The EBSCOhost research database platform and its entire suite of databases will transition to a new interface beginning June 17, 2024. While we know this is mid-semester change for summer courses, we appreciate your patience as there is rarely down time from working with students, faculty, staff, and other library users. Many of your favorite features are still available, along with a cleaner interface and new tools. Preview the new EBSCO interface.

Look for updated "how-to" tutorials later in the summer. 

Contact: Reach out to your subject librarian with specific questions or more information.

Made possible through a collaboration between the Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) & University Libraries, the Summer Faculty Writing Retreat will be held in Jerome Library from Monday, July 29 to Wednesday, July 31. 

Registration is officially open, and it is on first come, first served basis. To register, please fill out your information on the Summer 2024 Faculty Writing Retreat Registration Form.

For more information, please visit the Summer Faculty Writing Retreat webpage.

Contact: CFE,

OhioLINK recently announced two new open access (OA) publishing agreements with Springer and Elsevier, as well as the renewal and expansion of their existing OA agreement with Wiley. These agreements are cost neutral, which means no additional cost to BGSU and no cost to participating BGSU-affiliated authors.

The Springer and Elsevier agreements join existing OA agreements with Cambridge University Press and Institute of Physics (IOP). Read more about each agreement. 

University Libraries will share information about OhioLINK’s upcoming faculty webinars when it becomes available.

Contact: Emily Gattozzi, Scholarly Communication Strategist,

New Resources

  • New York Times: Great news for the BGSU community! You now have full access to the New York Times, including, its mobile app, the inEducation site, and The Learning Network. This is available anywhere, on and off campus. Haven't set up your account yet? Get started here: New York Times Guide
  • DynaMed: A vital resource for health sciences, offering comprehensive reviews and focused topics in diseases, conditions, drug, and laboratory monographs. Access it here: DynaMed
  • AP Stylebook: Your go-to guide for American English grammar, style, and usage by the Associated Press. Find it here: AP Stylebook 
  • Art Song Transposition: Transpose songs or arias into new keys and print official licensed scores. Check it out: Art Song Transposition 
  • eHRAF Archaeology: Explore a cross-cultural database on the world's prehistory. Visit: eHRAF Archaeology 
  • eHRAF World Cultures: Delve into a database on world cultures and ethnic groups. Discover more: eHRAF World Cultures

Improved Services

  • RefWorks: Logging in just got easier! Use your BGSU username and password for access. Learn more: RefWorks Guide 
  • Special Collections Finding Aids: Our finding aids have been updated for better findability. Explore here: Finding Aids 
  • InterLibrary Loan: We’ve streamlined processes, lifted several restrictions, and expanded our direct article purchasing. Our average turnaround time is just 18 hours! BGSU InterLibrary Loan

Contact: Vera Lux, Reference and Instruction Librarian,

Are you interested in creating a high-quality Open Educational Resource (OER) to replace a costly textbook or other material in a class you’re teaching? The University Libraries invites you to apply for a grant to create an OER and use it in your classes for at least two semesters.

Grant applications are open now and will close on November 27, 2023.

Learn more about the grant requirements or apply for a grant. 

Go directly to the application.

 Contact: Tim Sandusky, Open Educational Resources Strategist

Celebrate the Scholarly and Creative Works of BGSU Authors & Artists
Deadline for submission – Oct. 6.

Each year, the Friends of the University Libraries recognizes members of the University community for their scholarly publications and creative achievements. We would appreciate your assistance in identifying worthy individuals or nominating yourself for recognition of accomplishments in 2022-23. 

For more than 30 years, the Friends has celebrated more than 1,500 BGSU faculty and staff for important contributions to their disciplines, the culture, and the University. This year's honorees will be selected for accomplishments from Aug. 1, 2022, to Aug. 31, 2023. We will honor them at a reception Nov. 14, 2023.

You may nominate yourself and/or individual(s) from your department or area by completing the nomination form. The form is available through ScholarWorks, BGSU’s institutional repository for faculty scholarship and creative works. ScholarWorks provides a permanent space to archive, preserve and promote scholarly publications. It optimizes content to make it easier to find on Google and cited more frequently. 

Instructions to upload submission.

When you nominate yourself or individuals(s) from your department: 

  • Carefully review the criteria.
  • Ensure that each nominee was employed by BGSU at some time from Aug. 1, 2022, to Aug. 31, 2023, and that the nominated work falls within the same period. 
  • Note that retired faculty and staff are eligible for nomination. 

To ensure that all nominations receive full consideration, nominations must be received no later than Oct. 6, 2023. 

Questions can be directed to

IEEE Xplore  (New database)
IEEE Xplore digital library is a research database for discovery and access to journal articles, conference proceedings, technical standards, and related materials on computer science, electrical engineering and electronics, and allied fields.

Hospitality & Tourism Complete (New database)
Hospitality and Tourism Complete covers scholarly research and industry news relating to all areas of hospitality and tourism, featuring more than 200 publications, including periodicals, company and country reports, and books. Sources are both domestic and international in range and scope, subjects include the culinary arts, demographics and statistics, development and investment, food and beverage management, hospitality law, hotel management and administrative practices, leisure and business travel, market trends, technology, and more.

