Bloomberg Market Concepts Program

September 19th, 2017 in Uncategorized

Stock chartThe Pardee Management Library provides access to the Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) program.  BMC is an eight hour self-paced e-learning course that provides users with an introduction to the financial markets and basic Bloomberg functionality.  This program consists of four modules: Economic Indicators, Currencies, Fixed Income and Equities.  Upon completion of all four modules, you will receive a Certificate of Completion from Bloomberg.  Additional details are available through the Pardee Library Bloomberg tutorial.

If you have any questions about BMC, please contact the reference librarians at the Pardee Library Services Desk.

Workshops on Citation & Reference Management

September 18th, 2017 in Feature

Citation posterWould you like to learn how to create a bibliography or references page in a matter of seconds? Are you interested in finding ways to store and share your research? If the answer is “yes,” we invite you to attend one or more of the Citation Management Workshops that will be offered this semester.

Faculty, students, and staff are all welcome to attend and learn about Zotero, Mendeley or RefWorks.

Please visit our Create Bibliographies Research Guide for a complete list of the dates and times and to register for a workshop.

What’s New in BU Libraries Search for Fall 2017

September 18th, 2017 in Feature

We’d like to introduce some new features in the BU Libraries Search to help streamline and personalize your search results.

It’s now easier to limit searches and filter your results. Start with your search, then select a filter such as Peer-Reviewed Articles. You can then lock this filter to apply this to future searches during your session.




Select multiple filters using the new checkbox options to the left of each filter. Or exclude options with the flag to the right of each.




The new Personalized results feature helps bring more relevant articles to the top of your results set. Click the Personalize button at the top the results list, then select up to 5 disciplines that match your research interests. You may see the top results change based on the topics and sources they come from. This feature works best with articles, and can help focus your search when using broad keywords.




Sometimes knowing which subject keywords to use can be tricky. The BU Libraries Search can help by automatically expanding to similar search terms, and now gives a better indication of how this works behind the scenes.




We’ve added a number of other improvements, including: better sorting in My Favorites by author or title; two new citation formats for Harvard 1 and MLA (8th edition); and an option to create an RSS feed to get saved searches in your RSS reader. Also, to help locate items available in our libraries we’ve added links to library location maps.

Visit our BU Libraries Search help page for more assistance getting started. And always, please feel free to Ask a Librarian if you have further questions.


Data Organization with Spreadsheets

September 14th, 2017 in Feature

Good data organization is the foundation of any research project. We organize data in spreadsheets in the ways that we as humans want to work with the data, but computers require that data be organized in particular ways. In order to use tools that make computation more efficient, such as programming languages like R or Python, we need to structure our data the way that computers can read. In this lesson, you will learn:

+ Good data entry practices – formatting data tables in spreadsheets
+ How to avoid common formatting mistakes
+ Approaches for handling dates in spreadsheets
+ Basic quality control and data manipulation in spreadsheets
+ Exporting data from spreadsheets.

Attendees will need to bring their own laptop in order to fully participate.

Date: Sept. 21, 2017
Location: Mugar Library Estin Room (302)
Time: 12:30-1:30


For more information visit the Data Services Website

Upcoming Library Research Sessions at Pardee Library

September 13th, 2017 in Uncategorized

IMG_20170825_152338The Pardee Library will be offering a series of 4 research sessions during the fall semester:

(1) Intro to Pardee Library Resources
(2) Company & Industry Information
(3) Marketing & Demographic Data
(4) Financial Databases

The first session Intro to Pardee Library Resources will provide an overview of library sources available to students and will explain how to:

  • Find the online full-text of journal, magazine or newspaper articles.
  • Locate articles or books on a specific topic.
  • Use research guides, tutorials and course guides.

For further information and to register, please visit this page.



Data Services Workshops

September 11th, 2017 in Feature

Data Services is offering the following workshops. All of the workshops are open to the entire BU community and are free!

All of the workshops will be in the Estin Room (room 302) in the Mugar Library (771 Commonwealth Avenue).


Date Title Time Location Register More Information
9/20 Increasing Openness and Reproducibility 9:00-12:00 Estin Room (302), Mugar Library Register More Information
9/21 Data Organization in Spreadsheets 12:30-1:30 Estin Room (302), Mugar Library Register More Information
9/28 Getting Started with OpenRefine 12:30-1:30 Estin Room (302), Mugar Library Register More Information
10/5 OpenRefine: Numbers, Scripts, and Exports 12:30-1:30 Estin Room (302), Mugar Library Register More Information
10/12 Pandoc and Markdown 11:00-12:00 Estin Room (302), Mugar Library Register More Information
10/19 Jupyter Notebooks 12:30-1:30 Estin Room (302), Mugar Library Register More Information
10/26 Introduction to the Shell 12:30-1:30 Estin Room (302), Mugar Library Register More Information
11/2 Using Wget for automated downloading 12:30-1:30 Estin Room (302), Mugar Library Register More Information
11/9 Counting and Mining Research Data with Unix 12:30-1:30 Estin Room (302), Mugar Library Register More Information
11/16 Jekyll and GitHub Pages 12:30-1:30 Estin Room (302), Mugar Library Register More Information

Welcome Back! ~ From the African Studies Library

September 8th, 2017 in Uncategorized

We wish you a warm welcome back to campus! We’re excited to see familiar faces and meet those of you who are new. Please stop by the African Studies Library here on the 6th floor of Mugar sometime soon!

