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Welcome to BGSU

Welcome to Bowling Green State University Libraries. The beginning of the academic year is always a busy time, but we hope that you take some time and stop in the library to become reacquainted with all that we have to support your learning and research needs.

We have new study space on the first and eighth floors, so be sure to take a look!  In addition, Thinkers@Outtakes officially opens today.  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, phone and text. We look forward to working with you and helping you with all of your library service and research needs.

New Places and New Spaces

Students can look forward to picking up coffee or a snack, sitting with friends in the cafe or studying quietly in individual study carrels in the Wm. T. Jerome Library this fall.

Construction of the new library café will be completed for the first day of classes.  Thinker’s@Outtakes was the previous home of the library reserve room. This space was transformed with new carpet, comfortable furniture and café style tables and chairs.  Thinker’s@Outtakes,  which is part of the Chartwells Outtakes brand, will feature grab and go salads and sandwiches, candies, frozen entrees, coffee, cold beverages and more. Adjacent to the café is the newly refurbished media room which offers additional booth style seating, tables and viewing stations.

The eighth floor of the Wm. T. Jerome Library was recently renovated to create additional places for quiet study.  The floor contains a variety of furniture, including leather easy chairs, tables and individual study carrels with power. The space provides an excellent location for solitary study and is within easy access to the Library’s extensive collections.

We encourage you to check out these new spaces!

Undergraduate Students End-of-Summer Return & Renewal

All BGSU materials checked out to undergraduate students and courtesy card holders must be returned or physically presented for renewal by the end of the semester due date.  Renewals begin August 1, 2011.

Check your library record under “My Library” at, on the libraries’ web page, or ask for a list from Circulation Desk personnel.

If you have a problem with any of the items, talk to a Circulation Desk Staff member.  You’ll need your BGSU ID and you must be returning for classes in the Fall to renew.  Please do not attempt to renew online or by telephone at the end of any semester. Talk to a staff member about renewing OhioLINK materials.

To ensure continuing access to research databases and OhioLINK borrowing, make sure your account is clear of anything due on or before August 6 for undergraduates and courtesy card holders.

Undergraduate students and courtesy card patrons are not able to renew online at the end of the semester.

Questions can be directed to or (419) 372-2051.  Be sure to check the library hours before expecting services to be available, especially during breaks.

Graduate Student and Staff End-of-Summer Renewal

Graduate students and university staff may renew online for the end of both Summer and Fall semesters.  The end of academic year renewals (Spring semester) will still require either returning or presenting materials for renewal.

As of Monday, August 11, 2011, continuing graduate students and current university staff will have their library accounts updated to the end of Fall semester.  All eligible materials (not on hold, not recalled, etc.) may be renewed online at that time.

Once library materials are overdue, online renewal is no longer available. The window of opportunity for online renewal will run from August 11 through August 21.  After materials are overdue, items must be renewed: 

  • by phone (419-372-2133) – articulating the barcode and brief title
  • via email to – providing at minimum the barcode and brief title
  • in person with the material.

Coleen Parmer Receives Clyde Award

The Government Documents Round Table of Ohio presented the Clyde Award to Coleen Parmer, former chair of cataloging and technical services and head government documents librarian, on June 3.  The Clyde Award, is “given by Ohio GODORT to a member of the organization for outstanding achievement(s) or service in the field of government information in Ohio or in the national or international document community.”

In presenting this award, GODORT of Ohio cited Coleen’s role as a founding member, her leadership role as past Secretary/Treasurer, Program Chair, and President, as well as her exemplary record of service to committees of the organization. It also noted her role in increasing the knowledge in the field of government documents librarianship through publications and presentations at the local, state, and national level.

Coleen was presented with an engraved bowl in commemoration of the award. The permanent award, housed at the State Library of Ohio, is a larger engraved pewter bowl with the names of all recipients.

Read the New York Times despite the paywall

This week the New York Times implemented its new paywall. Before Monday, users could read the online version of the paper for free. Now, users are limited to 20 articles a month before they are asked to pay for a subscription.

Chinks in the paywall have been widely reported by the mainstream media, so getting around the 20-article limit is easy – for now. However, the library also offers options for reading the New York Times, as well as linking to other great news content, in our databases.

Use Factiva to browse the current New York Times. If you connect to Factiva and choose “News Pages” and “Factiva Pages” from the menus at the top of the screen (see screenshot above), you will get to a page that includes headlines from a number of news sources including the New York Times, with the ability to browse by section. (All sources featured on this page are not necessarily part of the library’s subscriptions.) If you click on the drop-down menu beneath “Factiva Pages,” you will see options to jump to news sources from all over the world or news headlines by topic, which can be a great way to get to foreign-language or industry news.

After you are done using Factiva, please remember to hit “Logout” on the upper right, because this database is limited to four simultaneous users.

Use LexisNexis to search within the New York Times. To search the New York Times in LexisNexis Academic, choose the “E-Journals by Title” link on the library’s home page, type in New York Times, and choose the link to LexisNexis. You will be able to do a keyword search of the paper, limiting by date or section if you choose.

While you’re linking to the New York Times, you should also be aware that the library has searchable and browseable full text of the New York Times back to 1851 (its first issue) in the ProQuest database New York Times Historical. This is content that is not available on the New York Times website at all – paywall or no – but is only available through your library!

Doing a Research Paper and Don’t Know Where to Start?

The Library Can Help! 

Beginning March 14 and continuing through April 8, Monday – Friday, University Libraries will once again offer Individual Research Appointments (IRAs) for undergraduate students. 

Individual Research Appointments provide students with one-on-one research assistance to help them identify and locate library and online sources and to help them formulate search strategies.

To schedule an appointment, please call 419.372.6943 or stop by the Research & Information Desk on the first floor of Jerome Library.  Please schedule your appointment by midnight of the day before you would like to meet with someone.  This allows librarians time to prepare.

 Students should have a specific topic or assignment and will be asked to state it when calling to set up their appointment. 

 A similar service is available for graduate students.  Please call 372-6943 or stop by the Research & Information Desk for more information.

Saturday, February 12, is Darwin Day!

Charles DarwinAccording to the website of the International Darwin Day Foundation:

“Darwin Day is an international celebration of science and humanity held on or around February 12, the day that Charles Darwin was born on in 1809. Specifically, it celebrates the discoveries and life of Charles Darwin – the man who first described biological evolution via natural selection with scientific rigor. More generally, Darwin Day expresses gratitude for the enormous benefits that scientific knowledge, acquired through human curiosity and ingenuity, has contributed to the advancement of humanity.”

The Library has a wealth of resources for people interested in learning more about Darwin. The database Biography Reference Bank contains an extensive article about him, including references, images, and links to full-text documents by and about Darwin.

In the image database ARTstor, you can find images of artwork that deals with Darwin, like Rafael Ferrer’s 1973 sculpture Tierra del Fuego and Portrait of Charles Darwin as Fuegian Ceremonial Mask, or photos of Darwin taken by one of the first female photographers, Julia Margaret Cameron.

The Music Library currently is offering a CD by the band Artichoke. It has 26 tracks, each about a different scientist, and Darwin is one of them.

Doing a cited reference search in the Web of Science for Darwin C* and year 1859 will reveal the thousands of scholarly publications that have used Darwin’s famous theory as a source.

And, of course, the library has books by and about Darwin, from an annotated facsimile of On the Origin of Species to the children’s book Animals Charles Darwin Saw: An Around-the-World Adventure.

Happy Darwin Day!