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Research Appointments Available

October 17th, 2016 · No Comments · Resources

The University Libraries once again offer Individual Research Appointments (IRAs) to students. IRAs provide students with the opportunity to work one-on-one with a librarian on a specific research assignment. Students will develop search strategies, identify various print and electronic resources and discover services available in the University Libraries.

IRAs are designed for undergraduate students. (The Libraries offer a similar service for graduate students. Call 2-6943 or stop by the Research & Information Desk for more information.) Students must sign up for appointments by midnight of the day before the requested appointment date to allow for preparation. Students must also have a specific assignment or project and will be asked to state their topic when setting up their appointment.

IRAs are offered Monday-Friday.   To schedule an appointment, call 419-372-6943, or stop by the Research & Information Desk on the first floor of the Jerome Library.



September 9th, 2016 · No Comments · Resources

PolicyMapcompressedNew in June 2016! Policymap is a data and mapping tool and analytics platform that leverages thousands of US national data indicators for demographic and socioeconomic analysis. Its data can be presented as embeddable maps, tables, charts, and more.

Start by entering a location, such as Wood County. Cities, zip codes, school districts, Congressional districts, census tracts, and metro areas are all possible starting locations in PolicyMap.

Next, choose the data layers that you are interested in mapping. These can be demographic (race, age, sex, household size, voter turnout, religion), economic (income, poverty, taxation, affordability, bankruptcy), housing (home sales, home values, rental units, vacancy), quality of life (crime, transit, internet access, climate, supermarket access), employment (jobs and industries, workforce by earnings and education, unemployment), education (educational attainment, student loan debt), and/or health (cancer rates, mortality rates, health insurance, obesity, alcohol use). Data points can be layered and mapped or output to tables which can be embedded in webpages.

The “print” feature in PolicyMap gives users the option to export a map or table they create as a pdf or png file which can be used in presentations and papers.

The “email” feature in PolicyMap will create a url that will take the user back to that map, with all its embedded data points, in the live version of PolicyMap. Emailed urls will require users to have access to BGSU’s PolicyMap subscription. Add the EZProxy prepend ( to the beginning of an emailed PolicyMap url to make it available from off campus.

In development is the ability to download data into Excel, including all data points. PolicyMap expects this feature to be available this fall.

View a PolicyMap Tutorial to learn more.


New Star Trek Manuscripts Collection

September 7th, 2016 · No Comments · News, Resources

The Ray and Pat Browne Popular Culture Library is proud to announce the availability of the Alice J. Mills Kirk/Spock (K/S) Fanzine Collection for research. Mills (1932-2015) was an accomplished writer, collector and reviewer of Star Trek fan fiction, in particular stories focused on the homoerotic elements of the Kirk/Spock relationship, also known as “slash” fiction. Mills collected and contributed to fanzines for more than 30 years, and much of that effort is reflected in this collection. The collection also includes correspondence with other slash writers and hand-written reviews of stories and zines, as well as photographs, audio recordings of Star Trek stars, and fan art. This collection may be of particular interest to scholars working in the fields of feminist theory, queer theory, fan studies, gender studies, science fiction and genre literature, as well as other aspects of late-20th century American popular culture. A finding aid for the collection can be found here:

 Knights of Space KS Fan Art Mills Collect MontageThe Browne Popular Culture Library is grateful to the Mills family for their donation of this important collection, and in particular Alice’s daughter Jean Mills, who provided invaluable context for her mothers’ life and work.



Welcome Back!

August 19th, 2016 · No Comments · General

The faculty and staff of University Libraries are excited about the start of the fall 2016 semester. We want to welcome all of our returning BGSU students back to campus, and we welcome all of our new BGSU students as well. As you are settling into school, here are a few things about the library we hope you will take advantage of:


  • We’re open until 2:00 am Sunday through Thursday. A complete list of our hours can be located here.

Remote Access

  • Perhaps instead of coming into the library, you prefer to research from the comfort of your room. Library resources are available from any computer with a current BGSU ID.

Study Spots

  • We have numerous places for quiet and group study, including the 1st, 2nd, 7th, and 8th floors. In addition, Thinkers@Outtakes officially opens next week.

For Students

  • Make an appointment with a librarian for an individual research appointment.   Let us know what you are working on and we can pull resources ahead of time. Call 419-372-6943 or 866-542-2478 to speak with the Research & Information Desk.

