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How To Find a Book in Mugar Library

Find books: Theory, method and more

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.

Try searching by keyword

queer AND Eugenides  substitute any author's name for the text in bold

When searching by keyword, it's always helpful to think of synonyms or alternate search terms. When we speak of "synonymys" in library searching, we do not necessaily mean words with equivalent or idenitcal meanings, but rather related terms.

For example: (queer OR intersex) AND Eugenides

                       Lesbian OR sapphic

Try a subject search:

Here is a Guide to LGBTQI Library of Congress Subject Headings from Indiana University (last updated 2016)

Some subject heading contain historical or outdated language or use terms currently considered offensive. 

Some examples of subject seraches in the BI Libraries:


Homosexuality in literature

Queer theory


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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