Welcome to the How To Do Library Research guide! Use the tabs across the top of the page for links to library resouces which can help you with your research.
If You Are New...
Call Number Locator - Don't know where to find a call number? This chart can help!
Library Maps - View the floor plans for the Bartle Library, Science Library, Downtown Center Library, and the Library Annex.
Library Services for Undergraduates - Top 10 library resources and services for undergraduate students.
How Do Students Use the Libraries?
Watch the video below to learn how to find a book for your research, and hear how students use the Libraries.
Selecting a Topic - tips on how to narrow down the topic for your project
Research Project Calculator - plan out the timeline for your research and writing
Hot Research Topics & Controversial Issues - sources on current events and controversies that provide timelines, overviews and background information
Subject Guides - Web pages designed by BU librarians with extensive links to find articles, data, and much more.
Encyclopedias - Many subject guides include specialized encyclopedias. Here you will find general encyclopedias which offer a good place to gather background information for your research project.
Using Wikipedia (Cornell University) - Explains why Wikipedia cannot be used in research papers and how to use the resource effectively.