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WR152: Writing Without Borders

How To Find a Book in Mugar Library

Find ebooks and print books

Find books using the BU Library Search.  (For more searching tips see our video tutorials.)

BU Library Search Box

For search ideas, try some of the options below.  Remember, you can always do an article search on these topics as well. Simply change the "material Type" facet.


Limiting your search to ebooks:

After entering your search terms, look at the column on the right: Filter My Results

Choose---> Accessibilty ----. Available Online

Try searching by keyword:

immigration AND film


When searching by keyword, it's always helpful to think of synonyms or alternate search terms.

For example:

Immigration OR Emigration

 (Women OR Feminist) AND immigration

Try a subject search:

United States--- Emigration and immigration

Immigrants-- United States  *Try substituting other countries or continents for "United States*

Ethnic Groups

Getting Books Not Available at BU

There are several ways you can obtain books or articles that we do not own. These include:

  • WorldCat Discovery. WorldCat Discovery allows current BU faculty, staff, and students to borrow books directly from other Boston Library Consortium libraries. Turnaround time is approximately three working days. (How to use WorldCat Discovery)

  • Interlibrary Loan. Interlibrary Loan services allow current BU faculty, staff, and students to request books, articles, book chapters, and other materials that our ILL staff will obtain from other libraries. Books generally take 2-4 weeks to arrive; articles are generally delivered electronically within 1-2 days.

  • BLC Cards. A Boston Library Consortium Card allows the bearer to borrow—in person—circulating material from a member library, just as you would from a BU library. Boston University faculty, staff, and students on the Charles River Campus may obtain a Consortium Card by filling out an application form. Medical Campus affiliates apply at the Alumni Medical Library.


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African Studies Library
6th floor,
Mugar Memorial Library
Mon-Fri 9am - 5 pm
Subjects: African Studies