DynaMed  (Trial extended to Nov. 1, 2023; app included)
DynaMed covers a number of subjects within health sciences, with content ranging from comprehensive reviews of diseases, conditions, and abnormal findings to highly focused topics on evaluation, differential diagnosis, and management. Drug and laboratory monographs developed and maintained by IBM Micromedex are also offered. The content is regularly updated as new information indicates a need for change in practice or improved understanding of the body of knowledge.

Contact: Vera Lux, Reference and Instruction Librarian,

University Libraries continually assesses our collections to make sure we are spending our materials budget in a way that best supports the curriculum.  To this end, we have decided to discontinue the following electronic resources for AY 23-24.

CQ Researcher:  Access ending June 30, 2023

ProQuest Research Companion:  Access ending August 3, 2023

If you need assistance with alternative resources, please reach out to your subject librarian.

Bowling Green State University Libraries offers grant opportunities to BGSU faculty interested in adopting open educational resources or developing their own open alternatives to high-cost textbooks. The library is pleased to announce the following OER grantees for 2022-23

 Remy Attig, assistant professor in World Languages and Cultures, will create an OER for SPAN 3850: Translation & Stylistics.
• Andrea Cripps, associate professor in the School of Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies, will create a lab manual for EXSC 3120: Therapeutic Modalities.

 Vivian Miller, assistant professor in Social Work, will adapt Introduction to Social Work: A Look Across the Profession for SOWK 1100: Introduction to Social Work Profession. 

• Julie Didelot, teaching professor of Sociology in the Department of Natural & Social Sciences at BGSU Firelands, adopted Introduction to Sociology 3e. for SOC 1010: Principles of Sociology.
• Mackenzie Grace, assistant teaching professor in Human Services, will adopt Criminal Justice: An Overview of the System and An Introduction to the American Criminal Justice System for CRJU 2100: Intro to Criminal Justice.
• Karen Sirum, associate professor in Biological Sciences, adopted Open Learning Initiative: Introduction to Biology for BIOL 2050: Introduction to Biology. 

Creation and adaptation projects will be available for download from ScholarWorks upon completion in 2024.

Thank you to the library’s OER grant application review committee:

• Andrea Boehme, Director of Access Services
• Emily Gattozzi, Coordinator of Scholarly Publishing
• Stefanie Hunker, Chair, Special Collections
• Katie Mihaly, Circulation & Outreach Specialist
• Angela Pratesi, Head Librarian, Music Library & Bill Shurk Sound Archives 
• Linda Rich, Coordinator of Reference Services
• Laura Sheets, Reference & Instruction Librarian 

Contact: Emily Gattozzi, Coordinator of Scholarly Publishing,

In Celebration of Open Education Week | March 6-10

Are you a faculty member who is concerned about the impact of high textbook costs on your students? Join your colleagues who have explored open textbook solutions by completing an online workshop sponsored by University Libraries and writing a short textbook review. Receive a $200 stipend for your efforts!

For more information on current initiatives, visit Open Educational Resources at BGSU.

Apply for the Open Textbooks Workshop 

Did you know ...

  • The average annual cost of textbooks for an undergraduate student at BGSU is approximately $690. The cost of textbooks is rising at a rate of four times inflation.
  • BGSU students often wait until the first day of classes to purchase textbooks, which puts them at a disadvantage.
  • The type, version and format of textbook options selected by BGSU faculty can make a significant difference in costs to students.

Open Textbooks

Open textbooks can help alleviate the burden of textbook costs for students and provide faculty with content that can be customized for their course. Open textbooks are full, real textbooks used by many faculty across the country. They're licensed to be freely used, edited and distributed.

What You Can Do

Complete the open textbook workshop between March 6 and 17 where you can discover open textbooks in your field. After the workshop, you'll be asked to write a short review of an open textbook from the Open Textbook Library. Your review will benefit other faculty considering open textbooks. You'll receive a $200 stipend for your participation and written review.

The application deadline is Wednesday, March 1. Participants will be notified Friday, March 3. Capacity is limited, and open textbooks are not available for all subjects. Preference will be based on textbook subject area availability.

Contact: Emily Gattozzi, Coordinator of Scholarly Publishing,

As of August 1, 2024, the ARTstor platform will be retired and permanently moved to JSTOR. Although this seems like a long time from now, you will receive an email from JSTOR about this change soon if you have a registered account with ARTstor. 

University Libraries is here to support you during this transition with training materials and answers to any questions you may have. If you would like to familiarize yourself with finding and using images on JSTOR now, this Welcome to JSTOR from Artstor page will be useful.

Images from ARTstor are already included on the JSTOR database but ARTstor will be accessible as a separate platform until August 1, 2024.

Contact: Laura Sheets, Reference and Instruction Librarian,

University Libraries is committed to supporting the professional development of all faculty. All available workshops focus on library resources and services and are free and on-demand. BGSU faculty can request a workshop as a one-on-one consultation or for a group. Workshops can be scheduled at the Jerome Library, on site at your department meetings, in your classroom or virtually.

