Category Archives: Resources

BrowZine: now for Android & on the web!

BGSU Libraries has subscribed to BrowZine for iPhone and iPad for several years. This year we added support for Android devices, and an interface is now also available to use BrowZine through regular web browsers.

BrowZine is a free tool that works with the BGSU Libraries’ ejournal subscriptions and allows you to log on and easily browse and read full-text scholarly journals from your phone or tablet. You can find our current subscriptions by title or subject and never miss a new issue! BrowZine also integrates with Zotero, Dropbox, and now RefWorks so you can easily export, annotate or save the articles you find.

Visit our BrowZine LibGuide to learn more about downloading and using BrowZine on ALL your web-accessible devices.

New business database: IBISWorld

We are so excited about our new database for industry information, IBISWorld!

IBISWorld Global Industry Reports provides a worldwide perspective on 73 industries within 11 broad categories, broken out geographically by key regions like Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, and segmented by products, services, and major markets.

Industries are searchable by activity or code, by key word, or by company name, and reports can also be selected by browsing through the list on the Home page, where they are grouped by broad category (e.g., Global Manufacturing, Global Telecommunications, Global Business Activities).

Reports are downloadable as PDFs or Word documents, and tables that appear throughout the online reports can be exported to Excel.

New Resource: Met Opera On Demand

New this fall, the BGSU Libraries now offer Met Opera on Demand – an online resource containing nearly 500 full-length operas performed by the Metropolitan Opera of New York. 60 are from the opera’s HD series. The database also contains video clips and additional audio files.

Enjoy the Met’s dazzling performances of the most beloved classic and contemporary works, such as Bizet’s Carmen, Puccini’s La Boheme, and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, streaming online whenever and wherever you would like to watch them!

Info on U.S. Copyright Fair Use

U.S. Copyright Fair Use Index Released

The U.S. Copyright Office has released a database of court decisions and related materials that help explain the doctrine of fair use. The database includes materials from the Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeal and U.S. District Courts.

The database may be searched by key words and limited to cases from specific courts. The searcher can also specify particular types of materials, such as texts, computer programs, paintings, music, parodies, films, etc.

The U.S. Copyright Office cautions, “Although the Fair Use Index should prove helpful in understanding what courts have to date considered to be fair or not fair, it is not a substitute for legal advice. Fair use is a judge-created doctrine dating back to the nineteenth century and codified in the 1976 Copyright Act. Both the fact patterns and the legal application have evolved over time, and you should seek legal assistance as necessary and appropriate.”

To search the database, go to: http://copyright.gov/fair-use/index.html

Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature

In honor of National Poetry Month, the Library of Congress has released the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature. This free database includes digitized audio recordings of lectures, interviews, and readings. The online database represents a sample of the entire Archive, which is available only at the Library of Congress. It consists of almost two thousand recordings , some previously available only on magnetic tape reels.

Among the authors in the database are C. D. Wright, William Styron, Gwendolyn Brooks, Mario Vargas Llosa, Czeslaw Milosz, Anne Sexton, Margaret Atwood, Kurt Vonnegut, Robert Frost, Audre Lorde, and Ray Bradbury.

The Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature is available at:

http://www.loc.gov/collections/archive-of-recorded-poetry-and-literature/

For more information about National Poetry Month, see the web site of the Academy of American Poets, http://www.poets.org/national-poetry-month/home

Trials to two business databases

The library has two new business resources for you to try out:

IBISWorld Global Industry Reports provides a worldwide perspective on 73 industries within 11 broad categories, broken out geographically by key regions like Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, and segmented by products, services, and major markets.

Industries are searchable by activity or code, by key word, or by company name, and reports can also be selected by browsing through the list on the Home page, where they are grouped by broad category (e.g., Global Manufacturing, Global Telecommunications, Global Business Activities).

Reports are downloadable as PDFs or Word documents, and tables that appear throughout the online reports can be exported to Excel.

