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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.

How We Can Help...

Reference Librarians staff the reference desk daily, and can help with:

  • Using the catalog to locate books, DVDs, and audiobooks at the Bentley Library.
  • Finding books at other libraries and using ILL to request them.
  • Identifying and selecting the most appropriate databases to use for your topic.
  • Formulating your search strategy and constructing searches.
  • Determining where to obtain the full-text articles that you need.
  • Citing your sources.

Contact a Reference Librarian

It's easy to connect with a reference librarian at the Reference Desk in person, on the phone (781.891.2300), and via text (781.728.0511), email ( and Live Chat. You may also schedule an appointment for an one-to-one research consultation.

Full details, including our hours and contact information are available on the Research Help page.

Find Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Consult our database of Frequently Asked Questions, which we call "Ask Us", for an instant answer to your question.

Go to Ask Us to search or browse previously asked questions. If you don't find an answer, you may submit a question via the Ask Us form (or contact the Reference Desk through the avenues listed above).

Help Yourself Using Library Research Guides

The Bentley Library reference librarians have created a collection of library research guides that are designed to help students locate the best resources for their research.  

Research guides are available for a number of popular topics/subjects, as well as for specific classes.  For each topic we recommend specific books, journals, databases and web sites. Where needed we also include step-by-step instructions. The entire collection of guides is available on our Research Guides page.