  • Faculty, we have begun scheduling library instruction sessions with many of you. If you have not yet scheduled a session for your class and would like to, please contact us at: or call us at 617-353-3726
  • Please check out our selection of online Africa-focused library guides. These include course-specific guides, guides to special collections and subject guides. If you would like a guide to resources for your course, or have a subject guide to suggest, please contact us!
  • Stay tuned for more information about our African Language Film Series, Cine Afrique!

Selected New Titles: 

Taduno’s song. First American edition. Atogun, Odafe; 2017. Available at Mugar Memorial Library Stacks (PR9387.9.A834 T33 2017)

Escrow: politics and energy in Tanzania. Nyang’oro, Julius E.; 2016. Available at Mugar Memorial Library Stacks (JQ3515.A55 C672 2016)

Native colonialism: education and the economy of violence against tradition in Ethiopia. Woldeyes, Yirga Gelaw; 2017. Available at Mugar Memorial Library Stacks (LA1516 .W66 2017)

On state, marginalization, and origins of rebellion: the formation of insurgencies in Southern Sudan. Ylönen, Aleksi; 2017. Available at Mugar Memorial Library Stacks (DT157.5 .Y56 2017)

Madame President: the extraordinary journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition. Cooper, Helene; 2017.  Available at Mugar Memorial Library Stacks (DT636.53.J64 C66 2017)

Changing Horizons of African History. Awet T. Weldemichael (ed). 2017. Available at Mugar Memorial Library Stacks (DT19 .C53 2017)

The raging storm: a reporter’s inside account of the Northern Uganda War, 1986-2005. Lamwaka, Caroline; Ronald Raymond Atkinson; 2016. Available at Mugar Memorial Library Stacks (DT433.285 .L36 2016)


Workshop for Increasing Openness and Reproducibility in Quantitative Research

September 5th, 2017 in Feature


There are many actions researchers can take to increase the openness and reproducibility of their work. Please join us for a workshop, hosted by the Center for Open Science, to learn easy, practical steps researchers can take to increase the reproducibility of their work. The workshop will be hands-on. Using example studies, attendees will actively participate in creating a reproducible project from start to finish.

This workshop is aimed at graduate students, postdocs, and faculty across disciplines, who are engaged in quantitative research. The workshop does not require any specialized knowledge of programming. Participants will gain a foundation for incorporating reproducible, transparent practices into their current workflows.

Date: Sept. 20, 2017
Location: Mugar Library Estin Room (302)
Time: 9:00-12:00

Visit the Data Services Website for more information.

Libraries open on Labor Day, September 4th

September 1st, 2017 in Uncategorized

labor-dayMany of the BU Libraries will be open Labor Day (Monday, September 4). For information regarding a particular library schedule over Labor Day weekend, please consult the Hours page or phone the library directly.

Labor Day is a national holiday in the United States and Canada in honor of working people. The first Labor Day in the U.S. was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City. Traditionally, Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer.

Welcome to the BU Libraries!

August 28th, 2017 in Feature

If you are an entering undergraduate or graduate student, a new faculty or staff member, please avail yourself of the library’s varied and wide-ranging resources! If you are a returning student, welcome back and we again look forward to helping you.

The following statistics indicate the extensive nature of our collection and resources:

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  • BU has the second largest academic library in the Boston area (after Harvard) and the fourth largest academic library in New England.
  • BU Libraries hold approximately 2.4 million physical volumes, 1.2 million eBooks, 45,000 journals, 460 databases, and more than 400 research guides.
  • BU Libraries have more than 100 staff members ready to assist with your research needs.

Our main library page provides links to our databases, eJournals and research guides as well as the BU Libraries Search, which you can use to find resources in the library in addition to electronic books, journals, articles and more.

Access to electronic resources requires a BU login name and password. If you do not have a BU login name and password, please contact the IT Help Center. Additional answers and assistance can be found on our Research page.

Pardee Library

Pardee Management Library

While we have an ever growing number of electronic resources, please remember that many of our journals and the majority of our books are only available in print. Locations, call numbers and formats (print, electronic, microfilm) and also our journal holdings can be found using the BU Libraries Search.

If you have any questions about our resources, please check our Help page or feel free to contact the appropriate library reference desk. We look forward to meeting you this new academic year.