LibGuides Introduction

May 22nd, 2015 in

Guide Authors – Please register for one of the Introduction to LibGuides training sessions below

All sessions will be held in the Mugar Administrative Offices Conference Room

LibGuides Training – 5/26 – 2-3 pm

LibGuides Training – 5/27 – 4-5 pm

LibGuides Training – 6/1 – 10-11 am

LibGuides Training – 6/1 – 3-4 pm

MET ML641: Anthropology of Food

May 20th, 2015 in

eHRAF World Cultures (Human Relations Area Files) trial available now through mid July!

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Anthropology and Social Science

Hospitality and Culinary  Arts

Searching Across Disciplines

Background Sources

Browse Books and eBooks on . . .

Ethnography Tools

Additional Resources

Occupational Therapy

May 15th, 2015 in

This guide was designed to provide occupational therapy students at Boston University’s Sargent College with a starting point for their research. It includes sources of background information, scholarly articles, evidence summaries, citation tools, and information for distance education students.

Background Information & Websites

You can find additional books by searching BU Libraries Search.

Scholarly Articles

These databases are excellent sources of peer-reviewed articles, randomized clinical control trials, and systematic reviews. You can link to your options to getting to the full-text of an article by clicking on sfxfind1 next to each article abstract.

Evidence Summaries & Practice Guidelines

Evidence summaries provide systematic reviews and practice guidelines on various health issues.

Services for Distance Education Students

The BU Libraries are committed to providing distance education students with the highest quality of service. Here is a summary of the services that we provide:

  • A growing collection of online books and journals.
  • scan selected chapters of our print books and deliver them to you electronically through our online request forms.
  • scan copies of articles that are only available through print journals. Use our online request forms to request a scanned copy of an article.
  • E-mail and phone assistance from Kate Silfen, Health Science Librarian at Mugar Memorial Library. Contact Kate at, or 617-358-3965.

An important tip: whenever you send an e-mail or fill out a request form, it is helpful to identify yourself as an off-site student. This ensures that we provide you with the right kind of service.

Citation Tools

Citation tools help you store and organize your research. They also allow you to create a bibliography/references page within a matter of minutes. Here are the citation tools available to you at Boston University:

Pardee Library Featured New Books

May 15th, 2015 in Uncategorized

BooksAre you looking for something to read this summer?  If so, be sure to check out the Pardee Library Featured New Books page.  This page was a fairly recent addition to our website and it has been getting updated monthly.

If you need help locating a book, please let us know.

April 2015 Featured New Books

May 12th, 2015 in

Please click here to make a suggestion.


Note: To access a book, click on “Find Online.” Most books are available online through Ebrary, Ebooks Library (EBL), or through Oxford Scholarship Online. Books can be read online or downloaded. Printing of specific pages is allowed.

Mindset of success  Feminine capital  Expanding the pie  Twitter power 3  Tao of Innovation  brand psychology  Strategy builder  Dream Cafe  Humanizing big data  People and products  Modeling, evaluating, and predicting IT Human Resources  Mobile Marketing


Print Books

Note: Click on the title to find the book’s current availability. If the book is currently unavailable click on the “Find in Library” tab to view request options.

Fusion economics  Recasting India  Digital economy  Carbon nation fossil fuels  CEO as urban statesman  Bridging the gender gap  Creating effective teams  Overworked and underwhelmed  Acrobatics of change  Data mining for managers  Brand media strategy  Trendology, building an advantage

Newspapers online in full-color, full-page format

May 12th, 2015 in Feature, Uncategorized

Library PressDisplay
is a subscription database that scans papers from all over the world and presents them in full-color and full-page format. Titles from the United States include the Boston Herald, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Post. International titles include the Jerusalem Post, Metro Hong Kong, Le Monde, Korea Times, and many more.

The keyword search is best used when looking for news that is less than 60 days old, as most papers only go back this far in this database. When searching for news that is older, you could try our New York Times Historical database, or look through our Newspapers research guide for more ideas.

You can find and access Library PressDisplay on our Databases A-Z page, or by searching “Library PressDisplay” from the library home page.

