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Get to know the new Nexis Uni!

One of our most popular databases, LexisNexis, has a new look and a new name – Nexis Uni!

However, even though it works a differently and has a different name, it is still one of our most important databases for full-text newspapers and legal and business information.

When you access Nexis Uni, you can search across all content from the big search box at the top of the page.

Nexis Uni search screen

Beneath it you will see options to do a more tailored search limited to news, cases, law reviews, company reviews, or a particular publication. Highlight the different options to see advanced search criteria specific to each. There is also a separate advanced search screen with even more granular options, including the ability to limit by date and content type.

You can filter after you search by many categories, including location (where the source is published), publication type, subject, industry, geography (what area of the world is covered by the content) and more.

Once you find what you are looking for and display the full item, you will see the options to print, email, download (to pdf), save to Google Drive, or search within the document text at the top of the page.

Screenshot showing Nexis Uni options

Users can create a personal account in Nexis Uni to save search settings, searches and documents within the database. Once you are logged in, you can also annotate and save documents. This is a great option for frequent users!

The new interface was released right before the beginning of fall semester, so we are still getting used to it! If you are interested in learning more about it, check out the Nexis Uni tutorials on YouTube, beginning with “How to Search from the Home Page.” You will also find tip sheets and can sign up for training sessions on the Nexis Uni Support & Training website.

OhioLINK resources unavailable 3/21, 7:30-10pm

OhioLINK needs to urgently perform maintenance on the systems that govern access to its servers. This maintenance will take place Tuesday, March 21 between 7:30pm and 10:00pm. OhioLINK expects the service outage to be only 30 minutes long. During the outage, however, all OhioLINK services will be unavailable, including:

  • OhioLINK central catalog
  • OhioLINK EJC
  • OhioLINK Electronic Book Center
  • OhioLINK Electronic Theses & Dissertations
  • OhioLINK Digital Resource Center
  • OhioLINK urls

Independent films on extraordinary African American musicians

To celebrate Black History month, Kanopy is highlighting a selection fo independent films, many exclusive to Kanopy, that showcase the stories of extraordinary African American musicians whose talent has shaped today’s music industry.

Kanopy’s entire Black History Month collection is now available to watch here.

Bayou Maharajah
This film explores the life, times and music of piano legend James Booker, who is described as, “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.” This roller coaster portrait brings to life the unforgettable story of this amazing musician.
You See Me Laughin’ is a personal journey into the lives and music of the last of the Mississippi hill country bluesmen – farmers and laborers first, musicians second. Musicians who’ve labored for the blues tradition despite lives steeped in poverty and violence.The result is a raw, powerful music.
America’s Blues explores the impact that the Blues has had on our society, our culture, and the entertainment industry. The Blues has influenced nearly every form of American Music and sadly, aside from its part in the birth of Rock and Roll, its influence often goes unrecognized. If music were a color, it would be Blue.
This award-winning documentary tells the untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their journeys from the late 30s to the present day. The many first-hand accounts of the challenges faced by these talented women provide a glimpse into decades of racism and sexism that have existed in America.
In the 1970s Roberta Flack became a global sensation. Her style of soulful pop transcended to become the dinner party soundtrack for Middle America. It is a deeply personal story told alongside the wider context of America’s civil rights movement, a struggle that was to strike a chord all over the world.
A tender, revealing documentary about one of the most famous and popular performing artists of the 20th century. Her legendary banana belt dance created theatre history; her song “J’ai deux amours” became a classic, and her hymn. Josephine Baker is portrayed as a true superstar, one with grace and humility.
A musical art form, the American Spiritual, was born out of the folk songs of slaves. Melodies of backbreaking work were sung and passed on throughout the Deep South. Sorrow songs were used to console and transmit secret information. The spirituals have survived generations and continue to inspire all over the world.
This documentary is an intimate look at Tupac Shakur’s life told through never-before-seen footage and interviews with his close friends, revealing an artist who grew up a thug, but one who soon tired of that lifestyle and its trappings, revealing a Tupac far different from the one most of America knows.

By 15 years old, Frank Morgan was an accomplished saxophonist. As his notoriety grew, so did a steady heroin addiction, landing him in and out of jail for over 30 years. The Sound of Redemption offers a frank look into the ups and downs of Morgan’s life and a reflective look at African American culture in 1950s Los Angeles.
This film excavates the hidden sexualities of Black female entertainers who reigned over the nascent blues recording industry of the 1920s. Unlike the male-dominated jazz scene, early blues provided a space for women to take the lead and model an autonomy that was remarkable for women.

Some services unavailable Dec. 30

Friday, December 30, Find It (360 Link) and the Journals by Title list will be unavailable from 8-9pm.

During this downtime, users will be able to find holdings of full-text ejournals and link to full text by using the catalog or BrowZine.

Summon will be available. Full text links from Summon will work correctly if they are direct links. Most significant sources of full text use direct-linking from Summon, including JSTOR, ScienceDirect, and most other ejournal publishers. The major providers that do NOT use direct-linking are EBSCO and the OhioLINK EJC. Therefore, full text links from Summon to EBSCO and the EJC, as well as some other providers that use openURL linking, will NOT work during this period, and users will see an error message.

The “Find It!” button will not work during this period.

The Journals by Title list will not be available during this period.

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, 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 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 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.


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)

Some services unavailable Saturday, Oct. 29

Saturday, October 29, Find It (360 Link) and the Journals by Title list will be unavailable from 12-1 and 3-6pm, and will have periods of unavailability from 6-7pm.

During this downtime, users will be able to find holdings of full-text ejournals and link to full text by using the catalog or BrowZine. Contact us if you would like assistance doing this.

Summon will be available. Full text links from Summon will work correctly if they are direct links. Most significant sources of full text use direct-linking from Summon, including JSTOR, ScienceDirect, and most other ejournal publishers. The major providers that do NOT use direct-linking are EBSCO and the OhioLINK EJC. Therefore, full text links from Summon to EBSCO and the EJC, as well as some other providers that use openURL linking, will NOT work during this period, and users will see the following error message:

The “Find It!” button will not work during this period, and users will see the above-referenced error message.

The Journals by Title list will not be available during this period, and users will see the above-referenced error message.

Please contact us if you need assistance navigating to full text during this downtime.


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 ( 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 Databases for Fall 2016

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

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.

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.