Database of the Month: OverDrive

Read for Free from a Phone, Tablet or Laptop through the Bentley Library

December is a great time to highlight the Library’s OverDrive Collection. As you pack up to go home for the holidays, remember the OverDrive downloadable collection is available for you to enjoy on break, anywhere, 24×7 on any device.

This collection includes thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles including many bestsellers and award winners.

Simply click into OverDrive to view our newest additions or to browse the ebook and audiobook collections by subject, format or genre.  You may browse the available titles without logging in. You only need to log in when you decide to borrow a title.

Some features of OverDrive:

  • This service is free to you with your Bentley e-mail address and network password.
  • All titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period which is 21 days. There are no late fees and if your time runs out, you can just borrow it again.
  • If a title is checked out, place a hold and you are e-mailed when the title is available.
  • For titles with multiple holds, the Library will purchase additional copies decreasing wait times.
  • The plus sign under a title adds to the title to your personal wish list and you can use your wish list to pull up available content when you have the free time to enjoy it.
  • Curated lists, available from the OverDrive homepage, include: Great American Reads, Newest Additions, Most Popular, Try Something Different, Banned & Challenged Books, and Presidential Biographies. Just scroll the main screen to view these curated lists.
  • Each title is selected and added to the collection by your Bentley Librarians, and new titles are added each month.
  • Bentley students, faculty & staff can suggest titles for purchase using the Suggest a Purchase form.

To get started enjoying ebooks & audiobooks on your device visit Getting Started with OverDrive.

If you need help with this service, help is always available at the Reference Desk and there is a special Overdrive Winter Break Reading session scheduled from 11 to noon on Reading Day in Group Study Room 102. Just bring your device and we’ll get you set up.

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Database 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. If you would like a demonstration of this resource for a class, please schedule a research instruction class using the instruction request form.

Finding Quality Sources: Drop-In Research Help

Have a paper or project due soon, and need information to complete it? Drop in to:

Finding Quality Sources: Research Help

Bring whatever you are working on to a reference librarian and get immediate expert assistance in finding the information you need, whether it be articles, statistics, company information, or books. You will walk away with the source or two (or three) that you need!

Monday, November 12
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 13
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 14
11:00 a.m. to noon

Thursday, November 15
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

No RSVP necessary – just drop in to the library’s classroom (room 11) anytime during the sessions.

Don’t forget, librarians also provide research help 7 days/week at the Reference Desk. Visit, email, call, text, or IM/chat with a librarian whenever the Reference Desk is open.

Chills & Thrills: Frightfully Good Books and Movies

It is the time to celebrate all things spooky.

The Bentley Library staff has put together a display of DVDs that are full of chills and thrills for your Halloween season. Check the DVD display shelves throughout the month of October. We hope you are bewitched by our picks!

In addition to DVDs, plenty of spooky content is available through our streaming film collections, Kanopy and Swank.  If you are interested in learning about horror as a medium, why not start with the master and stream a Talk from Hitchcock himself available through Films on Demand.

Other horror tales and ghost stories are available on our shelves and through Overdrive, including the classics, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Bram Stoker’s Dracula and newer authors, Stephen King or Joe Hill. Don’t have time to commit to a whole novel? Why not check out a collection of short stories such as American Fantastic Tales or Flight or Fright!

Do you have a favorite pick you would like to recommend? Just post a comment with the title and your name.

Happy Haunting.

On Display: New and Notable Nonfiction

Need an idea for a research paper? Just want the latest on a topic? Here is the display for you.

These books were chosen from the stacks by our reference librarians to showcase titles that may have escaped your notice when they were originally added to the shelves. You will recognize some of these titles and authors from bestseller lists, while others were chosen based on recommendations from professional and scholarly review sources or are on topics currently in the news.

Stop by the lobby to browse the display. We will continue to add new books that catch our eye as they arrive, so check back often!

Database of the Month: Journal Citation Reports (JCR)

Tregoning, J. (19 June 2018). How will you judge me if not by impact factor? Nature, 558 (7710), 345. doi:10.1038/d41586-018-05467-5

Anyone who has ever submitted an article for publication has no doubt heard the phrase Impact Factor, but do you know what an impact factor is, how it is calculated, and where you can get it? Journal Citation Reports (JCR) answers these questions. Launch video tutorial, Journal Citation Reports: Impact Factor, or read on.

JCR calculates and provides the impact factor for thousands of scholarly journals, helping you identify the top-tier journals in your field. JCR allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data drawn from approximately 12,000 scholarly and technical journals and conference proceedings from more than 3,300 publishers in over 80 countries. Of note: 2017 JCR journal data was just added.

