Bentley Ranked #15 “Best College Library”

August 7, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: general news

We are proud to report that Bentley University has made its second appearance in the “Best College Library” category of The Princeton Review’s college rankings! Bentley is ranked #15 for Best College Library in the 2015 edition of The Best 379 Colleges (published August 2014).best379 Bentley was previously included in the Best College Library rankings of the 2011 edition of The Princeton Review’s publication.

This ranking is a result of the company’s survey of over 130,000 students attending the 379 colleges in its book. Students were asked to rate their own schools on various topics and report on their campus experiences at them. The survey included the question “How do you rate your school’s library facilities?”.

The Best 379 Colleges 2015 edition also ranks Bentley #4 for Best Career Services and #17 for Best College Dorms. Visit the The Princeton Review’s college rankings site to learn more about their lists and methodology.

The library thanks all of the Bentley University students who helped us to be recognized as a “best college library”!

Special Library Hours: Saturday, August 9 – Monday, September 1

August 7, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: hours

The library’s hours change for the period of time after summer session ends and before the start of the fall semester – Saturday, August 9 through Monday, September 1 (Labor Day).  During this time, the library is closed nights and weekends.

Library Hours
Saturday, August 9 - Monday, September 1 (Labor Day)

Monday – Thursday:
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Friday:
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(note: open until 4:30 p.m. on 8/22 & 8/29)

Saturday and Sunday:
CLOSED

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Monday, September 1:
Labor Day Holiday – CLOSED

The library will resume regular hours with the start of the fall semester on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. For more information please check our online hours calendar.

New Books, Movies, TV Shows, Audiobooks & eBooks

August 5, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: audiobooks, books & popular reading, downloadable books, DVDs

Visit the library’s New Acquisitions web page to view the 346 new books, DVDs, audiobooks and OverDrive downloadable books added to the library’s collection in July.  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.

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

Click to view the library's new popular reading books, audiobooks and DVDs on Pinterest.

Click to view the library’s new popular reading books, audiobooks and DVDs on Pinterest.

Database of the Month: IHS Connect (formerly IHS Global Insight)

July 23, 2014 by Stephen · Comment 
Filed Under: databases & e-resources

ihsconnectFor a number of years the Bentley University Library has relied upon IHS Global Insight to provide us with comprehensive economic and country risk data.  Recently IHS has transitioned the content we received via Global Insight  into a new product, IHS Connect.  The IHS Country Profiles can now be found under the “geography” tab at the top of each IHS Connect page.  User can search for Country Reports based on geographic location for Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.   The country reports are comprehensive, updated reports across major factors shaping foreign investment: political, economic, legal, tax, operational and security environment.  Country reports has a content area labeled “Research and Data Center” that provides Bentley users with exchange rates and CPI tables, monthly forecast tables, and quarterly forecast tables.  The tabular data is downloadable with Excel.

The Growth Outlook content area provides users with a number of tables based on key economic indicators, such as production and inflation, trade and exchange rates.  Key indicator tables can be exported to PDF, Excel and PowerPoint.  IHS provides 6-8 month projections of key indicators.  The Country Rankings content area  provides users with the ability to build a rankings table for 206 countries.  Countries can be ranked by GDP, CPI, foreign Debt, International Reserves, Long-term Interest Rates, and a number of other categories.  Any table in this section of IHS Connect can easily be downloaded to Excel.

A full country report is provided for each country covered by IHS.  Each report includes a Country Risk Statement prepared by IHS.  Each report also includes a Short-term Outlook section as well as Medium- and Long-term Outlook. The Short-term Outlook provides key points and analysis with recent and projected key macro-economic indicators.  The Medium- and Long-term Outlook section provides for a deeper analysis of each country’s economic growth.   Growth, labor markets, inflation, exchange rates, monetary and fiscal policy, and the external sector of each country are covered in the narrative of each country report.

Under the “Insight” tab users can find the Risks and Ratings content area.   This section provides tables of the IHS Country Risks and sovereign risks.  The IHS Country Risks provide weighted  risks (Political 25%, Economic 25%, Legal 15%, Tax 15%, Operational 10%, Security 10%) for doing business in all of the countries covered in the database.  The sovereign risk content area provides a quick tabular view of medium term risk with ratings from Fitch, Moody’s, and S&P.

IHS Connect is a large, comprehensive database with some content areas that are  not available to members of the Bentley community.   When logged into the database users will notice that some content areas are “grayed out” or a “lock” icon is used as an indicator that we do not have access to that content.

IHS Connect can be accessed via the Bentley Library’s Databases page (http://library.bentley.edu/research/databasesaz.asp) or directly at http://ezp.bentley.edu/login?url=http://connect.ihs.com.