Workshops currently available include: 

• Accessible Word Documents/PowerPoint Presentations
• Creating Oral History Assignments for the Archives
• Creator’s Rights & Copyright
• Deceptive Publishing
• Designing Effective Research Assignments
• Getting Started with University Libraries
• Interlibrary Loan & OhioLINK for Research
• Open Access Publishing
• Retention Schedule for Departmental Records
• Support for Academic Program Accreditation Reviews
• Teaching with Primary Sources
• Textbook Affordability & Open Educational Resources
• Textbook Registration
• Tour of Northwest Ohio Regional Book Depository

Find more details on these workshops, and make a request 

Contact: Eileen Bosch, Associate Dean,

I have just a few updates to share with you regarding access to e-Resource library content.

O’Reilly eBooks

  • O’Reilly eBooks now allows users to download an entire eBook using the O’Reilly App.  Our O’Reilly eBooks Library Guide provides additional information and downloading instructions. 
  • Please check all links to O’Reilly eBooks created prior to the updates made on December 12 to be sure they still work for all off-campus users. Our O’Reilly eBooks Library Guide provides information and instructions for creating permalinks to O’Reilly content.

OhioLINK GEER-Funded Resources & Webinars for Faculty

  • Routledge Handbooks: Up-to-date overviews of classic and current research across a broad spectrum of subjects, including the humanities, social sciences, education, psychology, sciences, engineering from Routledge and CRC Press. Over 50,000 chapters from over 1,800 volumes, all DRM-free and available in HTML and PDF.
  • Webinars for faculty will be recorded and posted on the OhioLINK GEER Resources for Faculty page.  Register for Routledge Handbooks webinar for Faculty #2, January 10, 1-2:00 p.m.
  • Sage Counseling & Psychotherapy Videos:  Over 400 streaming videos on topics including counseling research methods, counseling setting/client groups, theory and approaches, counseling skills, and professional issues.
  • University Press E-books from De Gruyter:  E-books from university presses at Columbia, Harvard, California, Stanford, Toronto, University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers and Penn State covering a variety of subjects, including sciences, humanities, business, technology, medicine, law, and more.
  • Elsevier E-books:  E-books in subjects including earth and planetary sciences, engineering and computing, life and biological sciences, medical sciences, physical sciences, and social sciences.

Institute of Physics Open Access Publishing, Jan. 11 at 10 a.m.

Join representatives from IOP Publishing to learn more about IOP’s portfolio and subject coverage, the steps faculty should follow to submit articles for OA publication, how faculty should identify their institution affiliation so that they are counted as eligible based on their affiliation with an OhioLINK institution, and benefits of the new agreement.

Register for the January 11th IOP OA for faculty session at 10-11:00 a.m.

Please feel free to contact me with questions.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources (New, plus others of note)

  • Mintel:  New Diversity Collection:  UL has recently gained access to a new collection of market research reports within the Mintel database.  The Culture & Identity collection includes reports such as “Understanding LGBTQ+ Communities,” and “Multicultural Young Adults and Social Activism.”  
  • eBook Subscription Diversity & Ethnic Studies (EBSCO) &  Ethnic Diversity Source (EBSCO):  Dedicated to covering the culture, traditions, social treatment and lived experiences of different ethnic groups in America. The eBook collection provides a growing list of thousands, and Ethnic Diversity Source includes full text from peer-reviewed journals, magazines, eBooks, biographies and primary source documents. 
  • Both EBSCO resources can be searched simultaneously through the All EBSCO search. 
  • Ethnic NewsWatch:  A database that searches the full text of newspapers, magazines and journals published by the ethnic, minority and native press of the U.S. 

Contact: Linda Rich, Professor, Reference Services Coordinator,

The University Libraries and the Center for Faculty Excellence are pleased to announce a new session of the Information Literacy and the Curriculum Learning Community.

To address the challenges both librarians and faculty face in teaching students to become better consumers and producers of information, this community is a space to read about the concept of information literacy, discuss the problems seen in the classroom and design authentic research assignments. The information literacy learning community brings library and teaching faculty together to incorporate information literacy skills directly into curriculum.

This learning community will be centered around the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, a set of threshold concepts that organize ideas about information, research and scholarship into a coherent whole. Librarians use the framework to guide information literacy programs, contextualize and integrate information literacy at their institutions and design instructional experiences.

Readings will be provided, as well as a copy of the Association of College and Research Libraries' Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

Participation is limited to 10 people on a first-come, first-serve registration basis. The learning community is open to all members of the BGSU teaching community.

Sessions will be held in the Jerome Library Collab Lab from 1-3 p.m. on the dates below:

  • Friday, Jan. 27, 2023
  • Friday, Feb. 10, 2023
  • Friday, Feb. 24, 2023
  • Friday, March 17, 2023
  • Friday, March 31, 2023

The Collab Lab is located on the first floor of Jerome Library, across from the elevators.

Register now to claim your spot! 

Contact: Laura Sheets, Reference and Instruction Librarian,

Updated: 06/26/2024 10:31AM