner—the “safety valve” of US copyright law.

Fair Use Week is an annual celebration of the doctrine of fair use and fair dealing. It celebrates the important role fair use plays in achieving the Constitutional purpose of intellectual property rights in the US: to promote the progress of science and the useful arts. The flexible nature of the fair use doctrine has permitted copyright to adapt to new technologies and changes. Similarly, in Canada, fair dealing is a critical right of the user intended to facilitate balance in copyright law and accommodate freedom of expression.

While Fair Use Week 2015 will be celebrated February 23–27, we believe that every week is fair use week. Indeed, fair use is employed on a daily basis by students, faculty, librarians, journalists, and all users of copyrighted material. Fair Use Week is simply a time to promote and discuss the opportunities presented by fair use, celebrate successful fair use stories, and explain the doctrine. (CC-BY / http://fairuseweek.org/what-is-fair-use-week/)

WR150: The Life of Socrates

February 23rd, 2015 in

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Featured Database: Factiva

February 18th, 2015 in Uncategorized


NewspaperFactiva
is a powerful database from Dow Jones that provides full-text access to more than 8,000 news and business publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Forbes, and The New York Times. This database provides information on companies and industries, including company reports and financials.

If you need help locating company and industry news in Factiva, please try our Factiva Tutorial.  You can also refer to our Ratios tutorial for help finding company ratios with Factiva.

If you have any questions or need help searching Factiva, please stop by the Pardee Library Service Desk, or give us a call at (617) 353-4303.

Also, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest Pardee Library news.

 

Science in the Classroom

February 18th, 2015 in Uncategorized

sci classFeatured website: Science in the Classroom

A great resource for bringing cutting edge scientific research into High School and University classrooms, this wonderful site is a collaboration between the editors of Science journal and advisory board of scientists and science teachers. Annotated research articles, sortable by Physical or Biological science, are accompanied by discussion questions and a feature called “Learning Lens” that lets the user highlight annotation categories such as glossary, connections to learning standards, references, and news/policy links.

WR150: Laughter and Subversion: Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Comedy

February 17th, 2015 in

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aka “the big search box”

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 What you need to know:

  • Sign In after your first search. This allows you to keep a record of your search strategies and results using the e-Shelf – simply click the mark image by each record you want to save (saved items = marked)

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  • BULS searches  for books, articles, and other formats such as government documents,  dissertations,  short news articles and images. The results list will be a combination of formats sorted by relevance. Each result indicates that it is available either in print or online — or sometimes, both.
        findinlibrary  =  print
  • BULS does not search most newspapers (such as the New York Times); BUT we have other databases that cover newspapers and more.
  • Focus you search using AND to combine concepts, quote marks for phrases; expand your search with OR between like terms, * to retrieve variations on a term.
    • rover AND “aphra behn”
    • (comed* OR farce) AND “aphra behn”
  • To maximize your results, click on Expand. This will add some non full-text results that may be only in print; may be chapters in books; or articles that you can request (for free!) from Interlibrary loan.
  • Search the titles of cited references for best results (both book titles and article titles).

 

Green_open_book Suggested Sources

haywoodThe Cambridge Companion to English Restoration Theatre (2000)

Database Icon Databases A-Z

Humanities Full Text

JSTOR

Literature Online (LION)

MLA international bibliography

Project Muse

 

Tools IconTools

Research Guides
How-to Guides
Create Bibliographies (RefWorks and more)

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appt2Prepared for Padilla 2/17/15

Win a prize for your personal book collection!

February 17th, 2015 in Feature


For the Love of BooksFor 38 years, the Friends of the Libraries of Boston University has sponsored an annual book collecting contest. The contest is open to all full-time students regularly enrolled at Boston University and is devised “to stimulate the student body to pursue the gratifying and exhilarating experience of creating a collection of books, with all the ancillary benefits such an interest involves.” Named in honor of its principal donor, the Lawrence G. Blackmon Book Collecting Contest awards six cash prizes ranging from $200 to $1500. For additional information, please review the Contest Rules and First Place Winners  since 1967. The deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23, 2015.