Is it Time to Renew Your Free NYTimes.com Pass?

new york times It’s been just about a year since we announced that current Bentley faculty, staff, and students are eligible to receive free access to the NYTimes.com via the library’s group pass subscription! If you registered for a pass when we first launched, your subscription has probably expired, or it will soon. All NYTimes.com accounts will expire on their one year anniversary.

Don’t despair, it’s easy to renew your Bentley Library group pass subscription following these steps:

  1. While on-campus, go to http://www.nytimes.com/grouppass
  2. Click on Already have an account? Log in here. Login with the same username and password that you registered with. If you have forgotten your password, click the Forgot password? link.
  3. You will see an on-screen confirmation that your pass has been reactivated, the new expiration date, and an option to add a calendar reminder for next year.

group pass activation confirmation

If you have any questions about creating or renewing your NYTimes.com group pass account please contact the Reference Desk.  Stop by, call 781.891.2300, or email refdesk@bentley.edu.

Database of the Month: Oxford Art Online

Logo for Oxford Art Online

Collage of art included in OAO

Oxford Art Online is a comprehensive art research database comprising encyclopedias, dictionaries, images, and articles written by art history and research experts. The database contains more than 1,500 thumbnail art images, with links to searchable image databases and art images on museum and gallery web sites around the world.

Users can find information about:

  • Art forms
  • Creators and biographical information
  • Geographical regions
  • Styles and art movements
  • Time periods

Browsing

Users may view a full alphabetical listing of all available articles and images by choosing All Content from the browse bar at the top of the home page. Select Biographies, Subject Entries, or Images to browse specific types of content.

Searching 

A basic search box for keyword searching is provided at the top of the page. Users can also take advantage of the database’s Advanced Search capabilities, including specifying category searches such as time period, art style or geography. Advanced Search indexes for images, biographies, and bibliographies enable users to narrow searches to particular types of materials.

Users can also refer to Subject Guides that compile available database content for specific topics. Selected topics are shown below.

EXamples of Subject Guides

Save Your Searches

Search results can be printed and/or emailed for later use. In addition, the database provides copy-and-paste citations in MLA and Chicago formats, and citation export to RefWorks or other bibliographic management software.

Get Database Help

Online Guided Tours (video guides) and tips for searching/browsing are provided. In addition, a full help document may be viewed and/or printed.

Connect to the Database

Please visit our Databases A-Z page and click Oxford Art Online to begin your search.

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Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction to a useful website or Library database, highlighting key features you should know about. If you would like more information about this resource (or any of the library’s databases), please contact us for research assistance. If you would like a demonstration of this resource for a class, please schedule a research instruction class using the instruction request form.

S&P Capital IQ NetAdvantage: New Name, Content, and Interface!

Introducing the new and improved NetAdvantage database!

The Standard and Poor’s NetAdvantage database has a new name, more content, and a refreshed interface. Now called S&P Capital IQ NetAdvantage, the database presents with a dashboard view that may be familiar to regular users of the full version of the Capital IQ database offered at the Trading Room. But, please don’t confuse S&P Capital IQ NetAdvantage with the full version of Capital IQ – they are two different resources!

S&P Capital IQ NetAdvantage retains the same key S&P resources our users have come to rely on (e.g. industry surveys and stock reports), but brings new research content and tools.

Key features retained from the old NetAdvantage database:

  • Industry Surveys for more than 40 industries are still available, and we now have expanded access to international surveys for selected industries. The surveys continue to be published 2x per year and their format remains the same, but you will notice that they are now called CFRA Industry Surveys. Archived surveys are available back to 1999 unless a survey is a new title. There are two ways to retrieve an industry survey:
    • click the [Industry Surveys] button in the top menu, then choose from the list of industries
    • search for a company to retrieve the company profile, then click [Industry Surveys] in the left navigation bar to retrieve the relevant industry survey
  • Stock Reports also continue to be available, but are now found in the Equity Research section of a company profile. When viewing a company profile, click [Equity Research] in the left navigation bar, then select the CFRA Equity Research Report.

