CC204: Religion and Secularism

March 5th, 2015 in

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Scholarly Sources

Political Science

Islam VeilReligion


Sex SecuralismAnthropology

Literature & the Arts

Other Disciplines

Interdisciplinary Sources

Journalistic Sources

Research Help


Triple Bottom Line

March 4th, 2015 in

Note: Tracks the social, environmental and governance of corporations throughout the world. Formerly known as Global Socrates.

KHC Studio: Modernity and Its Discontents

February 27th, 2015 in

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

Finding Books & eBooks

Baldwin Reception  La Grande Illusion Woolf Unexamined Orwell Copernicus Darwin Freud

Browse Books & eBooks on …
… Friedrich Nietzsche
… Sigmund Freud
… Virginia Woolf
… Jean Renoir
… James Baldwin
… George Orwell

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

Literature & the Humanities


Social Sciences


Google Scholar to our eBooks

February 27th, 2015 in Uncategorized

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:

view it

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.

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Click on the “More” link above to expose the new “Get It @ BU” link, as below.

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The “Get it @ BU” link will send you right to the correct BU Libraries Search record!

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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.

Medical Anthropology

February 27th, 2015 in

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Anthropology and Social Sciences

Health Sciences

Searching Across Disciplines

Background Sources

Journals in Medical Anthropology

Professional Associations

Online Sources

EN220: The Boundaries of Life

February 27th, 2015 in


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 mark image by each record you want to save (saved items = marked)

  • 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







Database Icon Databases A-Z

Humanities Full Text


Literature Online (LION)

MLA international bibliography

Project Muse

British periodicals

 Oxford English dictionary (Online)


Tools IconTools

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


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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:

Biological Anthropology

February 25th, 2015 in

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Background Sources


Online Resources

Professional Associations

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

    • 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. 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.