Is It Getting Loud in Here? Please, Help Us Keep the Library Quiet.

It’s hard to believe that today is the last day of classes and finals are upon us. For most of you this translates into late-night study sessions and hours spent hunched over a keyboard typing papers. Many of you will retreat to the Bentley Library to seek out a quiet corner or comfortable chair to accomplish these tasks.  We ask that you work together with us to maintain a quiet environment conducive to study.

Please, be mindful of your voices and courteous to the people working around you. If you do encounter a person or group that is disrupting the quiet you may approach a library staff member either in person or by sending an anonymous instant message via our Meebo chat widget. Simply go to the library’s home page, look for “I Want To...” and click on “Help Keep the Library Quiet!“.  There’s no need to log-in or identify yourself. A  library staff person will respond as quickly as possible. Best of luck to all of you with finals, and have a wonderful winter break!

24-hour Library Access for Finals!

Night owls take note, the Bentley Library will be open for 24-hour access during MOST days of Final Exams Week, beginning on Thursday, December 10 and ending on Thursday, December 17. See the detailed schedule below for complete information as there are exceptions on Saturday and Sunday.  Alternatively, you may view our full hours calendar online.

Please note that normal library services (Circulation, Reserves, Reference) will not be available during the extended late-night hours.  Also, after 2:00am (and after midnight on Friday, December 11) all patrons must enter via the front entrance and will need to show their Bentley ID upon entry.

Bentley Library: Finals Week Schedule

  • Thursday, December 10: Library opens at 7:30am & remains open 24 hours
  • Friday, December 11: Library is open 24 hours (special note: library services closes at midnight)
  • Saturday, December 12: Library closes at 9:00pm
  • Sunday, December 13: Library opens at 10:00am & remains open 24 hours
  • Monday, December 14:  Library is open 24 hours
  • Tuesday, December 15: Library is open 24 hours
  • Wednesday, December 16: Library is open 24 hours
  • Thursday, December 17: Library closes at 2:00am (Friday a.m.)
  • Friday, December 18: Library open 7:30am – 6:00pm

You Write It, RefWorks Will Cite It!

Are you struggling with formatting your research papers?  Try RefWorks! RefWorks is a tool that creates bibliographies and formats research papers in the citation style of your choice (e.g. APA, MLA).  You can easily compile, edit and format bibliographies by importing references directly from the  library’s online databases – including ProQuest and EBSCO – or by entering them manually.

So what are you waiting for? Create your personal RefWorks Account and you’ll have access to it from anywhere in the world.

For information about creating your RefWorks account please visit our RefWorks research guide.  To get more help with RefWorks please take a look at the RefWorks quick online tutorial, enroll in one of Refwork’s complimentary training webinars, view a pre-recorded webinar session, or contact the Reference Desk.

Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday Facts & Figures

For many of us, the Thanksgiving holiday means two things – turkey with all the trimmings and the beginning of the holiday shopping season.  Just how crazy do we get?  Here are some interesting facts from a few of our library databases, the U.S. Census, and the experts at the National Turkey Federation.

Talkin’ Turkey

A National Turkey Federation (NTF) survey reveals that nearly 88 percent of Americans eat turkey at Thanksgiving.  How big are those birds?  According to the NTF the average weight of turkeys purchased for Thanksgiving is 15 pounds. 1

The U.S. Census also dishes out some mouth-watering food facts: 2

  • It is estimated that 250 million turkeys will be raised in the United States in 2009. The typical American ate 13.8 pounds of turkey in 2007.
  • 1.8 billion pounds of sweet potatoes were produced by major sweet potato producing states in 2008. Per capita sweet potato consumption was 5.2 pounds in 2007.
  • The forecast for U.S. cranberry production in 2009 is 709 million pounds.  Massachusetts residents might be surprised to learn that the Bay State is ranked second in cranberry production at 190 million pounds (behind Wisconsin which weighs in at 400 million pounds).
  • Bring on the green bean casserole.  In 2008, the contracted production of snap (green) beans in major green bean-producing states was 794,777 tons.

Ready, Set, Shop!

Industry analysts at IBISWorld estimate that total retail sales on the traditional Black Friday weekend will increase 2.8 percent from last year, totaling $42.9 billion. Will you be one of the masses?  IBISWorld is predicting that 76.9 million people will be hitting the stores on Black Friday.3

Cyber Monday is also a boon for retailers.  According to market research firm Mintel, in 2008 the National Retail Foundation (NRF) reported that 37% of consumers were planning to shop online during work on the Monday following Thanksgiving.4 There’s a bright outlook for the upcoming holiday season, as Forrester Research expects online retail sales to reach $44.7 billion during the months of November and December 2009, an 8% increase over 2008. 5

Looking for more information?  Contact a Reference Librarian – we can provide research assistance and help you navigate the library’s databases.  The staff of the Bentley Library wishes everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!

[1] “Turkey History and Trivia”.  National Turkey Foundation. n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2009. <http://www.eatturkey.com/consumer/history/history.html>.
[2] “Facts for Features – Thanksgiving Day November 26, 2009”. U.S. Census Press Release.  30 Sept. 2009. Web. 18 Nov. 2009. <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/pdf/cb09ff22_thanksgiving.pdf>
[3] “Consumers Eat And Drink To Be Merry This Season“. IBISWorld Press Release. 10 Nov. 2009.  Web. 18 Nov. 2009. <http://www.ibisworld.com/pressrelease/pressrelease.aspx?prid=206>
[4] “Holiday Shopping – US – June 2009”.  Mintel Oxygen database. 2009. Web. 18 Nov. 2009. <http://academic.mintel.com>
[5] “US Online Holiday Retail Forecast, 2009”.  Forrester Research database.  2 Nov. 2009. Web. 18 Nov. 2009. <http://www.forrester.com/>

“Help, I Just Need 3 Sources by Tomorrow!” Drop-in Research Help for Students

Do you have a paper or project due soon? This drop-in research help session is for you! Bring whatever you are working on to a reference librarian and get immediate expert assistance. You will walk away with the source or two (or three) that you need! (Of course, you can always contact a Reference Librarian to get immediate help – they are here 7 days a week).

Pre-registration is NOT required!  Drop-in to the library’s Research Instruction Center (RIC), during the scheduled times (the RIC is located on the lower level in room 11). We are holding six drop-in sessions during the week of November 16:

Monday, November 16:
2:00pm – 3:00pm
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Tuesday, November 17:
5:00pm – 6:00pm

Wednesday, November 18:
1:00pm – 2:00pm
5:00pm – 6:00pm

Thursday, November 19:
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Listen Up! New Audiobooks On Display…

In the car or on the bus, on the treadmill or out for a jog, relaxing on the couch or stuck in front of your computer at work…consider how much faster the time will pass if you’re listening to an audiobook!  Our current display highlights some of our most recent audiobook arrivals – both on CD and in digital Playaway format.

Interested in contemporary fiction?  Check out  Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and The Coral Thief.  Rediscovering literary classics? We just received Cranford and The Pilgrim’s Progress.  Want to tickle your funny bone? Kathy Griffin, Craig Ferguson and David Cross are here for you.  Keeping up with current events?  We’ve got the mortgage meltdown and the miracle on the Hudson covered.  You get the picture – we’ve got something for everyone!

New items are being added daily.  Please stop by and take a look.