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E-resources update, Spring 2011

Last fall, the Libraries added a number of databases. Many more were updated with new content and features. Read on for a synopsis of these changes!

General Updates

Subject-Specific Updates


New databases!

African American Newspapers, 1827-1998

more about African American Newspapers, 1827-1998

Contains the full text of approximately 270 U.S. newspapers published by African Americans between 1827 and 1998, originating from more than 35 states. Published by Readex as part of the Archive of Americana, this database provides primary source material covering the African American experience across a wide range of important cultural and historical events. Purchased through a grant for the humanities.

Biosis Citation Index

more about Biosis Citation Index

Part of OhioLINK’s subscription to ISI Web of Knowledge databases, Biosis Citation Index is an upgraded version of Biosis Previews that allows users to  not only search for articles and papers published in biological sciences research journals and conference proceedings, but also perform cited reference searching from 2007 forward. It also uses the new Web of Knowledge platform.

BNA Tax & Accounting Center

more about BNA Tax & Accounting

This fall the library migrated its BNA (Bureau of National Affairs) print subscriptions to the online versions. BNA Tax & Accounting Center contains full-text analysis, practice tools and primary sources for federal and international tax and accounting information. Use it to find detailed analysis of the tax codes as well as current legislative news related to taxes and accounting. Our subscription also includes federal tax forms, highlights from the BNA Daily Tax Report, and the BNA Weekly Report.

European Views of the Americas

more about EVA

An online version of the authoritative bibliography European Americana: A Chronological Guide to Works Printed in Europe Relating to the Americas, 1493-1750, this database was created through a partnership between EBSCO Publishing and the John Carter Brown Library and is distributed by EBSCO free of charge.  A guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750, it contains more than 32,000 entries and is particularly valuable as a guide to primary sources on the history of European exploration and European portrayals of Native American peoples.

Law Library Microfilm Consortium Digital

more about LLMC Digital

A database available to BGSU through OhioLINK’s Center for Research Libraries membership, LLMC Digital contains digitized versions of the documents preserved on microform by the nonprofit Law Library Microform Consortium. Included are historical legal titles and government documents from around the world, with a focus on U.S. federal and state material.

Ohio Obituary Index

more about the Ohio Obituary Index

An index to over 1.6 million obituaries from Ohio newspapers dating back to the 1810s and contributed by libraries from 28 counties in Ohio, including Wood County. Also indexed are death and marriage notices and other local history manuscript collections. The Ohio Obituary Index includes the former Wood County, Ohio Obituary Index and is hosted by the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center and Library.

Scopus, and the Elsevier journal backfiles

more about Scopus

Scopus, produced by the prestigious scholarly publisher Elsevier, is a database that searches journal articles and conference papers from over 18,000 international journals and proceedings. It also includes an extensive database of patent records and searches scientific websites. Scopus also supports cited reference searching.

Scopus is being provided to Ohio academic libraries for three years free of charge as part of OhioLINK’s recent purchase of Elsevier journal backfiles, an agreement which has provided Ohio libraries with permanent access to more than 3.4 million articles from over 2,400 Elsevier journals.


Database updates: EBSCO, JSTOR and more

more on the EBSCOhost updates
  • Updates to EBSCO include:
    • a downloadable MP3 as part of the “text to speech” function for articles available in HTML full text (see this example)
    • a newly “sticky” date slider that re-scopes as you narrow by date, and creates a limiter that can be removed with one click (see this example).
    • APA 6th edition and Harvard in the citation options
  • JSTOR users can now create a variety of alerts using the MyJSTOR feature, including alerts for searches, journals’ tables of contents, and citations. In addition, JSTOR expanded searching of its archive, and all JSTOR users can search the entire archive, including current issues of many journals. Read more about this on the JSTOR website.
  • Several levels of tutorials for Microsoft 2010 Excel, Outlook and Word have been added to LearningExpress Library, a database that contains resources for expanding technical skills, taking standardized tests (including the GRE), and searching for jobs. More information is available on the State Library website.

Arts & Humanities

now in ARTstor: the Circus Collection from the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art
  • ARTstor additions
    The image database ARTstor
    added 26 new collections in 2010, expanded 15 existing collections, and reached 39 new agreements with museums, archives, artists, etc. See the full list on the ARTstor website.
  • Unlimited users for Gale LRC
    Gale lifted its limit of two simultaneous users for the Literature Resource Center, and the database can now be used by an unlimited number of users at once.
  • Masterplots revised
    This classic reference work has been revised for the first time in 14 years, and the full text can be searched or browsed in EBSCO’s Literary Reference Center.
  • New titles in Project MUSE
    Eight titles were added to the full-text scholarly journal database Project MUSE:
    Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice; Contemporary Southeast Asia: A Journal of International and Strategic Affairs; Dance Research Journal; Dissent; English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920; Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies; MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S.; and Partial Answers: Journal of Literature and the History of Ideas.


