Category Archives: Resources

JournalPass tool for off-campus access

JournalPass If you use Google or Google Scholar to find articles, or look at journals online from their publisher’s websites, you have probably run into times when the website asks you to log in or purchase the article in order to download the full text because it is subscription-only.

University Libraries pays for subscriptions to thousands of these online journals, but it is very cumbersome to have to go to the Libraries’ home page, go to our journal list, find the journal by title, log in, link to the journal’s website, and then search for the article you wanted to read.

That’s why we developed JournalPass!

JournalPass is a bookmarklet that works with all four major browsers (Chrome, FireFox, Internet Explorer and Safari). Merely visit our JournalPass LibGuide and install it with the one you use most. Then the next time you are off-campus and get to a login page on a journal publisher’s website, click on JournalPass in your browser bar. You will be prompted to log in, the journal website will recognize BGSU’s subscription, and you will be able to download the article.

JournalPass was developed at BGSU by Dave Widmer.


New resources for Fall 2014!

Every summer, as our fiscal year draws to a close, we add new electronic resources. Here are our most recent new resources! If you have questions about any of them, please contact Amy Fry for more information!

This summer we added a new JSTOR module, JSTOR XI. JSTOR XI expands our JSTOR coverage in the humanities, with scholarship in core fields of Language & Literature, History, and Art & Art History. Journals included represent the disciplines of architecture & architectural history, classical studies, archaeology, linguistics, music & performing arts, and interdisciplinary areas such as American studies. Notable titles include Bulletin of the Detroit Institute of Arts and Studies in Pre-Columbian Art and Archaeology. BGSU now has 10 JSTOR modules (JSTOR 1-9 and 11). Connect to JSTOR.

Independent Voices
Independent Voices is a four-year project to digitize over 1 million pages from the magazines, journals and newspapers of the alternative press archives of participating libraries, including BGSU. It will include over 1,000 titles written and printed by feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals, Native Americans, anti-war activists, Black Power advocates, Latinos, LGBTs and more. Connect to Independent Voices.

ACO Music Data Analysis
Also called Academic Charts Online, ACO Music Data Analysis is a growing repository of historical and current data from Billboard, The Official Charts Company, Media Control and other reporting agencies around the world. ACO links all the data that exists on music, industry trends and commercial facts to facilitate academic research. ACO covers over 60 years of international chart listings for popular music. Connect to ACO Music Data Analysis.

HeinOnline Statutes at Large
For the study of American law, this database includes full-text searchable images of every page of the Statutes at Large in PDF format. Direct coverage from 1789 to two years ago, but provides a link to FDsys containing public laws that have not yet been published in the U.S. Statutes at Large. Also includes earlier Federal Codes and Compilations of Statutes. Connect to HeinOnline Statutes at Large.

Essential Science Indicators
This is a database designed to let you view and analyze only the highest-cited, highest-ranked and most-impactful current papers, institutions, journals, and scholars based on data from the Web of Science citation database. The database lets you sort and analyze these results by geography, field/discipline, institution, date, and other factors. While the database asks you to set up a personal account and log in, you can also use it as a guest. Connect to Essential Science Indicators.

Law Review Commons
The BePress Law Review Commons is a growing repository of open-access papers and journals covering legal issues. Connect to the Law Review Commons.


Sign up for SciFinder!

SciFinderSciFinder provides access to the world’s most comprehensive and authoritative source of references, substances and reactions in chemistry and related sciences. Use it to search for substances, reactions, and patent and journal references anytime, anywhere. BGSU’s subscription allows for unlimited simultaneous users.

To use SciFinder, you must first sign up for an account with your BGSU email address using this link: This link will only work with Chrome, Firefox and Safari – not with Internet Explorer.

If you had an account at a former institution where you were a student or faculty member, you should re-register for SciFinder through BGSU. If you had any saved searches or alerts associated with your former account, you will need to re-create them in your BGSU SciFinder account – there is no way to transfer them.

Once you have created your account, you can log in to SciFinder from on or off campus through this url:

SciFinder is listed on our All Databases page under “Sciences” – go to the Libraries’ Home Page –> Search & Find –> All Databases.

Looking for a federal law?

If you’re looking for the text of a U.S. federal law, the University Libraries now provides a database that includes the text of every federal law passed from 1789 to several years ago. HeinOnline U.S. Statutes at Large includes the text of such laws as:

Because it generally takes several years for individual laws to be added to the Statutes at Large, HeinOnline U.S. Statutes at Large provides a link to FDsys which includes the full text of public laws that have not yet been published in the U.S. Statutes at Large. This database also includes earlier Federal Codes and Compilations of Statutes.

The database allows users to browse by Congress, year of enactment, popular name of the law, Indian treaties, or other treaties. It also allows for searches by public law number, Statutes at Large citation, name of tribe or nation (for treaties), phrases within laws, etc.

