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Anthropology and Social Science
Hospitality and Culinary Arts
Culinary Arts Collection (Massachusetts Library System)
Hospitality, Tourism, and Leisure Collection (Massachusetts Library System)
Searching Across Disciplines
Browse Books and eBooks on . . .
Designing & Conducting Ethnographic Research: An Introduction vol. 1, 2nd. ed.
Initiating Ethnographic Research: A Mixed Methods Approach vol. 2, 2nd ed.
Essential Ethnographic Methods: A Mixed Methods Approach vol. 3, 2nd ed.
Specialized Ethnographic Methods: A Mixed Methods Approach vol. 4, 2nd ed.
Mapping Social Networks, Spatial Data, & Hidden Populations vol. 4, 1st ed.
Analyzing & Interpreting Ethnographic Data vol. 5, 1st ed.
Researcher Roles & Research Partnerships. vol. 6, 1st ed.
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
- International Handbook of Occupational Therapy Interventions
- Core Concepts of Occupational Therapy: A Framework for Practice
- The American Occupational Therapy Association
- Using Occupational Therapy Theory in Practice
- National Rehabilitation Information Center
You can find additional books by searching BU Libraries Search.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 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:
Are 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.
Please click here to make a suggestion .
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.
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Find Background Information
- Nutrition Basics (Mayo Clinic)
- Nutrition Source (Harvard School of Public Health)
- EatRight.org (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)
- From Famine to Fast Food: Nutrition, Diet and Concepts of Food Around the World
- Handbook of Nutrition and Food
- Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition
- Multicultural Encyclopedia of Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics
Find Journal Articles
Searching Across Disciplines
Health, Science, & Social Science
- General Science Full Text
- Science Direct
- Culinary Arts Collection (Massachusetts Library System)
- Nutrition Abstracts & Reviews
- Hospitality & Tourism Complete
- Annual Review of Nutrition
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.
Browse Books and eBooks on . . .
- Food habits AND United States
- Nutrition AND United States AND history
- Nutrition policy AND United States
- Food labeling
- Nutritional requirements
- Food composition
Find Nutrition Information and Dietary Data
- USDA Nutrition Evidence Library
- USDA Food & Nutrition Surveys
- USDA Food and Nutrition Information Center
- DRI, Dietary Reference Intakes: The Essential Guide to Nutrient Requirements
- Eat Right: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- Food Insight: Consumer Attitudes Towards Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health
- Health.gov: Dietary Guidelines
- Nutrition Across the Lifespan links
- Nutrition Basics links
- Sargent Choice Nutrition Center
- CDC FastStats
Public Intellectual Discourse
NOTE: Links to some of these publications are to online library versions, free to anyone with a BU login.
- Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter
- Nutrition Action Health Letter
- Readers’ Guide Full Text (find popular articles)
- The New Yorker
- The Atlantic
- The American Prospect
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 for Information Literacy at Boston University
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.
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!