For Faculty

  • Librarians can meet with faculty for research assistance tailored for their class. For more information click, here.

If you have any questions about how to use library services or collections, please ask one of the University Libraries staff or librarians who are eager to serve you. We’re also available via email, instant message, chat, and phone. We look forward to working with you and helping you with all of your library service and research needs.


New Databases for Fall 2016

August 18th, 2016 · No Comments · Resources

This fall, a number of library databases are new or have been upgraded!


RefWorks3LogoCompressed2-2The online citation-management software RefWorks is all new this fall! The new version features drag-and-drop functionality, one-click bibliography formatting, and can automatically generate citations from pdf documents. All users will need to migrate existing accounts to the new RefWorks. Learn more and sign up for a workshop here.

KanopycompressedKanopy contains streaming video for over 12,000 educational films and documentaries. Browse films by subject or find them listed in our catalog. New in February 2016.

Untitled-4Web enhancements: This summer we upgraded our website to improve your experience finding and linking to our databases.

On our All Databases page (one of the most popular links on our home page), we updated our subject listing, adding subjects for Art, Architecture & Design; Family & Consumer Sciences; Sociology; Theatre; and more.

In LibGuides, each subject has a “subject homepage” that lists guides relevant to that subject and displays the librarians who are the experts for that subject. On a separate tab, a list of the databases we offer to support research in that subject is organized with the more relevant databases, designated “best bets,” at the top. You can look at the LibGuides subject homepage for Art, Architecture & Design as an example.


More for general/interdisciplinary:

  • Film Industry Data
    A database of rankings, box office sales, and unit sales for film releases going back to 2000 (US) and 1994 (UK). VHS, DVD and Blu Ray data is also available. Film Industry Data can be useful for research in film, popular culture, business, and more. (new in July 2016)
  • More JSTOR!
    We all need more JSTOR! This summer we added three more modules of the JSTOR Arts & Sciences archive of journals: modules X (strong in sociology, law, business and education), XII (literature and history) and XIII (art history, literature, music & philosophy), adding nearly 600 titles to our JSTOR collections. (new in June 2016)
  • EJC upgrade
    This summer OhioLINK released an all-new platform for the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center! It features full-text searching and better full-text linking, plus more stable architecture for Ohio’s permanent research journal platform. The new EJC is the only place in the world to the search the full text of all the APA journals at one time – not even the APA website provides that level of access! (upgrade in August 2016)


RoutledgeCompressedA resource for performers, Routledge Performance Archive includes videos of interviews with key figures in theatre history and contemporary practice; masterclasses with specialist actor trainers from around the world; unique footage of legendary practitioners; excerpted and full-length contemporary productions; and documentaries. New in August 2016.

More for humanities:

  • Naxos Music Library World
    Streaming access to the back catalogue of a wide variety of World Music labels, with Smithsonian Folkways as a centerpiece and including titles from Sony, Warner, ARC, and others. (new in July 2016)
    • WhoSampled Pro
      A detailed, searchable database of sampled music, cover songs and remixes. Trial available through September 11.

Social Sciences & History

PolicyMapcompressedWord on the street is that new sociology grad students are over the moon about this addition to our databases! Policymap is a data and mapping tool and analytics platform that leverages thousands of US national data indicators for demographic and socioeconomic analysis. Its data can be presented as maps, tables, charts, and more. (new in June 2016)

PsychExOnlineCompressedPsychological Experiments Online is a database of audio and video recordings of original psychological experiments from the 20th and 21st centuries as well as supporting primary source documents. Contains valuable original documentation of famous psychological experiments such as the Milgram Behavioral Study of Obedience, the Stanford Prison Experiment, Pavlov’s Dogs Experiment, and more. (new in August 2016)

More for social sciences & history:

  • International Studies Online
    a comprehensive reference work of international studies and international relations featuring over 400 essays designed to allow readers to be brought quickly up-to-date on the current state of debates. (new in March 2016)
  • National Anti-Slavery Standard (1840-1870)
    The full text of the official weekly newspaper of the American Anti-Slavery Society, an abolitionist society founded in 1833. (new in May 2016)
  • National Survey of State Laws
    A resource that enables users to make basic state-by-state comparisons of current state laws. Provides an overall view of many controversial legal topics in the United States: abortion, the right to die, gun control, prayer in public schools, marijuana, legal ages, and many other areas. (new in June 2016)