If you have questions or wish further information about HeinOnline U.S. Statutes at Large, contact Carol A. Singer, Professor in the Library Teaching and Learning Department at or 419-372-9412.

Are you ready to jump into your dream career?

If you’re getting ready to graduate or thinking about finding your dream career, the library has a great database called Workforce Skills for 21st Century Success that you should check out! It is a perfect resource for those students who will be graduating soon, and there truly is something in there for everyone.

The database includes tests, e-books, computer courses, tutorials, and resume tools that are geared towards improving job search skills, preparing for advanced occupational training, improving computer and internet skills, refreshing or improving reading, writing, and math skills, preparing for professional licensing or aptitude tests, and so much more! The materials in this database are interactive and self-paced to accommodate for various learning styles.

To use this database, simply go to All Databases on the library homepage and click on the letter W.  Scroll to Workforce Skills for 21st Century Success and click “connect”.  Simply create an account by clicking on “register” in the upper right corner of the page to get started!

If you have any questions, just contact the Research and Information Desk, or watch this 15-minute video about the database.

Project MUSE Advanced Search Option

The Project Muse database now has an advanced search feature, which allows users to create more focused and specific searches. Now, searches can be limited by content type, research area, author, publisher,  journal title, or language.

To start using this feature, simply click “Advanced Search”  in the upper  right corner of the Project Muse homepage.

For more information on this update, click here.

ProQuest Newsstand: New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and more!

ProQuest logo

Are you looking for popular and current newspapers? If so, then you might want to visit the ProQuest Newsstand database!  ProQuest Newsstand is home to approximately 560  state, regional, national, and international publications!

Included in the database are:

  • New York Times
  • Washington Post
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Christian Science Monitor
  • USA Today
  • And so many more!
Content is updated in this database several times a day. Next time you’re looking for newspapers, check out ProQuest Newsstand!
For more information about this resource and to access it, click here.

Get the most out of EBSCOhost!

EBSCO and FlowersYou’ve probably used EBSCOhost, but how much do you really know about it? Did you know you can search in a database just for art? That EBSCO can format citations for your bibliography? That  you can do cited reference searching, save search and journal alerts, and explode numbers of search results by searching within full text? Here are some tips on these and other things you might not know about EBSCO, so you can get the most out of it this fall.

Use subject-specific databases. If you click on the EBSCO link on the library’s home page, you will be searching a database called Academic Search Complete. While it is EBSCO’s biggest database (with over 8,000 full-text journals), it is far from complete! Use the “Choose Databases” link above the search box to get to the full list of over 70 databases the library has from EBSCO, and be aware that searching Academic Search Complete does NOT search them all! Hover the cursor over the dialog box next to each one to read its description, then choose the ones that best suit your research needs.

Format citations. When looking at the description of an article in EBSCO, you will see a list of “tools” on the right side of the screen. One of these is “cite.” If you click on this, EBSCO will make a citation you can paste into a bibliography. Just choose the format you need! Also useful are the “email” and “permalink” tools – the latter generates a url that will get you right back to that article from on or off campus.

Save search alerts. If you create a “My EBSCOhost” account (using the “sign in” link at the top of any EBSCO screen), you can save search and journal alerts, which will automatically send you an e mail whenever new content from a particular journal is added to EBSCO or periodically execute a particular search and email you the new results. This is a great tool for graduate students, so you can always stay up to date on the latest publications in your field! Watch these 2-minute YouTube videos to learn how to set up journal and search alerts.

Advanced search options. If you choose “advanced search” underneath the EBSCO search box, you will find a lot of powerful search options!

  • Limit to parts of a citation – use the drop-downs next to the search boxes to search in title words, journal title (source), and subject
  • Also search within the full text of articles – this checkbox will explode your search in databases that include full-text journals

You can also limit your searches by date, availability of full text, scholarly publication status, language, and more.

Cited reference searching. While Web of Science and Scopus are the best sources for cited reference searching, you can also search for articles that cite a particular book or author in EBSCO. Click on “Cited References” at the top of any EBSCO screen and fill out the information for the reference you’d like to see cited.

Image of Frieda Falcon and Torrance Nowden from Centennial Memories.

S&P NetAdvantage: a great business resource

Have you heard of the S&P NetAdvantage database? A very valuable resource for those in business field, S&P NetAdvantage includes publications from Standard & Poor’s publications on marketing and investments.

Some of the resources in this database are:

  • U.S. industry surveys
  • Stock and bond reports
  • Directories for corporations and the Security Dealers of North America
  • Registers for public and private companies, and executives
  • Compustat Excel Analytics
  • Mutual fund screener
  • Investment advisory services
  • And more!

Check out this resource for your business information needs!

To get to S&P NetAdvantage, simply go to All Databases on the library homepage, click on “business”, and scroll down to S&P NetAdvantage. Click connect. Or click here.

For further assistance, ask a librarian at the Research and Information Desk.