Category Archives: Service Alert

New Springer platform coming soon!

Springer logoEven if you think you’ve never heard of Springer, you have probably used a Springer journal or ebook at some point. One of the most prolific scholarly publishers of research in science, technology and medicine, the library has access to thousands of full-text journals and tens of thousands of ebooks from Springer.

On November 26, all of these books and journals will be migrated over to a new SpringerLink platform which looks and works a lot like the library search Summon, but with some additional features. A search in the new Springer will search all the content on the site by default, but once you are looking at results you can remove ones that BGSU does not have access to and further refine your search by content type (article, book chapter, etc.) and discipline (chemistry, life sciences, medicine, etc.). Alternately, you can begin your research by browsing publications in these disciplines, or by browsing titles of each type.

Important note: personal accounts on the current SpringerLink platform will NOT migrate to the new platform. Therefore, after November 26, any saved searches, journal alerts, or folders you have created in the current SpringerLink platform will be lost. Users can sign up now for personal accounts on the new platform and migrate their saved information.

If you have any questions about our Springer subscriptions or this migration, please Ask Us!

ProQuest maintenance 9/29

From 10:00pm Saturday, September 29, 2012 to 10:00am Sunday, September 30, 2012, several ProQuest databases will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance. They are:

  • American Periodicals Series Online
  • Dissertations and Theses
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
  • GenderWatch
  • Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts
  • New York Times Historical
  • Physical Education Index
  • ProQuest Congressional
  • United States Serial Set
  • Vogue Archive
  • World News Connection

Downtime for Scopus and ScienceDirect Saturday 8/25

Elsevier journals and databases are expected to be unavailable for 19 hours this weekend, from 7:30am on Saturday, August 25, to 2:30am on Sunday, August 26, as the vendor implements new releases of its software.

Affected resources are Scopus, a database for searching cited references, and ScienceDirect, a portal to thousands of Elsevier e-journals.

Most journals available through ScienceDirect to BGSU users are also available full-text in the OhioLINK EJC.

Maintenance downtime on 8/18 for ProQuest, RefWorks

From 10:00pm Saturday, August 18, 2012 to 10:00am Sunday, August 19, 2012, several databases and tools will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance. They are:

  • Ancestry Library Edition
  • American Periodicals Series Online
  • Dissertations and Theses
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
  • GenderWatch
  • Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts
  • New York Times Historical
  • Physical Education Index
  • RefWorks
  • Vogue Archive
  • World News Connection

Downtime for FirstSearch databases Sunday 7/15

On Sunday, July 15, 2012, from 2:00 a.m. until 4:00 a.m. there will be a scheduled service downtime for the FirstSearch platform while its supporting software receives an upgrade. Affected databases include:

  • Anthropology Plus
  • ArticleFirst
  • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
  • Chicano Database
  • ClasePeriodica
  • GPO Monthly Catalog
  • Heritage of the Printed Book
  • History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
  • Index to 19th-century American Art Periodicals
  • PapersFirst
  • ProceedingsFirst
  • Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies
  • WorldAlmanac
  • WorldCat

Full-text linking errors in Internet Explorer

We always suggest our users choose Firefox, Safari or Chrome as their browser when using library resources online, because Internet Explorer often causes problems that don’t occur in other browsers. Here is the latest IE/library problem, and what to do about it.

Sometimes users of Internet Explorer versions 7, 8 or 9 will see an error when they click on the Find it! button in one of our databases to link to full text:

IE error

Simply click on the “Find it! at BGSU” link above the error, and then click on the link to full text on the following screen.

Get full text

To avoid seeing this problem, using a browser other than Internet Explorer.

We have reported this problem, and developers are working on a solution.

ProQuest database maintenance 6/30

Due to scheduled vendor maintenance, the following ProQuest databases will be unavailable from 10:00pm on Saturday, June 30, to 10:00am on Sunday, July 1.

  • American Periodicals Series Online
  • Dissertations & Theses
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
  • GenderWatch
  • Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA)
  • New York Times Historical
  • Physical Education Index
  • Vogue Archive
  • World News Connection

OhioLINK chooses EBSCO for PsycINFO platform

EBSCO logoHopefully you were able to participate in our trials of PsycINFO on the EBSCO, ProQuest and PsycNET platforms earlier this summer.

OhioLINK has chosen EBSCO as the platform for this important psychology database, so BGSU’s access to PsycINFO is moving to EBSCO immediately.

If you have any saved searches on the PsycNET platform, please capture them soon – our access via PsycNET expires June 30, and could be cut off any time after that date.

The EBSCO platform offers the same historical depth of content (1872 to the present), high-level indexing and abstracting, and wide coverage of important international books and journals in the field, with the advantage of easier full-text integration and the familiar EBSCO platform for searching, exporting records, and saving search alerts.

If you have any questions about this platform migration, please contact Vera Lux, Reference & Instruction Librarian & liaison to the Psychology Department, or Amy Fry, the library’s Electronic Resources Coordinator.

UL Home Page Down

An interruption in electrical power on Saturday evening resulted in the UL homepage going down.  ITS is working hard to resolve the issue, but it’s possible that it will be unavailable through Monday.

The good news is that most of our resources (including the catalog & databases) are still available.  As an emergency stop-gap, we’ve created a LibGuide that provides links to much of the content available from the UL home page.  It’s available at

For more information, please contact the Research & Information Desk at 419-372-6943.

Emails about RefWorks logins

Have you gotten an e mail from RefWorks that looks like this?

Dear RefWorks User,

We have changed your RefWorks login name to match the email address on your account. 

Your new login name is: [username]

RefWorks is making changes to accounts with duplicate usernames. If there were two accounts in the RefWorks system with the same username and one was inactive (hadn’t been used since October 2011), RefWorks changed the username of the inactive account.

Therefore, if you received an e mail like the one quoted above, but are an active RefWorks user, your login for the account you usually use has not changed.

If you are having trouble logging in to RefWorks, click on “Forgot Your Login Information?” on the RefWorks login page, and enter your e mail address. Any login information associated with your e mail address will be sent to that address.

If you have further questions, please contact Amy Fry or Linda Rich.