Category Archives: Resources

PhilPapers philosophy database

University Libraries recently began a subscription to PhilPapers.

PhilPapers is a comprehensive index and bibliography of philosophy maintained by the community of philosophers. Using advanced trawling techniques and large scale crowdsourcing, PhilPapers monitors all sources of research content in philosophy, including journals, books, open access archives, and personal pages maintained by academics, and also hosts the largest open access archive in philosophy.

PhilPapers also operates under a unique subscription model: institutions in high-GDP countries, like the United States, that offer degrees in philosophy are asked to pay for subscriptions in order to get access to the content in PhilPapers, but otherwise the database’s content is open to all.

PhilPapers allows users to:

Monitor current research
‣ Browse new issues of over 1000 philosophy journals
‣ View the latest papers from online archives and authors’ home pages
‣ Register for automatic digests of new papers in your chosen specialized areas or create email alerts for any search

Explore the literature
‣ Browse PhilPapers’ extensive structured bibliography of philosophy
‣ Find papers using the advanced search engine

Contribute your research
‣ Submit your work to the directory
‣ Discuss philosophy in the forums

Digital Humanities Lab Open to Support Students and Faculty

The Student Technology Assistance Center (STAC) in room 122, Jerome Library has expanded its offerings to include a wide variety of technology tools to facilitate collaboration among faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students as they develop Digital Humanities projects at BGSU.

The goal of the Digital Humanities Lab is to encourage and support innovative, interdisciplinary research projects that make creative use of technology. We focus on supporting projects that are enhanced by visualization tools, multimedia applications, and manipulating data acquired through application programming interfaces (API).

To this end, STAC now supports the following and more:
·programming with Python, R and R-Studio, Ruby and Ruby on Rails, and Visual Studio
·the topic modeling software Mallet
·data visualization program Gephi
·Express Scribe for transcription and ELAN for annotation
·multimedia software including Audacity, Garage Band, and iMovie

The possibilities for faculty and students are endless: writing code to refine and analyze digitized literature, historical sources, or social media scraped from the web; annotating film clips; digital publishing; developing applications to make humanities resources available to the public; transcribing interviews; and much more.

For example, a researcher could write a Ruby script that aggregates millions of tweets with a common hashtag and graphs them visually on an interactive Google map; a student could use ELAN to annotate the occurrence and duration of certain events in a corpus of videos; and a researcher could use Express Scribe to transcribe vintage audio recordings to text, then use Python to parse and analyze the transcription.

Visit the STAC website  for up-to-date hours. Drop-in, independent use of the Digital Humanities Lab located inside the STAC is available any time the STAC is open. If assistance is needed, contact the STAC to set up an appointment (email: /phone: 419-372-9277).


Trial database: RILM Retrospective

WomanAtHarpsichord370wForWPRILM (Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale) is an important database for music and music history, allowing users to find books, articles, and book chapters from an array of international publications back to 1967.

The library is currently trialling RILM Retrospective, which adds citations to materials published between 1830 and 1966. It includes music-related articles published in conference proceedings from 1835 through 1966, articles from Festschriften beginning in 1840, and journal articles from 1849 to 1966. The bulk its citations are from journals whose issues appearing after 1967 are already indexed in RILM, so it extends the content of those publications.

Because both RILM and RILM Retrospective are EBSCO databases, you can also search them simultaneously by going to “Choose Databases” (above the search box) once you are in EBSCO.

Trial active through June 30.

Get a Room at the Library

Looking for a new place to study? The University Libraries has four reservable group study rooms and one reservable instruction room which are available for BGSU students, faculty and staff.  Library patrons can use any of these rooms to study in groups or to work collaboratively on projects. Each room is a privately enclosed space, allowing for groups to work together.

How Room Reservations Work
Login from wherever you happen to be and schedule a room online.  Our study rooms can be reserved up to four weeks in advance and are available up to three hours per day. Online reservations must be made at least one day in advance.  Reservations will be held for 15 minutes before being open to walk in users.  Empty and available rooms can be used on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Reservations for the current day can be made in-person by signing up on the schedule posted outside each room.

