For Your Research

Borrow from any of OhioLINK's 121 member libraries and receive your materials in 3-5 days.

Use our subject-specific research databases, many of which contain full-text books and articles.

ScholarWorks@BGSU gives you a place to showcase your scholarship, or publish your open-source textbook.

Learn about borrowing from BGSU & OhioLINK and requesting books & articles through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

Save citations and automatically format bibliographies using RefWorks. Integrates with Microsoft Word.

Cabells helps researchers determine which journals could be the best place to send an article for publication. Another option is the Master Journal List & Manuscript Matcher (see below).

Additional resources for faculty

To ask that the library purchase a specific title, use the book purchase request form or contact the librarian below:

  • Education: Colleen Boff
  • Languages, literature and cultural studies: Nancy Down
  • Music: Patty Falk
  • Biological sciences, communication sciences & disorders, HMSLS, psychology, public & allied health, and the School of Earth, Environment & Society: Edith Scarletto
  • All other subject areas: Julie Rabine

The Center for Research Libraries, located in Chicago, acquires and preserves materials for research and teaching. You can find and request CRL materials through the OhioLINK catalog.

University Libraries recognizes that members of BGSU may elect to use a name other than their legal name.  Students, faculty, staff, and card-holding guests can contact the Director of Access Services, Andrea Boehme ( to indicate their chosen name and/or pronouns.  The following choices are permissible: using your middle name, shortening your name (ex. Jim instead of James), using an anglicized name, or using a name that better fits your gender identity.

Your chosen name and/or pronouns will be added to your library account so that circulation employees know to use it when communicating with you.  Automatic notifications will still reflect the legal name on record with the University.  Library employees who do not have access to your library account will not be able to see your chosen name. The Director of Access Services has the right to not accept or remove a chosen name if it is not permissible.

Our Data Sources LibGuide contains resources for locating data sets that are freely available or openly accessible. It also includes information about text mining and how to create data management plans.

Located on the 8th floor of Jerome Library, the Ramona Cormier Faculty Reading Room is a quiet work room for faculty and graduate student use only. The room, a multi-user room for individual work, is equipped with a desktop computer and has wireless capabilities for laptop use. A key may be checked out from the main circulation desk in the Jerome Library. Questions regarding the use of the Cormier Reading Room can be answered at the Circulation Desk.

The Journal Citation Reports online database uses citation and article counts to determine the most frequently cited and highest impact journals in an academic field or discipline. Our subscription contains data back to 2004.

The JournalPass bookmarklet will prompt you to authenticate with your BGSU login so that you can read journal articles online that require a subscription. It works with all four major browsers.

The Web of Science Group Master Journal List & Manuscript Matcher allows you to quickly view information about the extensive list of journals indexed in databases on the Web of Science platform, including Web of Science itself. As the organization that assigns impact factors, Web of Science maintains detailed information about articles published in thousands of high-quality academic journals.

One feature of the database is its ability to suggest journals that might be a good vehicle in which to publish your research. To use this feature, go to the link above and click on the button that says “Match Manuscript” (about halfway down the page). You will be prompted to sign in with your Endnote account – if you don’t have one, you can create one for free. Next, copy and paste your article title and abstract into the search boxes. You can filter results by categories such as language, frequency, and open access status. You will be able to view the impact factor of each title and link to its homepage and submission guidelines.

Faculty and staff can complete the Research Proxy Borrowing Form which allows designated research and teaching assistants to borrow books, place holds, and pick up OhioLINK and ILL materials on their behalf.

The proxy borrower will present his or her own ID and tell the library staff member that they need to borrow the materials on the faculty member's account. An OhioLINK book can only be borrowed on the account from which the request was made.

The proxy borrowing service is only available to contracted assistants.  It is not available for family members or friends. For exceptional situations contact Katie Mihaly via email at or call 419-372-2053.

We strongly recommend you neither ask others to borrow items on their accounts for you, nor lend items that are on your library account to other people. If it is necessary for us to bill for lost, overdue or damaged items, we can only bill the person who borrowed the item, not another party.

Learn all about citation metrics using our Who's Citing Me? LibGuide. It will also show you how to do cited reference searching in Web of Science, Google Scholar, and other sources.