Key features added to the new NetAdvantage database:

  • expanded company universe of private and public companies (over 3 million)
  • new investment research from third party research providers (when viewing a company profile select “Investment Research”; also available under the “Investment Research” tab)
  • new industry data sets with benchmarks and key ratios (available under the “Markets” tab)
  • new drill-downs to sub-industry data, including key stats and ratios and financial operating metrics (available under the “Markets” tab > “refine industries”)
  • financial data items with new embedded audit trails to see how an item is derived
  • new chart builder tool
  • any screen can now be downloaded to Excel, Word, or as a PDF

Research example: Tesla

  • Start by using the search box to retrieve a company profile for Tesla. Note the navigation links on the left side of the screen to additional research, including equity research, investment research, industry surveys, financials, peer analysis, and news.
Tesla company profile
Company profile for Tesla, Inc. Click to view larger image.
  • To retrieve Tesla’s stock report, click [Equity Research] in the left navigation bar, then select the Tesla, Inc. CFRA Equity Research Report.
Tesla stock report
CFRA Stock Report for Tesla. Click to view larger image.
  • To find additional analysis from brokerage firms click the link to the [Investment Research] section.
Tesla investment research report
Investment research report for Tesla. Click to view larger image.
  • Research Tesla’s industry by clicking [Industry Survey]. Select the CFRA Industry Survey.
automobile industry survey
CRFA Industry Survey for Automobiles
  • Build a chart for Tesla. Customize the time period/date range, choose metrics, and add annotations if desired (e.g. filings, announcements, distress indicators, etc.). The “Compare” feature enables you to compare additional entities against your primary entity. Watch this chart builder video tutorial for more information about using chart builder.
Tesla stock price chart
Tesla stock price and volume with annotations for filings and transactions.

How to Access

Access S&P Capital IQ NetAdvantage from the library’s Databases A-Z page.

Get Help

On any screen, select [Help] in the top right corner to learn more about that feature of the database. If you have questions or would like additional help, please contact the Reference Desk.

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Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction to a useful website or Library database, highlighting key features you should know about. If you would like more information about this resource (or any of the library’s databases), please contact us for research assistance. If you would like a demonstration of this resource for a class, please schedule a research instruction class using the instruction request form.

Database of the Month: Swank Digital Campus (Streaming Films)

This month we feature another of our streaming film collections as our Database of the Month. Swank Digital Campus includes over 100 feature films and documentaries from major studios spanning a number of genres. Films included in this database include cinema classics and contemporary films.

Swank Browsing Screen

This curated collection has popular titles such as Spotlight, Pulp Fiction, An Inconvenient Truth, and Fargo.  Recently released titles such as Moonlight, La La Land, and Fences are also available in Swank.

Browse films by genre on the homepage by scrolling through movie covers or search for titles directly in the search box. Click the film cover to begin viewing.

Swank Video Viewer

Each page for a film includes the film viewer (which can be expanded into full screen mode), release year, MPAA film rating, run time, brief synopsis, director, and actors.

Language audio and subtitle options vary by title. These can be found in the video viewer under the gear symbol [ Swank Gear Symbol ].

Direct links to films are available to share in course sites – the “Copy Direct Link” option will give you just the link where “Copy LMS Link” will give you the HTML code for the link to embed in a course site.

Access

Swank Digital Campus films can be streamed in your browser both on campus and off.

System and Browser Recommendations

Compatible with Mac or Windows. Latest versions of Chrome or Firefox recommended.

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Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction to a useful website or Library database, highlighting key features you should know about. If you would like more information about this resource (or any of the library’s databases), please contact us for research assistance. If you would like a demonstration of this resource for a class, please schedule a research instruction class using the instruction request form.

Database of the Month: Kanopy (Streaming Films)

Kanopy logo

With an ever-expanding catalog of over 50,000 films, Kanopy delivers diverse content in a variety of genres, from award-winning documentaries, training films, and theatrical releases on a wide range of topics and subject areas that span all academic disciplines. With media from producers such as Criterion Collection, Universal Paramount, PBS, Media Education Foundation, and Great Courses, this resource is ideal for both faculty and student research needs.

Access:

Streaming films from Kanopy can be viewed on or off campus through Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and IE and are accessed via authentication of your Bentley credentials and allows for simultaneous users of a particular title.

Search and Browse:

If there is a particular film you are looking for, you may search in the following ways:

From the library’s catalog:

Select Books/Video/Audio, enter your search criteria, then click Search.

Then click on the Kanopy link to view the film.

From Kanopy:

Enter your search criteria in the search box at the top of Kanopy’s main page and click the Search icon.

Then select the desired title from the listing of results.

The film should now appear ready to stream, complete with features described below.

 

Features:

  • User Profile – create a profile to:
    • Use Kanopy on device apps such as Roku, IOS, Android, etc
    • Generate personalized content
    • Utilize disability controls and features
    • Access customer support
    • User dashboard
  • Clips and playlists
  • Embed films into course sites
  • Captions and transcripts

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Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction to a useful website or Library database, highlighting key features you should know about. If you would like more information about this resource (or any of the library’s databases), please contact us for research assistance. If you would like a demonstration of this resource for a class, please schedule a research instruction class using the instruction request form.

