Thanksgiving Holiday Hours: Tuesday 11/22 – Sunday 11/27

Holiday hours will be in effect at the library Tuesday, November 22 through Sunday, November 27:

Tuesday, November 22:
7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 23 – Saturday, November 26:

Sunday, November 27:
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

The Deloitte Café (Einstein’s) closes at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22, and reopens at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, November 28.  The Help Desk closes at 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22, and reopens at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 27.

For complete information about the library, cafe and Help Desk hours please view the hours calendar.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break!

OverDrive Launches Upgrade.

OverDrive launched a new version of its website today. There are many changes, but as a heavy OverDrive user, I’m thrilled to report on the new feature called Wish List.

When looking at a title in OverDrive, you can click the plus sign, circled in red on the image below, to add that title to your Wish List.


My Wish List allows me to keep a running list of titles that I’d like to read/listen to without placing them on hold. Why is this exciting you ask? Because it puts the control in my hands. When I have time to read, I can now just go to my wish list to see which of my options are available instead of placing a hold and getting an e-mail that a title is available at a time that is inconvenient for me.  I absolutely love this feature. You can still place holds and get an e-mail alert when a title is available, but the immediate-gratification side of me loves the Wish List feature. Having the items on my Wish List also makes it quicker and easier to access them on the smaller screen of my iPhone.

Did you know that we now offer more than 2,100 downloadable eBooks and audiobooks via OverDrive ? The Bentley Library’s OverDrive collection includes fiction and nonfiction bestsellers, award winners, classics and perennial favorites.  Current Bentley students, faculty and staff can borrow titles from OverDrive at using a Bentley email address and password. New titles are added monthly, so check back often.

You can enjoy OverDrive titles on all computers and devices, including  iPhone®, iPad®, NOOK®, Android™ phones and tablets, and Kindle®.  If you are new to OverDrive, check out their Getting Started page for information and assistance. Enjoy!

On Display: Giving

We’ve all heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but do you know about Giving Tuesday?  Seeking the true spirit of the season, #GivingTuesday is intended to be a global day of giving, encouraging you to help others through the gift of time, donation, or action.  Inspired by this year’s #GivingTuesday on November 29, 2016, the library’s latest display is all about giving back.  The collection features books about kindness, philanthropy, volunteering, charity, social action, and altruism; there are also some movies featuring selfless characters like Amélie and Forrest Gump.

The entire list of titles in the Giving Display can be found in the catalog (if you’d like, click the “Request it” button to place an item on hold).  Stop by the library to check them out and if you don’t see what you’re looking for, please come ask at the Reference Desk.  To learn more about #GivingTuesday, please visit the web site:



Database of the Month: PrivCo

Organizations that are family owned or private are typically hard to gather information on. PrivCo serves up private company metrics which would formerly have taken hours to accumulate.  It taps multiple reference sources, articles, and industry info.

PrivCo connects the user to company directory information, financial data on private companies, and investors involved in private company activity.

Who can use it? Who benefits?

Eligible users include Bentley students, faculty, staff, community users.  Beneficiaries are most likely participants in GB 320 who are assigned company research, and any future venture capitalists who will appreciate the due diligence that can be performed with this e-resource.

What’s inside?

Private company profiles and deals about them, laid out in tables. Find:

  • description and history of a business
  • known investors (for example, Uber Technologies’ largest stakeholder is Fidelity with 2.5 %)
  • revenue model
  • competitors
  • court documents

Why use it?

  1. Merger and acquisition information
  2. Venture Capital activity
  3. Private Equity deals
  4. Pre-search for an internship
  5. General private company searching

Sample search for venture capital information:

Imagine an entrepreneur seeking new sources for his next VC deal. He wants to identify companies and view activity within a specific geographic location (Massachusetts) and a certain dollar amount ($50K – $1M). He logs in to his PrivCo account and begins a search so he can analyze who has funded whom, for how much.

  1. In the screenshot below you’ll see the opening page to a PrivCo account. Note VC funding tab pointed out on left of the dashboard. Arrow on right displays log-in name within the profile (we recommend establishing a profile).

    PrivCo search screen
    Click to view larger image.
  2. Input parameters: for the venture capital transactions in question, he wants rounds in the range of $50,000 – $1M in Massachusetts in the last 5 years.

    PrivCo search screen - funding parameters
    Click to view larger image
  3. There are 343 results for venture capitalist activity which meet the criteria of $50K-$1M, located in Massachusetts. The link labeled “deal details” is the heart of the search. See screen shot below.

