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What’s New in BU Libraries Search

May 2020

Persistent Filters for your Search Session

You can now quickly remember all filters for all searches in a session. Use persistent filters to search across selected material types, subjects, journal titles, dates, or any combination.
BU Libraries Search remember all filters button
BU Libraries Search remember all filters on

December 2019

Emailing Records and Saved Search Alerts

The format of emailed records is now simplified to include brief information, location and call number, and links back to view the full record.

Selecting Results in Bulk

Multiple records can be selected at a time, or up to 50 in bulk. These can be exported in bulk to reference managers, saved to favorites, emailed, or printed.
selecting search results in bulk

Links to Interlibrary Loans in My Account

After signing in to My Library Account, you’ll find links to InterLibrary Loan accounts to view your loans and open requests.

August 2019

Library Help Search Options

We’re making it easier to find guides to research in your subject area, course, or on how to use library resources. To get right to these guides, look for these “Library Help” search options.
search scope library help
search drop down for library help

New material types are now available to improve filtering to these guides.
search facets for guides

May 2019

Help Menu

Search tips, details on key features, and help contact information are now readily available from the main menu of BU Libraries Search.
search help menu open

February 2019

Renew Selected Loans

In My Library Account under Loans, you can now check and renew selected items you have on loan.

Follow Cited Sources

For many article results, there are more visible arrows to find sources citing and cited in.Follow sources citing and cited by

January 2019

New Ways to Filter Results

In the Filter My Results column, you may find options for:

  • Form / Genre: find materials such as interviews, biographies, case studies, diaries, oral histories, and other primary source materials.
  • Medium of Performance: identify scores and music resources that contain specific instrumentation.
  • Record Source: limit to resources from specific vendors, databases, or publishers.
  • BU Collections: find resources within one of our music, archival, or digital collections.

October 2018

Increasing online availability with Open Access links

We’re significantly improving online availability by providing more links to open access resources. In your search results look for “Open Access available via unpaywall” links to go directly to an openly available version of the article online.

September 2018

Course Materials (Reserves) / Course Readings

Complete course reading lists are now located in a new course reserves tool (Leganto). See our Course Reserves services page for more details about this.

New Resources

Over the Summer we’ve added many new collections of resources, including: Black Abolitionist Papers, History Vault (Struggle for Women’s Rights, Organizational Records, 1880-1990; New Deal and World War II: President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Office Files and Records of Federal Agencies; FBI Confidential Files: Radical Politics in the US 1945-1972), and research datasets from Statistical Abstracts of the World and United States.

August 2018

My Library Account

Account features are now located in the top right corner next to Sign In.
For loans and requests in My Library Account, select multiple items to export as BibTex, RIS, to RefWorks, EndNote, and EasyBib.

Navigation between results

Previous and next arrows now appear in the full record view for easier navigation between results.

June 2018

Open Access Indicators and Filter

Resources that are freely available are now indicated with an Open Access icon, and can be filtered with the Open Access availability. This includes resources from OpenBU and other content providers.

Basic Search Pre-filters

Basic Search pre-filters appear as drop downs under the search box and can be used to easily limit a search to a material type or within a particular field.

Book Chapter material type facet

It’s now possible to filter to Books and Book Chapter records separately using the Material Type facet.

March 2018

Recommended resources, how to guides, and library services

We’re adding commonly requested information to the top of the search results for resources such as: library hours, maps, interlibrary loan services, research tools, search tips, tutorials, and where to go for help.
Recommended Resource - RefWorks

If you need assistance, try searching for help, how to, mugar, or tutorials.
Recommended Resource - How To

February 2018

Accessibility improvements in compliance with WCAG 2.0 AA level standards.

This includes better indications working with screen readers, color contrast, and element focus when closing dialog boxes. See a detailed list of accessibility fixes.

Better matching when searching for titles containing an “&” or an “and”

This is particularly helpful for matching journal title results.

December 2017

Ranking improvements for author name searches

Author name is given more weight in cases where a search could be for works by or about a person.

Extended session timeout

Inactive sessions will remain open for 30 minutes.

August 2017

More Articles Beyond BU

By default, search results include articles that are available online at BU. You can expand your research to a more comprehensive set of articles by using the More Articles Beyond BU scope.
More Articles Beyond BU - Basic Search
For articles with Online Access Unavailable, sign in and click through to request using our Interlibrary Loan Services.

Persistent and Multiple Filters

Include or exclude multiple filter values. Use the lock to have them persist for the duration of your session.
Multiple FiltersPersistent Filters

Personalized Results

Adjust the relevancy ranking based on your preferred discipline(s) by selecting the “Personalize” button. For best results, try combining this with the More Articles Beyond BU scope.

Search Term Expansion

The search will automatically include keyword and subject term variants when a match is found. This may improve accuracy of results through using more commonly indexed terms.
Search term expansion

Virtual Browse for related books (print and electronic)

When viewing the full result, you may see related books available in our collection.

Links to Library Location Maps

For items available in library, you’ll find a link to the library location and floor plans in the record details.

Course Reserves indicators

New filters for Course Reserves availability, and Course Readings as a material type. The course code, name, and instructor displays more prominently in results.

Audio-visual Materials

Films / videos and audio / music are now distinct material types, available for filtering and advanced searches.

Chat Assistance

Use the chat widget in the lower right to get assistance from a Librarian or view frequently asked questions.

Now running over secure https


May 2017

Search History

Go back through your search history for your session. If signed in, you can also save searches for future sessions.
Search history in BU Libraries Search

Export to BibTex

Save records in BibTex format from the Send To menu.

Browse Search

Browse of library holdings by title, author, subject, or call number.

January 2017 : a new interface for the BU Libraries Search

What’s not changing?

The search functionality remains the same. That means the results, relevancy, and ranking have not changed in this new interface.

Improved Interface for all Devices

The BU Libraries Search interface has been completely redesigned to function on all devices and screen sizes – mobile devices, tablets, and desktops. When using a smaller screen the location of some features may change — for example, the filters will move to a menu at the bottom of the screen.

Advanced Search

Custom advanced searches can now be run in the same window without having to leave the initial search page.

advanced search

Filtering Results

The ability to include and exclude filters has been made easier and more visible. Use the Availability Filters to limit to resources available online, in physical form in the library, or for peer-reviewed articles.
filter results   search filters


Searching for Course Reserves

When you begin typing into the search box an option will appear to limit your search to Course Reserves readings only.
course reserves drop down

In an Advanced Search, the same feature is available by selecting the button above the search boxes.
course reserves advanced search

My Favorites

The eShelf has been replaced by the My Favorites feature. After signing in, you can now pin results to My Favorites. Instead of being organized by folders, records can be labeled with tags. Records can also be selected and exported to reference management tools such as RefWorks and Endnote, or emailed.

my favorites

Search Alerts

When signed in, the option to Save Search will appear above your results. Selecting this enables you to save the search with all of the parameters and filters pre-selected. In addition, you can select the bell icon to set an alert for this query. Whenever new records appear that match your search you’ll receive an email update.

save search alerts

Sending Results

It’s now easier to send results to reference managers, format citations, or email results to yourself.

send results