Database of the Month: Statistical Abstract of the United States

9 Reasons to Love the Statistical Abstract of the United States (“StatAbs”):

  1. It’s the best-known statistical reference concerning the United States and serves as an authoritative source and guide to statistical information. It’s ideal for building arguments, fact-checking, and researching U.S.- based questions.
  2. StatAbs addresses patterns of business, patterns of people, organizations, government activity and more; it does not address individual companies or consumer goods. For example, a trend in the telecommunications industry is illustrated in Table 1165, Landline and Wireless Telephone Status of Households, where the numbers tell the story of adult users who purchased both landlines and cellphones over the course of 6 years. According to this table, 26.6% of households in 2010 had wireless only (no landline) and 49.3% of households in 2016 had wireless only (no landline). This year over year comparison suggests a strong trend for users to stop purchasing telephones, and producers of telephones may shift in favor of mobile phone production in response. StatAbs and does not name phone carriers.

    Statistical Abstract table 1165
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  3. StatAbs is online, updated monthly, and well-populated with over 1,400 tables.
  4. It serves as the official federal summary of statistics and is broken down into 30 sections, each section containing up to 40 tables.
  5. StatAbs is hosted by ProQuest, which makes the interface feel smooth and efficient to navigate. See StatAbs in action with a sample question:

    Q: In U.S. Presidential elections, what was the popular vote count, by party, in the 2016 election?

    There are two ways to find the answer to this question! You can keyword search by entering the word “vote” in the search box, or browse the table of contents on the left, choosing Section 7: “Elections” .

    Statistical Abstract interface
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    A: Table 435. Vote Cast for President by Major Political Party: 1948 – 2016.  In the 2016 presidential election 136,787,000 people voted and the popular vote was 65,677,000 democratic and 62,692,000 republican.

    Statistical Abstract Table
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  6. The Statistical Abstract of the United States began in 1878 with 18 sources and now draws from 250 sources.
  7. StatAbs affords easy pearl-growing opportunities. At the bottom of each table and the opening of each section statisticians explain their sources, which is convenient for the pursuit of ideas. This table about representation of minority women in congress is attributed to the Brookings Institute and a link to the website is given.

    Statistical Abstract table 2
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  8. StatAbs tables can be downloaded in Excel or PDF format.

    Statistical Abstract download options
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  9. StatAbs is easy to cite. APA Style and MLA Style citations are provided for each table. For additional citation help, contact the Reference Desk or the Writing Center.

Use Statistical Abstract of the United States as the go-to resource for benchmarking measurements about imports, exports, public finance, shipping, gross national product, population, drug usage, day care arrangements, and more.

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Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction to a useful website or Library database, highlighting key features you should know about. If you would like more information about this resource (or any of the library’s databases), please contact us for research assistance. If you would like a demonstration of this resource for a class, please schedule a research instruction class using the instruction request form.

May Acquisitions: New Books, Movies, TV Shows & More!

We added 200+ new books, DVDs, and audiobooks to the library’s collections in May. Go to the New Books & DVDs page to browse the new arrivals by subject or format. When you see something you want, click the “Request” button to place a hold on it.

Interested in downloading or streaming ebooks and digital audiobooks? You can use the OverDrive app to download books to your computer or mobile device, or read/listen to books online in your browser via the library’s OverDrive site.  For help using OverDrive, view their Getting Started page or visit the Reference Desk for personal assistance.

new acquisitions

Resource of the Month: BrowZine

BrowZine is a free web and/or mobile application that allows users to browse, read, and follow academic journals from the Library’s collection. BrowZine allows users to read articles in a format that is optimized for their device. BrowZine is accessible via a Web browser and/or on Android, iOS, and Kindle Fire devices. You can also use this resource to find similar journals for ideas for new paper topics, to find places to publish or to just raise your awareness of what is being discussed in your field.

Users can:

  • Keyword search for journals (current and back issues) by subject, title, or ISSN, or browse via a subject list.
  • Curate their own collections using the My Bookshelf function to save journals for easy browsing
  • Use the My Articles function to save citations/articles for further investigation.

Expanded options for each citation include the ability to export citations to a citation manager such as Endnote or Refworks and the ability to share a link with a colleague or student.

Most of the titles available through BrowZine are available in full text through the current issue, but for a few titles, you may come across an embargo to online access indicated by an orange banner at the top of the journal’s issue.

For an embargoed title that the Bentley Library has in hardcopy, Faculty can use the Library’s Scan on Demand service to request a copy.

For more information about BrowZine: Check out

Getting Started with BrowZine Video

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Resource of the Month provides a very brief introduction to a useful website or Library resource, highlighting key features you should know about. If you would like more information about this resource (or any of the library’s databases), please contact us for research assistance