Thanksgiving Holiday Hours: Tuesday 11/24 - Sunday 11/29

November 19, 2015 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: hours

Holiday hours will be in effect at the Bentley Library from Tuesday, November 24 through Sunday, November 29:

Tuesday, November 24:
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 25 – Saturday, November 28:

Sunday, November 29:
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

The Deloitte Café (Einstein’s) closes at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24, and reopens at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, November 30.

For more information about the library or cafe hours please view our hours calendar. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break!

Now Showing: International Education Photo Contest Winners & Finalists

November 18, 2015 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: art gallery

Now showing in the McGladrey Art Gallery are the 2015 International Education Photo Contest winners and finalists.  You don’t want to miss this exhibit of  breathtaking photographs taken by Bentley University students, faculty and staff!

2015 International Education Photo Contest
Finalists & Winners
November 16 – December 22, 2015
View on Facebook

image and link to Facebook photo album for International Education Photo Contest

Click to view photo album on Facebook.

Vote for Your Favorite Finalist

image: voting boxThe category winners have been chosen, but you have one final opportunity to VOTE for your favorite finalist (non-category winner).

Votes must be cast by Wednesday, November 18 at 4:30 p.m. The Bentley Votes winner will receive a $50 Visa gift card and one lucky raffle winner will be chosen from those who voted to receive a $25 Dunkin Donuts gift card.

Finalists on Display: Gordon Berridge, Patricia Carliang, Wesley Coughlin, Carol Dirga, Palash Dugar, Linda Kim, Deanna Leung, Xiaoxi Li, Hoang Nguyen, Nikki Nguyen, Zyanna Ratansi, Marc Stern, Ian Thompson and Shiyu Xu

All About Data: Big & Small

November 17, 2015 by Kimberly · Comment 
Filed Under: displays


On display, from November 17, 2015 to January 4, 2016, at the Bentley Library is an interdisciplinary collection of books highlighting research about data. Included are popular and scholarly works about collecting it, obtaining it, analyzing it, evaluating it and finally accounting for it.

Visit the library and browse through the physical display located in front of The McGladrey Art Gallery or view the contents of the display online. If you see something online you would like, just request it through the library catalog, and you will be notified when the item is available on the hold shelf for you.

Many of the titles in this collection are also available electronically through Books 24× and Overdrive Downloadable Books.

To highlight a few:

Books 24×
(Of note: Multiple users can view the same content at the same time.)

Overdrive Downloadable Books:
(Of note: Downloadable content is checked out to one user at a time.)

We hope that you enjoy this display. If you notice we are missing a title on this topic, please feel free to suggest a purchase.

Database of the Month: JSTOR

November 10, 2015 by Dominique · Comment 
Filed Under: databases & e-resources

image: JSTOR logoJSTOR history

The idea for JSTOR originated in a library that was running out of space at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, a small, prestigious liberal arts college. The Doane Library made a request for expansion of its building to house academic journals in print.  At that time in 1992, the higher education market for scholarly literature in hard copy format was active and increasing steadily.  Rising costs and infrastructure limitations applied pressure on academic libraries. Many feared this pressure would result in fewer libraries collecting less scholarly output, so the JSTOR Project was the answer, launched with help from a Mellon Foundation grant in 1992. JSTOR digitized multiple print and microfiche sources immediately and began offering paid electronic access to these files.  Its broad mission was, and still is, to help the academic community access scholarly resources online while capitalizing on advances in technology. It grew to become its own independent not-for-profit organization (1995), and today JSTOR is owned by Ithaka, a not-for-profit organization based in New York, NY.  JSTOR enjoys a strong reputation for delivering quality, scholarly content.

What sets JSTOR apart?

  • 2,000 academic journals with a large backfile, some of which dates from the 1850’s
  • 2 million primary sources
  • All scholarly

Libraries choose to subscribe to individual archive collections. Bentley’s subscription to JSTOR includes material from 78 different areas (“disciplines”) and the Bentley courses most likely to use JSTOR are:

  • business (marketing, management)
  • social sciences (writing, ethics, psychology)
  • natural and applied sciences

Searching JSTOR Efficiently

JSTOR is special because it contains a rich vocabulary drawn from the accumulation of many terms over many years, all of which potentially can point researchers to subtleties in the literature.  Researchers can use to their advantage keyword combinations joined by  AND, OR, and NOT operators.  The sample search below is built to get articles about Native Americans but not the country in southeast Asia which also uses the word “Indian”.

image: JSTOR advanced search boxes

Click to view larger image.


