Category Archives: Resources

SciFinder Scholar: web and off-campus access

A world-class resource for high-level research in chemistry, SciFinder Scholar is getting even better for BGSU users.

Previously, SciFinder had to be accessed as computer software through the “Start” menu, and therefore was only available on certain computers on campus. Last year, CAS (publisher of the database) released a web-accessible version, and we migrated one of our two SciFinder seats to the web version in February 2010.

The web version is available from on or off campus, 24 hours a day. It has enhanced displays and structure searching. Users create individual accounts and can save answer sets, alerts, and preferences.

CAS is retiring the computer software later this year and all subscribers need to migrate to the web version. BGSU plans to migrate its second seat from the software to the web version on Monday, December 20, at 9:00am.

If you have been using the computer software version, you will need to register for the web version using your BGSU e-mail address. After you register, you will be able to access the web version through our Databases A-Z list or directly at

Here’s how to register:

  1. Go the BGSU SciFinder registration page from on or off campus.
    : you may get an error message indicating the connection is untrusted or that there is a problem with the website’s security certificate. This error message is caused by the library’s proxy software, which manages off-campus access. If you click through the message you will be redirected to the registration page.  Click here for more information.
  2. Fill out the registration form. You must use your BGSU e mail address to register an account.
  3. Next, you will receive an e mail from with a url that you must click in order to activate your account.
  4. After you have finished this activation process, you will be able to log in to SciFinder Web.

If you have saved answer set files saved to your computer (.sfr files), SciFinder has released a tool that allows you to convert them so they can be used with the web version. See

You can view a demo of the web version of SciFinder at:

New resource for tax and accounting

The Library recently added BNA Tax & Accounting Center to its online databases for Business.

BNA (the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.) is a company that provides news services on legal, legislative, regulatory and economic topics. The BNA Tax & Accounting Center contains full-text analysis, practice tools and primary sources for taxation and accounting, both in the United States and internationally. Use it to find detailed analysis of the tax codes as well as current legislative news related to taxes and accounting.

BGSU’s subscription includes detailed analysis of the federal tax codes related to income; information related to estates, gifts and trusts; and information about foreign income. It also includes federal tax forms, highlights from the BNA Daily Tax Report, and the BNA Weekly Report.

Traveling this week? Download a free audiobook!

Catch up on your reading while you travel! Audiobooks can make long trips fly by, and the Ohio eBook Project has over 800 titles you can download to your iPod, iPhone, computer, or whatever you use to listen to digital media.

And if you don’t find what you want from that collection, thousands more are available through the SEO Library Consortium Digital Catalog.

All you need is a valid Ohio public library card, internet access, and a computer you can use to install the free software needed to download the books. Then you can transfer titles to your own person mobile device. View the Quick Start Guide for more information on getting started.

SEO Consortium libraries (including the Wood County District Public Library in Bowling Green and the Way Public Library in Perrysburg), the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, and a number of other libraries around the state participate in the Ohio eBook Project. Click here to view a list of all SEO Consortium Libraries: if your library is listed here, you can check out Ohio eBook Project AND SEO Consortium Digital Library books. Additional Ohio eBook Project libraries are listed here.

To check out an e-audiobook from either catalog, add it to your cart, then proceed to checkout. Choose your library (if you have a Wood County District Public Library Card, choose “SEO Library Consortium”) and enter the barcode on your library card and PIN number (call your home library if you do not have a PIN).

If you do not have a public library card, it’s easy to get one! The Wood County District Public Library is open November 22 & 23 until 8:30pm and November 24 until 5.

Photo by Elizabeth Beers.

Preparing for the GRE? LearningExpress can help!

Are you preparing for the GRE or other big test?  Get help from LearningExpress Library!

LearningExpress is an online database that offers interactive practice tests for the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, Praxis I, TOEFL, and more, including these recently added: GMAT analytical writing practice tests, GRE verbal ability practice tests, GRE analytical writing practice tests, and GRE quantitative ability practice tests.

Upon completing a test, LearningExpress provides you with instant scoring, detailed answer explanations, and a personalized analysis that identifies your strengths and weaknesses in each major content area.

LearningExpress also includes courses, career building tools, writing aids and helpful e-books.

Click here to access LearningExpress Library. New users will want to create an account and then log in with their individual usernames and passwords.

Click here to view a Demo!

Ebooks make it easy!

At the reference desk tonight I got an online chat reference question from a patron who was trying to get a business book listed in our library catalog. The patron explained that it would be preferable to get the book electronically if possible.

We couldn’t get that title electronically, but I was able to send links to several different library databases that contain electronic books. The patron was really excited to learn that these were full text and could be used from home, too.

If you’re tired of only finding snippets of full text on Google Books, you’ll be thrilled to know that the library has thousands of electronic books that are 100% full text and available 24 x 7 online, just like Google. Try these collections:

  • Safari Books Online. Technology and some business books, covering topics like web design and development, programming languages, applications, and systems. Over 7,000 titles, most published since 2004.
  • ebrary. Business and education books, covering topics like management, finance, business planning, multicultural education, adult education, and more. Over 10,000 titles, most published since 2000.
  • Electronic Book Center (OhioLINK). Scholarly books and full-text literary works. Especially strong in science, technology and medical books (many published by Springer); religion, philosophy and reference books (many published by Oxford); and English-language poetry and drama. Over 20,000 titles, old and new.

Learn more about these and other ebook collections by visiting our EBooks LibGuide.

At the end of our chat, the patron I was helping wrote, “Our library is a research library indeed.” Whether you come to the building to check out books in person or use our ebook collections online, it is. Indeed!

