Category Archives: Resources

Architecture & film database trials

The library currently has two additional database trials.

EBSCO’s Architectural Digest Magazine Archive includes cover-to-cover full text to the interior design magazine Architectural Digest from 1926 to 2011. Each issue is presented in its entirety, including the front and back covers and high-quality photo spreads. All articles and advertisements have been indexed with subject terms to allow users to find relevant results quickly, as well as research and analyze trends in topics and advertising materials. The trial is active through March 22.

Film Industry Data provides rankings, box office sales, and unit sales for films in all formats (VHS, DVD, Blu Ray) going back to 1994. Searching is by keyword (contributor list including director, stars, producer, composer, camera, and lighting is available for each film) or date. The trial is active through March 22.

 

New databases & trials for spring

BGSU Libraries has added a number of new databases:

We are also running trials to a few databases:

Women’s Magazine Archive and more!

GoodHousekeeping150pxWe have purchased the Women’s Magazine Archive! Still in development, when complete (expected by summer 2016), this database will contain the full text of six 20th-century popular magazines targeting women readers and consumers: Better Homes & Gardens (1922-2005), Chatelaine (1928-2005), Good Housekeeping (1885-2005), Ladies’ Home Journal (1883-2005), Parents (1926-2005) and Redbook (1903-2005).

Our purchase allowed us to add three more databases at heavily discounted prices, so we chose to add two historical newspapers through 1922: the Cincinnati Enquirer (1872-1922) and the Detroit Free Press (1831-1922). We also added the full text for Congressional hearings from 2004-2010, which can be found in our subscription to ProQuest Congressional.

A new database for statistics!

Cats on Social MediaThis month we also began a subscription to Statista, a database that aggregates statistics from more than 10,000 sources, including market and opinion research institutions and the government, and presents them in downloadable infographics and tables.

A new platform for Standard & Poor’s!

The business resource S & P NetAdvantage is transitioning to the new platform for 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). Both platforms are currently available through the library’s catalog.

More database trials!

We have three more trials going on now. Please let us know what you think about the possibility of adding these resources:

  • HAPI, the Hispanic American Periodicals Index, is an index to scholarly journals covering Latin America and the Caribbean. The index is published by UCLA’s Latin American Institute. The trial is available until February 15.
  • Meludia is a tool that uses online games to teach users aspects of music theory. It is beautifully designed and fun to use! Meludia is on trial until February 12.
  • PolicyMap is a data and mapping tool and analytics platform that includes thousands of US data indicators; use it to perform demographic and socioeconomic analysis. Available through March 26.

New database! Women’s Magazine Archive

Last month we had a trial to the new database Women’s Magazine Archive – 123 years of popular media targeting women readers and consumers.

Thanks to your enthusiastic feedback, and the database’s clear relevance for a number of BGSU programs of study, we decided to purchase it, and it has been added to our collection!

Women’s Magazine Archive contains full text for six popular magazines published throughout the 20th century:

  • Better Homes & Gardens (1922 to 2005)
  • Chatelaine (1928 to 2005)
  • Good Housekeeping (1885 to 2005)
  • Ladies’ Home Journal (1883 to 2005)
  • Parents (1926 to 2005)
  • Redbook (1903 to 2005)

In combination, the publications here cover topics such as family life, home economics, health, careers, fashion, culture, and many more. While the library already owns long runs of many of these titles in print, most issues are held off-site, and lack of indexing can make it difficult to find information on specific topics. This online archive makes these titles full-text searchable, and obtaining individual articles and images is as easy as downloading files.

The archive includes full cover-to-cover scans of each issue in high-resolution, ensuring that the original print artifacts are faithfully reproduced and that valuable non-article items, such as advertisements, are included. Detailed article-level indexing, with document feature flags, enables efficient searching and navigation of this content.

The image on our home page comes from an article in the February 1954 issue of Chatelaine, The Women of Winnipeg.”

New trial database: Meludia

Meludia is a beautifully designed and executed online tool to condition your musical ear.

Meludia teaches music theory through emotion. It allows users to play through a series of games that introduce and develop multiple aspects of music theory, like chord, rhythm and tone recognition. There are four levels of difficulty, and new users can choose to test in to the one that best suits their current skills. Meludia is both fun and compelling to use.

The trial to Meludia will be active through February 12.

Home page image by photosteve101.

End of Fall Semester Return and Renewal

All BGSU materials checked out to undergraduate students and courtesy card holders must be returned or physically presented for renewal by the end of the semester due date 12/19/15.  Renewals begin 12/11/15.

Check your library record under “My Library” at https://maurice.bgsu.edu/patroninfo.html, from the libraries’ web page, or ask for a list from a Circulation Desk personnel.

If you have a problem with any of the items, talk to a Circulation Desk staff member.  You’ll need your BGSU ID and you must be returning for classes in the Spring to renew.  Please do not attempt to renew online or by telephone at the end of any semester.  Talk to a staff member about renewing OhioLINK materials.

 To ensure continuing access to research databases and OhioLINK borrowing, make sure your account is clear of anything due on or before December 19, 2015 for undergraduates and courtesy card holders.  Online renewal is not available at the end of the semester.

Graduate students and university staff may renew online for the end of both summer and fall semesters.  The end of academic year renewals (end of Spring Semester) still requires either returning or presenting materials for renewal.

On Friday, 12/11/15, all continuing graduate students and current staff will be updated to an expiration date of 5/16/16.  All eligible materials (not on hold, not recalled, etc.) may be renewed online before they are overdue.

