Library reference presentation

October 8th, 2015 in

Boston Public Library

U.S. Government Libraries

Australian embassy

Wikipedia hoaxes

Wikipedia controversies

Quotation Books

Retrospective book review index

Indexed periodicals

Pre-emptive Reference

1. WA-WD

2. Life in Legacy

3. Recent NYTimes obituaries

4.  Celebrity Death Beeper




Law Reviews






BU Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon: Open Access Week 2015

October 7th, 2015 in

Open Access Week 2015 is coming! You are cordially invited to participate in a Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon on Friday 23 October 2015, 11am-2pm. We will provide pizza, soft drinks, dessert, and editing help. You bring your laptop and Wikipedia account (created and/or verified in advance, please).

You don’t need to be a BU community member to join us! You don’t even need to act alone: we’ll help, and you’re welcome to form small editing teams if you wish. RSVP for each person attending below, so we know how much pizza to order.

Topic: Your Current Research

Our goal is for every participant to add at least two pieces of new information to one or more Wikipedia articles. The new information can take the form of substantiated/cited original prose, citations added to existing information, corrections to existing incorrect information, links between Wikipedia articles, and so on. We will annotate our edits and participate in discussions on Talk pages.

You may edit any page you like! We encourage you to edit a page (or pages) relevant to any of your research or studies at BU, present or past. But everything is fair game.

Where and When

Friday 23 October, 11am-2pm, PAL Lounge on the third floor of Mugar Memorial Library

What to Bring

  • A topic or page(s) of interest if you like (or we can help you find content to edit).
  • A computer you’re comfortable working on, if possible (or you may use the PAL Lounge computers if you have BU credentials).
  • A current Wikipedia account to which you know the password. Please create an account in advance if you don’t already have one.

Why a Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon?

Because we here at BU are in the business of creating and disseminating knowledge. What better way to celebrate Open Access Week than improving a widely used knowledge source on the internet?

How do I choose a page to edit?

This can be daunting—Wikipedia is so vast—but a good way to find a page to edit is to just start reading. Search for a topic, any topic you like. Pick a page and start reading. Branch out to other pages using links within articles. Good candidates for editing are pages that begin or end with any of the following notes:

  • “This article about [subject] is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.”
  • “This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.”
  • “This article is an orphan, as no other articles link to it. Please introduce links to this page from related articles; try the Find link tool for suggestions.”
  • “The examples and perspective in this article may not represent a worldwide view of the subject.”

How do I edit a page?

You need two things: a Wikipedia account, and willingness to acquire some basic knowledge about Wikipedia syntax. This latter can be confusing, but don’t fear: there are plenty of examples to look at, and we will help you during the event. If you have time to watch this three-minute video on editing Wikipedia pages in advance of our event, that may be helpful.

We look forward to seeing you!

Featured Guide: Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

October 7th, 2015 in Uncategorized

Sustainability through service, perspectives, concepts and examplesDo you need help finding information on socially responsible companies?   If so, take a look at the Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility guide. This guide highlights selected books, periodicals and databases to help you find news and information on socially responsible companies and their initiatives.  This guide also includes resources for company ratings such as the ESG Manager on Campus database which rates companies on environmental, governance and social factors.  For additional company resources, take a look at the Company Information Sources guide.

If you have any questions or need help with your research, please contact the Pardee Library Reference staff at (617) 353-4304 or stop by the library.

RILM 101 or Expert: Make the Most of It Now

October 1st, 2015 in Uncategorized

Drop in for a one-on-one with Brett Kostrzewski this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2-3, 11am-7pm, no appointment needed. Build your comfort level interpreting and navigating findings in RILM Abstracts (Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale), a comprehensive and specialized database of citations for writings about music in all genres, from all eras. Another benefit: familiarity with RILM’s vendor platform will fast-track you for using the Music Index and RIPM databases, both of which are also offered on the same platform.

How do I get a copy of a dissertation or thesis?

October 1st, 2015 in Feature, Uncategorized

Dissertation of Tom MagliozziThe BU Libraries maintain a subscription to ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global which is the primary database for digital dissertations.  The database provides full text (PDF) access to most of the dissertations added since 1997.  Dissertations from prior to 1997 may be found in the database, but generally only as abstracts.  Physical copies of older dissertations are usually kept only at the school at which they were written.

To determine the current location of an older BU dissertation, please check BU Libraries Search.  Dissertations from other institutions may be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

Please see our FAQ on this topic for further information, or to review additional dissertation and theses FAQs.

If you need help finding a dissertation or thesis, please contact a reference librarian.

Reminder for Students Taking MBA Integrated Project

September 30th, 2015 in Uncategorized

ReminderIt was nice to see all the MBA Integrated Project students recently!  We wanted to leave you with a few links from the Pardee Library website that may be helpful to you as you work on your projects:

If you need help with your research, please contact the Pardee Library Reference Desk.

UA515 / UA301 : History and Theory of Planning; Introduction to Urban Affairs

September 28th, 2015 in

BU Library Search

The white box at the top of the page searches academic material provided by the BU Libraries, including print books and ebooks, print journals and ejournals, video and audio recordings, databases, and online articles.  Please note: it searches many of our resources but is not comprehensive.


Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals

An extensive collection of  journal articles on architecture since 1934, covering the history and practice of architecture, landscape architecture, city planning, historic preservation and related topics.

Boston and its Neighborhoods

A very useful portal to find information on Boston, including links to city planning agencies, demographics, media, etc.


A full-text database covering the complete content (except for the last few years due to copyright regulations) of journals in the social sciences, humanities and sciences.  Please note: this contains an excellent range of publications but only searches a small number of journals in our collection.

Project Muse

Similar to JSTOR, this full-text database complements and overlaps coverage with JSTOR

Social Sciences Full-Text

Covers concepts, trends, opinions, theories, and methods from both applied and theoretical aspects of the social sciences

WorldCat Discovery

The most comprehensive national catalog listing book holdings in most libraries in North America.


Almendinger, Phillip.  Planning Theory
HT166 .A6163 2002

Cities of tomorrow: an intellectual history of urban planning and design since 1880;
Hall, Peter; Eduardo Perez; Simon Levy, 2014

Urban design: Green dimensions
Online E-book


List of several online journals [Log-in required]

The following selected journals are not indexed in the Avery Index (see above) so they need to be searched separately

International journal of urban and regional research (Print and Online).
An interdisciplinary approach to the study of conflicting interests in urban and regional development, demonstrating the social basis of various approaches to planning and state intervention.

Planning theory and practice (Online only)
Focuses on the development of theory and practice in spatial planning and to encourage the development of spatial dimension on other areas of public policy.

Urban studies (Online; also in print- HT103 .U7)
Provides an international forum of social and economic contributions to the fields of urban and regional planning.


American Planning Association

The American Planning Association is the pre-eminent professional organization and was created in 1978 by the consolidation of two separate planning organizations.   This website provides a useful overview of their work and publications.

Housing a changing city: BOSTON 2030
An online report published by the City of Boston discussing future housing planning; look at pages 33-45 for a discussion and statistical information on affordable housing.

Refugee resettlement in the U.S.

U.S. State Department site providing the official government policy, as of 2013.

Regenerating America’s Legacy Cities

This policy focus report explores the challenges of regenerating America’s legacy cities—older industrial cities that have experienced sustained job and population loss over the past few decades.”

Rebuilding America’s Legacy Cities

Published by the American Assembly at Columbia University, this monograph examines cities losing population and their economic base and suggests projects and strategies to reverse the trends.

How to Access CAMP Materials

September 25th, 2015 in

The Cooperative Africana Materials Project (CAMP) is a partnership of research libraries worldwide with the Center for Research Libraries (CRL). Their goal is preservation of archives and materials throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. These materials are microfilmed and increasingly scanned. They include newspapers, journals, archives, monographs, government publications, etc. Materials exist in various languages, both European and African. 

Searching the Collections

The African Studies Library is a member of CAMP and as such, has access to CAMP materials. These are searchable via the CRL catalog, so you will need to narrow your search to access them. For instructions on how to do this, please see:

CRL catalog screenshot
Accessing the Collections

Physical items may be requested via Inter-Library Loan

CAMP is in the process of digitizing their collections; you will find a growing number of digitized materials, accessible full-text via the catalog.

Access is provided according to Boston University IP locations, this means that:

  • Access is seamless when you are on campus.
  •  Off campus, you will need to log in to the EZproxy server so that the CRL recognizes that you are a BU user. For instructions, see IS&T’s EZProxy page

PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences

September 24th, 2015 in

This guide is geared towards students in Sargent College’s PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences program. You may find other health science guides helpful as well. Please do not hesitate to contact me ( if I can offer you assistance with your research.

Quick Tips

  • To find the full-text of articles, click on the sfxfind icon in our databases. Watch me retrieve full-text in PubMed in this video. If you need an article or book that BU Libraries does not own, request it for free through interlibrary loan.
  • To find a specific journal title at BU, search our collection of electronic journals.
  • Tip: Stay organized during your lit review! Try using Zotero, RefWorks, or EndNote to help keep track of your citations and generate bibliographies.

Background Information & Websites

Find Books

Search for books when you want to get a broad overview or introduction to a topic.

  • BU Libraries Search: Use the search box on the BU Libraries homepage to search for books in BU’s Libraries.
  • WorldCat: Search WorldCat to search for books within the Boston Library Consortium and beyond. You can also use WorldCat to order books that are not available at BU.

Journal Databases

Evidence Summaries & Practice Guidelines

Evidence summaries provide systematic reviews and practice guidelines on various health issues.

Cited References Searching



Browse by grade and subject at PBS LearningMedia

September 24th, 2015 in Uncategorized

PBSLMPBS LearningMedia has launched a great new design of their free site. Teachers can customize the site to their own liking on a dashboard by adding favorites.  Tens of thousands of resources are available, including videos (some in Spanish), images, and interactive learning objects.

This is just one of the wonderful sites listed on our Resources for Teachers research guide.