14 Days to Have Your Say! begins October 29.

October 28, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: general news

14 Days to Have Your Say!
Wednesday, October 29 – Tuesday, November 11

2014-14daysbubbleThe Bentley Library is pleased to announce the launch of the fourth 14 Days to Have Your Say! project.  This limited-life blog is an open forum for the Bentley community – an opportunity to post your comments, suggestions, criticisms and compliments, as well as to see what others are saying about the library.

The past three installments of 14 Days to Have Your Say! (2008, 2010 and 2012) were very successful, and the library has made many changes to our services, policies and resources as a result of the thoughtful feedback received through the blog. For example, based on past 14 Days feedback, the library has:

  • increased normal operating hours and exam period hours
  • adjusted borrowing policies to allow better/longer access to our DVD collection
  • improved the features and functionality of the group study room reservation system
  • improved the physical facilities by upgrading lighting, installing extra recycling receptacles, adding more study carrels, better signage, etc.
  • worked to combat the problem of noise in the library by installing cell phone booths and adding an anonymous Help Keep the Library Quiet chat widget
  • responded to student requests for access to coffee outside of the cafe’s hours by installing a coffee vending machine
  • installed new equipment and technology –  including “quick print/lookup” stations, color printers, and scanners – and increased the number of black & white printers to reduce wait times and lines

We hope that this installment is just as popular and fruitful. So, don’t be shy, tell us what’s on your mind!  We want you to feel comfortable posting publicly, so your name will not be made public on the blog.

Have your say and see what others are saying at http://library.bentley.edu/14days.

Do you have questions about this project?  Please visit the About and FAQs pages, or contact the Reference Desk at refdesk@bentley.edu or 781-891-2300.

Learn to Use RefWorks in 20 Minutes

October 24, 2014 by Kimberly · Comment 
Filed Under: databases & e-resources, research help, services


Want to learn how to use Refworks? These video clips are available to help.

RefWorks is a tool that creates bibliographies and formats research papers in the citation style of your choice (e.g. APA, MLA). Learn to export citations, create bibliographies, and save and organize sources for all your research papers and projects – all in one place.

If you decide you’d like to use Refworks, just visit RefWorks and look for the link to “Sign up for a New Account”. It is important to use your Bentley University e-mail address when creating this account. This works best when you are on campus. Contact the Reference Desk if you need help creating an account from Off Campus.

Database of the Month: Academic Search Complete

October 6, 2014 by Nicholas · Comment 
Filed Under: databases & e-resources

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Described by its publisher EBSCO as “the world’s most comprehensive, scholarly full-text database for multidisciplinary research”, Academic Search Complete is a database suitable for many different kinds of research here at Bentley. It provides access to a broad variety of information, both scholarly and popular, in a wide range of academic fields and disciplines.  This is a great database to use for any number of classes, from English and Expository Writing  to History, Psychology, and Sociology courses.

Some of its key strengths are:

  • Indexes and abstracts over 13,780 journals
  • Provides full-text access to over 9,000 journals, 7,850 of which are peer-reviewed journals
  • PDFs of articles dating back to 1887

Subjects covered in Academic Search Complete include:

  • Astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, physics, and zoology
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Ethnic & multicultural studies
  • Women’s studies
  • Psychology
  • Religion & Philosophy
  • Law
  • Mathematics

Searching

  • Use the Advanced Search screen to limit your search results to articles in scholarly journals, articles from a particular publication, or full text articles only
  • Use the Subject: Thesaurus Term function on the results page to narrow your search results by subject
  • Narrow your search results to articles published within a certain date range

ASC search screen

Other Functions

  • Print, email, and export the article to EndNote or RefWorks using the Tools functions
  • Use the Cite function to create the citation for an article in 7 different citation formats, including MLA and APA
  • The Folder function allows you to save relevant search results for later viewing
  • Use the Search for a Full Text Copy of the Article function to see if an article is available through another Bentley database

Academic Search Complete is accessible via the library’s Databases A-Z and Databases by Subject pages.  Please contact the Reference Desk if you have questions or would like assistance using Academic Search Complete.

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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 Adam Williams, Research Instruction Coordinator at awilliams@bentley.edu.

On Display: Lives in Film

September 30, 2014 by Nicholas · Comment 
Filed Under: displays

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“Is the cinema more important than life?”–Francois Truffaut

Have you always been curious what Alfred Hitchcock was really like? Has the life of Oprah Winfrey or Katherine Hepburn always interested you? Cinephiles rejoice! The Bentley Library’s latest display features biographies, autobiographies, and collections of interviews of filmmakers, actors, and actresses and DVDs of the films they made or starred in. American masters, international cinema’s best, stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood, and more contemporary denizens of the silver screen are all to be found on this display.

Come by the library to check out the display or take a look at the list of the titles in our catalog. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, inquire at the Reference Desk.