Now Showing at the Art Gallery: Bentley Community Art Exhibition

Bentley University Community Art Exhibition
April 20 – May 28, 2010

The final exhibit of the Spring 2010 semester at the Caturano and Company Art Gallery showcases works by Bentley University students, faculty and staff.  You won’t want to miss this opportunity to appreciate the artistic talent that resides in our community!

All are invited to a celebratory Opening Reception on Thursday, April 22, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.  Light refreshments will be served.

Located on the main floor of the Bentley Library, the Caturano and Company Art Gallery is free and open to the public. Check the online hours calendar for information about the Library’s hours.

Reference Librarians: Your Secret Weapon

Are you working on a research paper or project? As the end of the semester looms, there’s a good chance you are. And if you want to get your work done faster and better, we have a suggestion for you: use the services of a reference librarian.  You don’t have to take our word for it – The Washington Post’s “Campus Overload” blog recently published an article on the reasons a reference librarian should be your best friend during finals season. A few of the reasons? Reference librarians are “Google experts”and “have access to information you didn’t know existed.”

To get the whole story, read the article on the Post‘s website. And visit the library’s Research Help page to see when and how the reference staff is available to help you with research.

Be a Part of the Bentley Community Art Exhibit!

Bentley University Community Art Exhibit
Featuring the artistic talents of the students, faculty and staff of Bentley University
April 20 – May 28, 2010

Would you like to be a part of the Bentley University Community Art Exhibit?   Deliver your work to the Art Gallery in the Library on April 12 or April 13. Deliver three to five pieces per person, from which the curator will make a selection.   Work arriving after April13th will not be hung.

EXHIBITION GUIDELINES:

  • Member of the Bentley University Community.
  • Accepted pieces include work from both the fine arts (painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography) and applied arts (pottery, quilting, sewing skills, fine woodworking and original furniture).
  • All pieces must be ready to hang or display with appropriate frames and hardware.
  • Please put TITLE, DATE, MEDIUM, YOUR NAME, POSITION, DEPARTMENT, and PHONE # on each work.
  • Due the size of the gallery, the number of items selected for the exhibition may be limited, but the curator will try to hang at least one piece by each person who submits.

The Opening Reception for the Community Art Exhibit is Thursday, April 22, 2010 – mark your calendars!

Please direct any questions about the Bentley University Community Art Exhibit to curator Jim Morris at jmorris@bentley.edu.

Database of the Month: MLA International Bibliography

Of all the databases the Bentley Library subscribes to, MLA International Bibliography is the most comprehensive when it comes to literature and related fields. Its over 2 million records provide citation information and abstracts for research in areas such as:

  • rhetoric and composition
  • teaching of literature
  • teaching of language
  • folklore
  • history of publishing
  • literary theory and criticism
  • dramatic arts (including television, film, radio, and theater)

Its records include articles, books, book chapters, dissertation abstracts, and even websites (more on that later). While mostly in English, MLA also includes research from other countries in over 70 other languages, and provides coverage back to 1923.

The CSA search platform offers a powerful advanced search; zero in on exactly what you need by searching several different fields, including:  scholarly approach, literary genre, time period, influence, and literary theme (e.g., subjects like “gender conflict” or geographic places). MLA allows you to distinguish between the author of an article, and the author about which an article is written; the same applies to language (e.g., an article written about Spanish, in English).

Another very useful feature of MLA International Bibliography is its inclusion of websites. Websites go through the same rigorous selection process as all the other resources in the database, so it’s easy to generate a list of reliable websites on a particular topic. When searching, scroll all the way down and check off the box “websites only.” Here’s an example of a “websites only” search for the words “Harlem Renaissance.”

While MLA International Bibliography serves mainly as an index, it’s easy to discover if Bentley has access to a resource by clicking “Check for Journal in another Bentley database.” It also links easily to Interlibrary Loan and exports to Refworks. You can also create a desktop shortcut (look at the bottom of the search screen) to search MLA International Bibliography directly from your desktop.

Further information about this database may be found on MLA’s website: http://www.mla.org/bibliography

Connect to this database:

Please visit MLA International Bibliography to explore this valuable database further – on the CSA landing page, click “Specific Databases,” and make sure that only the box next to “MLA International Bibliography” is checked. Visit our Databases page to view a complete list of our resources.

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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 contact the Reference Desk.  If you would like a demonstration of this database for a class, please contact our Coordinator of User Education, Elizabeth Galoozis.