Reference Librarians Debut Online Library Research Guides

The Bentley Library reference librarians have created a new collection of library research guides that are designed to help you locate the best resources for your research! Research guides are available for a number of popular topics/subjects, as well as for specific classes.  In each guide we recommend specific books, journals, databases and web sites.  Where needed we also include step-by-step instructions.  The entire collection of library research guides is available at

This is an evolving collection – guides will continue to be added and updated.  If you’d like to suggest a topic for a library research guide please email

Get Free & Reduced Admission to Museums

Did you know that the Bentley Library offers museum passes that will allow you free or reduced admission to some of the most popular Boston-area museums?   Even better, you can check for museum pass availability up to 30 days in advance and immediately reserve your passes online.  Museum passes available are:

  • De Cordova Museum (Lincoln, MA)
  • Fruitlands Museum (Harvard, MA)
  • Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, MA)
  • Historic New England (formerly S.P.N.E.A.) (various New England locations)
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston)
  • John F. Kennedy Library and Museum (Boston)
  • Museum of Fine Arts (Boston)
  • Museum of Science (Boston)
  • National Heritage Museum (Lexington)
  • New England Aquarium (Boston) (not available during summer months)
  • Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA)

For more information (or to make your reservation now) go to the library’s home page and click on “Museum Passes”.

IBISWorld Industry Research Reports Database

We are happy to announce the addition of a new industry research database – IBISWorld Industry Market Research.  IBISWorld industry reports provide researchers with up-to-date, detailed information about 700+ U.S. Industries.  Here’s what you should know about IBISWorld:

  • IBISWorld provides reports for all of the 723 U.S. industries as categorized by NAICS, enabling you to look into any sector across the entire U.S. economy.
  • Each report is approximately 25-30 pages in length and is updated regularly (many are updated as often as 3 times per year), ensuring that they reflect the current state of an industry.
  • Supplementary Recession Updates are also now available for all industries. These updates provide a briefing on today’s rapidly changing economy and the short-term implications for an industry.
  • IBISWorld reports contain trends, statistics and analysis on market size, market share of competitors and industry growth rates. Major market segments are identified and also those forces affecting demand and supply within the industry. Performance analysis includes emerging industry trends as well as recent production performance.
  • Each comprehensive study also examines details such as: the barriers to entry, operating cost structure (industry averages), technology & systems and domestic & international markets.  Tables and statistics include: industry revenue, exports, imports, wages and number of companies in the industry
  • Drawing on the depth of information IBISWorld also provides 5 year forecasts for each industry.

Try it today! IBISWorld is accessible from both on and off-campus.  Go to the library’s Databases A-Z page and click on IBISWorld. We want your feedback: Please send us an email to let us know what you think about IBISWorld.   If you have any questions or need further assistance please contact the Reference Desk.

Changes to Library & Cafe Hours: August 8 – September 7

Summer session is ending and the library and cafe hours are changing.  Starting on Saturday, August 8, the library will be closed evenings, weekends, and Labor Day.  The Deloitte Cafe will remain closed Friday, August 7, through Monday, September 7.

Library Hours*
Saturday, August 8 through Monday, September 7

Monday – Thursday:  8:00am-6:00pm

Friday: 8:00am-4:30pm

Saturday and Sunday: CLOSED

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Monday, September 7 [Labor Day Holiday] : CLOSED

* Deloitte Cafe is CLOSED Friday, August 7, through Monday, September 7

The library and cafe will resume regular hours with the start of the Fall Semester on Tuesday, September 8, 2009. For more information about the hours please check our online hours calendar.

New & Improved CCH IntelliConnect

CCH Tax Research Network & OmniTax are now combined as CCH IntelliConnect.
What are the key features of IntelliConnect?

  • Intuitive and innovative research capabilities: IntelliConnect is easy to learn and use with its simple, modern interface. Everything is accessible from one screen.
  • Easy searching and browsing: Use either or both Search or Browse to find desired information or documents. To begin a search, simply type in your search term — there’s no need to pre-select what publications to search.
  • IntelliConnect rapidly searches all the content in your subscription so you don’t miss important documents.
  • Multiple searches saved in tab format: Never lose your place while you work!
  • Search within a search for refined results: Easily refine results by conducting a search within a set of search results.