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Trial database: Art & Architecture in Video

University Libraries invites you to use a database we are trialling until December 4: Art & Architecture in Video.

This database contains over 400 video documentaries about art and artists, including interviews with modern and contemporary artists, architects, and designers.

The still featured in this post is from the 1997 documentary Tibor Jankay: The Art of Survival.

Let us know what you think! Contact Amy Fry at with your feedback.

Obamacare is almost here!

Thanks to Carol Singer, out librarian for government collections, for providing the information below!

As part of the Affordable Care Act, a health care exchange will be available on October 1, 2013. This health care exchange allows U.S. citizens and legal residents to purchase the subsidized health insurance coverage they are required to have by January 1, 2014.

The U.S. government’s official web site for the Affordable Care Act is Their YouTube channel also provides useful information.

For a quick, 7-minute introduction, you can watch the YouToons Get Ready for Obamacare:

If you need to apply for insurance, you may apply via mail, their toll-free phone number (1-800-318-2596), the web site, or by using a certified navigator or other person who is trained to assist you in finding and applying for this insurance. A list of certified navigators for Ohio is available from the State Library of Ohio at:

To get a list of local agencies that can help you find information about this mandated insurance and also help you apply for the insurance, go to and enter your zip code in the search box.

Many private and governmental organizations have produced information about the Affordable Care Act, such as:

Consumer Reports:

The AARP (American Association of Retired Persons):

The Kaiser Family Foundation has a subsidy calculator:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:


The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:



U.S. Small Business Administration:

Access to ERIC documents affected by shutdown

One important education database, ERIC, has been affected by the government shutdown.

While you can still search the database through EBSCO from the library’s home page and link to full text if it is available in pdf or html format, full-text documents hosted on the ERIC site are currently unavailable.

You will be able to identify these documents by a link under their title that says “Full text from ERIC.”

Clicking on that link will take you to the ERIC site, where you will see this message:

You can save and email citations like these from EBSCO to yourself and return to them later, when the ERIC site has been restored. Until then, you will need to choose pdf and html full text in ERIC.

Wiley ebooks downtime 9/28

The ebook publisher and provider Wiley is making upgrades and improvements to its platform on Saturday, September 28, 2013. Therefore, Wiley ebooks will be unavailable for approximately four hours on the 28th sometime between 9:00am and 3:00pm. If you have any trouble connecting to ebooks from our catalog or Summon after 3:00pm, please contact the Research & Information Desk.

Check out an iPad/Kindle at the library

Did you know that you can borrow an iPad or a Kindle from Jerome Library?

Our iPads circulate for a week, and they come preloaded with a variety of apps. You also have the option to connect the iPad to your own iTunes account and download apps. All of your personal information, including any apps, will be removed when the iPad is returned.

You will probably need to join a waiting list to check out an iPad, but the wait is not usually longer than two weeks. It’s a great way to try out the technology if you’re not sure if you want one or you want to be familiar with how they work.

Our Kindles are the basic model with the black and white E-Ink screen. Our Kindles are preloaded with over 130 titles, including 50 current titles for leisure reading. They check out for three weeks to allow you enough time to finish your book. Unlike the iPads, you are asked not to log into the Kindle with your personal Amazon account. There is sometimes a waiting list for a Kindle, but at other times you can check one out right away.

Kindles and iPads can be checked out by BGSU students, faculty or staff. For more information, check out our Kindle LibGuide or our iPad LibGuide, or call the circulation desk at 419-372-2051.

Problems connecting to EBSCO?

We’ve had several reports of users having problems connecting to EBSCO. This is happening from both on and off campus.

If you get a 403 or a 502 error trying to connect to an EBSCO database:

  • Try a different browser. If you are using Chrome, try connecting through Firefox instead. All IT lab computers should have Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer available.
  • Try connecting through OhioLINK. You can log in to databases from the OhioLINK website using either the main url for a database (if you are on campus) or the “Off campus (proxy)” url if you are not. Go to the OhioLINK databases page, find the database you need by title, then click on “more…” next to the brief description to display the full record. There, you will see the “Off campus (proxy)” url. To use Academic Search Complete (EBSCO), go here:

Sometimes users experience problems connecting to EBSCO databases when there is lots of network traffic. Either of these methods should help you get past the problem. If they don’t, please report your problem to the Research & Information Desk.

Love to read? So do we!

If you’ve ever tried browsing Jerome’s shelves in search of something fun to read, you might have concluded that we don’t have any popular fiction. While it’s true that most of our collection is devoted to academic and scholarly works, we also have lots of books that you might want to read for fun. But, because of the way the library is organized, it can be a challenge to find these books. The best way is to do your searching on the computer and only go to the shelf when you know which book you want. Here are some tips to make that easier.

You can always ask for help! You can IM a librarian or come to the Research & Information desk on the first floor. We’re happy to help, even if your question isn’t school related. If you can tell us what genre you’re interested in or some other books you’ve read and liked, this helps narrow down the search.

If you’re more of a do-it-yourself type, we have several different LibGuides to help you. Our guide to Leisure Reading has suggestions of fun reads available for checkout here at Jerome. There is also a guide to leisure reading in the Music Library if you’re interested in stories about music and musicians, and a guide to Adolescent Literature if you’re still a kid at heart.

We also have Kindles you can check out for 3 weeks at a time. Each one is loaded with over 50 popular, contemporary fiction and non-fiction titles, so you should be able to browse through and find something that fits your taste.

Still not sure what you want to read? Browse around Goodreads for user-created lists of favorite books in a variety of genres, like “Best Teen Books About Real Problems,”  “The Definition Of Urban Fiction,” or “Humorous Paranormal Books.” They also have summaries & reviews. This guide will help you find out whether we have a book once you know which book you’re looking for.

If Jerome doesn’t have what you’re looking for, don’t forget about OhioLINK and SearchOhio, which is like OhioLINK for public libraries. (In addition to books, SearchOhio also has a wide selection of audiobooks and DVDs.) Books requested this way will be delivered to the circulation desk in 3 to 5 days.

Happy reading!

Methods for managing and keeping up with research

The University Libraries doesn’t just connect researchers to content – we also provide you with tools that will help you manage and keep up with the content you need most.

This fall, faculty and graduate students are invited to sign up for workshops on two such tools: RefWorks and BrowZine.

RefWorks is an online citation management tool. You can access it from the “RefWorks” link on the Libraries’ home page. After creating a personal account, you can easily import citations from catalogs, databases, and other citation management programs, arrange them into folders, and create bibliographies and format papers with references. RefWorks is a wonderful tool for managing long-term research projects. Workshops are coming up on September 5th, 6th, 13th and 20th. Check out the times here, and use this online form to register.

BrowZine is a tool for keeping up with scholarly publications on your iPad. Workshops are coming up on September 4th, 12th and 27th. We’ll cover not only using BrowZine, but also setting up alerts and other ways keep up with new info without spending a lot of time doing it! Check out the times here, and use this online form to register.