    PrivCo search results screen
    Click to view larger image
  4. Within the “Deal Details” of the first result for Weave Visual Analytics, Inc., it says this company received $750,00 in funds from Breton Capital. Weave was in its 2nd year of business at the time of the transaction, June 2016.

Where does PrivCo get its material?

Company information is gleaned from public documents such as regulatory documents, court proceedings, reference materials, industry information, and articles in the news.

What sets it apart?

  • Private company information with many links between companies reduces search time
  • Profile data can be exported to an excel spreadsheet, or exported as a PDF
  • Watchlists. I think this is PrivCo’s biggest contribution, an alert system which can connect to your email, for company activity
  • Well organized and has an easy interface to learn
  • Built with redundant navigation making it accessible to many learning styles
PrivCo company watchlist
Watchlist adds value to this database. Above: Uber’s company profile, with “Add to watchlist” circled.
Click to view larger image.

Locating PrivCo

Well-developed Self-help

  • PrivCo lets you export company profiles as an excel spreadsheet or PDF
  • Rich dictionary of terms
  • 85 page PDF of the entire Knowledge bank (FAQ’s) can be down loaded for further exploration

One last thing

Create a PrivCo profile and accumulate previous searches in one place; it will save time and allow a user to pick up an idea where they left off last. This makes research feel easy.


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 free web 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 this form.

October’s New Book, DVD & Audiobook Acquisitions

The October new acquisitions lists have been posted! 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.

New Acquisitions for October 2016
Click to browse the new acquisitions lists.

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: What is a scholarly article and how do I find one?

What is a scholarly article?

Professors often require students to use articles from scholarly journals in their research papers and assignments. Scholarly journal articles are written by researchers, academic scholars or experts in a field and are written for a targeted audience that includes other researchers, scholars and specialists.

These are some identifying characteristics of scholarly journal articles:

  • the author’s name, credentials and academic/professional affiliations are clearly identified
  • article reports original research, experiments or theory
  • author writes in the vocabulary of the discipline; it is assumed the reader has some background knowledge of the subject
  • article is written in a formal style, is lengthy, and usually contains charts, tables or graphs
  • article is structured into sections that will likely include abstract, introduction, literature reviewmethodology, results, discussionconclusion, and references/bibliography
  • references and bibliographies are always included and cite other scholarly writings
  • journal is published by an academic organization/association, research institute, university or scholarly press

Is scholarly the same thing as peer-reviewed?

The terms scholarly, academic, peer-reviewed and refereed are often used interchangeably to refer to scholarly journals; however, strictly speaking, they are not all the same. Peer-reviewed and refereed journals are scholarly journals that put articles through a formal review process before they are accepted for publication. The review is conducted by a group of acknowledged experts (peers) who review the author’s research methods and consider the article’s contribution to the existing literature and body of knowledge in order to ensure a level of quality, value and academic merit.

It is important to note that while most scholarly journals are peer-reviewed, articles can be scholarly without being peer-reviewed or refereed. Essentially all peer-reviewed and refereed journals are scholarly, but not all scholarly journals are peer-reviewed or refereed.

If you are unsure what your professor expects, ask them to clarify.

How do I find a scholarly article?

How you go about finding scholarly articles depends on your topic, but most library databases allow you to limit your searches to scholarly or peer-reviewed journals. Keep in mind that not everything published in a scholarly journal is a scholarly article (e.g. book reviews, editorials, letters), so you will still need to evaluate each article individually, looking for the scholarly characteristics highlighted  above.

These two databases are good starting points for all academic subjects and interdisciplinary topics:

If your topic is a business topic, start with:

Conduct your search, then use the facets to filter to the scholarly articles.

The library offers many scholarly journal databases. (In fact, some databases contain nothing but scholarly content, in which case you may not see these limiters.) To identify the best resources for a specific subject, use the subject filters on the databases page, or ask a librarian to recommend databases to search.

Use Ulrichsweb to verify that a journal is scholarly

You can verify that a journal is scholarly or peer-reviewed by looking it up in Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Ulrichsweb provides detailed descriptions of journals, including whether or not a journal is classified as scholarly and if it is peer-reviewed or refereed. For example, Ulrich’s tells us that the Journal of Consumer Research is academic/scholarly and refereed.

Ulrichsweb database

For more help

Have questions about scholarly articles? Stop by the Reference Desk, call 781.891.2300, send email to or contact us using our chat/IM widget. Or, check with your professor to ensure that your article meets the standards required to be deemed scholarly.

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