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CL 351: Research

November 5, 2020

Ovid Metamorphoses Book XIII.623


  • Research is trial and error--do not get discouraged.
  • Think about keywords that define your topic and give them a try. Chances are you will find other words that express your topic better or additionally.
  • Try the Boston University Libraries Search (BULS) first.  It looks for books, articles, etc.
  • Try Google Scholar. Advanced Search.  The hamburger icon gets you there.  Settings: Library Links to access online articles available at BU--View it @ BU
  • The most relevant results of BULS and GS will be on the first and second screens (in general).
  • For articles and books cited in Google Scholar that do not have links to JStor, etc., search for the name of the journal in BULS.
  • Remember to check a book's or article's bibliography (Works Cited, References) for more sources that may contribute additional insight into your topic.
  • Sometimes you will find the perfect or key book or article but you cannot figure out how to access it.  Email me.
  • If there is a really great article but BU does not have the journal online, request the article from Interlibrary Loan.  A scanned copy will be sent to your email.
  • If you are on campus, you can borrow print books via BU Libraries 2 Go UNLESS they are available online via HathiTrust--you will see the link.

Boston University Library Search -- BULS -- Advanced Search