Learn to Use RefWorks in 20 Minutes

October 24, 2014 by Kimberly · Comment 
Filed Under: databases & e-resources, research help, services


Want to learn how to use Refworks? 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 save 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. This works best when you are on campus. Contact the Reference Desk if you need help creating an account from Off Campus.

"I Just Need 3 Sources By Tomorrow!"

October 22, 2014 by Kimberly · Comment 
Filed Under: workshops & classes

Have a paper or project due soon, and need information to complete it?

ResearchHelp

Drop in to:

“I Just Need 3 Sources By Tomorrow!”
Drop-In Research Help

Bring whatever you are working on to a reference librarian and get immediate expert assistance in finding the information you need, whether it be articles, statistics, company information, or books. You will walk away with the source or two (or three) that you need!

You have three opportunities to attend:

  • Monday, October 27 , 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 28, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 29, 1:00 p.m. –  2:00 p.m.

 (No RSVP necessary; come in anytime during the hour)

These sessions will take place in the Research Instruction Center (Room 11) located on the library’s lower level.

Get a Jumpstart on Papers: Learn RefWorks Now!

October 16, 2014 by Kimberly · Comment 
Filed Under: databases & e-resources, workshops & classes

refworks
The Bentley Library is offering a workshop for students about RefWorks. 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 save and organize sources for all your research papers and projects – all in one place. Have sources you’re not sure how to cite? Bring them with you and we’ll help you get them right.

You have three opportunities to attend:

Monday, October 20, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 21, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 22, 1:00 p.m. –  2:00 p.m.

All workshops take place in the library’s Research Instruction Center (RIC), Room 11, on the lower level of the library.

Since seating is limited, please register by sending an e-mail to library@bentley.edu. We also strongly recommend that you “Sign up for a New Account” before coming to the workshop – you can do so at the RefWorks’ website. This works best when you are on campus. Contact the Reference Desk if you need help creating an account from Off Campus.

Database of the Month: Academic Search Complete

October 6, 2014 by Nicholas · Comment 
Filed Under: databases & e-resources

Academic Search Complete image

Described by its publisher EBSCO as “the world’s most comprehensive, scholarly full-text database for multidisciplinary research”, Academic Search Complete is a database suitable for many different kinds of research here at Bentley. It provides access to a broad variety of information, both scholarly and popular, in a wide range of academic fields and disciplines.  This is a great database to use for any number of classes, from English and Expository Writing  to History, Psychology, and Sociology courses.

Some of its key strengths are:

  • Indexes and abstracts over 13,780 journals
  • Provides full-text access to over 9,000 journals, 7,850 of which are peer-reviewed journals
  • PDFs of articles dating back to 1887

Subjects covered in Academic Search Complete include:

  • Astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, physics, and zoology
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Ethnic & multicultural studies
  • Women’s studies
  • Psychology
  • Religion & Philosophy
  • Law
  • Mathematics

Searching

  • Use the Advanced Search screen to limit your search results to articles in scholarly journals, articles from a particular publication, or full text articles only
  • Use the Subject: Thesaurus Term function on the results page to narrow your search results by subject
  • Narrow your search results to articles published within a certain date range

ASC search screen

Other Functions

  • Print, email, and export the article to EndNote or RefWorks using the Tools functions
  • Use the Cite function to create the citation for an article in 7 different citation formats, including MLA and APA
  • The Folder function allows you to save relevant search results for later viewing
  • Use the Search for a Full Text Copy of the Article function to see if an article is available through another Bentley database

Academic Search Complete is accessible via the library’s Databases A-Z and Databases by Subject pages.  Please contact the Reference Desk if you have questions or would like assistance using Academic Search Complete.

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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 Columbus Day Holiday Weekend

October 3, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: hours

Bentley University undergraduate students will be enjoying a Mini Break over the Columbus Day holiday weekend – Saturday, October 11 through Tuesday, October 14.  The Bentley Library will remain open during this break with some exceptions to our normal operating hours. The library’s hours are:

Saturday, October 11
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 12
1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Monday, October 13
10:00 a.m. to midnight

Tuesday, October 14
7:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

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

New Arrivals: Books, Movies and Audiobooks

October 1, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: audiobooks, books & popular reading, downloadable books, DVDs

The library’s New Acquisitions  lists for September have been posted. Take a look at the books, movies, TV shows, audiobooks and OverDrive downloadable books that were added to library’s collection last month. The lists can be browsed by subject or format. If you find something you’d like to borrow, use your Bentley email address and password to log-in and place a request/hold.

Click to view the new acquisitions lists.

Click to view the new acquisitions lists.

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

Click to view new acquisitions on Pinterest.

Click to view new acquisitions on Pinterest.

On Display: Lives in Film

September 30, 2014 by Nicholas · Comment 
Filed Under: displays

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“Is the cinema more important than life?”–Francois Truffaut

Have you always been curious what Alfred Hitchcock was really like? Has the life of Oprah Winfrey or Katherine Hepburn always interested you? Cinephiles rejoice! The Bentley Library’s latest display features biographies, autobiographies, and collections of interviews of filmmakers, actors, and actresses and DVDs of the films they made or starred in. American masters, international cinema’s best, stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood, and more contemporary denizens of the silver screen are all to be found on this display.