Key features and metrics in JCR allow you to:

  • Focus on desired subject categories, enabling you to review journal titles and key performance indicators in the category.
  • Compare multiple journals based on a chosen indicator.
  • Evaluate the performance of journals in which you or your organization has published research.
  • Recognize trending journals in key research categories.
  • Identify the ideal journal in which to publish your forthcoming research.

By selecting the categories of Business and Business & Finance, the below listing is generated.

JCR journal category search

As you can see, the Journal of Management ranks 2nd in these categories with an impact factor of 7.733.

A journal’s Impact Factor is calculated by dividing the number of citations in the JCR year (2016) by the total number of articles published in the two previous years (2014 & 2015).

Clicking on the hyperlinked Journal of Management in the listing gives us even more Key Indicators and trend data over time:

JCR key indicators for the Journal of Management

Other impact and influence metrics included in JCR:

  • Eigenfactor score (a measure of the overall value provided by all of the articles published in a given journal in a year)
  • Article Influence score (a measure of a journal’s prestige based on per article citations and comparable to Impact Factor)
  • Most highly cited journal in a field

More information about Impact factor, and other metrics is available under Help in the Glossary – A to Z area.  Launch video tutorial, JCR on InCites: Quick Tour, to view a brief overview of this database.

Connect to This Database

JCR is available from the Databases A to Z listing.

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Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction to useful library databases, 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 these resources for a class, please schedule a research instruction class using the instruction request form.

June is Audiobook Month!

The Bentley Library’s collection of audiobooks is available for all your summer road trips! Weekend coastal drives or sitting in traffic waiting to get to the coast, in either case, listening to a good narrator makes the trip more enjoyable. Audiobooks are also great for taking long walks, gardening, sunbathing or just hanging out on the lawn.

With 1300 titles available through OverDrive and 600 CD titles available in the Audiobook Collection, there really is something for everyone.

You can:

Experience books in the news:

Catch up on a title for book club:

Explore a business topic:

Enjoy a life story:

Share the experience with the whole family:

And even work your way through The Great American Read:

Not sure of what to choose? Just stop by the Reference Desk, call, or chat with us online and we can recommend a title to start with. Want something we don’t have yet? Place a Suggest a Purchase request.

For help using OverDrive, view their Getting Started page or visit the Reference Desk for assistance.

For Pinterest users, the New Audiobooks Pinterest board alerts you as soon as a new CD title is added to the collection.

Finding Quality Sources: Drop-In Research Help

Have a paper or project due soon, and need information to complete it? Drop in to:

Finding Quality Sources: Research Help

Bring whatever you are working on to a reference librarian and get immediate expert assistance in finding the information you need, whether it be articles, statistics, company information, or books. You will walk away with the source or two (or three) that you need!

Friday, April 6
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Monday, April 9
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 10
2:00 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. (activity period)

No RSVP necessary – just drop in to the library’s classroom (room 11) anytime during the sessions.

Don’t forget, librarians also provide research help 7 days/week at the Reference Desk. Visit, email, call, text, or IM/chat with a librarian whenever the Reference Desk is open.

Database of the Month: World History & U. S. History in Context

A very popular question at the Reference Desk is “Where can I find primary sources?”

Today we want to highlight two full text databases, World History in Context & U. S. History in Context, which help find and provide primary sources.database logos

  • World History In Context – reaches back to the ancient world to provide a chronicle of cultures and societies that have shaped history. Content includes articles, videos, charts, images, infographics and primary sources. Sources are organized into different topic areas such as: Biographies – Countries, Cultures, and Civilizations – Economics – Events, Periods, and Cultural Trends – Political Constructs, Movements and Organizations – Religions – Wars and Conflicts.
  • U.S. History In Context – covers the most-significant people, events, and topics in U.S. history. Content includes major reference works, millions of news and periodical articles, and most significantly, more than 5,000 rare and vital primary source documents (from slave journals to presidential papers). Sources are organized into different topic areas such as: African American Perspectives – American Colonies – Biographies – Court Cases and the Supreme Court – Economics – Events, Decades, and Cultural Trends – Government Documents – Hispanic Americans – National History Day Topic – Native Americans – Political Constructs, Movements, and Organizations – Wars and Conflicts.

You can cross-search both collections using the Advanced search. After going into either of the databases, click on Advanced to the right of the search box to bring up the advanced search interface, then choose the “Both U. S. & World History” radio button.

Search Example:

 

Before clicking on the orange Search button, you can also limit to content type (i.e. primary sources) to focus your results even further. 

These are just two of the many resources the Bentley Library provides which include primary sources. Contact a Reference Librarian for additional recommendations.

Connect to the Database

Please visit our Databases A-Z page and click either World History in Context or U. S. History in Context to begin your search.

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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 these resources (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.