Boston University Libraries Search (BULS) and BU Worldcat Discovery let you search for books at BU and throughout the world. Type keywords in their search boxes and use the filters on the right to customize the search results. Try to be specific at first. Then, go with broader subjects.
Remember to "Sign In" with your BU login. Our online database and ebook subscriptions are available only to BU faculty, students, and staff. Signing in also lets you request unavailable books directly from BULS by clicking a Request button.
Book reviews can be retrieved in BULS by searching an exact book title in quotation marks, e.g., "The Strip : Las Vegas and the architecture of the American dream"
Here is a sample search for books on American vernacular architecture
Note: The "Material Type" filter for books published by government agencies, such as the Smithsonian, is "Government Document."