Databases of the Month: eBook Collections

This August we want to highlight our eBook collections as our Database of the Month to let you know about some of the resources that we have available that you can access anywhere. Our eBook collections contain a wide variety of materials including academic/scholarly titles, popular fiction and nonfiction books, and technical guides.

Bentley students, faculty, and staff just need their Bentley email address and password to begin accessing the resources in these collections both on and off campus.

While some of our eBooks can be found by doing a search in the Bentley Library Catalog, searching directly on the platforms will be your best opportunity to discover all that these databases have to offer.

Here are some of our most popular eBook collections:


Screenshot of OverDrive homepage.

OverDrive contains thousands of popular fiction and nonfiction audiobooks and eBooks. The titles in this collection include bestsellers and award winners. Check out the books using your Bentley email address and password for up to 21 days. You can read or listen on your computer or take the books with you on the go by downloading the Libby or OverDrive apps to your mobile device. Visit our OverDrive guide for more information.

Ebook Central (ProQuest)

ProQuest Ebook Central homepage screenshot including main search box.

Ebook Central from ProQuest contains academic and scholarly titles in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Books in this collection can be read directly in your browser — no checkout necessary! Some books in this collection allow unlimited access or may only allow 1-3 users to read a title at a time.

eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)

Screengrab of eBook Collection Highlights browsing menu with recent collection additions.

Books from EBSCO’s eBook Collection are read in your browser. Search the collection for books in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Each book will let you know how many users can access a book at the same time (1, 3, or unlimited users).

Books 24×7 (Skillport)

Screenshot of the Books24x7/Skillport homepage.

If you’re looking for books related to business and IT, check out our Books 24×7 collection, a part of the Skillport platform. Topics covered include management, finance, wellness, and productivity. Software guides are also available in this collection for applications such as SAS and SPSS. In addition to books, the Skillport platform also provides educational videos. Books can be read directly on the Skillport platform.

Safari Books Online: Tech Books

Screenshot of the homepage of the O'Reilly platform, host of the Safari Tech Books.

Part of the O’Reilly platform, Safari Books are a valuable resource for anyone interested in technology and business. Find guides for various software and applications on this platform.

View the full list of databases that contain eBooks for more information.

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.

New Year - New Databases A-Z page!

The Bentley Library will have a new Databases A-Z page starting in January 2020. The new Databases A-Z page will offer increased functionality and some additional features. Here are some of the highlights:

  • It’s mobile friendly so it can be accessed on any device type.
  • Database descriptions are displayed by default and searchable!
  • See Popular, Trial, or New databases at a glance.
  • Take advantage of the additional filtering options available. Not only can you filter by subject, but you can also filter by database type or by vendor.
Screenshot of Databases A-Z page.

Additionally, when you filter by subject you can also get a list of Research Guides created for that subject area!

Screenshot of Databases A-Z subject filter page for Company Research with Research Guides highlighted.

Start exploring our new Databases A-Z page now!

If you have any questions, please contact a librarian at the Reference Desk.

Database of the Month: Project MUSE

This month we feature Project MUSE as our Database of the Month:

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Project MUSE provides scholarly journal and book content in the humanities and social sciences. Students, faculty, and staff conducting research in political science, literature, history, education, religion, cultural studies, gender studies, philosophy, science, mathematics, and more will find that Project MUSE can provide valuable content. Over 120 publishers provide content in Project MUSE including university presses and scholarly societies.

Users have the opportunity to browse by subject area, search in the full text content, or search by author, title, or publisher. Additional limiters can help users filter results further by content types, research areas, languages, and publication dates.

Search Tip: Project MUSE provides clear indictors in the results list that will let you know the access level of a particular listing. However, you can select to only search the content that Bentley University has full access to within Project MUSE.

Project MUSE Access Indicator Symbols

Project MUSE Access Limiter

Full text is available in HTML and PDF formats.

Project MUSE Results List Example

Citation management options include emailing individual links or using Project MUSE’s suggested citations which provides examples in MLA, APA, Chicago, and Endnote formats. There is also the option to save citations to a folder during a search session. Citations in the folder can be exported to RefWorks or EndNote citation managers, saved as a .txt file, printed, or emailed. If you use the folder option, please note that it will expire once your search session ends or you close your browser.

Project Muse Citation Management Options

Search Tip: Always double check any citation you retrieve from a database for accuracy. Consult our Citing Sources guide for resources to help.

For assistance in using Project MUSE, contact the Bentley Library reference desk or check out the video tutorials or user guides provided by Project MUSE.


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 this resource (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.

Bentley Library Workshop for Faculty: Creating Static Links to ProQuest, EBSCOHost & JSTOR Articles

The Bentley Library invites faculty to: Creating Static Links to ProQuest, EBSCOHost & JSTOR Articles

When:  Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Where:  Research Instruction Center (RIC), Library Lower Level, Room 011

The EBSCOHost, ProQuest, and JSTOR databases all offer “persistent” or static links to articles that can be accessed for several years. Attendees will learn how to create durable links to articles with the comfort of knowing that copyright permission and royalties have been taken care of by Bentley’s site licenses to these databases.  This workshop will show users how to create links to articles and use them in Blackboard course websites, online bibliographies, and personal websites.  Workshop attendees will also learn how to make links available to off-campus students.

Please RSVP to if you would like to attend this workshop.