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Arts Administration I: Researching Topics in Books, Journals, & Newspapers

Find Articles: Three Approaches

There are three basic ways to find articles published in journals, magazines, and periodicals:

  1. Discovery tool of the library, such as BULS (Boston University Libraries Search), which searches for books, articles, and other materials. Remember to “Sign in” to request articles the library does not have by clicking the button labeled “Request from Libraries beyond BU.”
  2. Databases that are subject specific, such as Art full tex, or general,  such as JSTOR and Project Muse.  Results (citations) include online full-text and print articles.  Request via Interlibrary Loan articles not available at BU either in print or online.  Access to requested articles is available within one to two business days (sometimes in 24 hours).
  3. Core journal publisher sites that let you search the entire run of a journal from its first volume to the present.  If the library does not have the year(s) you need, request articles via Interlibrary Loan.

1. BULS (Boston University Libraries Search)

“Filter My Results: Articles.”  Full-text articles are accessible on several platforms such as JSTORFor comprehensive searches, also use the individual databases listed below.  Both BULS and the databases index many of the core journals selected below.  Most online journals provide a search box for searching both current and archival issues. Click on Peer-reviewed articles."  Click here for video on peer review.

2. Article Databases

Art Databases

Business & Communication Databases

Film Databases

Performing Arts Databases


Multisubject Databases

Google Scholar 

Click on Settings then click on “Library links” and type “Boston University” in the box. Your search results that are full text in our library resources, such as JStor, will include direct links to them. You also can export results (citations) to Refworks from Google Scholar Settings: Bibliography manager. Remember to SAVE.