Reading Day Relief! Snacks, Therapy Dogs & Make-Your-Own Buttons

You may think you’re being productive when you work for long stretches at a time on a single task (like cramming for an exam or writing a paper), but taking frequent breaks will actually improve your focus, attention, and performance! The library is hosting three events on Reading Day to encourage you to take some time off from studying to reboot your mind and body. Please drop in to as many as you can throughout the day.

Tuesday, December 12

Study Break: Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate & Snacks
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. |  library lobby

Refuel and recharge! Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and snacks will be available in the lobby from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (or until supplies last). Bring your own reusable water bottle to refill at one of our three water bottle filling stations.

Stress Buster: Make Your Own Buttons
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  |  art gallery

Take a break from studying to make your own buttons using the library’s button makers. We’ll have pre-made designs, magazines, and coloring books for you to use, or you can put markers to paper and create your own design. This activity is sure to get your creative juices flowing!

Take a Paws: Meet Therapy Dogs Kodiak and Echo
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  |  art gallery

Our furry friends Kodiak and Echo (and their humans Marty and Karl) and are returning to the library! Studies have shown that interacting with animals can improve our interpersonal interactions and mood, reduce cortisol, lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce anxiety, enhance empathy, and improve learning. Don’t just take our word for it, come and see for yourself!  Drop in to the art gallery to hang out with these two giant, lovable Bernese Mountain Dogs.

24 Hour Access for Final Exams Starts Monday, December 11

The library’s 24-hour access for final exams begins at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, December 11 (the day before Reading Day) and ends at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 20 (the last day of exams), with one small weekend exception.*  The library will close at 9:00 p.m. Saturday night and reopen at 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning, because everyone should take a little break from studying and get a good night’s sleep!
open 24 hours

Monday, December 11 – Saturday, December 16:
24 hour access
Open at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, December 11 and remain open until
9:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 16

*Saturday, December 16:
close at 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 17 – Wednesday, December 20:
24 hour access
Open at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 17 and remain open until
6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 20

What to expect during the extended hours:

  • The library is implementing card-swipe access during the overnight hours. Only Bentley ID card holders will be able to enter the library between midnight and 7:30 a.m. Please use the card-swipe box at the building’s front entrance.
  • Reference services will not be available during the extended late-night hours.

For more information about the library, café or help desk hours please view our full hours calendar online.

Good luck with your final exams, papers, and presentations. Have a wonderful winter break!

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.


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.

November’s Arrivals! New Books, Movies, and Audiobooks.

Check out the new books, DVDs, downloadable books, and audiobooks acquired in November. Go to the New Books & DVDs page to browse the new arrivals by subject or format. When you see something you want, click the “Request” button to place a hold on it.

Interested in downloading or streaming ebooks and digital audiobooks? You can use the OverDrive app to download books to your computer or mobile device, or read/listen to books online in your browser via the library’s OverDrive site.  For help using OverDrive, view their Getting Started page or visit the Reference Desk for personal assistance.

November 2017 new acquisitions

Workshop: Citing Sources: Why, When, How


Why do your professors want you to cite your sources? Does it feel like busywork? Let us help. We’ll show you how to cite your sources in the format of your choice, and where to find citation templates and formatting style guides.

Do you have sources you need to cite, or a bibliography you need help with? Bring them with you and we’ll provide on-the-spot assistance.

When: Wednesday, December 6th, 2:30 to 3:30 or Thursday, December 7th, 5:00-6:00 pm
Where: Research Instruction Center (RIC), Room 11, on the lower level of the library
Presented by: Greg Farber-Mazor, Director of the Writing Center; Macee Damon and Matt Van Sleet, Reference Librarians

To reserve your seat, send an email to with “Citation Workshop” in the subject line, and tell us which session you’d like to attend.

We hope to see you there!

RSM Art Gallery Exhibit: 2017 International Education Photo Contest

Now showing in the RSM Art Gallery are the 2017 International Education Photo Contest winners and a selection of finalists. You have one more opportunity to vote for your favorite finalist (non-category winner)! Stop in to the gallery to cast your vote before 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 17.  The Bentley Votes Winner will receive a $50 Bentley Bookstore gift card and one lucky raffle winner will be chosen from those who voted to receive a $25 Bentley Bookstore gift card.

Don’t miss this exhibit of spectacular photographs taken by Bentley University students, faculty, and staff!

Finalists on display: May AlMarzouq, Donna Bacchiocchi, Kanika Banka, Caroline Brosnan, Allison Burns, Olivia Corriveau, Caitlin Derrickson, Phoebe Finn, Esther Hong, Panagiotis Magoulas, Ana Christina Machado Delano, Zyanna Ratansi, Anna Vellante, Feiyu Xiang, and BinBin Zhang.

2017 International Education Photo Contest
Winners and Selection of Finalists
November 15, 2017 – January 12, 2018

Click to view the International Education Photo Contest Album on Facebook