See your library account for all due dates at https://maurice.bgsu.edu/patroninfo.html for due dates or ask for a list from Circulation Desk personnel. Double check due dates after online renewal that renewals are accomplished.

Once library materials are overdue, online renewal is no longer available. The window of opportunity for online renewal will run from 12/11/15 through the due date of the material checked out.  After materials are overdue, items must be renewed:

  • by phone (419-372-2133) – articulating the barcode and brief title
  • via email to Circdesk@bgsu.edu – providing at minimum the barcode and brief title
  • in-person with the material and your BGSU ID.

Questions can be directed to circdesk@bgnet.bgsu.edu or (419) 372-2051.  Be sure to check the library hours before expecting services to be available, especially during breaks.

BioMed Central Membership

Last month University Libraries purchased a Supporting Membership to BioMed Central. This allows BGSU faculty and researchers to receive a 15% discount on article processing charges for open access journals housed in BioMed Central, Chemistry Central and SpringerOpen.

Open Access journals are journals that do not charge readers or libraries subscription fees or fees to view or download articles. The movement to create such journals began in the late 1990s when researchers and librarians became worried about the exorbitant prices of and high inflation for scientific journals. Now many grants stipulate that research funded by them be published in open access journals, and important repositories of open access scholarship such as PubMed Central make peer-reviewed scientific research available to anyone who needs it, regardless of their ability to pay.

Many open access journals support their publication through charging author fees to those whose research is published in the journal or charging institutions for memberships covering the author fees for their affiliated researchers. Authors from low-income countries are often exempt from these fees.

BioMed Central journals cover areas such as biomedicine, public health, and psychology. Chemistry Central is a journal covering eight major areas in chemistry research. SpringerOpen journals cover mainly topics in the sciences, but also include business, education and some humanities and social sciences titles, as well as engineering, mathematics and statistics. Article processing charges charges vary by title but are often between $1,000 and $2,000 (see listings of charges for BioMed Central, SpringerOpen and Chemistry Central).

For more information about BGSU’s Supporting Membership to BioMed Central, please contract Linda Brown, BGSU’s Collections Coordinator, at lbrown@bgsu.edu.

Image on home page courtesy U.S. Army RDECOM (Flickr Creative Commons).

New database trial: International Studies Online

Through December 13 we will have access to International Studies Online, a comprehensive reference work of international studies and international relations.

International Studies Online includes over 400 peer reviewed essays of up to 10,000 words published in association with the International Studies Association (ISA). Aimed at students, scholars, and practitioners, the essays are designed to allow readers to be brought quickly up-to-date on the nature of the questions asked, past attempts at formulating responses, and the current state of debates.

Topics covered include civil wars, migration, human trafficking, land reform, terrorism, gender issues in international studies, and more.

Rotator photo “Linked” by Cali4beach.

New database trial: African American Communities

From the publishers of Rock & Roll, Counterculture, Peace & Protest comes another digital archive of primary source material, African American Communities.

African American Communities uses digitized pamphlets, newspapers and periodicals, correspondence, official records and in-depth oral histories to present multiple aspects of over 200 years of African American history, culture and identity. Also featured is a rich selection of visual material, including photographs, maps and ephemera.

Key themes covered include:

  • Desegregation
  • Urban renewal and housing problems
  • Civil rights activities and protests
  • Race relations and community integration
  • African American culture

The archive focuses particularly on Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, New York, and towns and cities in North Carolina, pulling sources from archival collections such as the Atlanta History Center, University of Illinois at Chicago, Washington University in St. Louis, and Chicago’s Newberry Library.

The trial is active through December 1.

 

New database trial: Women’s Magazine Archive

ProQuest recently released the new database Women’s Magazine Archive – 123 years of popular media targeting women readers and consumers. The titles included are:

  • Better Homes & Gardens (1922 to 2005)
  • Chatelaine (1928 to 2005)
  • Good Housekeeping (1885 to 2005)
  • Ladies’ Home Journal (1883 to 2005)
  • Parents (1926 to 2005)
  • Redbook (1903 to 2005)

In combination, the publications here cover topics such as family life, home economics, health, careers, fashion, culture, and many more. While the library already owns long runs of many of these titles in print, most issues are held off-site, and lack of indexing can make it difficult to find information on specific topics. This online archive makes these titles full-text searchable, and obtaining individual articles and images is as easy as downloading files.

The archive includes full cover-to-cover scans of each issue in high-resolution, ensuring that the original print artifacts are faithfully reproduced and that valuable non-article items, such as advertisements, are included. Detailed article-level indexing, with document feature flags, enables efficient searching and navigation of this content.

The trial will be active through December 5, 2015.

U.S. Government Launches Database of Public Art

The U.S. General Services Administration owns one of the oldest and largest collections of publicly owned art. Their collection is spread throughout the United States, housed in or near federal facilities or in non-federal facilities. This collection includes famous pieces, such as Alexander Calder’s “The Flamingo,” which sits outside the Federal Building in Chicago, or the “San Diego Mural,” by Belle Goldschlager Baranceanu. It also includes numerous pieces produced during the Great Depression as part of the New Deal.
 
The GSA Fine Arts Collection, is an interactive web site of these art works. The database includes records of more than 26,000 paintings, sculptures, prints and other art works. The database is searchable by artist, location, and keyword.
 
The database is available at: http://www.gsa.gov/fa/