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.

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

Database of the Month: Bloomberg BNA Tax and Accounting Center

Bloomberg BNA Tax and Accounting Center (formerly BNA Tax Library) provides users with online access to expert Bloomberg BNA analysis, tax codes, court cases, and articles and commentary on accounting and tax planning. The “Practice Tools” section includes previous year’s tax forms, the Federal Tax Calendar, working papers and tables and charts. Bentley’s subscription to the Tax and Accounting Center includes selected Federal, state and international materials. Primary source materials include the Internal Revenue Code, state and Federal tax cases, and Treasure Preamble Decisions.

The link for the Bloomberg BNA Tax and Accounting Center is located on the Bentley Library’s Databases A-Z page. BBTAC has a unique login for users. From on campus once a user clicks on the link to the resource they will be taken to a Bloomberg BNA login screen. When the page loads click on the “Go to My Product” button. Users do not need to enter a username or password or sign in to BBTAC.

Remote users will authenticate using their Bentley email address and username and then they will be brought to the Bloomberg BNA login page where they too will click on the “Go to My Product” button.

Once in logged in to BBTAC users can explore the the Federal tax tab which includes BNA’s Expert Analysis, with access to the U.S. Income Portfolios, Estates, Gifts and Trusts Portfolios, and U.S. International Portfolios. The News and Commentary section provides the latest from BBTAC’s editors, with an emphasis on the U.S. Congress and executive branch tax news. The Federal content area also provides a search box for searching Federal tax cases and rulings.

The State tab also provides users with access to BNA’s State Tax Portfolios and Sales & Use Tax Portfolios. Primary source materials in the State section include state statutes, regulations and rulings. State tax forms are also available in this content area.

The Estate Planning section of BBTAC provides access to Estates, Gifts, and Trusts Portfolios. Those users interested in researching Transfer Pricing will find the BNA Transfer Pricing Portfolios for 27 countries and the OECD.

 

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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: 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.

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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.

New Database: CIAO – Columbia International Affairs Online

CIAO logoColumbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) is a new addition to the library’s collection of databases. CIAO has a specific focus on international politics and related fields, such as security studies, global finance, diplomatic practice, humanitarian law, global governance, development studies, and environmental studies. CIAO is owned and published by Columbia University Press (CUP).

What’s Included?

Researchers can use CIAO to find scholarly journal articles, working papers, policy briefs, analysis and commentary, e-books, and videos. CIAO also provides basic country data from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). The content provided in CIAO is aggregated from 300 international publishing institutions, including government research organizations, independent think tanks, NGOs, universities, and scholarly journals.

There are two ways to search for information in CIAO – a standard search box and the Discover Content navigation menu.

Search

Construct a keyword search using the single search box at the top of the screen. There are no advanced search options, but you can utilize these search tips to construct a targeted keyword search:

  • Boolean operators are supported, but they must be typed in all caps – AND, OR, and NOT. The default search is an implied OR, which will search for all terms independently.
  • Use quotation marks to restrict your search to an exact phrase rather than searching for individual words. For example, “European Union”.
  • Use the facets in the left column to refine your search results based on criteria such as topic, geography, or content type.
Keyword search example. Click to view larger image.

Discover Content

Use the Discover Content faceted browsing menu options to locate materials by:

  • Topic
  • Political Geography
  • Content Type
  • Journal
  • Publishing Institution
  • Author
  • Publication Year
Your search will be narrowed with each option you select from the faceted menu. For example, you may choose a Topic (e.g. Foreign Policy) and a Political Geography (e.g. China) and a Content Type (e.g. Working Paper) to get a targeted set of search results. To remove a facet from your search, simply click the “x” next to the term.
Discover Content search
Discover Content faceted browse menu. Click to view larger image.

How to Access CIAO

Access CIAO from the library’s Databases A-Z page. Please note that CIAO is currently only available to on-campus users, but we are working on a solution to provide off-campus access.  If you have any questions about this new resource, or would like additional help searching the database, 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 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 the instruction request form.

Database of the Month: IMDB.com

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Awards season is just around the corner when Hollywood bestows various honors related to film and television. Whether you are a cinephile or a casual viewer, the Internet Movie Database, or IMDb, can be a wonderful resource to help you navigate the ins and outs of the industry.

IMDb (www.imdb.com) is a freely available database that originally started in 1990. The database includes millions of records and is considered to be an authoritative source for film and television.

Content includes:

  • Records for movies and television shows
  • Entries for industry professionals and celebrities including actors, directors, writers, composers, producers, and more (including filmographies and brief biographies)
  • Trivia
  • Quotes
  • Industry news & event coverage
  • Box office charts & trends
  • Release calendars

Found movies on IMDB that you would like to watch? Bentley Library has a number of DVDs and streaming films.

Search the Bentley Library Catalog to find our available DVDs or search one of our streaming film collections:

  • Films on Demand offers educational film titles in a variety of subject areas.
  • Kanopy includes many various collections including films from the Criterion Collection, documentaries, films appearing at various international film festivals, Academy Award winning films and nominees, and more! Browse collections or search for specific titles.
  • Swank Digital Campus includes both classic and contemporary films. Some past award winners such as American Beauty, Argo, The Hurt Locker, and The Departed are available in our collection. Can be searched by title or genre.
Image Credit: thumb_film_reel_2_1. By ScypaxPictures, 2010, (Flickr). Used under Creative Commons License BY-ND 2.0 with no modifications.

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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 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 the instruction request form.

Database of the Month: Project Euclid

Project EuclidProject Euclid is a mathematical sciences database that seeks to advance scholarly communication in theoretical and applied mathematics and statistics through partnerships with independent and society publishers. It was developed by the Cornell University Library and is now jointly managed with Duke University Press. It was originally created to provide a platform for small scholarly publishers of mathematics and statistics journals to move from print to electronic in a cost-effective way.

Through a combination of support by subscribing libraries* and participating publishers, Project Euclid has made 70% of its journal articles openly available. As of 2015, Project Euclid provides access to over 1.2 million pages of open-access content.

*Bentley Library is not a subscribing library.

Content

Search results display all relevant hits. The tables of contents and article abstracts are freely available to all users, and the following icons indicate whether or not the user can also access the full text for these items.

Project Euclid Access Levels

While the library does not currently subscribe to any licensed content, full-text is available for the following open-access titles.

  • Annals of Mathematical Statistics
  • Bayesian Analysis
  • Berkeley Symposium on Mathematical Statistics and Probability
  • Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society (1891-1991)
  • Communications in Mathematical Physics (1965-1997)
  • Electronic Communications in Probability
  • Electronic Journal of Probability
  • Electronic Journal of Statistics
  • Hiroshima Mathematical Journal
  • Institute of Mathematical Statistics Collections
  • Institute of Mathematical Statistics Lecture Notes – Monograph Series
  • Lecture Notes in Logic
  • Notre Dame Mathematical Lectures
  • NSF-CBMS Regional Conference Series in Probability and Statistics
  • Osaka Journal of Mathematics
  • Pacific Journal of Mathematics (1951-1996)
  • Perspectives in Logic
  • Probability Surveys
  • Proceedings of the Centre for Mathematics and its Applications
  • Proceedings of the Japan Academy, Series A, Mathematical Sciences
  • Stochastic Systems
  • Statistics Surveys

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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 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.