Photo from UBC Library Graphics.

Try out these two American history databases!

The library is currently trying out two databases with wonderful primary source material for historians and scholars of ethnic and cultural studies.

The Civil War: Antebellum Period to Reconstruction contains full text newspapers (over 150 titles from all regions of the United States), government documents, and broadsides and other ephemera dating from 1840 to 1877.

African American Newspapers, 1827-1998 contains the full text of approximately 270 U.S. newspapers published by African Americans. The titles originate from more than 35 states.

Both databases are produced by Readex and both trials will be active through December 17. To log in, follow the links to each product above (or on our Trial Databases page) and use the username and password provided.

The illustration above comes from an 1863 ballad by Annie Irene Warren called the “Old Union Wagon,” printed by Charles Magnus. The full document can be found in The Civil War: Antebellum Period to Reconstruction.

Professional development for graduate students

Graduate Professional Development Day is this Saturday, November 6! Hosted by the Graduate Student Senate, sessions will include presentations by faculty and doctoral students on planning a graduate career, interview tips, and the process of making and writing a dissertation or thesis. The event kicks off at 9am in 101 Business Administration.

In addition to all the great learning opportunities available at this one-day event, we encourage you to check out some of the resources the library offers for graduate students.

This fall, the library offered several workshops in partnership with the Center for Teaching & Learning, including ones on using RefWorks, researching for a literature review, and using advanced research databases (view this one online). We are currently developing our workshop schedule for this spring and plan to add workshops on databases for cited reference searching (Scopus/Web of Science) and getting the most out of Google. Keep an eye out for announcements from the CTL to find out when they will be!

Exam preparation and skill development tools
is a resource provided by the State Library of Ohio. It contains practice tests for professional exams required for civil service or educational career certification, practice tests for graduate school entrance exams (GMAT, LSAT and MCAT), as well as courses to improve computer skills (including Adobe and Microsoft applications).

Atomic Learning is another database with an extensive set of tutorials designed to help you learn software applications. It is provided by the Student Technology Center.

The Chronicle
The library also has an online subscription to the Chronicle of Higher Education, which is an excellent place to search for academic jobs and keep up with news and commentary regarding issues in higher education.

New database trial: contains hundreds of market research reports in areas such as the service industries, consumer goods, food and beverage, heavy industry, life science, and technology and media. Each report combines analysis with primary research, such as industry interviews, market trends, and buyer behavior. The Academic version brings the same information used by business and industry professionals to business students and faculty.

The trial to this resource is active through November 15. Try it out and let us know what you think – you can send feedback to Linda Brown, Collections Coordinator, at

Active trials are listed on our Trial databases page. Other market research and business databases can be accessed from our Business databases page.

Trials for two reference databases active now!

Now through November 12, the Library invites you to try two full-text reference databases.

The first, CQ Press Political Reference Suite, is a collection of 28 full-text reference works covering a range of political and legislative facts and issues, such as the contemporary Middle East, U.S. political campaigns, historic documents, statistics, and information about the branches of the U.S. government. It is produced by the same well-respected publisher as CQ Researcher, a database that provides research reports and bibliographies on current controversial issues.

The second, Credo Reference, contains over 500 full-text books from high-quality publishers like ABC-CLIO and SAGE Reference. Covering all topics, this database contains encyclopedias, dictionaries (including bilingual dictionaries), and reference sources for biographical information and quotations.

We invite you to search these two databases and let us know what you think! Post your comments below, or contact Linda Brown, the Library’s Collection Development Coordinator directly, at

Get caught up in the Web of Science

Last year, a new agreement between publisher Thomson Reuters and OhioLINK gave BGSU expanded coverage in the Web of Science database, plus several additional resources on the Web of Knowledge platform. This week, BGSU librarians met with our Thomson Reuters representative, who demonstrated a number of features we want you to know about!

  • New! BIOSIS Citation Index
    While we have long had access to BIOSIS Previews in the Web of Knowledge platform (which includes Biological Abstracts), we now also have access to an upgraded version of that database, the BIOSIS Citation Index, that includes cited reference searching from 2007 on.
  • Direct export to RefWorks from Web of Science
    Finally, despite the fact that ISI produces the RefWorks competitor EndNote, the Web of Knowledge platform includes a direct export to RefWorks option. RefWorks users will be thrilled to be able to export their citations from Web of Science, BIOSIS, MEDLINE and Derwent directly from each database without using intermediate text files. See these instructions for more detailed information.
  • Search by funding agency and grant number
    The Web of Science now includes detailed information about the funding behind published research indexed in the database. Users can search by agency or grant number and can sort or filter a topic search to display top funding organizations for research in that area. Often names of individuals at funding agencies are included in acknowledgments. This information can be a great way for researchers to identify previously unknown sources for grants!
  • “Related records” in Web of Science
    Clicking on the “related records” link next to a specific citation will display other publications ranked in order of the number of citations they share with the original record. This can be a good way to find related research that may not turn up in a topic keyword search.
  • ResearcherID
    ResearcherID is an initiative connected to the ISI and ORCID that is concerned with name disambiguation. Every researcher with a profile in ResearcherID is assigned a unique number (like books get ISBNs). ISI hopes to eventually map these numbers into the Web of Science database. Researchers can make their free profiles today!

Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science is a wonderful resource with citations from over 12,000 scholarly journals in all disciplines. If you’ve never used it before, you should! Watch a video introduction to the database (4:00) or view the Jerome Library’s Web of Science tutorial for graduate students (10:55) for more information.