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.

On Display: A Hot Topic – Climate Change

On display at the Bentley Library November 7, 2017 – January 2, 2018 is a selection of book, films, and audiobooks about the topic of climate change. Chosen in collaboration with Professor Thom Davis of the Natural Science Department, these titles will focus on the many aspects of this multidisciplinary topic. Included in the display are the works of Dr. Michael E. Mann, an upcoming speaker in the Distinguished Visiting Scholar series.

Stop by to browse and borrow. Don’t forget to attend Michael Mann’s lecture,  The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: The Battle Continues, on Thursday, November 16 from 5:00 to 6:20 PM in Koumantzelis Auditorium.

Michael Mann books

Finding Quality Sources Workshop

Having trouble finding quality sources?

Come to a drop-in workshop developed specifically with you in mind!

The Bentley Library is offering workshops to help students find and identify quality sources.

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 13: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 15: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Friday, November 17: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

No RSVP necessary; just come to our classroom, room 11, on the lower level anytime during the hour.

Learn About Downloadable Books at Our OverDrive Clinic

Have you checked out our OverDrive collection recently?  We’ve been busy adding downloadable ebooks and audiobooks – including some spooky titles just in time for Halloween such as Strange Weather by Joe Hill and Haunted Nights: A Horror Writers Association Anthology. We also have perennial favorites by authors like Stephen King, Glen Duncan and Anne Rice, and classics by Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker.

Simply click into OverDrive to view our Newest Additions or to browse the ebook and audiobook collections by genre or check out the Getting Started Guide.

If you haven’t already set-up your laptop, Kindle, iPad, NOOK, smartphone or other device, we’d love to help you get started. We are holding two drop-in clinics this week to answer questions about Overdrive:

OverDrive Downloadable Books Clinics

Tuesday, October 31
1:00PM – 2:00PM
and
Wednesday, November 1
1:00PM – 2:00PM

No RSVP is required – just come to our classroom (lower level, room 11) and we’ll be there to lend you a helping hand! If you bring your device with you, we can help you with the initial set-up or troubleshoot any problems you’ve been having. Apple cider and snacks are available until they run out. We hope to see you there.

Learn RefWorks Now! Workshops on October 18th, 19th & 20th

The Bentley Librarians are offering opportunities for students to learn about RefWorks.

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.

Have sources you’re not sure how to cite? Bring them with you and we’ll help you get them right.

When:

  • Wednesday, October 18th, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 19th, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, October 20th, 11:00 a.m. – noon

Where:

Research Instruction Center (RIC), Room 11, on the lower level of the library.

How to sign up:

Register by sending an e-mail to refdesk@bentley.edu indicating which session you’d like to attend. (Since seating is limited, you must register.)

If you don’t already have a RefWorks account, we strongly recommend that you “Sign up for a New Account” before coming to the workshop – you can do so at the RefWorks’ website.

On Display: Nonfiction Audiobooks

Commute getting you down? Going on a summer road trip? Why not check out an audiobook to listen to!

We’ve pulled together a selection of nonfiction titles especially for you. This display covers a broad variety of topics including: psychology, business, history, sports and science. This display also features some biographies and true adventure accounts.

Can’t get to the Bentley Library this summer? All these titles are also available through Overdrive, just download the app, check out the title and start listening today.

Great way to enjoy your next trip to Bentley or to anywhere.

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

Find a Quality Source: Drop-In Research Help

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

Find a Quality Source: Drop-In 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!

Four sessions:

  • Tuesday, April 18th, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (during activity period)
  • Tuesday, April 18th, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 20th, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 23rd, noon to 1:00 p.m.

(No RSVP necessary; just come to our classroom, room 11, on the lower level anytime during the hour.)