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Bentley Library Orientation: Getting to Know the Bentley Library

Get to know the Bentley Library through this general introduction to our resources & services.

Library Databases: Find Articles & More...

Trying to track down an article from the Harvard Business Review or the Boston Globe? Looking for a current industry survey? Conducting research for your history paper? Don't waste valuable time. Before you Google, check out our online research databases.

About the Online Databases

The library subscribes to over 140 online research databases. The library subscribes to these research databases for the scholarly, factual, and reliable information that they provide. The databases provide access to:

  • company profiles, annual reports, financial data and investment reports
  • industry surveys and market research reports
  • data and statistics
  • the full-text of national, international & regional newspapers
  • the full-text of academic journals, trade publications and popular magazines
  • full-text e-books
  • accounting and tax regulations
  • case law and legislation

Accessing the Online Databases

  • To view a complete listing of our databases visit our databases page. Use the subject filters on that page to identify the most highly recommended databases for your topic.
  • The databases are accessible from any campus computer.
  • Off-campus access is available for most of the library's databases. When using a database from off-campus you will be prompted for your Bentley username and network password.
  • Some databases may require registration using your Bentley email address.

I Need the Full-Text Now!

One of our most frequently asked questions is "How can I get this article?" 

If you have a citation to an article, you can use the Journal Finder to track down the full-text of an article by following these steps:

  1. Consult the Journal Finder. Go to the library's home page and click on the Journal Finder search tab.
  2.  Use the Journal Finder to look up the journal you require. The finder will tell you if the full-text is available, the database it can be found in, and the dates that it is available. It will also tell you if the library subscribes to a print copy of the journal, and link you to the library's catalog so that you can check our print holdings.
  3. If the library does not have online or print access to the journal, you can request a copy of the article you need via Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

Search Tips - Best practices for searching library databases

The library's databases have different search interfaces, but they share basic search principles. Some of these principles are listed below.

It is good practice to look for the [Advanced Search] option in each database that you use. The advanced search page will usually make it very clear as to how you can control your search using Boolean search techniques, limiters, field searching, etc.

Boolean Searching

Boolean searching is the cornerstone to an effective search strategy. Boolean searching refers to searching using a combination of words and the three Boolean Operators: AND, OR, NOT.  A best practice is to capitalize your Boolean Operators.

  • AND will make your search smaller. If you are retrieving too many records on your topic, try adding another search term with the operator AND.

For example: "krispy kreme" AND marketing

  • OR will make your search bigger. If you are retrieving too few records on your topic, try adding another search term with the operator OR.

For example: (adolescents OR teenagers)

  • NOT will exclude a word from your search results. If you are retrieving too many records on an unrelated topic, try eliminating a word with the operator NOT.

For example: dolphins NOT football

Phrase Searching

To search for two or more words in the exact order in which they are entered you should enclose the phrase in quotation marks " ".

For example: "obsessive compulsive disorder"


Truncation allows you to search the root form of a word with all its different endings by adding a symbol to the end of a word. Truncation symbols vary by database (check the help screens or ask a Librarian), but are usually one of the below:

* (asterisk)
! (exclamation point)
? (question mark)

For example: advertis* will search for advertise, advertisement, advertising, advertises

Field Searching & Limiters

Each database has a variety of predefined fields or limiters that you can search within. Some examples of fields and limiters are:

  • article title
  • article abstract
  • article text
  • author
  • publication title
  • date
  • geographic location
  • company name
  • product name
  • ticker symbol
  • NAICS/SIC Codes
  • document type
  • publication type
  • scholarly or peer-reviewed
Scholarly and Peer-Reviewed Sources

Professors often require students to use articles from scholarly journals in their research papers and assignments. Scholarly journal articles are written by researchers, academic scholars, or experts in a field and are written for a targeted audience that includes other researchers, scholars, and specialists. Scholarly journals are sometimes also referred to as "refereed" or "peer-reviewed". 

How you go about finding scholarly articles really depends on your topic, but most databases allow users to limit their searches to scholarly articles, "refereed" or "peer-reviewed" publications. Keep in mind that not everything published in a scholarly journal is a scholarly article (e.g. book reviews, editorials, letters), so you will still need to evaluate each article individually. If you need any help identifying a scholarly publication, please see your professor or a Reference Librarian.