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Need a textbook? It might be on reserve!

If you haven’t gotten your textbooks yet, here’s one way to avoid falling behind on assignments and readings. Your book may be available on reserve at the library. To find out if we have your book, you will need to know the course number and your instructor’s name.

Start at the library’s home page, and click on “Course Reserves” on the left side.

You can search by course number or instructor’s name. In this example we’ll use the course number. Make sure that you use the 3 or 4 letter prefix, such as CHEM, and not the full name of the subject, such as Chemistry. You only need the 4 digit number, not the section number.

If your book is on reserve, this will show you where it is located. Main reserves are at the Jerome Library first floor circulation desk. Firelands reserves are at Firelands campus (reserves can’t be sent between campuses). CRC reserves and Music reserves are in Jerome Library on the 2nd and 3rd floors.

This also shows that the book is available. If the item is checked out, it will say what time it is due back.

If your book is not available on reserve, you might be able to request a copy via OhioLINK. Learn more about finding your book with OhioLINK, or, if you need help, don’t hesitate to Ask Us!

New school year: new online databases & tools!

Over the summer and during the last year, the University Libraries have acquired some new online tools and resources that add valuable features and content for BGSU students and faculty. Here are the highlights. If you have any questions, please contact the subject librarian for your school or department, and he or she will be glad to share more information with you.

New resources

We are pleased to announce the addition of BrowZine to our online tools! BrowZine is an iPad app that works with our ejournal subscriptions so they are easy to find and read. Keep up on what’s being published in your discipline! Learn more.

NBC Learn & NBC Learn K-12
Following a spring trial, the University Libraries have added this streaming video database with generous support from the Provost’s Office. NBC Learn includes content from NBC News broadcasts and other sources arranged by subject and is great for learning more about current or controversial topics. Its K-12 interface can be used by student teachers.

Points of View Reference Center
If you assign an opinion paper,  you should include this resource in your syllabus! Points of View Reference Center provides overviews of controversial issues, including guides to opinions on both sides and tools to aid in critical analysis. It is arranged topically and includes well-trafficked issues like abortion and gun control as well as ones students might not think of, like blood diamonds, big box retailers, and airbrushing in advertising. Access provided through OhioLINK. Learn more.

Berg Fashion Library
Search by topic or browse by time period and immerse yourself in the Berg Fashion Library‘s thousands of full-color images and informative essays covering the dressed and adorned body across cultures and throughout history. Cultural studies scholars, artists and students and teachers of theater and film will welcome the addition of the online version of this important reference tool.

Science Reference Center
This EBSCO resource includes full-text encyclopedias and other reference material covering a broad range of topics in the sciences. Access provided through OhioLINK. Learn more.

Something About the Author Online
The online version of the multivolume, comprehensive reference source on children’s literature. University Libraries is now purchasing the current volumes of Something About the Author Online as ebooks.

Statistical Abstract of the United States
Formerly a print volume released annually, this is an important statistical resource of topically-arranged tables of data drawn from the U.S. Census and other statistics compiled by the United States government. Access provided through OhioLINK. Learn more.

Consumer Health Complete
A comprehensive source of consumer-oriented health information designed to support the needs of patients. Access to Consumer Health Complete is provided through OhioLINK.

In addition to the subscriptions listed above, you also might be interested in these three free resources we added to our collections this summer:

  • Digital Commons Network – free, full-text scholarship from 280 colleges and universities (more)
  • Digital Gallery – images from the University Libraries’ various special collections and archives (more)
  • Getty Research Portal – the digitized full text of art texts in the public domain from institutions around the world (more)

Additional updates

ProQuest Mobile
The latest of our database vendors to release a mobile-friendly site, ProQuest is the provider of important primary-source databases like the New York Times HistoricalAmerican Periodicals Series Online, and the Vogue Archive. Unfortunately for iPhone users, the new ProQuest mobile platform does not work with Flash, so those great Vogue fashion spreads are still better viewed on a computer. Learn more.

New SciFinder Interface
This important chemistry database released a new interface this summer. SciFinder‘s new, streamlined design lets you access powerful search options in just one click; quickly identify the latest, most relevant research via a more intuitive layout; and more easily access saved searches and alerts. Learn more.

Rock & Roll, Counterculture, Peace & Protest
This database of primary source materials covering youth and popular culture from 1950-1975 features content from the Ray & Pat Browne Popular Culture Library at BGSU. This summer, the publisher released an additional module with even more material. If you haven’t used this unique resource, it’s time to take a look! Learn more.

New interfaces in preview
Summon 2.0 Preview now available
University Libraries’ primary search engine, Summon (which finds items in the BGSU Library Catalog as well as our databases and ejournal subscriptions), is working on an upgrade to its user interface. Try it here.

American Song
American Song contains streaming audio for American roots and pre-1960 American popular music. Preview its new interface here.

Though we are excited about everything new we’re able to offer this fall, the University Libraries were also affected by a number of vendors’ and service providers’ decisions to discontinue databases. Most of those that were discontinued got very little use here at BGSU. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your subject librarian for more information.

Announcing BrowZine – the iPad App for Scholarly Journals!

Hopefully you got to use BrowZine when we did a trial for it this past spring. University Libraries is happy to announce that we have subscribed to this unique resource and it is available for use!

BrowZine is a free iPad app that works with the University Libraries’ ejournal subscriptions. Once you download the app, you will be able to choose Bowling Green State University from the list of affiliated universities and log in using your BGSU username and password. Then you can browse our ejournals by title and subject and connect to full text from your iPad. Articles discovered through BrowZine can easily be sent to Zotero, Dropbox, iAnnotate, or several other services to integrate with your existing workflow.

