Category Archives: Resources

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 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.

Fall 2010 faculty e-resources update

The Libraries’ databases are constantly updated and upgraded to provide new content and improved ways to access it. During Spring & Summer 2010 the Libraries purchased several new databases and added a number of free resources. Many of our vendors also enhanced their products. Below are the highlights!

General Updates

Subject-Specific Updates

New home page!

UL Libraries Home page

visit the new library home page

Last spring we talked to students about how they use the Libraries’ website. They generously shared their experiences and opinions and let us watch them use the site. What we learned from them helped us build a new home page for the University Libraries this summer that we hope streamlines access to our resources, particularly our databases. Please try it and let us know what you think.

One new feature of the page is a feed from the Libraries’ blog, the UL News. Watch it for ongoing updates about library databases!

New databases!

Virginia Gazette

click here to learn more about the Virginia Gazette

The Libraries were able to use savings realized through online agreements to subscribe to two new databases this spring, both of which provide unique access to primary source news content.

We now have access to the full text of the Pennsylvania Gazette (1728-1800) and the Virginia Gazette (1736-1780) through the database Accessible Archives, and are receiving access to the entire database for free until summer 2011. We also now subscribe to the Vanderbilt Television News Archive, which contains streaming video of network news programs back to 1968.

OhioLINK also just announced that a statewide agreement has been reached with the journal publisher Elsevier. Ohio will purchase backfiles of Elsevier journals, and these will be available to the BGSU community through the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center. This agreement also includes a three-year license to Scopus, giving BGSU researchers a tool in addition to Web of Science for cited reference searching.

EJC upgrades

EJC screen shot

search the EJC

Now users of the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center may e mail persistent urls to articles or directly export them to RefWorks. These new options appear on the upper right when you are looking at an article abstract.

RefWorks 2.0 and RefShare now available

RefWorks 2.0

watch a video preview of RefWorks 2.0

RefWorks has been rebuilding its user interface, and users may start using the new one: just click on “RefWorks 2.0” at the upper right of the screen after logging in to RefWorks. The Libraries will start offering this as the default for all users before the start of Spring semester 2011.

RefShare is also now available to BGSU users. It lets users place RefWorks folders on a public website so that anyone, whether or not he or she has a RefWorks account or attends a RefWorks-subscribing university, can view references and create bibliographies.

EBSCO upgrades

EBSCO results screenshot

try the upgraded EBSCO interface

In the last few weeks, EBSCO released a streamlined interface which now offers faceting (source types and subjects can be mixed and matched with checkboxes). Other features, including persistent urls and the date limiter, are in different places on the results screen.

Other database upgrades

BG News Index


Expect new or upgraded interfaces from JSTOR (active as of August 21; see our blog post about this for more information), ProQuest (by January) and the Oxford English Dictionary (also by January).

Arts & Humanities

BHA logouse the BHA

  • New! Subject category for Film, Television & Media Studies
    The library has created a new subject category for Film, Television & Media Studies databases on our All Databases page.

  • New! Bibliography of the History of Art
    After an unsuccessful bid for a buyer, the Getty Research Library decided to make BHA available for free on its website rather than fold the database entirely. Since we formerly did not subscribe, BGSU now has access to this database through 2009.

  • New! African Journal Archive
    This summer the Libraries added this free resource to our electronic collections. It contains full-text issues from the backfiles of 20 scholarly journals published in Africa.

  • Music Index now in EBSCO
    EBSCO purchased the Music Index and it moved to the EBSCO interface last February.

  • Art Full Text now in Wilson
    While we use Art Full Text in the OhioLINK OSearch interface, it is now also available to BGSU users in Wilson for those who prefer the features of WilsonWeb. A link can be found in the record for Art Full Text.

  • ARTstor login links
    Users formerly had to make an extra click to enter and search the ARTstor database after logging in from the Libraries’ website. Now the ARTstor access link takes you directly to the search page.

Social Sciences & History

World DataBank

more about the World DataBank

  • New! World DataBank
    This summer, the World Bank announced that several important statistical databases, formerly available only by subscription, would now be available for free through its new Open Data program. These include World Development Indicators, which contains statistical information on economic development for countries around the world.

  • New! Four e-book collections from Oxford Scholarship Online
    Beginning this summer, OhioLINK will add titles from four additional modules of Oxford books to the Electronic Book Center – Social Work, Neuroscience, Public Health, and Law.

  • New! more free e-resources
    The Libraries have also added records for Chronicling America (the Library of Congress’s historical newspapers portal), C-SPAN Video Library, and the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications to our databases lists.

  • ebrary upgrades
    The Libraries get around 10,000 business and education e-books through ebrary. This spring, the vendor upgraded its platform, including: allowing users to print an entire chapter at once, displaying citations in four different styles, and enabling direct export to RefWorks.

  • MMY and Tests in Print to merge
    Currently two separate databases, EBSCO will collapse the Mental Measurements Yearbook and Tests in Print into one database beginning this September.

  • STAT-USA to dissolve
    The vendor of the U.S. governmental statistics product STAT-USA has decided to stop producing this product. The Libraries’ subscription will run out September 30, 2010.


Aloe L., species from South Africa, by Maria Elizabeth Holland (ca. 1850-1878)

Aloe L., species from South Africa, by Maria Elizabeth Holland (ca. 1850-1878) in JSTOR Plant Science

  • New! JSTOR Plant Science and
    The Libraries added two free science databases this summer – JSTOR Plant Science, which contains over 800,000 images of plant specimens from all over the world, and, a portal to international databases for scientific research.

