Capstone 2015 Begins on March 27

March 27th, 2015 in Feature


Capstone 2015The BU librarians have prepared a Capstone Research Guide to assist you with the research process.  The Guide includes links to recommended databases and other useful reference resources.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

CAPSTONE 2015 (CGS)

March 27th, 2015 in

Join us for a library research session:

* Work with your group in the PAL lounge (3rd floor Mugar Library)
* Librarians available for extra help with your research
* Quick tutorials on using subject databases

Sat 3/28 (1-4p), Sun 3/29 (1-4p), Mon 3/30 (2-5p), Tue 3/31 (2-5p), Wed 4/1 (2-4p)

Start your research at www.bu.edu/library

Quick Tips on using BULSearch:

  • After you search a term, Sign In to see additional results, services, and request options.
    • You can save research to your personal e-Shelf by clicking the e-Shelf Icon Off icon (IMPORTANT: items will not save without sign-in!).
    • You can request checked-out books from other libraries (available for pick-up in 3 days).
  • look on the left side to refine your search by format (e.g., books), creation date, or other parameters.
  • BULSearch covers the collections of multiple BU Libraries, including the Pappas Law Library Annex (in the basement of Mugar, with a separate entrance).
While BULSearch is great for retrieving articles, books, and some government documents, it does not include most newspaper content and specialized library resources. Fill in the research gaps by using some of the resources and databases listed below.

About Subject Databases:

We currently subscribe to over 350 databases differentiated by discipline (e.g., history) and/or content genre (newspapers; government documents; statistics, etc.)

From ProQuest:

(Hint: Create your own ProQuest family of databases to search – use the ProQuestdbselect link to select.)

From EBSCOHost:

(Hint: Create your own EBSCOhost family of databases to search – go to a database, then use the ebscodbselect link at the top of the page.)

More databases…

Databases for current news, newspaper articles:

More newspaper article sources…

Finding legislation (and other government documents)

BULSearch retrieves some, but not all, of this material.

 

PACS , Voting Records, and Finances

 

About Think Tanks, IGOs and NGOs

What is a think tank?

A think tank is a research institute staffed with an interdisciplinary group of experts providing advice and ideas on policy issues in business, government and international affairs. Many think tanks are non-profit organizations, while others are funded by governments, advocacy groups, or private interests. Much of the research is public (and free) through their websites, and the paper authors often have academic affiliations.

While most of the material discovered through these organizations is trustworthy, the papers produced may reflect the ideology or bias of the sponsoring organization. If the paper does not provide a bibliographic source for facts presented, you might check to see if the author has published in scholarly journals as well (a quick BULSearch should suffice.)

Google ‘Thinktank’ Custom Search (search your topic – e.g., ‘internet privacy’)

NOTE: This search box, Google Scholar and the subscription database CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online) will identify some specific content, but many reports can only be found by searching the organization’s site.

A few of the largest and best-known:

More think tanks…

Statistics Sources

More statistics sources…

Polls and Polling Sources

 

Research guides: (see here for A-Z list)

More research guides…

Featured Database: Proquest Entrepreneurship

March 25th, 2015 in Uncategorized


Entrepreneurs Proquest Entrepreneurship is a valuable resource for anyone interested in starting and developing a successful business.  This database includes video clips of successful entrepreneurs, market research reports, start-up plans, templates and forms, scholarly journals, business cases, working papers, conference proceedings, and dissertations.

For additional resources regarding entrepreneurship, please consult our Entrepreneurship and New Ventures research guide.

If you have any questions, please visit the Pardee Library Service Desk, or give us a call at (617) 353-4304.

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IR/GE 599: Science, Politics and Climate Change

March 25th, 2015 in

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find journal articles

Additional sources:

Search Think Tank Content

The subscription database CIAO: Columbia international affairs online searches within many well-known think tanks, with a focus on International Relations.

The search box below is a custom search created in Google; it is in no way complete (there are over 6800 NGOs!), but may provide a useful starting point.

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Selected Think Tanks, NGOs/IGOs 


Current news

 

Finding legislation (and other government documents)

BULSearch retrieves some, but not all, of this material.

  • ProQuest Congressional includes:
    • CRS Reports, which provide high-quality, succinct research support to members of Congress.
    • Legislative Histories and Bill Tracking
    • Info on members of Congress, including voting records and campaign finance data
    • ProQuest legislative insight includes RollCall, Washington Post
  • AccessUN 1956+

 

Key documents/agreements

Polls and Polling Sources

Additional Research Guides

Environmental Law (Pappas Law Library)

International Environmental Law (ASIL)

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CGS – Capstone 2015

March 24th, 2015 in

Join us for a library research session:

* Work with your group in the PAL lounge (3rd floor Mugar Library)
* Librarians available for extra help with your research
* Quick tutorials on using subject databases

Sat 3/28 (1-4p), Sun 3/29 (1-4p), Mon 3/30 (2-5p), Tue 3/31 (2-5p), Wed 4/1 (2-4p)

Start your research at www.bu.edu/library

Quick Tips on using BULSearch:

  • After you search a term, Sign In to see additional results, services, and request options.
    • You can save research to your personal e-Shelf by clicking the e-Shelf Icon Off icon (IMPORTANT: items will not save without sign-in!).
    • You can request checked-out books from other libraries (available for pick-up in 3 days).
  • look on the left side to refine your search by format (e.g., books), creation date, or other parameters.
  • BULSearch covers the collections of multiple BU Libraries, including the Pappas Law Library Annex (in the basement of Mugar, with a separate entrance).
While BULSearch is great for retrieving articles, books, and some government documents, it does not include most newspaper content and specialized library resources.  Fill in the research gaps by using some of the resources and databases listed below.

