New school year: new online databases & tools!

Over the summer and during the last year, the University Libraries have acquired some new online tools and resources that add valuable features and content for BGSU students and faculty. Here are the highlights. If you have any questions, please contact the subject librarian for your school or department, and he or she will be glad to share more information with you.

New resources

We are pleased to announce the addition of BrowZine to our online tools! BrowZine is an iPad app that works with our ejournal subscriptions so they are easy to find and read. Keep up on what’s being published in your discipline! Learn more.

NBC Learn & NBC Learn K-12
Following a spring trial, the University Libraries have added this streaming video database with generous support from the Provost’s Office. NBC Learn includes content from NBC News broadcasts and other sources arranged by subject and is great for learning more about current or controversial topics. Its K-12 interface can be used by student teachers.

Points of View Reference Center
If you assign an opinion paper,  you should include this resource in your syllabus! Points of View Reference Center provides overviews of controversial issues, including guides to opinions on both sides and tools to aid in critical analysis. It is arranged topically and includes well-trafficked issues like abortion and gun control as well as ones students might not think of, like blood diamonds, big box retailers, and airbrushing in advertising. Access provided through OhioLINK. Learn more.

Berg Fashion Library
Search by topic or browse by time period and immerse yourself in the Berg Fashion Library‘s thousands of full-color images and informative essays covering the dressed and adorned body across cultures and throughout history. Cultural studies scholars, artists and students and teachers of theater and film will welcome the addition of the online version of this important reference tool.

Science Reference Center
This EBSCO resource includes full-text encyclopedias and other reference material covering a broad range of topics in the sciences. Access provided through OhioLINK. Learn more.

Something About the Author Online
The online version of the multivolume, comprehensive reference source on children’s literature. University Libraries is now purchasing the current volumes of Something About the Author Online as ebooks.

Statistical Abstract of the United States
Formerly a print volume released annually, this is an important statistical resource of topically-arranged tables of data drawn from the U.S. Census and other statistics compiled by the United States government. Access provided through OhioLINK. Learn more.

Consumer Health Complete
A comprehensive source of consumer-oriented health information designed to support the needs of patients. Access to Consumer Health Complete is provided through OhioLINK.

In addition to the subscriptions listed above, you also might be interested in these three free resources we added to our collections this summer:

  • Digital Commons Network – free, full-text scholarship from 280 colleges and universities (more)
  • Digital Gallery – images from the University Libraries’ various special collections and archives (more)
  • Getty Research Portal – the digitized full text of art texts in the public domain from institutions around the world (more)

Additional updates

ProQuest Mobile
The latest of our database vendors to release a mobile-friendly site, ProQuest is the provider of important primary-source databases like the New York Times HistoricalAmerican Periodicals Series Online, and the Vogue Archive. Unfortunately for iPhone users, the new ProQuest mobile platform does not work with Flash, so those great Vogue fashion spreads are still better viewed on a computer. Learn more.

New SciFinder Interface
This important chemistry database released a new interface this summer. SciFinder‘s new, streamlined design lets you access powerful search options in just one click; quickly identify the latest, most relevant research via a more intuitive layout; and more easily access saved searches and alerts. Learn more.

Rock & Roll, Counterculture, Peace & Protest
This database of primary source materials covering youth and popular culture from 1950-1975 features content from the Ray & Pat Browne Popular Culture Library at BGSU. This summer, the publisher released an additional module with even more material. If you haven’t used this unique resource, it’s time to take a look! Learn more.

New interfaces in preview
Summon 2.0 Preview now available
University Libraries’ primary search engine, Summon (which finds items in the BGSU Library Catalog as well as our databases and ejournal subscriptions), is working on an upgrade to its user interface. Try it here.

American Song
American Song contains streaming audio for American roots and pre-1960 American popular music. Preview its new interface here.

Though we are excited about everything new we’re able to offer this fall, the University Libraries were also affected by a number of vendors’ and service providers’ decisions to discontinue databases. Most of those that were discontinued got very little use here at BGSU. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your subject librarian for more information.

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