  • SciFinder Web
    Last spring we migrated one of our seats for SciFinder Scholar from the client software to the web interface. Users must create an account using their BGSU e mail address, but can then use SciFinder from any internet-accessible computer on or off campus. We hope to migrate our second seat by the start of spring semester.

  • Updates: Science Online and Safari Books
    Facts on File’s Science Online implemented several upgrades this summer, including new experiments, color illustrations, and entries. Likewise, Safari Books Online also upgraded its interface, implementing, among other improvements, indexing by vendor and product.

Please keep an eye on our blog for continued news and updates about library resources this spring, and, as always, contact your favorite librarian with your questions, suggestions and feedback.

JSTOR platform update

JSTORThis weekend, JSTOR made some changes to its interface which both provide a new look for the JSTOR search and results screens and change how content in JSTOR is accessed.

Most notably, the update expands the amount of content searchable in JSTOR, so library users may now see JSTOR search results that are not full text and do not include links to full text. To exclude such items from your search results, check the box labeled “Include only content I can access” from the main search page.

For more information about what’s new in JSTOR, see the Platform Update page on the JSTOR website.

JSTOR is a non-profit that provides long-term digital access to hundreds of scholarly journals, most of which are archived back to volume 1, issue 1. BGSU subscribes to five JSTOR modules that include almost 700 titles.

UPDATE: Due to dissatisfaction from librarians and users, JSTOR will be rolling back some of these changes. Beginning September 6, JSTOR will again only search the content we have access to in full text, eliminating some potentially confusing dead-ends.

New free e-resource: WorldWideScience logo The Libraries have added a new free database for the Sciences: is a portal to published scientific research. Developed and maintained by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (part of the U.S. Department of Energy), it searches reports, articles and statistics from over 30 national scientific databases from 44 countries. The data in is especially representative of research in energy, health and medicine, and technology. It uses federated search technology to harvest, rank and cluster search results. It can also be searched in languages other than English.

View our catalog record for more information about, or try it out for yourself!

Faculty Services

BGSU faculty members have access to a wide variety of library resources and services.  The University Libraries ensures all faculty members receive the highest-quality library services and have easy access to all our resources and collections. Click on the attached link  to view our Faculty Services brochure.

New full-text resources: two early American newspapers

The Libraries have just added two important early American newspapers to our online collections. They represent a significant addition to the full-text primary sources available to BGSU students, faculty and researchers.

The Pennsylvania Gazette  (1728-1800) was one of the most important newspapers in the colonial and early years of the United States. Published in Philadelphia by Benjamin Franklin from 1729 until his death in 1790, it provides a first-hand view of colonial America, the American Revolution, and the New Republic. The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, Thomas Payne’s Common Sense and The Federalist Papers were all published here.

The Virginia Gazette  (1736-1780) was the first newspaper to be published in the area south of the Potomac in the colonial period of the United States. Published weekly in Williamsburg, VA, it contained news from not only Virginia but other colonies, Scotland, England, and more. It was an important paper of record for events leading up to the American Revolution.

Both papers are part of the larger database Accessible Archives, which contains over 60 full-text titles (mainly newspapers) from 18th and 19th century America. While only the two titles above have been added permanently to our collections, the publisher has provided complimentary access to the full database through June 2011.

All three of these resources can be accessed through the Libraries’ History and News databases-by-subject pages.

New free resource: African Journal Archive

African Journal Archive logo
African Journal Archive: from Sabinet

The African Journal Archive contains full-text issues from the backfiles of 20 scholarly journals published in Africa.

Subjects in the Archive include art, biology, classics, geology, law, medicine, and the humanities. While journal issues in the archive date from 1906-2007, coverage of individual journal titles varies.

AJA is a project of the South African electronic information company Sabinet, and is available free of charge. The Library has added this database to the Foreign Languages & International Studies databases-by-subject list.

New free resource: JSTOR Plant Science

Aloe L., species from South Africa, by Maria Elizabeth Holland (ca. 1850-1878)
Aloe L., species from South Africa, by Maria Elizabeth Holland (ca. 1850-1878)

This month, JSTOR unveiled a new free resource – JSTOR Plant Science. This database contains over 800,000 images of plant specimens and related materials, including scientific literature, maps, drawings and paintings. Specimens come from 160 partner institutions in 47 different countries and five continents.

JSTOR Plant Science is useful for students of ecology and conservation, environmental studies, history, biology, agriculture, and the life sciences. JSTOR plans to keeping adding to the archive, which will grow to include 2.2 million specimens by 2013, such as this painting of a South African species of aloe, ca. 1850-1878.

Open Data from the World Bank

On April 20, the World Bank Group announced its Open Data Initiative, which makes seven valuable statistical resources – previously available by subscription only – freely available on the World Bank website.

These databases include information dating as far back as 1960 about social and economic developmental indicators for countries around the world. The University Libraries previously had access to only one of them – World Development Indicators. Now the other six have also been added to our databases-by-subject pages. They are:

These databases are all available through the World DataBank. Click on each title to view more information and connect to the database.

New free resource: Bibliography of the History of Art

After searching unsuccessfully for a partner to help continue the production of the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA), the Getty Research Institute has decided to provide the database free of charge on its website.

The BHA is a comprehensive index to scholarly writing about the history of Western art. It includes descriptions of articles from over 1,200 journals dating from 1990 to 2009, and the Getty plans to include additional records dating back to 1975 by May 1. Up until now, access was only available with a paid subscription, but the Getty’s decision to make the database available for free has opened this rich research resource up to all scholars of the history of art.

The Libraries have included the BHA in our list of Arts & Humanities subject databases.