Statista is a portal that integrates thousands of topics of data and facts from a wide range of sources onto a single platform, categorized into market sectors, providing access to quantitative facts on agriculture, finance, politics, and other areas. Sources of information include market researchers, trade publications, scientific journals, and government databases, with a focus on current (as opposed to historical) statistics.

IBISWorld will be available until the end of May, Statista until the end of April.

Get Help With Your Research Paper

University Libraries is offering Individual Research Appointments (IRAs) for undergraduate students.  Individual Research Appointments provide students with one-on-one research assistance to help them identify and locate library and online sources and to help them formulate search strategies.

To schedule an appointment, visit our new online scheduling tool YouCanBook.me. This tool provides students with the flexibility to schedule, cancel, and reschedule Individualized Research Appointments (IRAs) online, 24hours a day. In addition students can call 419.372.6943 or stop by the Research & Information Desk on the first floor of Jerome Library. Please schedule your appointment by midnight of the day before you would like to meet with someone. This allows librarians time to prepare.

Students should have a specific topic or assignment and will be asked to state it when calling to set up their appointment.

A similar service is available for graduate students. Please call 419-372-6943 or stop by the Research & Information Desk for more information.

PhilPapers philosophy database

University Libraries recently began a subscription to PhilPapers.

PhilPapers is a comprehensive index and bibliography of philosophy maintained by the community of philosophers. Using advanced trawling techniques and large scale crowdsourcing, PhilPapers monitors all sources of research content in philosophy, including journals, books, open access archives, and personal pages maintained by academics, and also hosts the largest open access archive in philosophy.

PhilPapers also operates under a unique subscription model: institutions in high-GDP countries, like the United States, that offer degrees in philosophy are asked to pay for subscriptions in order to get access to the content in PhilPapers, but otherwise the database’s content is open to all.

PhilPapers allows users to:

Monitor current research
‣ Browse new issues of over 1000 philosophy journals
‣ View the latest papers from online archives and authors’ home pages
‣ Register for automatic digests of new papers in your chosen specialized areas or create email alerts for any search

Explore the literature
‣ Browse PhilPapers’ extensive structured bibliography of philosophy
‣ Find papers using the advanced search engine

Contribute your research
‣ Submit your work to the directory
‣ Discuss philosophy in the forums

Digital Humanities Lab Open to Support Students and Faculty

The Student Technology Assistance Center (STAC) in room 122, Jerome Library has expanded its offerings to include a wide variety of technology tools to facilitate collaboration among faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students as they develop Digital Humanities projects at BGSU.

The goal of the Digital Humanities Lab is to encourage and support innovative, interdisciplinary research projects that make creative use of technology. We focus on supporting projects that are enhanced by visualization tools, multimedia applications, and manipulating data acquired through application programming interfaces (API).

To this end, STAC now supports the following and more:
·programming with Python, R and R-Studio, Ruby and Ruby on Rails, and Visual Studio
·the topic modeling software Mallet
·data visualization program Gephi
·Express Scribe for transcription and ELAN for annotation
·multimedia software including Audacity, Garage Band, and iMovie

The possibilities for faculty and students are endless: writing code to refine and analyze digitized literature, historical sources, or social media scraped from the web; annotating film clips; digital publishing; developing applications to make humanities resources available to the public; transcribing interviews; and much more.

For example, a researcher could write a Ruby script that aggregates millions of tweets with a common hashtag and graphs them visually on an interactive Google map; a student could use ELAN to annotate the occurrence and duration of certain events in a corpus of videos; and a researcher could use Express Scribe to transcribe vintage audio recordings to text, then use Python to parse and analyze the transcription.

Visit the STAC website  for up-to-date hours. Drop-in, independent use of the Digital Humanities Lab located inside the STAC is available any time the STAC is open. If assistance is needed, contact the STAC to set up an appointment (email: stac@lists.bgsu.edu /phone: 419-372-9277).