- CQ Researcher
- World Religion Database
- Cambridge Companions to Philosophy, Religion and Culture
- Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO)
- Oxford Encyclopedia of American Political and Legal History
- ATLA Religion Database
- Catholic Periodical and Literature Index
- Christian Periodical Index
- Index Islamicus
- Index to Jewish Periodicals
Literature & the Arts
- LexisNexis Academic Articles from worldwide news sources. (Click on “Search the News”)
- Boston Globe
- International Newsstand
- Ethnic Newswatch
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
Background Information: Modernity and Its Discontents
- The Cambridge Companion to Modernism
Addresses the key themes being researched, taught and studied in modernism today, including the major literary genres, the intellectual, religious and political contexts, and parallel developments in film, painting and music.
- Encyclopedia Britannica 1926
A three-volume update to the classic encyclopedia reflecting a contemporary look at “the march of events, the progress of knowledge and the innumerable changes of the world’s aspects, thoughts, activities, in the years from 1910 to 1926.”
- Gale Biography in Context
- Dictionary of Literary Biography (Click on Find Online tab for link)
Two sources of biographical information on authors, artists, philosophers, and others from different periods and different fields.
- Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms
Finding Books & eBooks
To search for books on other topics, go to BU Libraries Search and enter search terms. On the results screen, click on “Books” under Refine My Results.
Finding Scholarly Articles
Scholarly articles on topics related to modernity and modernism can be found in journals in many disciplines or subject areas. The databases below are excellent places to search.
Searching Across Disciplines
- MLA International Bibliography
- Literature Online
- Humanities Full Text
America: History & Life
- Historical Abstracts (International)
New this semester!
It shouldn’t come as any surprise that Google keeps improving Google Scholar. There’s a new link from Scholar to BU Libraries Search that will allow you to easily find our eBooks, which was not previously possible.
In the recent past, as long as you had Google Scholar settings set up to activate the “Library Links” to Boston University, you would see “View It @ BU” like this:
That was the best way to get from Scholar to BU Libraries Search – but the link would never appear for book results! As a result, many users habitually missed out on items we actually do have, sometimes even as eBooks.
Now, the situation is different. Check out this 2014 book result.
Click on the “More” link above to expose the new “Get It @ BU” link, as below.
The “Get it @ BU” link will send you right to the correct BU Libraries Search record!
Click on the ebrary link and you’ll be into this 2014 eBook that is available to us at BU.
Pretty great, right? It’s definitely a great improvement for access to our books. If you are curious to know a bit more about how this works, feel free to ask me about it.
Anthropology and Social Sciences
- Anthropology Plus
- Annual Review of Anthropology
- International Bibliography of the Social Sciences
- Social Sciences Full Text
- Ethnographic Video Online
Searching Across Disciplines
- Encyclopedia of Medical Anthropology
- Encyclopedia of Folk Medicine: Old World and New World Traditions. 2004.
Journals in Medical Anthropology
- Anthropology & Medicine
- Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry
- Journal of Biosocial Science
- Journal of Ethnobiology
- Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
- Journal of Ethnopharmacology
- Medical Anthropology: Cross Cultural Studies in Health and Illness
- Medical Anthropology Quarterly
- Social Science & Medicine
aka “the big search box”
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 image by each record you want to save (saved items = )
- 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.
- 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).
- The journals of Mary Shelley, 1814-1844
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.
- 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.
- Anthropology Plus
- Web of Science
- Biological Abstracts
- PrimateLit: A Bibliographic Database for Primatology
- A Companion to Biological Anthropology
- Encyclopedia of Human Evolution and Prehistory. 2nd ed. 2000.
- Handbook of Paleoanthropology
- The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Human Evolution. 1992.
- History of Physical Anthropology: An Encyclopedia. 2 vols. 1997.
- Dictionary of Concepts in Physical Anthropology. 1991.
- Handbook of Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology
- Chronology of the Evolution – Creationism Controversy. 2010.
- A Companion to Forensic Anthropology
- A Companion to Paleopathology
- American Journal of Human Biology
- American Journal of Physical Anthropology
- American Journal of Primatology
- Annals of Human Biology
- Evolutionary Anthropology
- Human Biology
- Journal of Biosocial Science
- Journal of Human Evolution
- International Journal of Osteoarchaeology
- International Journal of Paleopathology
- Journal of Human Evolution
- PLOS ONE: Physical Anthropology
- Biodemography and Social Biology
- Evolution and Human Behavior
- The eSkeletons Project
- The Biological Anthropology Web
- Becoming Human
- Biological Anthropology Tutorials
- Living Links
- Human Origins Program: In Search of What Makes Us Human
- Institute of Human Origins
- Interesting Links, Paleopathology Association
- Center for the Study of Human Origins, New York University
- Nash Collection of Primates in Art and Illustration, University of Wisconsin
- National Center for Science Education (NCSE)
- John Hawks Weblog
Investext 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.
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.
Other 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.
- Environment Complete
- GeoRef (Geology)
- SciFinder (Chemistry)
- Waters and Oceans Worldwide
- Wildlife and Ecology Studies Worldwide
- LexisNexis Academic
- 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.
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.
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.