Education on Film series coming for Spring 2018

December 15th, 2017 in Uncategorized

The Pickering Educational Resources Library is proud to announce our Spring 2018 Education on Film series.  The showings will all be in the library’s eClassroom, room B26 in the School of Education’s lower level at 2 Silber Way.

Please watch for future announcements as there is limited space and RSVP will be required.

  • Raising of America – Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation
    Runtime 59 minutes
    Tuesday, January 30, at 5pm
  • I Am Not Your Negro – James Baldwin and Race in America
    Runtime 94 minutes
    Wednesday, February 7, at 4pm
  • 11 Flowers – Coming-of-age Tale set during China’s Cultural Revolution
    Runtime 116 minutes
    Friday, March 2, at 3pm
  • Starving the Beast – The Battle to Disrupt and Reform America’s Public Universities
    Runtime 95 minutes
    Monday, March 19, at 4pm
  • Killing Us Softly 4 – Advertising’s Image of Women
    Runtime 46 minutes
    Tuesday, April 3, at 5pm
  • Speaking in Tongues – 4 Kids. 4 Languages. 1 City. 1 World.
    Runtime 57 minutes
    Wednesday, April 18, at 6pm

The films will be shown from the library database Kanopy, which offers thousands of documentaries, training films, and theatrical releases available as streaming video.  Clips from the videos can be used in presentations, shown in class, and even embedded in course management software.

Kanopy Database, Education section screenshot

Pardee Library Exam Hours

December 4th, 2017 in Uncategorized


tall stack of booksPardee Library will be open extended hours during the final exam period. The hours for December 13 – 21 are listed below. For information on holiday and Intersession hours, please visit the Pardee Library hours page.  Mugar Library is also holding extended hours during exams.

Wednesday, December 13 –

Thursday, December 14

8 am – 11 pm
Friday, December 15 8 am – 6 pm
Saturday, December 16 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday, December 17 10 am – midnight
Monday, December 18 –

Wednesday, December 20

8 am – midnight
Thursday, December 21 8 am – 9 pm

Pardee Library will close for Winter Intersession on Friday, December 22 at 6 pm and reopen at 8 am on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

Good luck with your exams and happy holidays!

Cheng is Inaugural Moustakas Chair Professor in Photonics and Optoelectronics

November 30th, 2017 in Uncategorized

Upon Professor Ji-Xin Cheng’s appointment to the College of Engineering last summer, he was named the inaugural holder of the endowed Theodore Moustakas Professorship in Photonics and Optoelectronics. Earlier this month, Dean Kenneth R. Lutchen gathered Cheng, his chair’s namesake, Professor Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of Photonics and Optoelectronics Theodore Moustakas (MSE, ECE), and other colleagues to celebrate the latter’s legacy and the former’s appointment. More…

Pathways to full text access

November 29th, 2017 in Uncategorized

Found a search result without full text attached? Try this!

First, identify the resource type of the item. Is it an article, book, dissertation, an association report, or a government document? The next place to look for full text access depends on the type.

Try the methods below for various resource types.

  • If it is an article, keep the citation handy (open a new browser window, for instance) and search for the journal name in BU Libraries Search. Then look at the journal record closely for our full electronic or print access to that source.
  • If it is a book that is checked out or that BU does not own, try BU WorldCat Discovery.
  • If it is a dissertation, look in our databases list for ProQuest Dissertations and Theses; full text is often available there.
  • If it is an association report or government document, don’t forget to try Google; many of these are available freely.

If you’re still having trouble finding what you need, contact a librarian–we’re here to help!

Jekyll and GitHub Pages

November 10th, 2017 in Feature

If you are interested in setting up a free website that is easy to maintain and preservable you will want to attend this session. Using the Programming Historian’s lesson “Building a static website with Jekyll and GitHub Pages” this session will provide you with the basic tools needed to build your own website. Participants will learn:

+ The benefits of a static website
+ How to build a local website with Jekyll
+ How to use GitHub pages
+ Some basic git commands

Installation guides and “office hours” for assistance will be provided after registration.

Join us in Mugar Library’s Estin Room (room 302) at 12:30. Space is limited. Attendees will need to bring their own laptop in order to fully participate.

Date: Nov. 16, 2017
Location: Mugar Library Estin Room (302)
Time: 12:30-1:30

Register

For more information visit the Data Services website.

Featured Database: Investext Plus

November 7th, 2017 in Uncategorized


Financial-data-2Investext 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 contact the Pardee Library Reference Desk.

Company Information Sources

October 31st, 2017 in Uncategorized


Student researchingIf you need help researching companies, the Pardee librarians have created a Company Information Sources guide. This guide highlights important databases for company overviews, financials and news. The library also has several books on well-known companies.

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

Why Open Education Matters

October 27th, 2017 in Uncategorized

Here’s a great video explaining why open education matters.  This piece won first prize in a contest back in the summer of 2012, but the message is still as important as ever.  The BU Libraries fully support Open Access.

Financial Data Sessions at Pardee Library

October 24th, 2017 in Uncategorized


Financial-data-2Pardee Library will be offering sessions on financial data over the next several weeks. Come and learn about resources that provide company financials, historical stock prices and financial market data and news. The following databases will be covered: Bloomberg, Mergent, Factiva, LexisNexis Academic and the WRDS datasets. Bring your research questions and we will provide the best search strategies and databases to use.  For further information and to register, please visit this page.

Additional sessions are also being offered on company and industry information and marketing and demographic data.  For information on these sessions and to register, please visit this page.

Financial Data Sessions at Pardee Library

October 24th, 2017 in

Pardee Library will be offering sessions on financial data over the next several weeks.  Come and learn about resources that provide company financials, historical stock prices and financial market data and news.  The following databases will be covered: Bloomberg, Mergent, Factiva, LexisNexis Academic and the WRDS datasets.  Bring your research questions and we will provide the best search strategies and databases to use.

The following dates/times have been scheduled:

Friday, November 17, 2017 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Friday, December 1, 2017 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Eventbrite - Financial Databases Overview

In order to register for a session, please click on the Register Now button.  Each session will be limited to 15 students.  Once a session is full it will no longer appear on the date drop-down menu on the session registration form.  If these times are not convenient, please email Pardee Library at pardstf@bu.edu and let us know your availability.  After registering, you should receive a confirmation email, but it is not necessary for you to bring it to the session.

If you have any questions, please contact the Pardee Library reference staff at 617-353-4304 or email us at pardstf@bu.edu .