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Research at Mugar Memorial Library

BU Libraries provide a variety of search tools, access to databases and global resources, research materials and tutorials, and specialty subject research guides developed in-house by our librarian experts. Search our site, delve deeper with our advanced search, check out the guides for specific topics or courses, or contact a librarian in your subject area for personalized assistance.


BU Libraries offer many of the leading academic databases, such as JSTOR and Nexis Uni, covering just about every topic under the sun. You can browse our databases by title or topic, and find them quickly through BU Libraries Search.


BU Libraries maintain subscriptions to many of the leading electronic journals. You can search for topics or conduct a targeted search for a specific source, such as the New York Times, Nature, or the Journal of the American Medical Association using BU Libraries Search.


Our ebooks can be found through BU Libraries Search. Current BU students, staff, and faculty can access our subscription ebooks from a variety of publishers. We also provide access to millions of freely accessible ebooks.

Library Guides

BU librarians have developed specialized guides to help direct you to some of the best resources available. Research guides give you an overview of the resources our subject experts found to be the best on a given topic. Course guides are class-specific resources developed to help you get started with research and maximize your educational experience. We also have How-To guides to help you in your research process.

Research Help

We know firsthand how difficult it often is to pull together just the right sources. That’s why we’re here to help. BU’s librarians have developed materials to help you navigate the research process, from getting started to citing your sources. You can also make an appointment with one of us.