Category Archives: Service Alert

Database downtime Sunday, November 7

LexisNexis and OCLC FirstSearch databases will be unavailable from 2:00am to 6:00am on Sunday, November 7, 2010 due to scheduled vendor maintenance. The following databases are affected:

LexisNexis databases

  • LexisNexis Academic
  • LexisNexis Congressional
  • Marquis Who’s Who
  • Statutes at Large

OCLC FirstSearch databases

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

ProQuest database maintenance 10/30

From 10pm Saturday, October 30, to 10am Sunday, October 31, 2010, ProQuest and CSA databases will be unavailable due to scheduled vendor maintenance. The following databases are affected:
– American Periodicals Series Online
– Criminal Justice Periodicals Index
– Dissertations & Theses (ProQuest)
– Ethnic NewsWatch
– GenderWatch
– Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts
– New York Times Historical
– Physical Education Index

Wilson database downtime Oct. 14

Access to H.W. Wilson databases will be interrupted for up to 30 minutes between 7:00am and 8:00am on Thursday, October 14, as the vendor upgrades its platform. The following databases will be affected:

Art Full Text will still be available in the OSearch interface during this downtime.

Problems with the Electronic Book Center

As of 3:22pm, Thursday, 9/23/10, OhioLINK reports that it is experiencing problems connecting to individual titles within the Scholarly & Reference Collection in the Electronic Book Center. Users should be able to connect to and search within the EBC itself, but links to individual titles, either from within the database or from the catalog, return an error message.

Titles in the American & English Literature Collection are not affected.

OhioLINK is working to resolve the problem.

Problems with EBSCO databases

We have been experiencing intermittent problems accessing EBSCO databases, especially during times of peak internet use. If you are having trouble getting into EBSCO, here are some things you can try:

If you are on campus, use the “on campus access” link in the full record for the database, OR go to and go to the database from the list on that site.

If you’re off campus, go to, find the database by title in the database list, and click on “more” at the end of the brief description. In the full record, you will see a link labeled “Off-Campus (Proxy) URL.” You can log in to the database using your name and BGSU ID number.

If you’ve tried these things and still can’t access EBSCO databases, please contact the Research & Information Desk and we will try to assist you.

RefWorks maintenance September 5

On Sunday, September 5, 2010 from midnight to 4:00am, RefWorks will be unavailable due to scheduled vendor maintenance.

RefWorks is an online citation management tool – it allows users to save citations from databases and automatically format them into notes and bibliographies in MLA, APA, or any other of a variety of citation styles. The Libraries offer training workshops on using RefWorks – check our workshop schedule for the next session.

Downtime for Wilson databases August 27

Databases we get through the vendor H.W. Wilson and which use the WilsonWeb interface will be unavailable from 10:00pm Friday, August 27 to 2:00am Saturday, August 28, 2010, due to vendor maintenance. These include:

Art Full Text will still be available in the OSearch interface during this downtime.

Downtime for OhioLINK streaming video collections

On Monday, July 26, 2010 from 4:00am to 8:00am several OhioLINK streaming video collections will be unavailable as OhioLINK makes upgrades to the supporting technical infrastructure. This downtime affects the following resources:

All four of these collections are part of the OhioLINK Digital Media Center.