Resource of the Month: Guide to Citing Sources Using APA Style (7th ed.)

If you have written a paper for a business, psychology, or sociology class here at Bentley, you’ve probably been required to cite your sources using APA Style. The Bentley Library’s Citing Online Business Resources Using APA Style guide has always been one of our most popular help guides, logging over 25,000 views annually!

New Edition of APA Style, New Library Help Guide!

In October of 2019 the American Psychological Association released the 7th edition of their official style guide, the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, to reflect current best practices in scholarly writing and citation.

Over this past summer, reference librarians worked to update the library’s APA citation guide for the Fall 2020 trimester. The result is a completely revised APA Style help guide, featuring updated in-text citation guidance and new Reference list examples for over 50 different source types, including:

  • articles, books, and book chapters (print and electronic)
  • information retrieved from business databases and other specialized library resources (e.g. IBISWorld, Mintel, Mediamark, Statista)
  • websites, blogs, and social media
  • datasets
  • dissertations and theses
  • government reports, reports, and whitepapers
  • personal communications (emails, personal interviews, unrecorded lectures, etc).
  • PowerPoint slides and lecture notes
  • podcasts
  • webinars
  • focus groups (research participants)

Go to https://libguides.bentley.edu/citingsources-apa to bookmark the guide today! We guarantee you’ll return to the guide over and over again, especially when working on your GB course projects.

About APA Style, 7th edition

In addition to citation and reference format updates and clarifications, the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition also presents:

  • new bias-free language guidelines
  • 100+ new reference examples
  • 40+ new sample tables and figures
  • additional student-specific resources, including sample student papers
  • expanded guidance on ethical writing and publishing practices

For a chapter-by-chapter overview of what’s new, check out the APA’s What’s New in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition (7 pages, PDF). If you’d like to consult the full manual, you can find copies at the Reference Desk and in the Reference Stacks.

Get More Help

Here are some free help resources provided by the APA:

Need personal assistance with citing sources? Contact the Reference Desk or the Bentley Writing Center


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.

Hours Update! Now Open Until Midnight Sunday-Thursday.

As we enter the sixth week of the trimester, we are seeing the number of people using the library at night increase. We’re excited to announce that we have just extended our evening hours to be open until midnight Sunday-Thursday! We are also opening two hours earlier on Saturdays, at 10:00 a.m.

Please keep wearing your face coverings, maintaining physical distance, and abiding posted room occupancy limits and other guidelines. Your participation in following Bentley’s safety protocols allows us to offer more hours and services. Thank you, Falcons!

Library Hours Effective October 4, 2020

Sundaynoon – midnight
Monday – Thursday:7:30 a.m. – midnight
Friday:7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday:10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

September's Arrivals: New Books, Audiobooks & DVDs

Check out the new titles we added to the library’s collection in September! To view the lists visit the New Books & DVDs page. Please note that the “ALL NEW BOOKS” link will display all new e-books and print books, but that due to differences in the way that e-books are cataloged they do not appear on the individual “Subject” lists.

Interested in borrowing a book, DVD or audiobook? If you are enrolled in Bentley’s COVID-19 screening program you are welcome to visit the library. Either stop by to browse, or place a hold request in the catalog and we’ll notify you when the items are ready to be picked up. You can then come in, retrieve your items from the “open holds cart” in the lobby, and check them out to yourself using the self-check. For those of you who are unable to come into the building, we have e-books, digital audiobooks, and streaming films for you to enjoy.

To learn more about our different e-book collections please see our recent Databases of the Month: eBook Collections post. Downloadable e-books and digital audiobooks are available via the OverDrive collection. For help using the OverDrive apps (either the original app or the new Libby app) please view their Getting Started page.

Lastly, you can find new films and documentaries to stream online for free from our four streaming films databases.

Have questions about finding or using books, audiobooks, or films? Please contact the Reference Desk.

August Acquisitions: New Books, Audiobooks & DVDs

We’re happy to welcome Bentley students, faculty, and staff back into the library to browse the stacks and borrow items (using the self-checkout machine, of course!). For those of you not on campus or unable to come into the building, we have e-books, digital audiobooks, and streaming films for you to enjoy.

A good place to begin browsing are the new acquisitions lists for August. To view the lists visit the New Books & DVDs page. Please note that the “ALL NEW BOOKS” link will display all new e-books and print books, but that due to differences in the way that e-books are cataloged they do not appear on the individual “Subject” lists.

To learn more about our different e-book collections please see our recent Databases of the Month: eBook Collections post. Downloadable e-books and digital audiobooks are available via the OverDrive collection. For help using the OverDrive apps (either the original app or the new Libby app) please view their Getting Started page.

Lastly, you can find new films and documentaries to stream online for free from our four streaming films databases.

Have questions about finding or using books, audiobooks, or films? Please contact the Reference Desk.

Get Help Online!

Need help, Falcons? Library staff are here to help, online!

Contact Library Services

If you have questions about visiting/studying at the library, borrowing books and other items, or using course reserves, contact Library Services via email or live chat.

Contact the Reference Desk

If you need assistance with research for classes or projects, have questions about databases and online resources, or need help with citations, please contact the virtual Reference Desk via email, chat, and text (781.728.0511). Reference librarians are also available for research consultations via Zoom.

