New Arrivals! Books, DVDs & Audiobooks Added in March

Check out the 350+ new books, DVDs and audiobooks that were added to the shelves in March! 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.

FAQ: How do I find a specific article?

Frequently heard at the Reference Desk:

“My professor said I could get this article at the library, but I don’t know how to find it”.

“This article is listed on Blackboard, but the link is broken. Can you help me get it?”

“I found a reference to this article in a book I’m using for my research. Can you help me track it down?”

Finding an article when you know the name of the journal, magazine, or newspaper in which it appears is as easy as one, two, three!  Follow these steps:

  1. Go to the library’s home page and click on the Journal Finder tab.
  2. Enter the name of the journal, magazine or newspaper in the search box and click [search]. The Journal Finder will tell you if the full-text is available, the database it can be found in, and the dates for which it is available. It will also tell you if the library has a subscription to the print journal.
  3. Click on the appropriate link to search for the article in that database.

What if the article isn’t available in any database or in print at the library?

Don’t worry, the library can obtain a PDF copy of the article for you, for free, and usually within three days! Request a copy of the article you need via Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Login to ILLiad with your Bentley username and password, click the link for “Request New Item – Article”, then complete and submit the form.

What if I’m not sure I have the right information, or that I am looking it up correctly?

It’s not unusual to have an incomplete or incorrect citation. Don’t give up! Reference librarians are happy to help you decode mysterious citations and locate articles. Contact the Reference Desk for help.

Find answers to more library FAQs in AskUs, the library’s FAQ database.

Database of the Month: LexisNexis Academic

LexisNexis Academic is for those who wish to research law, business and news topics. Users will find rich full-text content including:

  • Regional, national, and international publications and wire services
  • State and federal court cases, constitutions, statutes, and administrative codes
  • Law review articles
  • Company profile and dossier information
  • Country profiles, risk information, and news
  • Biographical and news information on public figures.



Starting Your Search

LexisNexis offers both basic and advanced searching via the highlighted search box. Search keys include date, source/publication type, proprietary index terms, and content type. Users can also use Boolean terms and limiters to tailor and refine a search. Users can also view a list of custom search environments by clicking the box titled Search by Subject or Topic.


Lexis also offers three custom search widgets, representing the most common search types: news and current events, state and federal cases and court decisions, and company information.


Search the News

Extensive local, national and international news sources can be accessed by using the Search the News box. Search by keyword, source type, or publication title to view articles from more than 3,000 newspapers, uploaded on the day of publication. Lexis also contains radio and television news transcripts, political press briefings, blogs and websites, wire feeds, and magazines. Non-English language sources include documents in Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Look Up a Legal Case

Search for court decisions using a citation number, names of plaintiffs and/or defendants, or by topical keyword. Cases from the US federal court system and all 50 states are included. Users can access federal laws and regulations, and the statutes, administrative codes, and constitutions for every state. The database also includes legal research materials such as newspapers, magazines and newsletters, and law review articles from over 800 journals.

Get Company Info

This search enables users to retrieve company information by entering company name or NYSE ticker symbol. The wide range of legal, financial, executive, biographical, and SEC filings information can be selected and printed in a custom report.

Save Your Searches

Documents can be printed, downloaded, sent to Dropbox and Google Drive, or emailed for later use. In addition, Lexis provides permanent links for bookmarking, copy-and-paste citations, and citation export to RefWorks or other bibliographic management software.

Get Database Help

Visit the Academic Knowledge Center page to read and follow step-by-step instructions for popular searches. LexisNexis also provides video tutorials via its YouTube channel.

Connect to the Database

Please visit LexisNexis Academic to begin your search. You may also view a complete listing of the Bentley Library’s databases.


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.

Storm Closing: Library Closed Tuesday, March 14

Due to the impending snowstorm, Bentley University has canceled all day and evening classes and closed administrative offices on Tuesday, March 14th. The Bentley Library will remain closed during the snow emergency. Weather permitting, the library will reopen on Wednesday, March 15th at 7:30 a.m.

Don’t forget that even when the library’s doors are closed, our research databases, eBook collections and streaming films databases are always accessible from both on and off campus.

For official updates about the status of the university, check the Bentley University website or call the Bentley University Storm Emergency line at 781.891.2020. We also encourage you to follow the library’s updates on Twitter and Facebook.

Stay warm and safe!

