Google releases 2016 journal metrics

July 15th, 2016 in Feature, Uncategorized


Google has just released the 2016 edition of Google Scholar Metrics. This ranking of important scholarly journals is available across many relevant categories and subcategories, and includes journals in various languages.

You can find nearly all of the ranked journals represented in BU Libraries Search. For more details on the 2016 release, see the announcement from Google.

How do I get a copy of a dissertation or thesis?

July 8th, 2016 in Uncategorized

Dissertation of Tom MagliozziThe BU Libraries maintain a subscription to ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global which is the primary database for digital dissertations. The database provides full text (PDF) access to most of the dissertations added since 1997. Dissertations from prior to 1997 may be found in the database, but generally only as abstracts. Physical copies of older dissertations are usually kept only at the school at which they were written.

To determine the current location of an older BU dissertation, please check BU Libraries Search. Dissertations from other institutions may be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

Please see our FAQ on this topic for further information, or to review additional dissertation and theses FAQs.

If you need help finding a dissertation or thesis, please contact a reference librarian.

MET ML719: Food Values: Local to Global Food Policy, Practice, and Performance

July 6th, 2016 in

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    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.

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

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    July 5th, 2016 in

    July 4th – BU Libraries Closed

    June 27th, 2016 in Uncategorized

    All BU libraries will be closed on Monday July 4, 2016. For information regarding a particular library schedule over the holiday weekend, please consult the Hours Page or phone the library directly.

    Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain. The holiday is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, picnics, concerts, baseball games, political speeches and ceremonies, and other events celebrating the history and traditions of the United States.

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    Using Google Scholar Related Searches

    June 16th, 2016 in Feature, Uncategorized


    Need help researching a new topic? Sometimes, it’s difficult to figure out which keywords to use in order to get the best results. Utilizing Google Scholar’s related searches feature can help with this problem.

    For example, take the search phrase differentiated instruction. As you can see from the search results, Google Scholar offers many articles on the topic. However, if you want ideas of what query to use to find articles about specific topics in differentiation, scroll to the bottom of the page and see the related searches, which are pictured below.

    Related Searches

    These related searches offer up keywords to help you research many different aspects of differentiated instruction such as how to implement it, ways to group students, and the varying types of differentiation required for gifted students and emergent bilinguals. Additionally, these recommended search queries may point you to specific researchers, like Tomlinson, who are experts in the subject.

    Next time you’re researching a new topic, make sure you check out Google Scholar’s search suggestions!

    New market research handbooks available

    June 6th, 2016 in Uncategorized

    RetailLeisure Pardee Management Library recently added two market research handbooks to its electronic collections.

    Retail Business Market Research Handbook 2015-2016 provides comprehensive retail market data and analyses, including: market data by sector; discussion of trends and current business activities; discussion of emerging markets; review of financial performance of market leaders; retail brand valuations; assessment of retail shopper satisfaction; profiles of malls and shopping centers; assessment of consumer packaged goods, health/beauty/cosmetics, home furnishings, licensed merchandise, and luxury brands; Christmas holiday, back-to-school, and back-to-college spending data; analysis of supermarket and drugstore segments; and analysis of the bridal and wedding market.

    Leisure Business Market Research Handbook 2015-2016 presents an in-depth assessment of leisure, examining the market within the scope of such topics and entertainment and amusement, cultural and creative activities, hobbies, lifestyle activities, and sports and recreation. A total of 95 unique segments of leisure are assessed, covering virtually every activity where consumers spend their non-working time and discretionary income. Most chapters provide statistics on participation and expenditures, market characteristics and trends, demographics, and a list of resources for further research.

    If you have any questions, or need help accessing these handbooks, please contact the Pardee Library Reference Desk.

    WS213: Sexism in the 21st Century

    June 6th, 2016 in

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    Placing Literature

    June 1st, 2016 in Uncategorized


    Have you ever had trouble finding a book that takes place in a certain setting? Look no further than This crowdsourcing website features a map that assists you in identifying books that take place in different states and countries, as well as allowing you to add your own literary locations. Eighty-two spots are found in the Boston area alone, and there are a total of over 3,000 locations currently on the map.

    You can simply explore the map or sign in with Google to add your own locations.

    BU Study Group to Host Software Carpentry Inspired Workshops

    May 27th, 2016 in Feature

    Every year people across all disciplines discover how useful it is to have programming and statistical computing skills in their toolkits, though teaching yourself everything can be a daunting concept.  To address this, an organization called Software Carpentry was founded, focusing on building crowdsourced software lessons and fostering a community of trained teachers.  From the BU Study Group, Will Kearney, Chris Holden and Alexey Shiklomanov will host hands-on sessions throughout June inspired by lessons they’ve learned from Software Carpentry, followed by an informal “Hacky Hour” at the BU Pub.  Be sure to register and bring a laptop to STO 132, 1:00-4:00 pm on the following dates:

    June 2nd: Introduction to Unix and the Shell
    June 9th: Introduction to R – Part 1
    June 16th: Introduction to R – Part 2
    June 23rd: Introduction to Version Control with Git