Pardee Library: Commencement Week Hours

May 10th, 2015 in Uncategorized

DiplomaThe Pardee Management Library will be open the following hours from May 10 – 17:

Sunday, May 10 12 pm – 9 pm
Monday, May 11 – Thursday, May 14 8 am – 9 pm
Friday, May 15 8 am – 6 pm
Saturday, May 16 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday, May 17 (Commencement) 12 pm – 9 pm

Congratulations graduates!

MET ML691: Nutrition and Diet: Why What You Eat Matters

May 5th, 2015 in

Find Background Information


Find Journal Articles

Searching Across Disciplines


Annual Review of Nutrition. 24, 1, 455-479, Aug. 2004.

Health, Science, & Social Science

Think Tanks

The search box below is a custom search created in Google to search think tank content; it is in no way complete, but may provide a useful starting point.

foodpolitics eatright measuredmeals foodfear    justfood eatwhat nutritionbehavior ediblestructures

Browse Books and eBooks on . . .

Find Nutrition Information and Dietary Data

Public Intellectual Discourse


“The Green Coffee Caper.” Nutrition Action Health Letter 42, no. 2 (March 2015): 10-11. Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost.


NOTE: Links to some of these publications are to online library versions, free to anyone with a BU login.



Tweed, Vera. “supplement shelf. CHECK OUT: weight-Loss Wonder.” Better Nutrition 74, no. 12 (December 2012): 20-21. Readers’ Guide Full Text Mega (H.W. Wilson), EBSCOhost.

Data Visualizations from the US Census

May 4th, 2015 in Uncategorized

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The US Census Bureau has made several data visualizations available on their website. Visitors will be able to quickly scan the page for ready-made visualizations such as Differential City Growth Patterns and Without a High School Education. The Population Bracketology visualization can be used as a game that tests knowledge of population data across the United States. The site may be helpful for teachers looking to engage students in discussions of American history, population movements across time, and statistics on diversity.

You can find this site and many more highlighted on our Resources for Teachers research guide.  That guide contains mostly free websites, but also features print books and electronic databases appropriate for Language Arts, History, Mathematics, and Science and Engineering teachers, as well as some general resources for all teachers.

Learning Outcomes

April 30th, 2015 in

Learning Outcomes for Information Literacy at Boston University

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The Boston University Libraries have long partnered with faculty, academic departments, and other university offices to foster information literacy among BU students. The libraries, in conjunction with the University’s efforts to assess learning outcomes across the curriculum and in co-curricular and extra-curricular programs, have developed a set of five learning outcomes for incorporating information literacy as part of a well-rounded education at BU.

Students understand that scholarly content is produced in many ways, takes many forms, and is found in many places, and that different forms, formats, and sources of content are appropriate for different information needs.

Methods and Tools
Students understand that research is an iterative process that makes use of multiple methods and tools (selected depending on need, purpose, and circumstance) to explore questions leading to new knowledge and new lines of inquiry.

Argumentation and Analysis
Students are able to critically evaluate findings of their research, identifying and making use of appropriate content in the context of a broader scholarly conversation and of their particular areas of inquiry.

Students are able to present and explain the results of their research, through a variety of means and modes, to different audiences including: collaborators on group projects, faculty, fellow students, and others who can benefit from their contributions to the scholarly discourse on a topic.

Students are able to bring together their understanding of information content and context and of research and communication methods and tools to discover new knowledge, develop new ideas, and contribute to the scholarly conversation.

A few notes about these learning outcomes:

  • The outcomes follow the five-part structure (Content; Methods and Tools; Argument and Analysis; Communication; Application) outlined in the template for CAS learning outcomes that is found in the General Education Annual Report on Program Student Learning Outcomes Assessment.
  • The outcomes are informed and influenced by the new Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education developed by the Association of College and Research Libraries.
  • Diversity and interdisciplinarity are underlying themes in all five of the outcomes, highlighting the importance of context in the selection, interpretation, understanding, and use of information in a complex world with many voices, perspectives, and information needs.

More about Program Learning Outcomes Assessment at Boston University

Questions or comments about the BU Libraries learning outcomes? Email Ken Liss, Head of Liaison and Instruction Services. We’d be happy to hear from you!

Information Literacy  image CC-SA by  Ewa Rozkosz