To learn more about BrowZine, watch this introductory video, or attend one of our workshops! Three are scheduled: September 4, 2:30-3:30; September 12, 10:30-11:30, and September 27, 1:30-2:30. All will be held in Pallister Conference Room on the first floor of Jerome Library (NOT the Center for Teaching & Learning, nor Jerome Library 142, as previously reported!). To register, fill out this online form.

BGSU has only subscribed to BrowZine for the iOS platform, and it is currently only available for iPad. An iPhone version is in development and will be released in 2014.

We are excited about this resource and think it is a great tool to help researchers keep up with the scholarly literature in their disciplines. Try it, and let us know what you think!

New! ProQuest mobile beta!

ProQuest mobileIf you’re like me, you’re doing more and more from your smartphone. At times, it may be the only “computer” available to you! That’s why we get excited when our resources develop ways to make them easier to use from smartphones and tablets. Then the diverse, reliable resources students and faculty need are there when you need them!

EBSCO and JSTOR have had mobile-optimized versions of their platforms for a while. Now ProQuest has released one.

We have eleven important research databases from ProQuest. They include…

Current and archival newspaper and periodical content:

New York Times Historical (back to 1851!)
Vogue Archive (back to 1892!)
American Periodicals Series Online (back to 1741!)
Ethnic NewsWatch
World News Connection

Three important research databases:

Dissertations & Theses
Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (for rhetoric and communication sciences)
Physical Education Index

You can find the link to ProQuest Mobile in the database records for each of the databases listed above or by going to “Selected Databases,” then “Other Mobilized Resources” on the library’s mobile site. Once you have connected to the ProQuest mobile site, you can choose to search just one, all, or a combination of the eleven ProQuest databases. There is also an introductory video you can watch to learn more.

Unfortunately, the mobile site does not display page images from the Vogue Archive on iPhones, because these images use Flash.

Image used on library home page courtesy Francisco Osorio.


New free resource for art: Getty Research Portal

Kitao bird, 1797The Libraries recently added a new free resource to our collections: the Getty Research Portal.

The Portal’s website describes it as “an online search platform providing global access to digitized art history texts not restricted by copyright. The Portal is comprised of catalog records that link to full, digitized texts held at contributing institutions.”

Users will find rare books, exhibition catalogs, auction catalogs, and other full-text literature in the public domain (mostly published before the 1920s). Page images are high-quality and able to be downloaded and saved.

Contributing institutions include the important art research libraries at the Getty, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Frick, and Columbia University, among others. The image above is from Plate 17 of the 1797 Japanese book Abbreviated Drawing Styles for Birds and Animals by Masayoshi Kitao, held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Find free, full-text scholarship in the DCN!

DCN WheelThe University Libraries have added another free resource to our website: the Digital Commons Network.

The Network brings together scholarship from 280 colleges and universities that use the software platform Bepress to collect the published articles, reports, and conference papers of their faculty and students.

Subject areas include law, social & behavioral sciences, arts & humanities, life sciences, mathematics and physics, education, engineering, health sciences and business. Institutions include Colby College, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Carnegie Mellon, Eastern Michigan University, Purdue University, and many more.

Over 1,000 Springer ebooks added to the EBC

The Andromeda Galaxy and the Rise of Modern AstronomyOver 1,000 full-text ebooks from Springer were recently added to the OhioLINK Electronic Book Center.

Springer is an important international publisher of science, technology and medical research. Some of the titles recently added include Henri Poincare: Impatient Genius, Handbook of Children with Special Health Care Needs, Environmentally Friendly Machining, Cloud Computing and Services Science, and, of course, The Andromeda Galaxy and the Rise of Modern Science.

You can search or browse the full text of any of these titles, plus thousands more, by visiting the OhioLINK Electronic Book Center. Readers can download chapters of Springer books as pdfs from the EBC, making them easy to read on a mobile device or to print.

BGSU students and faculty have access to tens of thousands of ebooks on many different platforms through the library’s website. To find them, do a search in Summon then limit your results to the content type “book/ebook” and also to “full text online.” You can learn more about our platforms by visiting our list of E-Book Collections.

Introduction to investment research in Morningstar

Researching investments for your business degree or MBA? The Morningstar Investment Research Center can be an invaluable resource.

Morningstar provides financial data on over 8,000 stocks and 23,000 mutual funds as well as reports on securities written by Morningstar analysts. You can use it now through the BGSU Libraries and you may also use it professionally once you begin your career – so it’s important to learn what it has to offer!

A new 3-minute video introduction gives users an overview of how to use Morningstar for investment research. Watch it today!

New content added to Rock & Roll, Counterculture, Peace & Protest database

From the February 1968 issue of PaperbagRock & Roll, Counterculture, Peace & Protest: Popular Culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975 is a database that features content from the Ray & Pat Browne Popular Culture Library at BGSU. The publisher, Adam Matthew Digital, recently released additional content in the database, including content from BGSU.

The additional module is now live in the database and can be searched and viewed alongside all the other great images, documents, and videos available in this resource. Explore primary source material related to the music, activism, pacifism, youth culture, drug culture and more from this era of “peace, love and happiness” by browsing the database’s thematic areas.

Try BrowZine – the iPad App for Scholarly Journals!

Have an iPad?

Help us evaluate BrowZine!

BrowZine allows you to browse and read many of Jerome Library’s academic journals on your iPad. Once you download the app, you will be able to browse journals by subject and read full text by logging in with your BGSU username and password. Articles discovered through BrowZine can easily be sent to Zotero, Dropbox, iAnnotate, or several other services to integrate with your existing workflow.

We think BrowZine is an exciting, efficient way for scholars to keep up with the most important journals in their fields, and we hope you do, too! To learn more, watch this introductory video. Let us know how you like BrowZine! Use it by May 21 to synch with the University Libraries’ journal subscriptions.