Category Archives: Workshops

Methods for managing and keeping up with research

The University Libraries doesn’t just connect researchers to content – we also provide you with tools that will help you manage and keep up with the content you need most.

This fall, faculty and graduate students are invited to sign up for workshops on two such tools: RefWorks and BrowZine.

RefWorks is an online citation management tool. You can access it from the “RefWorks” link on the Libraries’ home page. After creating a personal account, you can easily import citations from catalogs, databases, and other citation management programs, arrange them into folders, and create bibliographies and format papers with references. RefWorks is a wonderful tool for managing long-term research projects. Workshops are coming up on September 5th, 6th, 13th and 20th. Check out the times here, and use this online form to register.

BrowZine is a tool for keeping up with scholarly publications on your iPad. Workshops are coming up on September 4th, 12th and 27th. We’ll cover not only using BrowZine, but also setting up alerts and other ways keep up with new info without spending a lot of time doing it! Check out the times here, and use this online form to register.

Celebrate Open Access week with University Libraries

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Calling all Researchers!!!  Celebrate Open Access week with University Libraries from October 22 through October 26.

According to Peter Suber, Director of the Harvard Open Access Project, Open Access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge to users, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. There are OA journals that perform peer review and OA archives and repositories that simply make their contents freely available to the world. Learn more about OA efforts through these opportunities.

 Tuesday, October 23

 Wednesday, October 24

  • Free webinar viewing & discussion
  • “Open Access and Your Publications: What’s Copyright Got to Do with It?” with Kenneth Crews
  • Kenneth D. Crews has specialized for more than 25 years in copyright issues as they relate to education, libraries and research. He directs the Copyright Advisory Office at Columbia University and teaches in the Columbia Law School. Dr. Crews has been a professor of law, library science and business and held a named professorship in law at Indiana University. At IU he established the first office in the country specifically addressing copyright policy issues at universities. Numerous colleges and universities have called upon his services, as have the U.S. State Department and the World Intellectual Property Organization. He was the first recipient of ALA’s L. Ray Patterson Award.
  • Pallister Conference Room, Wm. T. Jerome Library
  • 2:30-4:00

Take some time to explore our Guide on Open Access and related scholarly communications issues at

Questions? Contact Colleen Boff, Associate Dean of University Libraries ( / 372-7899)

RefWorks workshops begin this week!

RefWorks imageRefWorks helps you manage your research by letting you save citations into folders and automatically format notes and bibliographies into MLA, APA, Chicago Style, or hundreds of other citation styles.

You can use the Find it! button in RefWorks to link back to the full text of the articles you save, or you can upload documents as attachments. RefWorks is online, so your references are available from any computer you may be using. It is also available to BGSU alumni, so you can continue using your RefWorks account after you graduate. A tool called Write-N-Cite integrates RefWorks into Microsoft Word, making it easy to format papers (versions III and 4 are now available). Best of all, RefWorks is connected to most of our library databases, making exporting citations to your RefWorks account quick and easy.

Create a RefWorks account on or off campus by going to the library’s home page and clicking on “RefWorks” in the left-hand navigation bar. To learn more about RefWorks, visit our RefWorks LibGuide or view a RefWorks tutorial. Graduate students and faculty can also fill out this form to sign up for a RefWorks workshop. Upcoming workshops are being held on 8/23, 8/24, 8/31, 9/7, 9/14, and 9/28.

Librarians offer CTL 2011-2012 learning community

Two librarians will be leading a new faculty learning community offered through the Center for Teaching & Learning beginning this fall.

Instruction Coordinator Cathi Cardwell and First Year Experience Librarian Colleen Boff invite interested faculty to join them as they explore current research on student information seeking. “Understanding Student Information-Seeking Behaviors to Enhance Student Learning” will meet bi-weekly on Mondays, 10:30-12:00.

Colleen and Cathi write: “Recent studies of information-seeking behavior indicate that students develop relatively narrow search strategies and employ a minimal range of tools in their academic work.  Members of this learning community will explore ways to improve students’ abilities to contend with obstacles inherent in the research project. They will also expand their students’ awareness and use of academic information and research tools.”

Visit the CTL website for a fuller description of this community and to apply, or browse the list of all 2011-2012 learning communities.

Photo by the UBC Libraries.

New OhioLINK Database: Scopus

OhioLINK has just added a new database supporting research in the sciences: Scopus.

Scopus, produced by the prestigious scholarly publisher Elsevier, is a database that searches journal articles and conference papers from over 18,000 international journals and proceedings. It also includes an extensive database of patent records and searches scientific websites.

Besides being a great source for finding scholarly literature, Scopus also contains detailed citations and supports cited reference searching. That means you can use Scopus to find books and articles that have cited an article you have already read, or even the ones you wrote yourself! Cited reference searching is a great way to find articles on a topic that did not come up in traditional index, database and online searches.

