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We love linking!

Just before the start of the semester, we upgraded the software that links you to full text articles online, no matter where you’re searching – EBSCO, Summon, Google Scholar – anywhere!

We’re excited about our new link software because we think it provides helpful options that are easy to use while you’re doing research.


When you click on an article title in Summon or our Find It! button from a database like EBSCO or Web of Science, you will be taken to the full-text article, if it is available through the library, just as you were before. However, you will also often see a menu of helpful options in a sidebar to the right of the article that will help you if you have any trouble getting to the full text of the article.

Try a Different Source. If the article is available full text in another source, you can go to it by choosing a different source from the drop-down.

Report a problem. Click on the report a problem link to send a report of your problem getting to full text to BGSU Libraries. A librarian will follow up with you within 24 hours if you include your contact information.

Request a copy. Use this link to sign in to ILLiad and submit your request for a copy. We will find a library that has the journal and ask them to scan and send you the article as a pdf – at no cost to you!

We encourage you to make use of these options as you are doing your research!

JournalPass tool for off-campus access

JournalPass If you use Google or Google Scholar to find articles, or look at journals online from their publisher’s websites, you have probably run into times when the website asks you to log in or purchase the article in order to download the full text because it is subscription-only.

University Libraries pays for subscriptions to thousands of these online journals, but it is very cumbersome to have to go to the Libraries’ home page, go to our journal list, find the journal by title, log in, link to the journal’s website, and then search for the article you wanted to read.

That’s why we developed JournalPass!

JournalPass is a bookmarklet that works with all four major browsers (Chrome, FireFox, Internet Explorer and Safari). Merely visit our JournalPass LibGuide and install it with the one you use most. Then the next time you are off-campus and get to a login page on a journal publisher’s website, click on JournalPass in your browser bar. You will be prompted to log in, the journal website will recognize BGSU’s subscription, and you will be able to download the article.

JournalPass was developed at BGSU by Dave Widmer.


New resources for Fall 2014!

Every summer, as our fiscal year draws to a close, we add new electronic resources. Here are our most recent new resources! If you have questions about any of them, please contact Amy Fry for more information!

This summer we added a new JSTOR module, JSTOR XI. JSTOR XI expands our JSTOR coverage in the humanities, with scholarship in core fields of Language & Literature, History, and Art & Art History. Journals included represent the disciplines of architecture & architectural history, classical studies, archaeology, linguistics, music & performing arts, and interdisciplinary areas such as American studies. Notable titles include Bulletin of the Detroit Institute of Arts and Studies in Pre-Columbian Art and Archaeology. BGSU now has 10 JSTOR modules (JSTOR 1-9 and 11). Connect to JSTOR.

Independent Voices
Independent Voices is a four-year project to digitize over 1 million pages from the magazines, journals and newspapers of the alternative press archives of participating libraries, including BGSU. It will include over 1,000 titles written and printed by feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals, Native Americans, anti-war activists, Black Power advocates, Latinos, LGBTs and more. Connect to Independent Voices.

ACO Music Data Analysis
Also called Academic Charts Online, ACO Music Data Analysis is a growing repository of historical and current data from Billboard, The Official Charts Company, Media Control and other reporting agencies around the world. ACO links all the data that exists on music, industry trends and commercial facts to facilitate academic research. ACO covers over 60 years of international chart listings for popular music. Connect to ACO Music Data Analysis.

HeinOnline Statutes at Large
For the study of American law, this database includes full-text searchable images of every page of the Statutes at Large in PDF format. Direct coverage from 1789 to two years ago, but provides a link to FDsys containing public laws that have not yet been published in the U.S. Statutes at Large. Also includes earlier Federal Codes and Compilations of Statutes. Connect to HeinOnline Statutes at Large.

Essential Science Indicators
This is a database designed to let you view and analyze only the highest-cited, highest-ranked and most-impactful current papers, institutions, journals, and scholars based on data from the Web of Science citation database. The database lets you sort and analyze these results by geography, field/discipline, institution, date, and other factors. While the database asks you to set up a personal account and log in, you can also use it as a guest. Connect to Essential Science Indicators.

Law Review Commons
The BePress Law Review Commons is a growing repository of open-access papers and journals covering legal issues. Connect to the Law Review Commons.


How to find your textbooks in the library

It’s the #1 most frequently asked question at the Research & Information Desk at the start of every semester. To find out if you can get your textbooks at the library, follow the steps below.

What book do you need?

Figuring out which book you need – EXACTLY which book – is the first step. To do this, go to the online schedule of classes by clicking on the orange “Search for Classes” button on this page. Find your class. Click on “Book List.”

Book list

A new window will pop up, taking you to the bookstore. You will need to click the green button to do comparison shopping. The books for your course will appear in a list on the left side of the screen.

Reading List

See if your book is on reserve

To see if your book is on reserve, use the “Reserves” search tab on the library’s home page and type in the title or title and author:


See if your book is in OhioLINK

To see if we have the book in our collection for checkout or if it is in OhioLINK, searching by ISBN is more effective. An ISBN search is the best way to find the EXACT EDITION you need for your class.

Copy the ISBN of the book from the list in the bookstore’s website. Go to the library’s home page and paste the number into the Summon search box.

Summon search

If our library owns the book, you will be able to see its call number and where it is located.


If no results are found, click on the “Search OhioLINK” link at the top of the screen.


Choose the “Other Numbers” search and paste your ISBN into the first search box.

Other numbers

If the book you need is available in another library, click on the green “Request” button and use your BGSU username and password to request it.


If your book doesn’t have an ISBN, or you want to see if an older edition is available, use the Summon or OhioLINK advanced search screens to search by title and author.

OhioLINK advanced search

If you can find one of your books from the library or OhioLINK, you will not be able to keep it the entire semester. You may need to photocopy or scan a chapter, then return the book, or you may need to re-request it. You may find it more convenient to buy the required books for some of your classes even if you can check them out from the library.

As always, if you have questions, Ask Us!

Sign up for SciFinder!

SciFinderSciFinder provides access to the world’s most comprehensive and authoritative source of references, substances and reactions in chemistry and related sciences. Use it to search for substances, reactions, and patent and journal references anytime, anywhere. BGSU’s subscription allows for unlimited simultaneous users.

To use SciFinder, you must first sign up for an account with your BGSU email address using this link: This link will only work with Chrome, Firefox and Safari – not with Internet Explorer.

If you had an account at a former institution where you were a student or faculty member, you should re-register for SciFinder through BGSU. If you had any saved searches or alerts associated with your former account, you will need to re-create them in your BGSU SciFinder account – there is no way to transfer them.

Once you have created your account, you can log in to SciFinder from on or off campus through this url:

SciFinder is listed on our All Databases page under “Sciences” – go to the Libraries’ Home Page –> Search & Find –> All Databases.

Looking for a federal law?

If you’re looking for the text of a U.S. federal law, the University Libraries now provides a database that includes the text of every federal law passed from 1789 to several years ago. HeinOnline U.S. Statutes at Large includes the text of such laws as:

Because it generally takes several years for individual laws to be added to the Statutes at Large, HeinOnline U.S. Statutes at Large provides a link to FDsys which includes the full text of public laws that have not yet been published in the U.S. Statutes at Large. This database also includes earlier Federal Codes and Compilations of Statutes.

The database allows users to browse by Congress, year of enactment, popular name of the law, Indian treaties, or other treaties. It also allows for searches by public law number, Statutes at Large citation, name of tribe or nation (for treaties), phrases within laws, etc.

If you have questions or wish further information about HeinOnline U.S. Statutes at Large, contact Carol A. Singer, Professor in the Library Teaching and Learning Department at or 419-372-9412.

Cherry blossom exhibit through May 9

In honor of BGSU’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival, University Libraries’ Center for Archival Collections has installed an exhibition on the 5th floor of Jerome Library to celebrate cherry blossoms and Japanese culture. The exhibition will run through May 9 and includes 3D materials from President Ribeau’s collection, haikus about cherry blossoms from our poetry collection, and images of Japan from our rare books collection.

We hope to see you soon in the CAC!

Image from the Center for Archival Collections

Get the most out of EBSCOhost!

EBSCO and FlowersYou’ve probably used EBSCOhost, but how much do you really know about it? Did you know you can search in a database just for art? That EBSCO can format citations for your bibliography? That  you can do cited reference searching, save search and journal alerts, and explode numbers of search results by searching within full text? Here are some tips on these and other things you might not know about EBSCO, so you can get the most out of it this fall.

Use subject-specific databases. If you click on the EBSCO link on the library’s home page, you will be searching a database called Academic Search Complete. While it is EBSCO’s biggest database (with over 8,000 full-text journals), it is far from complete! Use the “Choose Databases” link above the search box to get to the full list of over 70 databases the library has from EBSCO, and be aware that searching Academic Search Complete does NOT search them all! Hover the cursor over the dialog box next to each one to read its description, then choose the ones that best suit your research needs.

Format citations. When looking at the description of an article in EBSCO, you will see a list of “tools” on the right side of the screen. One of these is “cite.” If you click on this, EBSCO will make a citation you can paste into a bibliography. Just choose the format you need! Also useful are the “email” and “permalink” tools – the latter generates a url that will get you right back to that article from on or off campus.

Save search alerts. If you create a “My EBSCOhost” account (using the “sign in” link at the top of any EBSCO screen), you can save search and journal alerts, which will automatically send you an e mail whenever new content from a particular journal is added to EBSCO or periodically execute a particular search and email you the new results. This is a great tool for graduate students, so you can always stay up to date on the latest publications in your field! Watch these 2-minute YouTube videos to learn how to set up journal and search alerts.

Advanced search options. If you choose “advanced search” underneath the EBSCO search box, you will find a lot of powerful search options!

  • Limit to parts of a citation – use the drop-downs next to the search boxes to search in title words, journal title (source), and subject
  • Also search within the full text of articles – this checkbox will explode your search in databases that include full-text journals

You can also limit your searches by date, availability of full text, scholarly publication status, language, and more.

Cited reference searching. While Web of Science and Scopus are the best sources for cited reference searching, you can also search for articles that cite a particular book or author in EBSCO. Click on “Cited References” at the top of any EBSCO screen and fill out the information for the reference you’d like to see cited.

Image of Frieda Falcon and Torrance Nowden from Centennial Memories.

New LexisNexis interface

The database LexisNexis changed its searching interface on December 23.

LexisNexis searches hundreds of full-text newspapers and also contains business and legal information, and users will find the new interface a better way to search all of this content! LexisNexis wrote wrote the following in its wiki:

“The bold red Academic Search box shown above is now the unmistakable place to start research.

“The Academic Search box defaults to a combined search of news, business, and legal content. In the current version of Academic, a large content search like this would typically return a ‘Your search has returned over 3,000 documents’ message. The new interface will automatically return the 1,000 most relevant documents that meet your search criteria.

“The expandable elements are one of our favorite things about the new interface. We’ve kept the three top widgets from our current interface, just in an expandable format. They’re there if you want them to be, and not when you don’t. ”

Learn more about the new interface here, or watch this introductory video.

In addition, L-N released new Curriculum-Based Research Guides – five downloadable guides covering common legal, news, business, political science, and first-year writing assignments.

Image by Martin (x1klima).

OhioLINK outage 2/27

On Thursday evening, February 27, 2014, from 10:00pm to 11:00pm, OARnet will be doing maintenance on the switching infrastructure at the Kinnear Road center.

OhioLINK has warned us that it is extremely likely that we will lose access to OhioLINK services during this time.  This includes the OhioLINK Catalog, the Electronic Journal Center, the eBook Center, the Digital Resource Commons, the Electronic Theses and Dissertations center, and the OhioLINK web server.  Vendor databases hosted on their systems should not be affected.