Reference Resources

The World Wide Web provides vast opportunities for finding references and resources for your academic pursuits. In addition to general Web searches, the following resources are provided on the BU Web:


  • Search the library catalog by author, title, journal, word, subject headings, and call numbers. Also provides reservation services, help, and renewals.
  • Electronic Resources by Subject at BU Libraries
    Categorized by subject, this page provides a starting point for vast amounts of research and reference information.
  • Searchable Index of Electronic Journals
    A searchable index of electronic journals available at BU libraries or on the Web.
  • Locating Articles
    Help in locating articles within journals, periodicals and newspapers.

  • Searchable access to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, Britannica’s Internet Guide, and the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.

  • News, business, legal research, medical, and general reference sources … searchable back more than 20 years.

  • Online version of the Oxford English Dictionary, Second Edition. Search by simple search string or by etymology, definition, or quotations.