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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!

OhioLINK services unavailable 6pm 6/12 to noon 6/13

All OhioLINK hosted services will be unavailable Friday, June 12, 6pm – Saturday, June 13, 12pm (noon), while all OH-TECH organizations are moved to a new data center at the State of Ohio Computing Center.

The following resources and services will be unavailable during this 18 hour window:

  • OhioLINK website
  • OhioLINK Central Catalog
  • OhioLINK requesting
  • Electronic Journal Center
  • Electronic Book Center
  • Electronic Theses & Dissertations
  • OhioLINK Digital Resource Center
  • OhioLINK proxy server

The BGSU Libraries’ Catalog, Summon, databases, and most full text linking will not be affected. However, links to ebooks and ejournals hosted on OhioLINK servers will not connect, and BGSU patrons will not be able to search the OhioLINK catalog or request books from other OhioLINK libraries during this time.

You can check the status of the update via Twitter at

If you have problems connecting to OhioLINK resources after noon on Saturday, June 13, please email

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.

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

Trial database: RILM Retrospective

WomanAtHarpsichord370wForWPRILM (Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale) is an important database for music and music history, allowing users to find books, articles, and book chapters from an array of international publications back to 1967.

The library is currently trialling RILM Retrospective, which adds citations to materials published between 1830 and 1966. It includes music-related articles published in conference proceedings from 1835 through 1966, articles from Festschriften beginning in 1840, and journal articles from 1849 to 1966. The bulk its citations are from journals whose issues appearing after 1967 are already indexed in RILM, so it extends the content of those publications.

Because both RILM and RILM Retrospective are EBSCO databases, you can also search them simultaneously by going to “Choose Databases” (above the search box) once you are in EBSCO.

Trial active through June 30.

New! Featured bookshelf

featuredbookshelfsmallerThe Jerome Library has a new bookshelf for browsing. It’s located near the entrance—you can’t miss it!

Every month, a new selection of books will be available for you to browse and check out.

This month, the shelf is filled with recommendations from the faculty and staff of Jerome Library.  We love these books and think you will too!  Borrow these books like you would borrow other books from our collections. Take your choice to the Circulation Desk.

Find it! button not appearing in Google Scholar

For those of you who use Google Scholar, you may notice that the BGSU Libraries “Find it! @ BGSU” button is not currently appearing.

We received a notice from ProQuest today that said: “Google alerted us late Monday that they had a problem retrieving our 360 Link holdings files.  This issue was resolved yesterday, but due to the timing that Google uses to update holdings on their end, 360 Link customers will not be seeing links appearing in Google Scholar until Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.”

We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause! Here are some workarounds for Google Scholar users:

  • Copy and paste a book or article title you find in Google Scholar into Summon (the main search box on the library’s home page) to see if we have it
  • If you find an article in Google Scholar, you can use the “Journals by title” list to see if we have the journal title and the year you need and link to it
  • Install JournalPass on your browser. JournalPass is a bookmarklet that will prompt you to log in to your BGSU account to pass you through to full text.


Your dissertation…alongside thousands more

GraduatesThis month the University Libraries subscribed to the FULL ProQuest Dissertations & Theses in full text

We’ve had access to full-text theses and dissertations written by BGSU students for a long time in ProQuest. Now many more theses and dissertations in the database are full text (NOT previews).

Previously accepted dissertations can be very valuable sources of information for students writing their own. Their bibliographies can aid researchers greatly. Sometimes a dissertation may be the only substantial research publication on a topic. However, it can be difficult and expensive to find hard copies of a dissertation to borrow or buy. Our augmented subscription to ProQuest’s database will help make dissertations more accessible.

Unfortunately, not every dissertation and thesis is full text in ProQuest’s database, so it will still be necessary to use interlibrary loan to request some that are not available any other way, particularly older ones.

Ebola Information Sources

According to the World Health Organization, “The Ebola virus causes an acute, serious illness which is often fatal if untreated. Ebola virus disease (EVD) first appeared in 1976 in 2 simultaneous outbreaks, one in Nzara, Sudan, and the other in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo. The latter occurred in a village near the Ebola River, from which the disease takes its name.” 

The current outbreak has received considerable news coverage. If you’re looking for reliable information on Ebola, try these sources: 


BrowZine: now for iPhone!

BrowZine logoDo you have an iPhone or iPad? If so, you should download the BrowZine app for free!

BrowZine is a free app 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 using BrowZine and which publishers are supported.