Database Alert! OverDrive Issue Reported [Resolved]

Update – 9:07 a.m., Thursday, June 6, 2017:  We are happy to report that the OverDrive sign-in problem has been fixed. Please contact us if you continue to have a problem or need help. Thank you again for your patience while we worked to resolve the issue.

 

We are very sorry to report that access to the OverDrive downloadable book platform has been disrupted for some Bentley users. The problem has been reported, and we hope that the issue will be resolved quickly. An update will be posted here when access has been restored. You can also follow the library’s updates on Twitter and Facebook.

Our apologies for the inconvenience. Please contact the Reference Desk at 781.891.2300 or refdesk@bentley.edu if you have any questions.

On Display: Not-so-obvious Adaptations

The library’s latest display features “Not-so-obvious Adaptations”. The collection features films that are based on books, but the catch is that the movie titles are different than the original book’s title! For instance, did you know that Forbidden Planet is based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest or that the inspiration for Mean Girls is a book called Queen Bees & Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World?

Summer is a great time to discover a new book and watch a movie, so stop by the library to check out the display and if you don’t see what you’re looking for, please come ask at the Reference Desk.

Now Showing in the Gallery: Bentley Staff Art Exhibition

The staff members of Bentley University demonstrate their creativity ON the job each day. That creative impulse also finds expression OFF the job through a wide variety of forms of artistic expression. The current exhibit in the RSM Art Gallery presents a sampling of the talents Bentley staff enjoy exploring outside of work. The exhibitors are:

Can Ahtam
Claire Anderson
Maria Bergmann
Kevin Crouse
Debra Kennedy
Diane McNamara
Valerie Pirri
Melody Smith
Marilee Sullivan
Hugh Wilburn
Dominique Winn

All are invited to celebrate the opening of the exhibit at a reception on Wednesday, June 28, from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Bentley University Staff Art Exhibition
June 15 – August 11, 2017

Opening Reception
Wednesday, June 28, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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.

Writing Center & ESOL Center Open for Summer Session

Bentley University’s ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Center and Writing Center are open and accepting appointments from all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in summer session classes. Students are encouraged to make an appointment online (links below), but walk-ins are also welcome. Both centers are located on the lower level of the library.

The Writing Center

Monday – Thursday: 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
appointments: https://bentley.mywconline.net/

Writing Center staff are available to provide one-to-one assistance with writing skills. Students can drop in during open hours, but appointments are encouraged. Schedule online, or call 781.891.3173 to make an appointment.


The ESOL Center

Monday: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
appointments: https://bentleyesol.mywconline.net/

Looking for help with writing, presentations, pronunciation and conversation enrichment? Come to the ESOL Center. Bentley University students whose home language is not English are invited to take advantage of the free tutorial services offered by Bentley’s ESOL Center. All students (including graduate students) can schedule online, call 781.891.2021 to make an appointment, or drop in to see if a faculty tutor is available.

Bentley Library Top 10 Most Popular Books, DVDs & Audiobooks of 2016/17

Bentley Library Top 10Welcome to the 8th annual Bentley Library Top 10! 

At the end of every academic year we query the library’s circulation system to rank the library’s most popular books, audiobooks, DVDs and OverDrive downloadable books based on the number of times they have been borrowed (excluding items placed on reserve for a class). Think of these as the library’s very own “bestseller” lists!

This year you’ll find a handful of titles that were popular across multiple formats. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult,  Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance, Today Will be Different by Maria Semple, Commonwealth by Ann Patchett, and The Whistler by John Grisham all ranked on the book, eBook and digital audiobook lists.

John Brooks’s book Business Adventures was published back in 1969, but it just made its first appearance in our Top 10 two years after Bill Gates named it his favorite business book. And making a remarkable fifth appearance on the most circulated books list is Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis! It’s a little unusual to not have any television series place in the Popular DVD rankings (not even Game of Thrones!), but what’s not surprising is that movies based on books scored big.

We hope you enjoy this glimpse into the reading and viewing habits of the Bentley community as much as we do, and that you’ll be inspired to borrow something that appears here. There were many ties in the rankings, so you have even more to choose from.

Browse the BENTLEY LIBRARY TOP 10 lists for academic year 2016-2017 in the categories of Popular Reading, Stacks (regular book collection), Audiobooks, Popular DVDs, OverDrive Downloaded eBooks and OverDrive Downloaded Audiobooks.

 

Top 10 Most Circulated Books from the Popular Reading Collection

 

Top 10 Most Circulated Books from the Stacks

  • 1. LIAR’S POKER: RISING THROUGH THE WRECKAGE ON WALL STREET by
  • Michael Lewis [check availability]
  • 2. HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE by Dale Carneige [check availability]
  • 3. (tie) THE INTELLIGENT INVESTOR: A BOOK OF PRACTICAL COUNSEL by Benjamin Graham
  • [check availability]
  • 3. (tie) THINKING, FAST AND SLOW by Daniel Kahneman [check availability]
  • 5. (tie) AN INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICAL LEARNING: WITH APPLICATIONS IN R by
  • Gareth James, Daniela Witten, Trevor Hastie & Robert Tibshirani [check availability]
  • 5. (tie) THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE: RESTORING THE CHARACTER ETHIC by
  • Stephen R. Covey [check availability]
  • 7. (tie) GETTING TO YES by Roger Fisher and William Ury [check availability]
  • 7. (tie) MINDSET: THE NEW PSYCHOLOGY OF SUCCESS by Carol S. Dweck [check availability]
  • 7. (tie) FAST FOOD NATION: THE DARK SIDE OF THE ALL-AMERICAN MEAL by Eric Schlosser
  • [check availability]
  • 10. (tie) BUSINESS ADVENTURES by John Brooks [check availability]
  • 10. (tie) HILLBILLY ELEGY: A MEMOIR OF FAMILY AND CULTURE IN CRISIS by J.D. Vance
  • [check availability]
  • 10. (tie) THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP by Marie Kondo [check availability]
  • 10. (tie) D-DAY, JUNE 6, 1944: THE CLIMACTIC BATTLE OF WORLD WAR II by
  • Stephen E. Ambrose [check availability]
  • 10. (tie) MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN by Ransom Riggs
  • [check availability]
  • 10. (tie) ELON MUSK: TESLA, SPACEX, AND THE QUEST FOR A FANTASTIC FUTURE by
  • Ashlee Vance [check availability]
  • 10. (tie) INTRODUCTORY TIME SERIES WITH R by Paul S.P. Cowpertwait & Andrew V. Metcalfe
  • [check availability]
  • 10. (tie) RECLAIMING CONVERSATION: THE POWER OF TALK IN A DIGITAL AGE by
  • Sherry Turkle [check availability]
  • 10. (tie) STORIES OF YOUR LIFE AND OTHERS by Ted Chiang [check availability]
  • 10. (tie) THE 48 LAWS OF POWER by Robert Greene [check availability]
  • 10. (tie) THE LEAN STARTUP by Eric Ries [check availability]

 

Top 10 Most Circulated Audiobooks [Compact Disc]

 

Top 10 Most Circulated DVDs from the Popular DVD Collection

 

Top 10 Downloaded eBooks [OverDrive]

 

Top 10 Downloaded Audiobooks [OverDrive]

 

View previous Bentley Library Top 10 lists: