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Explore the Harriette Coret Collection

The Ray and Pat Browne Popular Culture Library is happy to announce that the Harriette Coret Collection is now available for research. This collection donated by Mrs. Coret’s family in August, 2016. Mrs. Coret was a mental health professional, a newspaper columnist, and a family biographer in addition to being a writer of fiction. A finding aid for the collection is available here: https://lib.bgsu.edu/finding_aids/items/show/2623

The bulk of this collection focuses on Mrs. Coret’s work as an author for so-called “true confessions” magazines, with titles like Modern Romances and True Story. Mrs. Coret wrote stories that in some ways related to her work as a mental health professional- troubled teens, abusive relationships, and chronic diseases. The nature of these publications meant that authors were paid for their work, but never received byline credit, since the stories were supposed to be true and anonymous. We are extremely fortunate that Mrs. Coret kept not only her manuscripts but copies of the magazine in which the story appeared. In addition to removing the cloak of anonymity, this gives researchers a chance to understand how these stories might have changed from finished draft to publication.

One of the other highlights of this collection is Mrs. Coret’s biographical stories about residents of the Stratford Court retirement home where she spent nearly 18 years until her death in 2015. These touching stories show Mrs. Coret’s skill as a writer and obvious affection for her subjects, and many of them may serve as the best document of that person’s life.

The  is a wonderful document of the work and life of an unheralded writer who published her work in areas too often uncollected by other archives. We are happy to give Mrs. Coret’s work a home and to make it available to researchers, and thank her family for the opportunity.

 

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Extended Hours (24/5) Begin Sunday, December 4

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, December 4 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 http://ul2.bgsu.edu/hours.

Best of luck to everyone on their finals!

Who can you trust?

ClawGameBlog350wIn the last several weeks I have heard more and more often about how people are living in “information bubbles.” As a librarian, this concerns me. One of my chief missions is to make high-quality information sources available so students can engage in critical thought bolstered by the best information.

I’m not casting blame: I’ll admit that a few months ago I was getting most of my news through my Facebook feed. But I just got tired of it, so I paid for a subscription to a national newspaper and got more deliberate about reading the weekly magazine I’ve been subscribing to for the last 25 years.

I was struck by the time and effort it takes to stay informed. I think it’s funny how in an age when such an overwhelming amount of information is available we need to make more of a concerted effort to seek out and engage with it, because it’s so easy to only see what shows up in our social media feeds. “Facebook is hosting a huge portion of the political conversation in America,” according to an August article in the New York Times Magazine. 61% of respondents to a 2014 survey of 18-33 year olds said they get news about politics from Facebook. My guess is that number would be higher now. And a lot of what we see there is not quality, fact-based journalism but opinion, conjecture, and outright garbage, making it like the carnival claw game in some ways – fishing around the limited options (much of which is junk), you win whatever’s accessible at the moment, if you win at all.

Like most people, I immerse myself in information from a wide variety of sources of with a wide range of credibility and authority. Some of my choices are clearly based on how easy they are to get to (Wikipedia) and how entertaining I find them (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver). Others are based on my desire for depth, nuance and realism (books and newspapers). There’s nothing wrong with this approach to getting information – what becomes key is how you a) supplement the most accessible and entertaining information, b) evaluate how each source balances bias and authority, and c) sort opinion from fact. Even legitimate and very factual news sources are filled with instances of opinion: cable news has pundits and commentators, and newspapers have editorials and letters. So you must always be an active participant in the evaluation of your own consumption of media. My favorite guide to how to do this comes from the totally non-authoritative site Cracked.com, but you may have also seen Matt Masur’s more recent piece in the Huffington Post, “Bernie Sanders Could Replace President Trump With Little-Known Loophole,” which is NOT about what the title claims at all. 

There are untrustworthy sites that sow misinformation on both the right and the left (the Wall Street Journal’s Blue Feed, Red Feed compellingly demonstrates this) and, fortunately, both Google and Facebook recently announced plans to address this. If you aren’t sure about something, there are plenty of ways to check it out.  When my mom posted this picture to her Facebook account, I turned to snopes.com for a quick fact check. Snopes also has a list of fake news sites, several people have shared this similar Google docs list with me, and FakeNewsWatch.com categorizes sites into fake/hoax news, satire, and clickbait. This is how my colleague Vera proved to me that an old lady in Waco, TX did not actually make coats out of the neighborhood cats’ fur. Thanks, Vera.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning website Politifact is a project of affiliated print newspapers. Journalists fact-check claims made by politicians, public figures and the media and contextualize them. Its associated project PunditFact does the same for members of the media, including columnists, pundits and talk show hosts. You can look at results by person and network, but there aren’t huge numbers of statements in the PunditFact project.

So which news sources should you trust? Pew Center research shows that there is definitely an ideological divide, but many mainstream media outlets are “more trusted than distrusted.” These include the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. Each of these has ethical guidelines you can read on the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) website (look for USA Today under “Gannett”). These include principles like “Seek Truth,” “Minimize Harm,” and “Be Accountable.” As a member of a profession with its own code of ethics that my colleagues and I take very seriously, the proclamation of these values is something I find reassuring.

Students can get free subscriptions to the Washington Post using their .edu email address, so there is no excuse not to check out this “more trusted” source of news. Students can subscribe to the digital New York Times for $1 a week and the Wall Street Journal for $49 a year, which is a lot of money for a student but could be a reasonable cost for a gift. 

All of these titles are also available in the library databases ProQuest Newsstand and Factiva, though I know it can be cumbersome to link to them there. Most papers let anyone read up to a certain number of articles for free each month, and after you reach your limit you can log in to ProQuest Newsstand and search for the article you want to read. Another option for getting to these titles is to log in to Factiva and then choose “News Pages” at the top. It will take you to a page displaying the front page headlines for 10 international newspapers.

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You can also access news and opinion in the highly-regarded publications Science, Nature, and the Chronicle of Higher Education through the library’s subscriptions. I encourage everyone to install our browser bookmarklet JournalPass, which will let you log in to access these publications (and many more) when you are off campus. (Unfortunately this method will not work for major newspapers because our online access to those does not come directly from the newspaper’s website.)

So give it a try. Up your information game. Learn how to tune out the clickbait and start reading the mainstream sources you may have left behind. Why should you listen to me? Because I’m a librarian, and libraries are still one of the most trusted institutions in the United States. You can trust me.

 

(this post was written by Amy Fry, and you can reach me at afry (at) bgsu.edu)

Local History Publication Award

The Center for Archival Collections is accepting submissions for the Local History Publication Award. Works published between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016 will be accepted.

The Awards Committee will recognize authors for outstanding publications in two divisions. The Academic Scholar Division will include works prepared and submitted by authors who are professional writers or academicians. The Independent Scholar Division will include works prepared and submitted by independent or local researchers, amateurs, and other creative writers who do not claim “history” as a profession. Each Division winner will receive a $300.00 cash award and plaque.

Eligible works must address an historical topic within the nineteen county region of northwest Ohio. Works shall be judged by the Awards Committee on: literary merit, overall significance and contribution to explaining and understanding the history of the region. Consideration also will be given for style and content. Other considerations will include grammar, accuracy, illustrations, layout, indexes, and distribution.

To submit a work, authors should send two copies to the Center for Archival Collections, 5th Floor, Jerome Library, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403, postmarked by February 28, 2017. All works submitted become the property of the CAC. For complete information about the award and submissions, please see Guidelines for Submission. For further information, contact the CAC +1-419-372-2411 or archive@bgsu.edu

Qualifications:

  1. The awards will be given for works of either general or specific subject interests (i.e. Native American history, prehistoric, territorial and early statehood, War of 1812, Civil War, business history, women’s history, labor history, family history, historic preservation, rural agricultural history, Great Lakes Maritime (Ohio) history, or biography).
  2. Any work submitted for the awards must have been copyrighted or published in the past  year preceding the year in which the award is given.
  3. Works shall be judged by the Awards Committee on: literary merit, overall significance and contribution to explaining and understanding the history of the above described region. Consideration also will be given for style and content. Other considerations will include grammar, accuracy, illustrations, layout, indexes, and distribution.
  4. The Awards Committee and the Center for Archival Collections reserves the right not to present the awards during any given year.

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Authors should send two copies of each work to:
    The Center for Archival Collections
    Jerome Library, Fifth Floor
    Bowling Green State University
    Bowling Green, Ohio 43403-0175The two copies become the property of The Center. Submissions are due by February 28, 2017.
  2. Works are identified as either published monographs or articles and must be under one cover.
  3. Textbooks, guidebooks, manuals, craft books, works of fiction, newspaper articles, and genealogies composed principally of genealogical charts are NOT eligible for consideration.

Research Appointments Available

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.

PolicyMap

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 (http://ezproxy.bgsu.edu:8080/login?url=) 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

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: https://lib.bgsu.edu/finding_aids/items/show/2611

 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.

 

New Databases for Fall 2016

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

General/Interdisciplinary

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)

Humanities

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)
  • CURRENT TRIAL
    • 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)
  • CURRENT TRIALS

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)

wwdcroppedWWD.com 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)

 

Sciences

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 http://libguides.bgsu.edu/browzine.

Library open 24/5 (Sunday – Thursday)

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 http://ul2.bgsu.edu/hours.

Best of luck to everyone on their finals!

New database: Kanopy

We are excited to announce that we now have access to Kanopy!

Kanopy is a database of over 12,000 videos available for online streaming. From feature films to educational documentaries, there is a wide variety of content available.

You can find Kanopy films in the BGSU Libraries Catalog, or you can search or browse Kanopy directly to view films.

The Libraries will purchase access to individual Kanopy films using an innovative method called “demand driven acquisition.” This means that we will only pay for access to a film after several people have watched it. Once a title has been viewed several times, we will automatically purchase unlimited views to it for BGSU.

As with some of our other databases, you may get a “browser security error” the first time you link to Kanopy. It is safe to click through this error and save an exception for the Kanopy site in your browser’s history. These videos show how to click past these errors in Firefox and Chrome.

The still on our home page is from the film Who is Dayani Cristal? (2013), available in Kanopy.