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Welcome Back!

August 19th, 2016 · No Comments · General

The faculty and staff of University Libraries are excited about the start of the fall 2016 semester. We want to welcome all of our returning BGSU students back to campus, and we welcome all of our new BGSU students as well. As you are settling into school, here are a few things about the library we hope you will take advantage of:


  • We’re open until 2:00 am Sunday through Thursday. A complete list of our hours can be located here.

Remote Access

  • Perhaps instead of coming into the library, you prefer to research from the comfort of your room. Library resources are available from any computer with a current BGSU ID.

Study Spots

  • We have numerous places for quiet and group study, including the 1st, 2nd, 7th, and 8th floors. In addition, Thinkers@Outtakes officially opens next week.

For Students

  • Make an appointment with a librarian for an individual research appointment.   Let us know what you are working on and we can pull resources ahead of time. Call 419-372-6943 or 866-542-2478 to speak with the Research & Information Desk.

For Faculty

  • Librarians can meet with faculty for research assistance tailored for their class. For more information click, here.

If you have any questions about how to use library services or collections, please ask one of the University Libraries staff or librarians who are eager to serve you. We’re also available via email, instant message, chat, and phone. We look forward to working with you and helping you with all of your library service and research needs.


New Databases for Fall 2016

August 18th, 2016 · No Comments · Resources

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


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)


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)
    • 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)

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) 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)



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


Return or Renew Your Library Materials

July 19th, 2016 · No Comments · News

Undergraduates and courtesy card holders must bring all materials to the library by August 6 to either return or renew them and to have their library accounts updated. Undergraduates and courtesy card holders may not renew online at the end of the semester.

Library accounts for graduate students and classified staff will automatically be updated on July 29 to allow them to renew their materials online through August 22. Once library materials are overdue, online renewal is no longer available and patrons must call the circulation desk at 419-372-2051 or email for renewal assistance.




Library Closed on July 4

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments · News

University Libraries will be closed on Monday, July 4, for the holiday. Of course, access to our databases will still be available for our patrons. But if you’re taking a break from studies, consider attending the BG fireworks on July 3.


Library open 24/5 (Sunday – Thursday)

April 21st, 2016 · No Comments · Events, General, Resources

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

Best of luck to everyone on their finals!


Return or Renew Items Before You Leave for the Summer

April 20th, 2016 · No Comments · General

*Faculty-you can renew your items online from April 25 through May 16. If you miss that date, you can renew in person or via phone (2-2051) or email ( through June 20. Any items not returned or renewed by June 20 will be subject to lost book billing procedures, including appropriate fines and fees.

*Graduate students and Staff-you must physically bring in your items to renew or return them from April 29-May 16. There is NO ONLINE RENEWAL at the end of spring semester. If you’ll be away from campus, please check for an OhioLINK library near you.  Use the OhioLINK pick up anywhere service to have items sent to that library.  Your account has to be updated to allow requesting. Call (2-2051) or email ( with any questions.

*Undergraduate students and courtesy card borrowers-you must physically bring in your items to renew or return them from April 29-May 7. There is NO ONLINE RENEWAL at the end of the academic year. If you’ll be away from campus, please check for an OhioLINK library near you.  Use the OhioLINK pick up anywhere service to have items sent to that library. Call (2-2051) or email ( with any questions.



April 8th, 2016 · No Comments · Events

Celebrating National Library Week 2016
Take part in a celebration of books and reading
@Thinkers Café Jerome Library, First floor Tuesday, April 12 1:30 to 6:30pm
Feel free to read a poem, a short story, or your favorite book in English, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Telugu, Portuguese, ASL or any other languages! CREATE A BOOKFACE PHOTO AND ENJOY SOME LIGHT REFRESHMENTS!
Questions? Send an email to: Eileen Bosch
Sign up for your reading slot by visiting


Celebrate National Library Week

April 8th, 2016 · No Comments · Events

National Library Week is April 11-15.  This week, University Libraries joins libraries in schools, campuses, and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers.

Daily Events:

Monday, April 11, 2:00 p.m., Pallister Conference Room Friends Doughnuts – In commemoration of this week, the Friends of the University Libraries will serve doughnuts to our patrons so they can enjoy a treat while taking a break from studying.

Tuesday, April 12, 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Thinkers Café, William T. Jerome Library Read-a-thonReaders from across from campus and beyond will demonstrate their love of literature by reading during this time. There will be stories for children who are visiting and international students will read literature and poetry in their native languages. Stop by and check it out or sign up for a slot to read aloud here.

Wednesday, April 13, 4:00 pm-5:00 pm, Authors & Artists, North Atrium The Friends of the University Libraries will honor BGSU faculty and staff members for their scholarly publications and artistic achievements. During the past twenty-four years, The Friends have publicly expressed appreciation to more than 1,500 BGSU faculty and staff for their important contributions to their disciplines, the culture, and the University.

Friday, April 15, 1:00 p.m., So You Think You Want to Be a Librarian, Pallister Conference Room
Get the inside scoop on the profession from some of BGSU’s own librarians. Find out what your career options are, what qualifications you need, how the job market looks, and what you can do to break into the profession. For more information, contact
Weeklong Events:

Free Popcorn– Things will be popping in the library! Fresh popcorn will be available in the various locations throughout the library.

Prize Patrol – Staff from the Curriculum Resource Center will be patrolling the library with book related questions and fabulous prizes.

Libraries Transform Bubble-Students and staff can fill out a paper bubble and display their answer on the first floor lobby.


So You Want to be a Librarian?

April 5th, 2016 · No Comments · Events

Join us for an informative session about becoming a librarian on Friday, April 15 at 1 pm. Get the inside scoop on the profession from some of BGSU’s own librarians. Find out what your career options are, what qualifications you need, how the job market looks, and what you can do to break into the profession. This event will be hosted in the Pallister Conference Room (1st Floor Jerome Library).

For more information, contact


New database: Kanopy

February 24th, 2016 · No Comments · Resources

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.