Learn About our Different Rooms
All study rooms include whiteboards, electricity, wireless access, markers, and erasers.  These rooms are not sound proof, so please be considerate of other library users.

Room Capacity Furniture
1 6 Rectangular
2 6 Rectangular
3 4 Oval
4 3 Rectangular
Large Group Room 25 Individual Tablet Arm Chairs

To reserve a room, click here or visit the library home page.  To view the Group Study Room Policies and Guidelines, visit Group Study Room Policies First Floor2.

New! Featured bookshelf

featuredbookshelfsmallerThe Jerome Library has a new bookshelf for browsing. It’s located near the entrance—you can’t miss it!

Every month, a new selection of books will be available for you to browse and check out.

This month, the shelf is filled with recommendations from the faculty and staff of Jerome Library.  We love these books and think you will too!  Borrow these books like you would borrow other books from our collections. Take your choice to the Circulation Desk.

Your dissertation…alongside thousands more

GraduatesThis month the University Libraries subscribed to the FULL ProQuest Dissertations & Theses in full text

We’ve had access to full-text theses and dissertations written by BGSU students for a long time in ProQuest. Now many more theses and dissertations in the database are full text (NOT previews).

Previously accepted dissertations can be very valuable sources of information for students writing their own. Their bibliographies can aid researchers greatly. Sometimes a dissertation may be the only substantial research publication on a topic. However, it can be difficult and expensive to find hard copies of a dissertation to borrow or buy. Our augmented subscription to ProQuest’s database will help make dissertations more accessible.

Unfortunately, not every dissertation and thesis is full text in ProQuest’s database, so it will still be necessary to use interlibrary loan to request some that are not available any other way, particularly older ones.

Get Help with your Research Paper

Beginning October 20 and continuing through November 20 (Sunday – 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, visit our new online scheduling tool This tool provides students with the flexibility to schedule, cancel, and reschedule Individualized Research Appointments (IRAs) online, 24hours a day. In addition students can 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 419-372-6943 or stop by the Research & Information Desk for more information.

Ebola Information Sources

According to the World Health Organization, “The Ebola virus causes an acute, serious illness which is often fatal if untreated. Ebola virus disease (EVD) first appeared in 1976 in 2 simultaneous outbreaks, one in Nzara, Sudan, and the other in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo. The latter occurred in a village near the Ebola River, from which the disease takes its name.” 

The current outbreak has received considerable news coverage. If you’re looking for reliable information on Ebola, try these sources: 


BrowZine: now for iPhone!

BrowZine logoDo you have an iPhone or iPad? If so, you should download the BrowZine app for free!

BrowZine is a free app that works with the BGSU Libraries’ ejournal subscriptions and allows you to log on and easily browse and read full-text scholarly journals from your phone or tablet. You can find our current subscriptions by title or subject and never miss a new issue! BrowZine also integrates with Zotero, Dropbox, and now RefWorks so you can easily export, annotate or save the articles you find.

Visit our BrowZine LibGuide to learn more about using BrowZine and which publishers are supported.

We love linking!

Just before the start of the semester, we upgraded the software that links you to full text articles online, no matter where you’re searching – EBSCO, Summon, Google Scholar – anywhere!

We’re excited about our new link software because we think it provides helpful options that are easy to use while you’re doing research.


When you click on an article title in Summon or our Find It! button from a database like EBSCO or Web of Science, you will be taken to the full-text article, if it is available through the library, just as you were before. However, you will also often see a menu of helpful options in a sidebar to the right of the article that will help you if you have any trouble getting to the full text of the article.

Try a Different Source. If the article is available full text in another source, you can go to it by choosing a different source from the drop-down.

Report a problem. Click on the report a problem link to send a report of your problem getting to full text to BGSU Libraries. A librarian will follow up with you within 24 hours if you include your contact information.

Request a copy. Use this link to sign in to ILLiad and submit your request for a copy. We will find a library that has the journal and ask them to scan and send you the article as a pdf – at no cost to you!

We encourage you to make use of these options as you are doing your research!