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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 the Reference Desk.

Get Your Summer Vacation Reading Here

July 17, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: audiobooks, books & popular reading, downloadable books, general news

The first thing I did this morning?  Checked out a few books for my upcoming vacation. I grabbed two brand-new arrivals (Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta and That Night by Chevy Stevens) and my book club’s latest selection (Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love)  to supplement the pile of books I have awaiting me at home. I’m looking forward to having a lazy-days-of-summer vacation (think beach and backyard), during which I try to read a year’s worth of fiction in two weeks. beach-chairs

I hope that you all get time off from work and the other stresses of life this summer.  If your idea of a great vacation includes books, please visit us before you hit the road.  We have many new releases (and older favorites) for you to choose from – in hardcover, audiobook (CD and Playaway), and downloadable OverDrive eBook and .mp3 formats!

Get started by browsing the Popular Reading and Audiobooks shelves on the main level of the library.  If you prefer to do your reading and listening on a mobile device, check out our OverDrive downloadable library. Don’t forget, library staff can help you locate a specific title/author, offer book recommendations and help you download eBooks.

Enjoy!

New Books, Movies & Audiobooks Added in June

July 7, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: audiobooks, books & popular reading, downloadable books, DVDs

We added 489 new items to the library in June!  Take a look at our newest books, movies, audiobooks and OverDrive downloadable books – go to the New Books & DVDs page to browse the new acquisitions lists by subject or format.   When you see something you want, simply hit the “Request” button to place a hold on it.  To browse for new eBooks and audiobooks to read on a Kindle, NOOK, iPad, iPod, laptop or smartphone, please visit our OverDrive collection.

Want to be the first to know about new arrivals?  Follow us on Pinterest! We pin new popular reading, new audiobooks and new DVDs throughout the month as they are added to the library’s collection.

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Click to browse the new acquisitions lists.

 

On Display: Our Animal Friends

June 30, 2014 by Donna · Comment 
Filed Under: displays

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” –Anatole France

 

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The library’s new display features our animal friends like Marley the dog, Alex the parrot, and Babe the pig. The collection of nonfiction, fiction, and film focuses on the special relationship between humans and animals, exploring how animals affect us and how they can “awaken” our souls. Come by the library to make a new furry friend!

 

Visit the library to check out the display in person, take a look at the Pinterest board, or see the entire list of materials in our catalog. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, please come ask at the Reference Desk. Enjoy!

Library Closed Friday, July 4th

June 30, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: hours, Uncategorized

The Bentley Library will be closed on Friday, July 4th, in observance of of the Independence Day holiday. The library is open regular summer hours all other days this week and weekend. For more information about our hours please view our online calendar.

Weekend Closing: Saturday 6/28 & Sunday 6/29

June 24, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: hours

The Bentley Library will be closed the weekend between the end of Summer Session I and the start of Summer Session II – Saturday, June 28th and Sunday, June 29th.  For those of you planning ahead, please note that we will also be closed on Friday, July 4th, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

For more information about the library’s hours, please view our hours calendar.

Database of the Month: MLA Directory of Periodicals

June 24, 2014 by Macee · Comment 
Filed Under: databases & e-resources

Ah, summer … sun, fun, time to think about writing and publishing!

The MLA Directory of Periodicals, published by the Modern Language Association, is a great source for finding potential publishing opportunities in language and literature disMLAciplines. The Directory covers 5500+ journals and book series, 4400+ of which are indexed in the companion MLA International Bibliography, providing a mix of citations and full-text.

Searching the Directory

Using the EBSCOHost search platform, you can search using keywords or choose a particular field from the dropdown index menu. Using the Advanced Search, you can choose from a variety of search limiters, such as whether a journal is peer-reviewed, or accepts book reviews, abstracts and/or notes.

Detail of search screen

Search Options on the Advanced Search page

Each entry gives information such as publication start date, contact information, restrictions placed on contributors, languages in which the periodical’s contents are published, editorial personnel, peer-review status, sponsoring organizations, and subjects covered. Also included are statistics on how many articles and book reviews are submitted and published each year. Below is part of the entry for the Journal of European Studies.

Submission Guidelines for the Journal of European Studies

Submission Guidelines for the Journal of European Studies

The database can also be searched by browsing its indexes. Use the Indexes option at the top of the search page and choose an index to view an alphabetical list of all of the elements in that index (for example, Publication Name or Subject). As with all EBSCOHost databases, you can register for a free account in order to save your search results and search history.

Connect to this Database/More Information

MLA Directory of Periodicals can be accessed via the library’s Databases A-Z and Arts, Media, and Literature subject pages. For additional publishing resources, see the library’s Publishing Resources for Faculty research guide.

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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 the Reference Desk.

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