About Subject Databases:

We currently subscribe to over 350 databases differentiated by discipline (e.g., history) and/or content genre (newspapers; government documents; statistics, etc.)

From ProQuest:

(Hint: Create your own ProQuest family of databases to search – use the ProQuestdbselect link to select.)

From EBSCOHost:

(Hint: Create your own EBSCOhost family of databases to search – go to a database, then use the ebscodbselect link at the top of the page.)

More databases…

Databases for current news, newspaper articles:

More newspaper article sources…

Finding legislation (and other government documents)

BULSearch retrieves some, but not all, of this material.

 

PACS , Voting Records, and Finances

 

About Think Tanks, IGOs and NGOs

What is a think tank?

A think tank is a research institute staffed with an interdisciplinary group of experts providing advice and ideas on policy issues in business, government and international affairs. Many think tanks are non-profit organizations, while others are funded by governments, advocacy groups, or private interests. Much of the research is public (and free) through their websites, and the paper authors often have academic affiliations.

While most of the material discovered through these organizations is trustworthy, the papers produced may reflect the ideology or bias of the sponsoring organization. If the paper does not provide a bibliographic source for facts presented, you might check to see if the author has published in scholarly journals as well (a quick BULSearch should suffice.)

Google ‘Thinktank’ Custom Search (search your topic – e.g., ‘internet privacy’)

NOTE: This search box, Google Scholar and the subscription database CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online) will identify some specific content, but many reports can only be found by searching the organization’s site.

 A few of the largest and best-known:

More think tanks…

Statistics Sources

More statistics sources…

Polls and Polling Sources

 

Research guides: (see here for A-Z list)

More research guides…

Featured Database: Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage

March 18th, 2015 in Uncategorized


S&P500Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage provides industry surveys, stock reports, company descriptions and financials. The industry surveys cover major industries such as biotechnology, computers and healthcare, and include key trends and information on how the industry operates. The Pardee Library also has several other databases that provide industry reports. Most of those reports can be found through the Industry Survey Locator by searching industry name or related terms.

If you have any questions, please stop by the Pardee Library Service Desk or give us a call at (617) 353-4304.

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

CC202 Librarian Appointments

March 17th, 2015 in

All students in CC202 are required to make an appointment with a BU librarian. (See CC202 Keyword Generator for instructions on what to bring with you to your appointment.)

Librarian appointments will take place on  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, March 23rd to 26th, between 11 am and 4 pm. Each appointment will be 30 minutes.

You can choose a date and time that works for you, but you must make an appointment. Here’s how:

1. Go to the Appointment Calendar.
2. Click on the date you are interested in. There are five different locations shown. Time slots in green are available for appointments.
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3. Click on your chosen time slot and fill out and submit the form with your name, email address, and your topic. You can paste in the keywords search that you generated via the Keyword Generator.

You’ll receive an email confirmation. If you need to change an appointment, use the cancellation instructions that are in that email and make a new appointment.

CC204 Librarian Appointments

March 13th, 2015 in

All students in CC204 are required to make an appointment with a BU librarian. (See CC204 Keyword Generator for instructions on what to bring with you to your appointment.)

Librarian appointments will take place on Friday, April 10th, and Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, April 13th to 15th, between 11 am and 4 pm. Each appointment will be 30 minutes.

You can choose a date and time that works for you, but you must make an appointment. Here’s how:

1. Go to the Appointment Calendar.
2. Navigate to April 2015.
3. Click on the date you are interested in. There are five different locations shown. Time slots in green are available for appointments.
Core Appointment Calendar
4. Click on your chosen time slot and fill out and submit the form with your name, email address, and your topic. You can paste in the keywords search that you generated via the Keyword Generator.

You’ll receive an email confirmation. If you need to change an appointment, use the cancellation instructions that are in that email and make a new appointment.

Pardee Library Featured New Books

March 12th, 2015 in Uncategorized


We are pleased to introduce our Featured New Books page. This page lists a selection of new books that have recently been added to our collection, both E-books and print books are included. If you would like to search for additional books in our collection, we would suggest using the BU Libraries Search. Please visit our Suggest a Purchase page if you would like to recommend a book for our collection.

If you have any questions, or need help finding a book, please stop by the Pardee Library Service Desk or give us a call at (617) 353-4301.

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

Top 4 most useful search tips

March 10th, 2015 in Uncategorized

These will work in many different places, including BU Libraries Search, Google, and many of our subscription databases like JSTOR.

1. Surround your terms in quotes if you’re looking for an exact title or some meaningful phrase.
“review of educational research”

2. There are usually many slightly different words to describe one basic concept, so put synonyms in your search.
cars OR automobiles

3. Group like terms in parenthesis with OR, and capitalize the operators AND, OR, and NOT.
(cars OR automobiles) AND (hybrid OR electric)

4. Try truncation. Teach* below retrieves results for (teach OR teaches OR teaching OR teacher, etc).
teach*

 

Going beyond these simple tips is also possible in many of our subscription databases.  For instance, did you know that in PsycInfo, you can limit a search to show only results related to “Adolescence (13-17 yrs)”?

Please feel free to send questions, comments or suggestions through our Ask a Librarian service.