Databases and Online Resources

Whether you are near or far, the library website—library.bentley.edu—is your portal to accessing online library services and resources. Even when the library’s doors are closed you can still use our digital book and audiobook collections (including OverDrive), databases, and streaming films.

For more information about navigating our online services and resources check out the Getting Started @ the Bentley Library — Online! guide. Please contact the Reference Desk if you need any help accessing or using the library ‘s online resources.

Fall 2020 Library Opening: Know Before You Go!

Welcome back, Falcons! The library will provide services and resources online during the first week of classes. Our doors will open to the Bentley community on Tuesday, September 8.  Below are important things to know about the library’s operations this fall trimester. For more detailed information, FAQs, and to check for updates, visit the Back to the Bentley Library guide.

Key Opening Dates

For detailed hours information, including virtual Reference Desk hours, view the library hours calendar.

Monday, August 31 –
Friday, September 4
Online services and resources only
Saturday, September 5 –
Monday, September 7
Labor Day holiday: All online help services closed
Tuesday, September 8Library building opens

Visiting the Bentley Library (starting Tuesday, September 8)

  • The library is operating in accordance with state and university COVID-19 public health guidelines. All library users and staff are required to wear face coverings, maintain 6 feet physical distance, and practice hand hygiene. Please perform your daily health self-check and stay home if you have any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • The library is instituting card swipe access this trimester. All Bentley students, faculty and staff will need to swipe a current Bentley ID at the main entrance to enter the building.
  • Building occupancy will be limited and monitored. Due to the occupancy limits, we ask that you please be courteous to others and mindful of your time in the library. Do not leave any personal belongings in the building, as you may not be able to re-enter to get them if we are at capacity.
  • Disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer are available throughout the library. Please wipe down any shared surfaces before and after you use them.
  • Food is prohibited in the library until further notice.

Study Rooms and Spaces

  • The library’s study rooms are subject to reduced capacity and physical distancing guidelines. Many study rooms are limited to single occupancy; some of the larger rooms accommodate two people. Please check the occupancy sign posted on each room. Study rooms are available on a first come, first served basis. Reservations are not available.
  • Furniture has been removed and rearranged to ensure proper physical distancing. In areas where furniture has not been reconfigured (e.g. study rooms), signage will clearly indicate the allowable occupancy.
  • Face coverings are required in all library spaces at all times, including in study rooms, study carrels and pods, and at study tables.

Borrowing Library Materials and Using Course Reserves

  • The library’s stacks are open and you may browse without restrictions while maintaining proper physical distance.
  • To minimize face-to-face interactions, we request that you use the library’s self-check machine to check out your items.
  • Please return your library items in the book return drop, located at the main entrance.
  • Returned items will be quarantined for a period of 3 days before being re-shelved or checked out to anyone else. The exception to this policy is Course Reserves, which circulate in-house for short periods of time. In order to ensure that all students have timely access to Reserves materials, they will not be quarantined. We remind you to wash your hands before and after using all library materials.

Online Resources and Research Help

Whether you are near or far, the library website—library.bentley.edu—is your portal to accessing online library services and resources.

  • Your Bentley email address and password grant you remote access to most library databases and electronic resources.
  • Research assistance will be provided online throughout the trimester. Reference Librarians are available to help via live chat, email (refdesk@bentley.edu), and text (781.728.0511). You can also book an appointment for a research consultation via Zoom. Virtual Reference Desk hours and contact information are posted on the Research Help page.
  • Librarians have created research guides for popular topics and specific classes such as GB112 and GB214. The guides are a great help in getting started when doing research for projects and papers.
  • The library provides free subscriptions to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times online. Visit the Current News guide for registration details.

See more details about remote library services and resources at Getting Starting @ the Bentley Library – Online!

Computers & Printers

Computers and printers (color and B&W) are available for you to use if you need one. To install the Bentley print drivers on your laptop, visit the Falcon Printing website. You will also find information about printing funds and costs on that site.

Get Updates

Don’t forget to follow @BentleyLibrary on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for updates, news, events, and photos.

We look forward to seeing you—whether in person or online—this trimester! If you have questions, please reach out to us. We are here to help.

Online Help Hours Update: Monday, August 10-Sunday, August 30

The library’s online help services will be closed nights and weekends during the period after summer session classes end and before fall classes begin – Monday, August 10 through Sunday, August 30. 

Library Services is available online:

Monday – Thursday:8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday:8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday:CLOSED

Reference and Reference help is available online:

Monday – Thursday:8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday:8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday:CLOSED

Don’t forget that when the library is closed you can still use our digital book and audiobook collections (including OverDrive), databases, and streaming films. Contact us if you need any help accessing the library from off campus.

Stay tuned for announcements about our Fall 2020 re-opening plans and hours!

New Books, DVDs & Audiobooks - Place a Hold, Pickup on Friday!

The new acquisitions lists for July are now available for you to browse our most recent book, audiobook, DVD, and e-book arrivals. Visit the New Books & DVDs page to browse the new items by subject or format. Use the library’s new contactless pickup service to place holds on the items you want to borrow and then pick them up at the library on Friday from noon-4:00 p.m. Please view the contactless pickup details and instructions before visiting.

Downloadable ebooks and digital audiobooks are available via our OverDrive collection, and you now have a choice of OverDrive apps to use – the original OverDrive app and/or the new Libby app. For help using OverDrive, view their Getting Started page or contact the Reference Desk for personal assistance.