Google Scholar Citations


Google Scholar Citations is a fast and easy way for you to track publication history, citations, and other useful information about articles. When searching Google Scholar you may have noticed that at the bottom of each article record is a link that says Cited By: #. Google Scholar prominently displays the numbers of times a particular article has been cited by other researchers and academics.  Google Scholar uses its own search function to find articles that are available through a variety of means such as through library databases and Digital Commons. The more accessible a researcher has made their article, the more chances are that someone will find it. Google makes it easy for researchers and scholars to set up their own author profile page.



When start to create a Google Scholar citation profile page you just need to enter in your name, school affiliation, institutional e-mail address, and area of interest. It will instantly track citations to publications tied to your name. You can also do this manually through Google’s system. Once you have your user profile created you can then explore metrics, graphs, and many other interesting and unique pieces of data.




More and more students and researchers are using Google Scholar to do research and track metrics. Register for your account, and start tracking your citations today. If you need help creating an account or have questions please contact the Research and Instruction Desk in the library.


Reference Collection Additions


It’s finals time here at the library, and the library is full of studious people working on final projects and papers. To help you with your projects and scholarly pursuits we regularly purchase books and materials to add to our collection. Some interesting reference books arrived recently that may help you with a last minute paper. A reference librarian is the person to ask for help to peruse these materials. Take a look at some of our recent additions:

The Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Appearance 

Boy Culture: An Encyclopedia

Climate Change: An Encyclopedia of Science and History

As always if you need help finding an article, book, or just need help finding something out: Ask a Librarian!

Good luck with finals!

New Additions to the Reference Collection


We at the library regularly order new reference books for our collection. The Reference Stacks are on the first floor of the library past the computer terminals. Reference books cannot be checked out of the library, but do not let this dissuade you from using them. They have invaluable information that may help you with many projects and research. Here are some highlights from our recent acquisition:

First Amendment Rights: An Encyclopedia

Historical Dictionary of Tibet

Global Social Issues

DSM – 5

Research Methods in Anthropology

Historical Dictionary of Jazz

Encyclopedia of Terrorism

Scientists and Science

Dictionary of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering

Updated collection of Who’s Buying

The reference collection is indispensable for your research needs. The reference collection has material that is not available anywhere else. See a reference library today for help with your research needs. We are available by phone, instant message, text, e-mail, and in person.

Ask a Librarian!

Digital Commons@Bryant University


Have you ever wondered what the scholarly pursuits of your colleagues, professors, and classmates are? Would you like to explore the history of Bryant University, and see actual artifacts that tell the story of the university? Then you should check out the Digital Commons@Bryant University. To access Digital Commons simply hover your mouse over the “Special Collections” tab on the left hand side of the page and then click “Digital Commons.”


Digital Commons is a database powered by a company called BePress. This database holds all kinds of historical and scholarly material for your perusal. Many colleges and universities are exploring ways to provide resources that are more easily accessible. Libraries are also exploring the concept of Open Access. If you would like to read more about Open Access and related initiatives a good place to start would be UC Berkeley the Digital Public of America.

Want to check out what the Science and Technology faculty are working on? Simply visit their page here. What about the Accounting faculty? See that here. Maybe you would like to explore past Senior Honors Projects? Explore those here.

In addition to scholarly material published by faculty and staff our Digital Commons contains lots of historical and archival material. We have the Archway, Bryant Commencements, Bryant Magazine, Historical photos and documents, and so much more.

Also, don’t forget to check out the Bryant College Goes to War archive headed by Professor Judy Litoff. This wonderful collection documents the impact that World War II had on Bryant and its community.

If you are a Bryant faculty member who would like their work published in our Digital Commons, please contact Anthony Marando at or The Digital Commons can only grow with your support.

As you can see we have only scrapped the surface of the Digital Commons@Bryant University. If you need help accessing materials or have questions about the collection, send an e-mail to or you can IM us from the main library homepage.

The Presidential Election


The 2012 Presidential Election is just around the corner. If you are a United States citizen, age 18 or over, you are eligible to vote in November. Hopefully you are registered to vote!

The library has some excellent resources about the history of elections and politics in the United States. Before the election on November 6th browse through these selected titles which are all available at the library.

U.S. Election System – this book is an introduction to the history and structure of our election system.

Tea Party Goes to Washington – this source details the rise and wide ranging influence of the Tea Party movement in American politics.

Hopelessly Divided – Post-9/11 politics, the widening gap between Democrats and Republicans, and the resurgence of populism are detailed in this book.

The Conservative Century – this work gives a history of Conservative politics in the United States with important figures like Barry Goldwater, Ronald Regan etc.

The Achievement of American Liberalism – the New Deal, The Great Society, and post-1960’s American liberalism is the focus of this book.

We hope that you find these sources useful while you get ready to exercise your right to vote. This election will decide the course of the nation for the next four years so it’s time to get informed and get involved. If you need help finding sources related to the election, or any other topic, come to the reference desk in the library or contact us!

Herstory Month at the Library


At Bryant University the month of March is full of events highlighting the accomplishments of women in our society. The 15th Annual Women’s Summit on March 15th is quickly approaching with the theme of “Fifteen Years of Empowering Women.” With this and other events on campus focused on the accomplishments of women here are some resources available in the library for your perusal.

If you are looking for a general reference book on the history of women in business then take a look at the Encyclopedia of American Women in Business: From Colonial Times to the Present. There are fascinating entries in this collection that highlight key figures and important events relating to women in business. For another great historical work highlighting the contributions of women in business check out Enterprising Women: 250 Years of American Business.

In addition to business and entrepreneurship women have made invaluable contributions to arts and letters. Virginia Woolf is considered to be a proto-feminist and set the tone for what would become the Women’s Liberation Movement with her work A Room of One’s Own. Ms. Woolf along with women authors such as Jane Austen, Louisa May Alcott, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Zora Neale Hurston, Gloria Steinem, Toni Morrison and countless others have added much to ongoing discourse of art and letters. Virginia Woolf made a case for women’s place not only to develop intellectually and spiritually, but also for a place for women in a patriarchal world.

As the Women’s Summit approaches and other events on campus during Herstory Month check out some of the books and authors we have selected to learn more about the contributions women have made to society in business, arts and letters, society and democracy.