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.

CGS – Capstone 2015

March 24th, 2015 in

Join us for a library research session:

* Work with your group in the PAL lounge (3rd floor Mugar Library)
* Librarians available for extra help with your research
* Quick tutorials on using subject databases

Sat 3/28 (1-4p), Sun 3/29 (1-5p), Mon 3/30 (12-3p), Tue 3/31 (2-5p), Wed 4/1 (2-4p)

Start your research at

Quick Tips on using BULSearch:

  • After you search a term, Sign In to see additional results, services, and request options.
    • You can save research to your personal e-Shelf by clicking the e-Shelf Icon Off icon (IMPORTANT: items will not save without sign-in!).
    • You can request checked-out books from other libraries (available for pick-up in 3 days).
  • look on the left side to refine your search by format (e.g., books), creation date, or other parameters.
While BULSearch is great for retrieving articles, books, and some government documents, it does not include most newspaper content and specialized library resources.  Fill in the research gaps by using some of the resources and databases listed below.

About Subject Databases:

We currently subscribe to over 350 databases differentiated by discipline (e.g., history) and/or content genre (newspapers; government documents; statistics, etc.)

From ProQuest:

(Hint: Create your own ProQuest family of databases to search – use the ProQuestdbselect link to select.)

From EBSCOHost:

(Hint: Create your own EBSCOhost family of databases to search – go to a database, then use the ebscodbselect link at the top of the page.)

More databases…

Databases for current news, newspaper articles:

More newspaper article sources…

Finding legislation (and other government documents)

BULSearch retrieves some, but not all, of this material.


PACS , Voting Records, and Finances


About Think Tanks, IGOs and NGOs

What is a think tank?

A think tank is a research institute staffed with an interdisciplinary group of experts providing advice and ideas on policy issues in business, government and international affairs. Many think tanks are non-profit organizations, while others are funded by governments, advocacy groups, or private interests. Much of the research is public (and free) through their websites, and the paper authors often have academic affiliations.

While most of the material discovered through these organizations is trustworthy, the papers produced may reflect the ideology or bias of the sponsoring organization. If the paper does not provide a bibliographic source for facts presented, you might check to see if the author has published in scholarly journals as well (a quick BULSearch should suffice.)

Google ‘Thinktank’ Custom Search (search your topic – e.g., ‘internet privacy’)

NOTE: This search box, Google Scholar and the subscription database CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online) will identify some specific content, but many reports can only be found by searching the organization’s site.

 A few of the largest and best-known:

More think tanks…

Statistics Sources

More statistics sources…

Polls and Polling Sources


Research guides: (see here for A-Z list)

More research guides…

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.

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.

Also, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest Pardee Library news.

Kate Silfen

March 17th, 2015 in

WR150: The Theater Now

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American National Biography Online

Gale Biography in Context

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (British)

North American Theater Online

Oxford Companion to American Theater


Browse BU Books & eBooks on . . .

  • BULS (Boston University Libraries Search)    Limit results to “Available in library” for print books or “Refine My Results: Books” for print and online.  Be sure to “Sign In” (top right of results screen) with your BU login. This allows you to borrow checked out books or books the library does not own by clicking a request button labelled “Get it from another library.”
  • BU WorldCat Local  Search here to find books Boston University Libraries does not own.   Books the library does not own and books checked out of the library may be requested here.  Requested books from Boston Library Consortium (BLC) member libraries usually arrive in 3 or 4 business days and may be picked up and returned at Mugar Memorial Library Circulation Desk.
  • Ebrary  Collection of over 100,000 online books; new titles frequently added.  Keyword searching.
  • JStor  Book reviews.
  • Google Scholar  Click on Settings then click on “Library links” and type “Boston University” in the box.  When you do your searching, results that are full text in our library resources, such as JStor,  will include direct links to them.  You also can export results (citations) to Refworks from Google Scholar Settings.



Arts & Humanities Citation Index (Web of Science)
Humanities Full Text
LION: Literature Online

MLA Bibliography (Modern Language Association)

Project Muse

Ruth Thomas, Art History Bibliographer and Liaison, Mugar Library,