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BU Databases

Using the Find @ BU Button

Find @ BU
In many of our databases you will sometimes see a Find @ BU button that appears with some article search results. That means the full article is not available in the database, but we may have access to it anyway. This video shows you how that works.

BU Libraries Search

Use BU Libraries Search to find books, articles, and other resources in the collections of the BU libraries.To make your search as specific as possible, use Advanced Search and limit by subject, author, type of material, date, etc. The BU Libraries Search generally does not offer the same capabilities for limitation that are offered in many of the databases and it is often not as comprehensive as the databases

BU Libraries Search: Quick Start

Getting Books & Articles Not Available at BU

  • 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 1-3 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. Students, faculty, and staff may borrow books from Boston College, Brandeis University, and Northeastern University with their Boston University ID's.


Worldcat  connects you to the collections of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide and can be used to search for material not  available at Boston University. If you want to obtain material from other libraries, you can request it through interlibrary loan.

Policy Briefs

Policy briefs can often be found on the websites of  various associations, institutes, and think tanks and one can find links to these organizations in the  Public Policy Organizations and Think Tanks section of this research guide.


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Meredith Kirkpatrick
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