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.

Energy & Environmental Law Society’s Inaugural Climate Change Conference, Friday at School of Law

March 26th, 2015 in Uncategorized

Dr. Kerry Emanuel of MIT will talk Friday about Climate Change, Extreme Weather, and Out Policy Respsonse tomorrow, March 27th in the GSU Conference Auditorium from 2:30 to 5:30 PM. RSVP required to More information at

Rhetoric 102

March 25th, 2015 in

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.

Historical Abstracts
Historical coverage of the world from 1450 to the present; America: History and Life provides coverage of U.S. and Canadian history

Finding Newspapers
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.

New York Times Historical
The complete text of the New York Times since it began publication until the last three years; most recent issues can be searched in Lexis-Nexis or Factiva

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:


Click on “Get it from another library”


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.


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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Data Management for Graduate Students

March 25th, 2015 in Feature, Uncategorized

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.

Bridging World History

March 24th, 2015 in Uncategorized

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.

WR150 – Lincoln and His Legacy

March 23rd, 2015 in


Use BULSearch (top page search box)…

to begin finding books and articles

maroon_arrow1 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.

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Use subscription databases…

for focused genre/subject searching

maroon_arrow1 Looking for historical newspapers? We have New York Times Historical and others (see the Newspapers Guide at buchanan

maroon_arrow1 Looking for articles in history journals? Use America, history and life (Online)

 Use eShelf or RefWorks…

to save your research

maroon_arrow1 Easily save all your research references and access them from anywhere.

maroon_arrow1 RefWorks bonus – create bibliographies and insert them into your papers in the format you need – APA, Chicago, MLA, and others.

maroon_arrow1 Download ProCite to integrate RefWorks with your word-processing program.

Ask a Librarian for assistance…

that’s why we’re here!

maroon_arrow1 Visit the Mugar Research Center (353-2700) for immediate, walk-in help:sig

M-Th 9am – 9pm (Hours may vary over Holidays and summer)
F 9am – 5pm 
Sa 10am – 6pm
Su 12am – 8pm

maroon_arrow1 Need extra help? Consider making an appointment @ to talk with us for 1/2 hour or so.

maroon_arrow1 Quick question? Use ask-a-librarian to email or chat.

WR150: Life Magazine

March 22nd, 2015 in


Mugar Library TR820 K77 1994




amphotoj Mugar Library TR820 C6595 200

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)

America: History & Life

Art Full Text

Art Index Retrospective 1929-1984

ARTbibliographies modern

BULS: Boston Universities Libraries Search (for finding books and articles)

Communication & Mass Media Complete

MLA International Bibliography (literature)

Readers’ Guide Retrospective 1890-1982

ProQuest News and Newspapers (historical)




Click to enter ebook!


Oxford Companion to the Photograph
Mugar Reference X TR9 .O94 2005





Mugar Library Reference X TR139 .C664 1995

Gale Biography in Context

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,

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.

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