The 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.
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A few sources for your research paper:
Boston University Library Search (BULS)
Searches most of the books and journals we own; you should also search the Databases A-Z list for a more comprehensive search.
Search for our holdings (full-text and microfilm) of local, national and international newspapers.
To search the Boston Globe, type in the newspaper name in the BULS box on the main library page.
If BU does not have the book, go to:
BU Worldcat Local–if a BLC library has the book, you can pick it up at Mugar Circulation Desk in a few business days; can’t request journal articles; but can request a book we own that is checked out.
Interlibrary Loan Services–you can pick up the book at Mugar Circulation Desk in about a week; can’t request a book we own that is checked out.
If BU does not have the article:
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.
find journal articles
- Worldwide Political Science Abstracts 1975+
- PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) 1972+
- Web of Knowledge 1973+ (+citation tracking)
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.
- AIDA – Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense
- American Society of International Law (ASIL) see EISIL
- American Enterprise Institute
- Bellona Foundation
- Brookings Institution
- C2ES Center for Climate and Energy Solutions , esp. President Obama’s Climate Action Plan
- Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)
- Climate Action Network International
- Cato Institute
- Center for Strategic and International Studies see Energy and Climate Change
- Council on Foreign Relations see Climate change
- Earth Policy Institute
- Environment and Security (ENVSEC) Initiative
- European Commissioner for the Environment esp. Studies and reports
- European Environmental Law Network (Asser Institute)
- Federation of American Scientists search site for ‘climate change’ (example document:
- Heritage Foundation —> Climate Change
- Institute for Policy Studies
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
- Rand see Global Climate Change
- Searchable index of documents produced by Rand. (BU receives these in print.)
- Stockholm Environment Institute
- United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
- World Resources Institute (WRI)
- Worldwatch Institute
- CQ Weekly (congressional news)
- LexisNexis Academic Covers last 20 years, but years vary by title; text only (no charts, images). Find case law as well as articles from the New York Times and major national newspapers.
- Press Display current 3 months only
- BNA World Climate Change Report see Environmental Law Guide (Pappas Law Library) for other BNA environmental reports
- Environmental News Network (ENN)
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+
- Kyoto Protocol
- North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC)
- United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
- Vienna Convention to Protect the Ozone Layer
Polls and Polling Sources
- Roper Center Public Opinion Archive (iPoll)
- Harris Vault
- Polling Report From the website: “An independent, nonpartisan resource on trends in American public opinion.”
- The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Polls on politics, the media and American values back to 1995.
- The Gallup Poll Current year news releases.
see also Gallop Poll News Briefing (through Business Source Complete)
Additional Research Guides
Environmental Law (Pappas Law Library)
The Library’s Data Management Working Group will present a workshop for graduate students on research data management. We will explore common data management issues; discuss best practices for managing these issues and explain how librarians can help with data management resources and tools. The session will take place on Thursday 3/26/2015 from 6 to 7pm in CAS Room 200.
The Annenberg Learner’s Bridging World History course consists of 26 themed units presented in loose chronological order, starting with “Maps, Time, and World History”, a unit that gives an overview of the study of history, and ending with “World History and Identity” that delves into globalization and modernity. Each unit contains a wealth of multimedia resources, such as an audio glossary, video interviews with experts, maps, images, readings, and references. The course also has an interactive feature called “World History Traveler” that highlights “patterns and processes that make up world history.” A wonderful, content-rich site for middle and high school teachers.
Use BULSearch (top page search box)…
to begin finding books and articles
Beginning your research with books allows you to use the author’s bibliography – an excellent way to identify primary sources.
Each book has a unique call number, but books on similar topics are clustered together. A location chart available by the elevators, at reference and online tells you which floor contains that call number range, and floor plans at Reference help you pinpoint the location.
Use subscription databases…
for focused genre/subject searching
Looking for articles in history journals? Use America, history and life (Online)
Use eShelf or RefWorks…
to save your research
Ask a Librarian for assistance…
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Quick question? Use ask-a-librarian to email or chat.
Primary Source: Life Magazine
Life (Chicago, Ill.) (in print)
Mugar Reserve Room AP2 .F36
V. 1 (1936) -V.73 (1972)
Life Photo Archive from Google (online)
Databases (for finding articles in journals and magazines)
BULS: Boston Universities Libraries Search (for finding books and articles)
MLA International Bibliography (literature)
ProQuest News and Newspapers (historical)
Oxford Companion to the Photograph
Mugar Reference X TR9 .O94 2005
Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Photography, 3 volumes.
Mugar Reference X TR642 .E5 2006
Life (magazine) in Wikipedia
Photographer as starting point. Look for articles and books, including biographies.
Subject headings differ in databases: Life (Chicago, IL), Life (magazine), Life (periodical)
Ruth Thomas, Art History Bibliographer and Liaison, Mugar Library, firstname.lastname@example.org
Standard & 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.