Social Sciences & History

search MMY with TIP
  • Mental Measurements Yearbook combined with Tests in Print
    This fall, EBSCO combined online searching of the Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print, allowing users to identify tests and view their availability or order information at the same time.

Sciences

SciFinder Scholar
SciFinder Scholar: use it online!
  • SciFinder Web and CAS Learning Solutions
    On December 20 the library migrated our second SciFinder Scholar seat from the client software to the web interface, discontinuing BGSU use of the client software in advance of its discontinuation by CAS. If you haven’t already, create an account using your BGSU e mail address, then use SciFinder from any internet-accessible computer on or off campus.

    To get the most out of SciFinder, check the new training site CAS Learning Solutions. A variety of training topics are broken out into levels, self-paced online courses are included, and you can track your progress through the site.

  • Update to MathSciNet
    This fall the American Mathematical Society introduced several enhancements to MathSciNet. The database now
    uses MathJax, an open source JavaScript display engine for mathematics that works in all modern browsers; offers direct links to books, book chapters, and series using DOIs; and includes Ph.D. theses in mathematics, applied mathematics, and statistics from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses.


This blog is the place to get continued news and updates about library resources this spring: we hope you will follow it and post your comments! Feel free to contact your department’s liaison librarian(s) with your questions, suggestions and feedback.

Forward Falcons Celebrates Legacy of BGSU Women’s Athletics

There is a broadly held misconception that women’s competitive sport emerged in U.S. colleges and universities only after the passage of Title IX in 1972. In reality, countless college women competed in a broad array of sports — including everything from basketball and tennis to archery, fencing and much more — well before the Education Amendments of 1972.

The new book Forward Falcons: Women’s Sports at Bowling Green State University, 1914-1982 is a testament to the athletes, coaches and administrators who made women’s athletics an exciting reality at BGSU during these formative years, laying a strong foundation for today’s Falcon teams. The 370-page book is filled with photos and text that celebrate this legacy. The team of Janet Parks and Ann Bowers left “no stone unturned” during five years of meticulous research and writing, building upon Adelia Hostetler’s exhaustive master’s thesis.

The resulting insights into nearly a century of women’s athletics at BGSU are unprecedented, making this a “must-read” for Falcon sports fans and anybody interested in the history of U.S. intercollegiate athletics. Forward Falcons is now available at lulu.com  for $25, with all royalties going to the Center for Archival Collections at BGSU.

Sleeveface of the week: Barry Manilow’s Greatest Hits

This week’s library sleeveface features Barry Manilow. Besides looking great in our music library, Barry also allows us to demonstrate the range of resources available at the BGSU Libraries:

Use our catalog to find books about Barry.

The catalog will also help you find his sound recordings (and not just on vinyl).

You can also watch videos of Barry at the library.

Music databases like the Music Index can help you find full text articles and reviews of Barry’s music.

The streaming audio database Naxos Music Library will let you listen to the Peter Breiner Symphonic Pop Orchestra playing their version of Copacabana.

There’s a whole world of culture and media to explore in the collections of the BGSU Libraries! Barry is just the beginning.

It’s National Nontraditional Student Week!

Students who work full time, are in their late 20s, 30s, and older, and/or care for dependent children are considered nontraditional students. In contrast to many students who enter college a year or two after finishing high school, nontraditional students may have very different needs as they enter the university, including juggling demanding work and class schedules, learning unfamiliar technologies, and just getting used to being in a classroom again.

Nontraditional and Transfer Student Services provides a variety of workshops and other support opportunities for nontraditional students, including a support group that meets Tuesdays at 5:30 in Room 2 College Park.

The Libraries also offer resources and services that are perfect for nontraditional students.

  • Individual Research Appointments are a great opportunity to get some one-on-one time with a librarian and learn how to use library databases and do research in your major.
  • Products like Atomic Learning and LearningExpress Library provide tutorials to help you learn new computer software, like PowerPoint or Photoshop.
  • Online requesting, either from local collections or OhioLINK, lets you reserve books and pick them up when they are ready for you.
  • Full text databases and e-books let you use books and journals without having to come to the library.
  • Finally, chat reference lets you ask questions from whenever and wherever you are doing research, either through our chat service or, when we are closed, through Know It Now, which is available 24 x 7.

Juggling work, school and family makes it easy to get overwhelmed. We hope these services can help!

Sleeveface of the week: Elvis’ Christmas Album

If you haven’t seen our Music Library’s new blog, Library Sleevefacing, you need to check it out! Brainchild of Library Associate Liz Tousey, the blog features your favorite artists from the Music Library & Sound Recordings Archives collections posed at choice locations around the Jerome Library. You may have even spied Liz creating these tableaux over the past few weeks. The blog was recently highlighted in American Libraries Direct and the School Library Journal blog! It is frequently updated, so be sure to visit often. You can also “like” the MLSRA on Facebook to receive the feed.

Sign up for LIB 2250 this spring!

As you decide which classes to take spring semester, remember the library! LIB 2250, an online course in research skills, will be taught this spring by librarian Amy Fyn, and you might decide it’s a perfect fit!

Underclassmen preparing to write theses or enroll in research-intensive courses in their majors will benefit greatly from LIB 2250. Graduating seniors who are planning to attend graduate school will find that LIB 2250 is a good way to prepare for advanced research.

LIB 2250 (Information Seeking and Management in Contemporary Society) helps students learn how to research more proficiently. Students in LIB 2250 explore the issues surrounding research, such as the implications of new technology, within their chosen fields by researching topics within their disciplines. Students will apply course concepts (such as evaluating information) to the exploration of topics within their own majors, making these concepts immediately relevant to their own interests.

Students from many different majors take LIB 2250. Fully online, it is ideal for traditional or returning, on- or off-campus campus, even students who live out of state. Small group discussion boards help students keep up with class participation.

Research in the 21st century requires sifting through far more potential sources than ever before. Deciding which sources are the best to use, and how to find those sources while getting fewer undesired results, is a growing part of research. Join Amy Fyn in exploring these issues this spring.

October 18-25 is Open Access Week!

Open access is “a new model of scholarly publishing developed to free researchers and libraries from the limitations imposed by excessive subscription price increases for peer reviewed journals, particularly in the sciences and medicine.” A number of high-quality scholarly journals make their back issues available in open-access repositories, and a growing number of scholarly journals are published under an open-access model. Many of these can be searched and browsed through the Directory of Open Access Journals.

Open access is important because it supports the idea that scholarly research, particularly in the sciences, technology, and medicine, is a public good that should be available to researchers and medical practitioners worldwide. It directly benefits organizations in developing countries that may be unable to pay high publisher prices for scholarly journals and databases, and helps libraries worldwide cope with the skyrocketing costs of journals.

Open Access Week is designed to raise awareness of the Open Access movement. Visit OpenAccessWeek.org for news about participating institutions and events worldwide. In Ohio, The Ohio State University Libraries have a slate of activities planned for open access week. Librarian and blogger Barbara Fister has written extensively about open access issues for LibraryJournal.com.; her most recent essay discusses the future of the movement.  Researchers who want to support open access to their own work can learn more on the OASIS (Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook) website.

Love your libraries – on campus and off

While the University Libraries are focused on building collections to support the work of BGSU students, faculty and researchers, the nearby Wood County District Public Library is another resource for the BGSU community, sometimes carrying items the Jerome Library does not, like audiobooks and language learning resources. Marc Simon, a professor in BGSU’s Political Science department and coordinator of the Peace and Conflict Studies Minor, sent this timely reminder to BGSU faculty yesterday:

“As today is UN international national literacy day (http://www.un.org/depts/dhl/literacy/), I want to remind everyone about the resources available to our community at our public library.  September is national library card sign-up month.  Many students have discovered the public library and use it for required reading and textbooks; some volunteer or even do internships there.  It might be helpful to tell our new students about this opportunity.  A link to the library card application form is http://wcdpl.lib.oh.us/libcardsignup.pdf.”

Dr. Simon also reminds our community that the Wood County District Public Library has been facing serious budget shortfalls during the past several years. You can learn more at http://ilovewcdpl.com/.

Public libraries are a rich resource with a long history in Ohio and throughout the United States. As part of our mission as a public institution, BGSU’s Jerome Library is open to guests from our community; likewise, the Wood County District Public Library also welcomes BGSU students, faculty and staff.

Research while you go with mobile interfaces

WilsonWeb MobileOn August 30, the database vendor H.W. Wilson released the mobile version of its interface for research databases, giving our seven Wilson databases (which include Education Full Text, Readers’ Guide Retrospective, and Book Review Digest) a streamlined interface optimized for iPhones, Droids, and other smartphones.

Wilson joins EBSCO (which released its mobile interface last fall), WorldCat, PubMed, and other providers of online research databases in helping us offer more and more of the library’s scholarly resources and research guides for use on mobile devices. The library’s class web pages and subject guides – LibGuidesalso have a mobile interface, and Campus ITS and Library ITS have been working together to develop a mobile version of the library’s website, as well.

Twitter users can also search WorldCat by sending a tweet. Just use the hashtag #ask4stuff followed by a few words as your search query, and you will receive a tweet back with a PURL or a short URL to the results on WorldCat.org. See the WorldCat blog for more information.

So don’t worry if you are not near a computer – many library resources are still at your fingertips through your phone, and getting easier and easier to use that way. See our webpage about mobile platforms and library resources for more information.