Questions about access
- How to access the library systems to borrow a book? Especially since most of it is online now. Physical books: BU Libraries 2 Go Online books: Boston University Library Search--access with BU login.
- Are the floors of the libraries specified by sections pertaining to each subject? Are there specific areas pertaining to research that we should look at? Print books and journals are shelved by their call numbers. However, because of Covid, you can not go into the "stacks."
- How long can a student borrow a book? 28 days. You can renew up to April 2nd if you have not settled your account, up go June 16 if you have settled your account.
Questions about finding appropriate sources
- I have mostly used BU libraries for science lab reports and projects and in those papers there is an emphasis on peer reviewed journals. Does this emphasis exist for humanities based projects? You probably will use both peer-reviewed and general sources such as websites, blogs. For the latter, be sure you "evaluate the source."
- What is the best way to zero in on content that is specific to what you are researching?
- I am concerned about really specific searches and how to narrow down results to sources that align with my research.
- Is it better to search for articles using specific key words or broad words?
- Is there a way to search for topics similar, or stories similar to the stories that you picked?
- How can one be sure of finding relevant information in papers that are extremely long? For instance, in articles/research papers/reviews are over 20 pages where it becomes easy to lose track of what is going Choose the pdf of the article and look for "find in document" or similar term.
- How to single out and determine a good article?
- What kind of research should I do for a videogame?
Questions about resources beyond BU