New Electronic Resource: Statista

January 22, 2015 by Stephen · Comment 
Filed Under: databases & e-resources

Statista is an internet-based statistics portal.  The Statista platform covers over 60,000 topics from over 18,000 sources world-wide.  Statista categorizes data into 21 market sectors — including, E-Commerce, Consumer Goods, Media & Advertising, and Technology& Communications.

Users can export content in widely used formats such ass PNG, XLS and PPT for use in presentations, websites or blogs.  Statistics can be displayed in bar chart, line graph and table formats — based on the users needs.  Statista also provides reading support to explain statistics published on the portal.  Detailed source citation is also included so that users can trace back directly to the original source.

Each statistic indexed in Statista is dealt with on an individual basis and linked to corresponding topics and subject areas within the portal.  Uses can use Statista’s rankings to arrange tables in sortable formats.

Library Closed Saturday, January 17th – Monday, January 19th

January 16, 2015 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: hours

In addition to being closed this weekend (Saturday, January 17 and Sunday, January 18), the library will be closed on Monday, January 19, in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

The library reopens on Tuesday, January 20, at 7:30 a.m. and will begin regular semester hours that day. For more information about the library’s hours please view the online hours calendar.

Enjoy the final weekend of winter break!

On Display: Best Books of 2014

January 14, 2015 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: audiobooks, books & popular reading, downloadable books

Happy New Year and welcome to the library’s 6th annual best books display! This year we have consulted eighteen* best books lists to bring you the Best Books of 2014.

Best Books of 2014More than 150 books and audiobooks are currently on display, with additional titles being added as they are acquired and returned. Many of these books are not only available in hardcopy and CD/Playaway formats, but also as eBooks and mp3 audiobooks via the library’s OverDrive digital collection.

The display includes bestselling fiction and nonfiction books that have garnered much publicity, as well as books that are critically acclaimed but may not have received mainstream attention. Does that pique your interest? Stop by the lobby to browse, or click here to view a list of the items currently on display.

Please visit the Reference Desk if you need help finding a book or would like to learn more about downloading eBooks and audiobooks from OverDrive.

*Sources consulted: Amazon, Booklist, The Boston Globe, CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, The Christian Science Monitor (fiction, nonfiction), The EconomistEntertainment Weekly (fiction, nonfiction), The Guardian, Inc. Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, The New York Times, NPR, Publishers Weeklystrategy+business, TIME, Slate and The Washington Post.

Database of the Month: U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets (U.S. State Dept.)

January 14, 2015 by Macee · Comment 
Filed Under: databases & e-resources

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U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets, compiled by the U.S. Department of State, is a free, rich source of information about bilateral (i.e., involving two parties) relations between the United States and other countries of the world.

Each U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheet focuses on background information and current U.S. relations with a particular country, U.S. assistance to and economic relations with the country, the country’s membership in international organizations, and information about U.S. ambassadors, embassies, and/or consulates in the country.

Each country’s Bilateral Relations Fact Sheet page also includes reports from relevant U.S. government agencies on the following topics:

  • History of recognition, diplomatic, and consular relations
  • Country Facts
  • Human Rights
  • Religious Freedom
  • Trafficking in Persons
  • Narcotics Control
  • Investment Climate
  • Energy
  • Trade
  • Exports/Imports
  • Business and Travel

U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets (U.S. State Dept.) is accessible via the library’s Databases A-Z page, and the Country Reports, Data, & Statistics section of the International Business subject page.  Please contact the Reference Desk if you have questions or would like assistance using it.

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Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction to an important research database, highlighting key features of the database that you should know about. If you would like more information about this database (or any of the library’s databases), please Ask a Librarian. If you would like a demonstration of this database for a class, please contact Adam Williams, Research Instruction Coordinator at awilliams@bentley.edu.

Library Hours for Wintersession Classes: January 12 – 19

January 12, 2015 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: hours

The library’s hours will be extended for wintersession classes, Monday, January 12 – Friday, January 16, 2015:

Monday, January 12 Thursday, January 15:
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Friday, January 16:
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 17 – Monday, January  19 (holiday):
CLOSED

The library will resume regular semester hours on Tuesday, January 20.

Please note that the Deloitte Cafe (Einstein’s) is closed until Tuesday, January 20, 2015. For more information about our hours please check the online hours calendar.

New Books, DVDs, Audiobooks & OverDrive Books for December

January 8, 2015 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: audiobooks, books & popular reading, downloadable books, DVDs

The new acquisitions lists for the month of December have been posted. View the books, movies, TV shows, audiobooks and OverDrive downloadable books added to library’s collection last month.

If you find a book, DVD or audiobook you’d like to borrow, click the [REQUEST] button to log-in and place a hold. Visit OverDrive to download new eBooks and mp3 audiobooks to your mobile device.

Follow us on Pinterest to be alerted as new popular reading, audiobooks and DVDs hit the shelves throughout the month.

Click to view the new acquisitions lists.

Click to view the new acquisitions lists.

Library Hours: January 5th – 11th

January 5, 2015 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: hours

The Bentley Library is closed evenings and weekends when classes are not in session. The library’s hours for the period of January 5 – January 11, 2015, are:

Monday, January 5 Thursday, January 8:
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Friday, January 9:
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 10 & Sunday, January 11:
CLOSED

Hours will change when Wintersession classes begin on Monday, January 12.

Please note that the Deloitte Cafe (Einstein’s) is closed until Tuesday, January 20, 2015. For more information about our hours please check the online hours calendar.

Library Closed for Winter Break: December 24 – January 4

December 23, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: hours

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Bentley University and the Bentley Library are closed for Winter Break from Wednesday, December 24, 2014, through Sunday, January 4, 2015. The library will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, January 5, 2015.

Please note that the Deloitte Cafe (Einstein’s) is closed until Tuesday, January 20, 2015.

For more information about our hours please check the  online hours calendar.

Happy holidays from the staff of the Bentley Library!

Load Your Devices With eBooks & Audiobooks from OverDrive

December 23, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: downloadable books

What’s better than “prime” or “unlimited”? We think OverDrive is! Before you make a purchase from Amazon or Audible, take a look at the Bentley Library’s OverDrive downloadable book collection, which is currently stocked with more than 1,700 downloadable eBooks and audiobooks. You will find fiction and nonfiction new releases, bestsellers, award winners, classic literature and perennial favorites to read for pleasure or for class.Click to go to OverDrive

Best of all, it’s free for current Bentley students, faculty and staff. Log-in to OverDrive at  http://bentleydownload.lib.overdrive.com/ using a Bentley email address and password. New titles are added monthly, so check back often.

OverDrive eBooks and audiobooks can be enjoyed on all major computers and mobile devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, NOOK®, Android™ phones and tablets, and Kindle®. Many eBooks can be also read immediately (no download required) on any device with an internet browser. Bentley users may checkout up to five OverDrive titles at a time for a borrowing period of 21 days. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, so there are no late fees!

If you are new to OverDrive, check out this Getting Started page. If you need further assistance, bring your device to the Reference Desk or contact a librarian at refdesk@bentley.edu or 781.891.2300

Library Hours: December 19th – 23rd

December 18, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: hours

The Bentley Library is closed evenings and weekends when classes are not in session.  The library’s hours for the period of December 19th – December 23rd are:

Friday, December 19
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 20 & Sunday, December 21
closed

Monday, December 22 & Tuesday, December 23
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The library will be closed for winter break
Wednesday, December 24  through Sunday, January 4.

Please note that the Deloitte Cafe (Einstein’s) is closed until Tuesday, January 20, 2015. For more information about our hours please check the online hours calendar.

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