Researchers can set limits and seek only in specific content areas  (see below).

image: JSTOR journal filter

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JSTOR serves up its articles in PDF format. This is the landing page of an article with metadata and options:

image: JSTOR article landing page

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Technical Features

Like many databases, JSTOR offers…

  1. Organization tool, MyJSTOR in which researchers can set up journal alerts, save searches, and manage citations
  2. Mobile device access which is a recent development, boasting of responsive design enabling the JSTOR interface to adapt its output to the screen of a hand held device
  3. Friendly citations issued in a neutral style which can be exported to outside bibliographic citations tools such as RefWorks or EndNote
  4. Persistent and stable URL’s for suitable for email or posting in Blackboard
  5. Help tutorials and PDFs
image: JSTOR help

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Something to Keep in Mind

JSTOR carries publications with a time delay.  Much of this database’s collection content is subject to a “grace period” or embargo before users can access it.  From the JSTOR website they explain these are “moving walls,” usually between 3 and 5 years. Publishers may elect walls anywhere from zero to 10 years.

JSTOR will also carry current publications as well as inactive publications. Journals which have no new volumes being added to their archives have a “fixed wall.”

Did You Know?

JSTOR is philanthropic at its roots.  In 2006 JSTOR’s library was made freely available in Africa to all educational (and other non-profit organizations) who met their criterion. This benevolent program has expanded to 40 nations beyond Africa since 2008. See JSTOR’s Developing Nation Access Initiative for more information of how they waive or offer reduced participation fees to academic material.

Did You Know?

Pre-1923 content has recently become available for free to all users due to easing of copyright restrictions. At JSTOR, their Early Journal Content (EJC) initiative makes more than 200 journals published prior to 1923 freely available to anyone, anywhere in the world.

JSTOR is special because many of its rich resources are entire runs of academic journals. Although JSTOR houses not quite everything under the sun, sometimes result sets will give that impression. When searched thoughtfully, JSTOR can amply support the research needs of Bentley students in undergraduate, graduate, PhD, and online programs.


Chepesiuk, R. (2000). JSTOR and electronic archiving. American Libraries, 31(11), 46. Retrieved from

New Acquisitions for October: Books, Movies, TV Shows & More!

November 3, 2015 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: audiobooks, books & popular reading, downloadable books, DVDs

Check out the new books, movies, TV shows, audiobooks and eBooks that were added to the library’s collection in October!  Go to the New Books & DVDs page to browse the new acquisitions lists by subject or format. When you see something you want, click the “Request” button to place a hold on it.

If you prefer to do your reading and listening on a mobile device or computer, visit OverDrive, the library’s downloadable books collection. For help using OverDrive view their Getting Started page or visit the Reference Desk for personal assistance.

Click to browse the new acquisitions lists.

Click to browse the new acquisitions lists.

Click to browse OverDrive ebooks and audiobooks to download or stream online.

Click to browse OverDrive ebooks and audiobooks to download or stream online.

Together at Last: Batman and Maus!

October 28, 2015 by Amy · Comment 
Filed Under: books & popular reading, general news

Over the summer, we used our interdepartmental superpowers to create the Bentley Library’s first-ever Graphic Novel section. At long last, our graphic novels and comic book collections are all together! Batman and Maus used to be located on different floors of the library. No longer shall they be separated.*

Why do we have a graphic novel section? Well, that’s because comic books and graphic novels are awesome! They are often a gateway to literature. Some folks just aren’t that into reading books, but graphic novels can change that.

Bentley Alumna Jamie Carrillo (2012) had this to say when she heard about our new Graphic Novel section: “I am very jealous of this comic book/graphic novel section Bentley has now. I actually started reading them after a display in the library. I picked up Blankets and liked it; then read Black Hole and was hooked. I’ve never been much of a reader so graphic novels work well for me.”

In the past two years, three Bentley classes have used graphic novels as required reading. Our aim is to create a serendipitous browsing experience for students taking these classes, as well as the professors teaching them.

We hope that the Bentley community will benefit from this consolidation. If you’re checking out Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home (now an award-winning musical), maybe Vietnamerica: A Family’s Journey  or Hellboy might strike your fancy.

If you’re confused by the terms “graphic novel” and “comic books” here’s a quick explanation: Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis is a graphic novel. It was published as one opus, not in single issues and then collected into one book. Graphic doesn’t mean violent and novel doesn’t necessarily mean fiction. The term “graphic novel” roughly means a story told through illustrations and words.