Come by the library to check out the display or take a look at the list of the titles in our catalog. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, inquire at the Reference Desk.

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

September 24, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: general news

BBW14_CoverArt_op1Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read, is taking place this week, September 21 – 27, 2014. During Banned Books Week, librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, authors, teachers and readers work together to draw attention to the freedom to seek and express ideas. You can follow this national conversation by liking the Banned Books Week page on Facebook, following the #bannedbooksweek hashtag on Twitter, and watching the celebrity Virtual Read-Out videos on the Banned Books Week YouTube Channel.

In 2013, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) logged 307 book challenges. You can find specific details about some of those challenges in this document: 2013-2014 Books Challenged or Banned. Last year, challenges were made against classics such as Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl and Ralph Ellison’s The Invisible Man, as well as contemporary bestsellers such as John Green’s Looking for Alaska. In one instance, a history textbook was challenged in a Florida county, and protesters went so far as to recommend that student volunteers tear a chapter out of the textbook.

Statistics show that most book challenges occur in public libraries, school libraries and classrooms. The Office for Intellectual Freedom estimates that up to 85 percent of actual challenges to library materials receive no media attention and remain unreported. Visit the ALA’s Frequently Challenged Books webpage to view the top 10 challenged books by year, banned and challenged classics, most frequently challenged authors and more. Please take a moment this week to reflect upon your freedom to read.

Database of the Month: Business Source Complete

September 18, 2014 by Hope · Comment 
Filed Under: databases & e-resources

Business Source Complete logoBusiness Source Complete adds much more content to the Ebsco family of business databases. Not only does it include over 2,000 peer-reviewed journals, but it indexes and provides abstracts to the most important scholarly journals in business, dating back to 1886 in some instances. Some of these are the top ranking journals used in business school research, such as the Academy of Management ReviewAccounting Review, Econometrica, Harvard Business Review, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Political Economy, MIS Quarterly, MIT Sloan Management Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, and Review of Financial Studies, along with many others.

Business Source Complete journals

Business Source Complete includes:

  • More than 1,150,000 company profiles written by independent analysts from MarketLine, a leading business information company, and Medtrack, a biopharmaceutical corporate intelligence company. Business Monitor Reports make available information on 24 industries in 200 global markets.
  • There are 1,440 Country Reports  included in this database. These comprehensive reports provide past and current information on the business, economic, legal, employment, tax and political climate and risk of a country. Analysis and forecasts come from IHS Global Insight, Business Monitor International, Going Global Career Guides, and Country Watch information sources.
  • There are 28 Working Papers published by Yale School of Management, the U.S. Federal Reserve Board, University of Michigan Business School, Columbia University and Harvard Business School. Neither Yale nor Harvard include the full text of the papers.
  •  7,648 Industry Profiles are from U.S. Industry & Market Outlook and World Industry & Market Outlook. These 250-page, up-to-date reports provide trends (reported and estimated) in industry sales, number of establishments, and number of employees for major global industries. Here is an example of information offered from a recent Services Industry Report.
Business Source Complete Services Industry Report

Click to view larger image of the Services Industry Report.

In addition to all this, Business Source Complete includes more than 10,270 case studies, over 8,800 executive interviews, and 57 videos from the Harvard Business School faculty seminar series from leading business scholars including Michael D. Watkins, Tarun Khanna, and Amy Edmonson, to name a few.BSC-browse-menu

To access the videos, click on the Business Videos link under the Browse column, enter the search terms in the Find field and click Search.  To view all available Business Videos, search using the term Business.

You have the option of viewing the lecture in full or reading it in a PDF. Topics range from Brand Positioning to Business Leadership. The videos are between 30 and 60 minutes long, but may be viewed in 2-3 minute segments by subtopic.

Business Source Complete is located in the library’s Databases A to Z listing and may be accessed anytime, anywhere through the library’s webpage.

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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.

New Database! eMarketer

September 17, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: databases & e-resources

eMarkerter logoThe Bentley Library is pleased to announce a new database acquisition – eMarketer. Focusing on digital marketing, advertising, media and ecommerce, eMarketer aggregates information from over 4,000 sources. Data is gathered from research firms, media and marketing agencies, magazines and newspapers, academic institutions, governments and industry experts.

The eMarketer database provides…

…a compilation of key data, research and analysis from multiple sources

…expert distillation of industry, market and consumer intelligence

…visual presentation of data in charts, tables and graphs

…an easy and intuitive search interface

Although eMarketer does not conduct primary research, eMarketer analysts and writers develop industry benchmarks, make forecasts and publish 200+ comprehensive topical reports per year. eMarketer content can be easily downloaded and inserted into reports and presentations.

eMarketer search page

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The eMarketer database is accessible via the library’s Databases A-Z and Marketing Databases pages. Please contact the Reference Desk if you have questions or would like assistance using eMarketer.

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