Business & AMPD

S+PCapitalIQCompressedS&P NetAdvantage is now S&P Capital IQ! The new platform includes our NetAdvantage content (industry surveys, reports, directories, etc.) plus expanded company data and executive directories (including compensation information). (upgrade in August 2016) is the website for Women’s Wear Daily. Our subscription gives us access to current issues of the daily paper about fashion as well as the magazine’s online content. Back issues and web content are available back to 1994. (new in August 2016)



BMCCompressedLast year, BGSU Libraries joined BioMed Central with an institutional Supporting Membership. This means that BGSU-affiliated authors receive a 15% discount on article processing charges for BMC, Chemistry Central and SpringerOpen journals. Keep these open access journals in mind for your research!

More for sciences

Don’t forget…

BrowzinecompressedKeep up with the most important academic journals in your field on your phone, tablet, or computer using BrowZine! Browse TOCs or read articles, create a personal bookshelf, and be alerted when new issues are published. Create your free account online or download the free apps for iOS or Android. Learn more at


Return or Renew Your Library Materials

July 19th, 2016 · No Comments · News

Undergraduates and courtesy card holders must bring all materials to the library by August 6 to either return or renew them and to have their library accounts updated. Undergraduates and courtesy card holders may not renew online at the end of the semester.

Library accounts for graduate students and classified staff will automatically be updated on July 29 to allow them to renew their materials online through August 22. Once library materials are overdue, online renewal is no longer available and patrons must call the circulation desk at 419-372-2051 or email for renewal assistance.




Library Closed on July 4

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments · News

University Libraries will be closed on Monday, July 4, for the holiday. Of course, access to our databases will still be available for our patrons. But if you’re taking a break from studies, consider attending the BG fireworks on July 3.


Library open 24/5 (Sunday – Thursday)

April 21st, 2016 · No Comments · Events, General, Resources

Need extra time to work on papers and exams? Have your own special spot in the library where you like to study? Need access to books and other library resources? The University Libraries extends its hours of operation (24-5 Sunday through Thursday) beginning Sunday, April 24 to provide a safe and comfortable research and study environment free of disruption for our students, staff, and faculty.

Important reminder:  Circulation services as well as access to our laptops, headphones, and reserve materials will be available until 2:00 am.  Library patrons will have access to the 1st, 2nd, 7th and 8th floors throughout the night. Campus Police will be stationed in the library throughout the night to ensure student safety.

The Wm. T. Jerome Library offers more than 200 computers, quiet study space throughout the building, and a variety of collaborative group study locations. To reserve a group study space, click here.

For more information about our hours, visit

Best of luck to everyone on their finals!


Return or Renew Items Before You Leave for the Summer

April 20th, 2016 · No Comments · General

*Faculty-you can renew your items online from April 25 through May 16. If you miss that date, you can renew in person or via phone (2-2051) or email ( through June 20. Any items not returned or renewed by June 20 will be subject to lost book billing procedures, including appropriate fines and fees.

*Graduate students and Staff-you must physically bring in your items to renew or return them from April 29-May 16. There is NO ONLINE RENEWAL at the end of spring semester. If you’ll be away from campus, please check for an OhioLINK library near you.  Use the OhioLINK pick up anywhere service to have items sent to that library.  Your account has to be updated to allow requesting. Call (2-2051) or email ( with any questions.

*Undergraduate students and courtesy card borrowers-you must physically bring in your items to renew or return them from April 29-May 7. There is NO ONLINE RENEWAL at the end of the academic year. If you’ll be away from campus, please check for an OhioLINK library near you.  Use the OhioLINK pick up anywhere service to have items sent to that library. Call (2-2051) or email ( with any questions.



April 8th, 2016 · No Comments · Events

Celebrating National Library Week 2016
Take part in a celebration of books and reading
@Thinkers Café Jerome Library, First floor Tuesday, April 12 1:30 to 6:30pm
Feel free to read a poem, a short story, or your favorite book in English, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Telugu, Portuguese, ASL or any other languages! CREATE A BOOKFACE PHOTO AND ENJOY SOME LIGHT REFRESHMENTS!
Questions? Send an email to: Eileen Bosch
Sign up for your reading slot by visiting