The Graphic Novel section also includes comic book collections of issues of Sandman, Amazing Spider-Man, and many more. Those are serialized collections of comic books. We also have manga like Ranma ½  in our Graphic Novel section, but that’s a whole other kit and caboodle. We went with Graphic Novel section because Graphic Novel, Comic Books, and Manga section was wicked long.

Our new graphic novel section! I'm pretty excited about it. Photo by Kristen Richards

Our new graphic novel section! I’m pretty excited about it. Photo by Kristen Richards

Our Graphic Novel section is located on the upper level of the library, at the end of the Oversize section. If you are browsing our catalog, you will see that the location for most of our graphic novels is Oversize. That doesn’t mean that the books are necessarily big, it’s just the location where they are shelved.

New and popular graphic novels, like the latest comic book collections of The Walking Dead, will continue to be shelved in the Popular Reading section. Online, you can browse a selection of these titles on Pinterest. We hope that you like this new section!

*This is a pilot program. It is possible that they will be separated again if it is not a success.

Schedule a Research Consultation with a Bentley Librarian!

October 26, 2015 by Kimberly · Comment 
Filed Under: databases & e-resources, research help, services

Reference Librarians are, first and foremost, researchers, and the Bentley Librarians have a particular expertise with the content, collections and scope of the resources available at Bentley University.

We are here to help you achieve the goal of an excellent paper or project.

We assist with:

  • Planning a research strategy.
  • Database selection & searching.
  • Locating specific materials.

Many of these activities can be done directly with a librarian at the Reference Desk, but booking an appointment can help save you time and will help you get the most out of the resources available to you.

Assistance is available for all skill levels and interests! Examples of these might include:

  • First year student working on a pro/con paper.
  • Upperclassman working on an honors capstone thesis.
  • Student researching a company in preparation for a job interview.
  • Graduate student team working on a strategic marketing plan.
  • PhD student working on a dissertation.
  • Professor working on her/his own research or curricular design.
  • And many more…

Click here to schedule a one-on-one research consultation with a Bentley Reference Librarian! Consultations last about 30 minutes to an hour depending on the needs of the user and take place during normal Reference Librarian hours. Consultations need to be booked with at least 24 hours advanced notice for users to make the most of these sessions.

For more immediate assistance, help is also available at the Reference Desk.

Learn to Use RefWorks in 20 Minutes

October 15, 2015 by Kimberly · Comment 
Filed Under: databases & e-resources, research help, workshops & classes

Want to learn how to use Refworks and missed our workshop? These video clips are available to help.

RefWorks is a tool that creates bibliographies and formats research papers in the citation style of your choice (e.g. APA, MLA). Learn to export citations, create bibliographies, and organize sources for all your research papers and projects – all in one place.

If you decide you’d like to use Refworks, just visit RefWorks and look for the link to “Sign up for a New Account”. It is important to use your Bentley University e-mail address when creating this account. Help using RefWorks is also available at the Bentley Library. Just ask a librarian.

Database of the Month: World News Digest

October 14, 2015 by Kimberly · Comment 
Filed Under: databases & e-resources


World News Digest is a domestic and international news database covering major political, social, and economic events since November 1940. On top of getting quick updates about topics in the news, this database gives the ability to search for news by topic, decade or country and to find facts and statistics by exploring the tabs across the top of the page. Researchers can create a chronology of a specific issue and follow a story back in time to understand its importance.

The Infobase Learning section at the bottom of the page provides:

  • Presidential Elections information from 1940 to 2012.
  • Historical Documents
  • Editorial Cartoons
  • Featured Biographies
  • Obituaries
  • Newspaper Editorials
  • Facts & Statistics
  • Country studies

World News Digest is updated twice weekly and includes a searchable hourly news feed. All documents have a how to cite area and also a record URL which can be linked to for classroom presentations or course assignments.

Special Hours: Columbus Day Holiday / Undergrad Mini-Break

October 7, 2015 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: hours

Bentley University undergraduate students will be enjoying a short break over the Columbus Day holiday weekend – Saturday, October 10 through Tuesday, October 13.  The Bentley Library will remain open during this break and the Columbus Day holiday with some exceptions to our normal operating hours. The library’s hours are:

Saturday, October 10
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 11
1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Monday, October 12
10:00 a.m. to midnight

Tuesday, October 13
7:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
(normal operating hours)

Please note that the Deloitte Cafe and the Help Desk will have modified hours Saturday through Monday. For complete hours information please view our hours calendar.

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