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CFA AR 890/AR 690 (online): Art Education Research

Books About Art Education Research--How to Find Them

Find Books

This guide provides links to where you can find a book whose title you already know and how to find books you don’t know about on a particular topic.  Interlibrary Loan does not mail books, but may email book chapters you find cited in databases or in book and article bibliographies (list of references or works cited).

1.  BULS (Boston University Libraries Search)   

In the search box, type in the title of a book you know from a source such as a bibliography or from your professor's recommendation or reading list.

If you want to do a keyword search to find books on a topic, type the keywords in the search box.  Depending on the relevancy of the results, you may have to redo the search with different keywords.

BULS results include books, articles, and other formats. For books, you need to Filter My Results to Books/eBooks.”  Be sure to “Sign In” at the prompt with your BU login.  For recent publications, use the Publication Date boxes.

2.  You also can filter for online books by using the first the Books/ebooks filter, then the Available Online filter.  The database, Proquest ebook Central,  provides access to many ebooks and is searchable.

3.  WorldCat Discovery -  
Search here to find books and to determine if they are available in a library near you.  BU's books will be among the results.

4.  JStor
Click on Advanced Search.  Narrow by: Books.  Chapters will display.  To access entire book, Click on From: book title.

5.  Books in print  -
In the search box, type subject, e.g., art education and limit to keywords in title.  Check BULS to see if the book is a BU eBook. Check your local library's catalog for print.

6.  Google Books -
To find out if a print book is available in BU and in other libraries, look for a link labeled "Find in a library."  If you do not see it, click on "Get This Book in Print" and look for the link "Find in a library."  To find out if an ebook is available via BU is tricky and will only appear if BU also has it in print.  In this case, you need to check BULS directly.

Find Book Reviews


Book reviews connect you to the scholarly “conversation” or discussion of the topic and research. Authors of reviews generally are scholars in the same or similar research area.  Look for longer reviews that critique the book in depth and perhaps compare it to other books on the same topic.  You also can use these reviews to decide whether or not the ideas and information in the book are relevant to the thesis of your research paper.

Book reviews are published in journals.  Here are some ways to find them.


Art Full Text and Education Full Text

l. Type the book title in the search box.
2. Scroll down to Document Type.
3. Select Book Review.
4. Search.

Use this procedure for all Ebscohost databases.

JStor Advanced Search

l.  Type the title of the book in search box.
2. Narrow by: Item type=Reviews.


Boston University Libraries Search (BULS)

1. Type the book’s full title in the search box. To make sure the title is absolutely correct, copy/paste the title from the record in the search box. (This is a two-step process.)

2. Type keywords in the search box.  Filter My Results > Material Types >select Reviews.

3. You can find in a BULS search reviews of books the library does and does not own.  That is because book reviews generally are published in journals.

4. Example: History of Art Education: Intellectual and Social Currents in Teaching the Visual Arts

5. In the example above, you will notice that as you go down the list of reviews other book titles appear.  That happens because the search engine has continued to match the words in the original book title.

6. You can limit the reviews to just your book by putting its title within quotation marks:  A history of art education : intellectual and social currents in teaching the visual arts

7.  Same as above but not filtered to Reviews

Getting Books Not Available at BU

Interlibrary Loan does not mail books, but may email book chapters you find cited in databases or in book and article bibliographies (list of references or works cited).