In this way, Scopus is a great complement to the Web of Science (ISI). That’s why the library is offering a workshop this spring where we will delve into the higher-level search functions of both of these databases. It’s called “Two Top Citation Databases” and will be offered in the library on January 27 and February 3 & 4. Refer to the schedule for place and time. Faculty and graduate students, please pre-register through the Center for Teaching & Learning (

Scopus is being provided to Ohio academic libraries for three years as part of OhioLINK’s recent purchase of Elsevier journal backfiles (an agreement which has provided us with access to more than 3.4 million articles from over 2,400 Elsevier journals). Scopus will be re-evaluated in 2013.

Spring workshops start soon!

The Libraries offer a number of workshops for graduate students and faculty in conjunction with the Center for Teaching & Learning. The spring schedule kicks off January 14 with a workshop on using RefWorks. The full schedule is listed below. See our Workshops LibGuide for full descriptions and exact times and locations.

Beyond EBSCO: Resources for Graduate-Level Research
A workshop to help graduate students identify and obtain research materials from any database, choose the best databases for their discipline, and use specific databases: WorldCat, Web of Science, and more.
Presenter: Amy Fry
2/7, 4:30pm
2/11, 12:00n

Getting the Most out of Google
An exploration of Google Scholar, Google Books, and Google tools, tips and shortcuts, including getting full text through the library when you’re using Google.
Presenters: Amy Fry & Linda Rich
2/17, 11:30am
3/16, 10:30am

Introduces RefWorks, a web-based bibliographic management system that can help you organize and keep track of citations to books and articles and format notes and bibliographies.
Presenters: Linda Rich & Ed Weilant
1/14, 3:30pm
1/21, 1:30pm
1/28, 10:30am
2/11, 1:30pm
2/18, 10:30am

Researching for a Literature Review
Attendees will discuss what a literature review is, what it is used for, and how to begin the research process to create one, including tips on being thorough and finding a variety of source types.
Presenter: Amy Fyn
1/18, 10:00am
1/19, 1:00pm

Two Top Citation Databases: Web of Science & Scopus
This workshop introduces two databases that index scholarly journals and conference papers and support cited reference searching. Scopus is a brand new subscription in 2011 for OhioLINK libraries.
Presenters: Amy Fry & Ed Weilant
1/27, 10:30
2/3, 3:30
2/4, 2:30

All workshops last 90 minutes or less. Locations vary, so please refer to the schedule for exact locations. Pre-register through the Center for Teaching & Learning (

Photo: Amy Fyn teaching. Courtesy University
Libraries Administrative Office.

Doing research as an alum

At the reference desk last Wednesday I got a chat reference question from someone wondering if alumni can still use the online databases at BGSU to find articles.

My answer was, “Some of them.” The library purchases access to most of our research databases, and our agreements with the vendors stipulate that most are only available for current BGSU students, faculty and staff; visiting scholars; and walk-in users.

But some of the databases in our lists are freely available online. This doesn’t mean they are inferior resources! Some of them come from our most reliable suppliers, like EBSCO (GreenFILE), OCLC ( and JSTOR (JSTOR Plant Science). Others are government databases and have always been free (ERIC and PubMed). In addition, more and more journal publishers allow you to search their e-journal portals for free (though not all the articles in them will be available in full text: IngentaConnect and SpringerLink are two examples).

The LibGuide for the spring graduate student workshop “I’ve Graduated, Now What?” outlines some of these options for students who have graduated and want to continue their research. If you just graduated this weekend, check it out! It contains great advice on using interlibrary loan and research databases even after your BGSU library account expires. If you’re graduating this spring, drop us a note and let us know if you’d like us to offer the workshop in April.

Photo by A.J. Davis

RefWorks workshops this week

Wish there was an easier way to keep track of reference citations used for your research? Tired of retyping and reformatting bibliographies and works cited lists? Wouldn’t it be easier to locate a needed article if all your citations were in an organized database? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then RefWorks is the tool for you!

This week, the Library will be offering a workshop for grad students and faculty that will introduce you to RefWorks and help you get started using this powerful online citation management tool. The workshop will be held two different times:

Thursday, September 30, 1:30-2:45pm, in Jerome Library 142


Friday, October 1, 2:30-3:45pm, in Jerome Library 142

You can register online through the Center for Teaching & Learning.

The Library offers a number of workshops on topics related to conducting research and using library resources. Check out our offerings, and sign up for one today!

Workshop on Monday: Manage Yourself!

Graduate students and faculty are invited to join two of our public services librarians, Amy and Amy, for a workshop on Monday, September 20. Come to room 210B in the Jerome Library from 10:00-11:30 and learn how to “Manage Yourself and Your Info!”

This workshop demonstrates online information management tools that can help you stay organized and keep up on current research in your field. Participants will learn how to create e-mail and online alerts for database searches and individual journals, use social bookmarking tools (CiteULike and, and explore the features of

This workshop is offered in partnership with the Center for Teaching & Learning. Click here to register.

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.