Now Showing in the RSM Art Gallery: “Ghost Space” by Josephine Burr

Now on view in the art gallery is Ghost Space, a sculptural installation by ceramic artist Josephine Burr. Please join us at the opening reception on Thursday, March 23rd, from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Burr, a Boston-based artist, creates objects that she calls “markers for the invisibilia that underlie our experience of the world: the shifting terrain of memory, faith, and relationship.” Ghost Space presents a series of “still life” tableaux referencing the familiar, evocative language of domestic space – wallpaper and textile patterns, utilitarian vessels – abstracted into quiet meditations on memory and loss.

More information about Josephine Burr and her work can be found on her website and in the artist statement below.

Ghost Space by Josephine Burr | March 12 – April 6, 2017
The RSM Art Gallery at the Bentley Library, Bentley University

Josephine Burr
Ghost Space
March 12 – April 6, 2017

Opening Reception:
Thursday, March 23
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Artist Statement:

From my perspective, the history of clay is mute and absorbent. It exists as a foundational, constant, and yet invisible presence – as pot, as brick, as toilet and basin, as earth. I respond to its silence and its capacity. It is a holder of time and of the unnoticed, of the underpinnings of consciousness and of daily life.

As an artist and a maker, I am interested in probing at this unnoticed space, exploring how the temporality of experience can be distilled into visible, tactile form. The objects and drawings I create are in a sense markers for the invisibilia that underlie our daily experience of being: the shifting terrain of presence, memory, and relationship. The body of work presented in Ghost Space makes reference to familiar and ubiquitous objects – a still life of pots, buckets and basins, wallpaper and textile patterns – while simultaneously carrying a sense of fluidity, fragility and porousness. The empty space between and within these objects is as central to the work as the objects themselves.

The ceramic medium is a tool for drawing, much like a pen or a brush. Clay offers both a malleable material for “drawing” form in space, pinching and coaxing it into form; and a surface on which line, color and light can be manipulated. It is my hope that this work carries with it the freshness of the drawn mark, a fleeting moment captured; and offers the viewer a point of entry to linger and contemplate this floating and uncertain space.

Josephine Burr is an artist living and working in Boston. She has exhibited and lectured nationally, and taught at University of Massachusetts, Harvard University, and Babson College as well as numerous craft programs in Boston and New York. She is represented by Lacoste Gallery in Concord, MA and Cynthia Winings Gallery in Blue Hill, ME. Her work can be found at

February Acquisitions: New Books, DVDs & Audiobooks

The new acquisitions lists for February have been posted. Over 175 new books, movies, TV shows, audiobooks and eBooks were added to our collection last month. Go to the New Books & DVDs page to browse the new book, DVD and audiobook 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.

February 2017 New Acquisitions


Spring Break Hours: Saturday March 4th – Sunday March 12th

Spring break seems early this year, but who isn’t ready for a brief respite from classes, assignments and studying? Those of you not headed out of town might be wondering if the library is open during the break. Yes, we are, with some modifications to our normal hours. Stop in for a quiet place to relax, to borrow books and movies, or to pick up a museum pass (there are still plenty of passes available for next week – reserve them online now!).

Saturday 3/4 and Sunday 3/5:

Monday 3/6 – Thursday 3/9:
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Friday 3/10:
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday 3/11:

Sunday 3/12:
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Please note that the Deloitte Cafe (Einstein’s) is closed throughout Spring Break. For more information about library, café or help desk hours, please view the online hours calendar.

Birthday Celebration! Time Capsule Viewing & Letter-Writing: Tues. 2/28, 12-4

By now you probably know that Bentley is celebrating its historic centennial year. But you may not know that we have some important milestones coming up– this week marks the official founding of Bentley University, and the birthday our founder Harry C. Bentley!

Harry C. Bentley was born on February 28th, 1877 in Connecticut. He discovered a passion for business in his youth, and by the time he reached his 30’s he was a successful teacher, writer, and businessman. On February 26th, 1917 he held the first class at what would soon be called the “Bentley School of Accounting and Finance.” Turning 40 and starting your own school in the same week – quite an accomplishment!

To honor both of these historic dates, we’re planning an all-day birthday celebration across campus on Tuesday, February 28th.  At the library, we’ll be using the day to honor and explore Bentley’s past. From 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday you can visit Room 101 on the main level to see the contents of the 1992 time capsule, and the video that students produced to go along with it. There are letters from student organizations, t-shirts, memorabilia, photos, and more to browse through. While you’re here, you can also write a letter to your future self that will be stored in the Archives and given to you at a future Bentley Reunion!

If you’d like to learn more about the early history of Bentley, and even get to hear Mr. Bentley’s voice, see our new Archives Birthday Wishes web exhibit.

In this video, you can hear remarks delivered by Harry Bentley at Commencement in 1950.