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Printing, Scanning & Alternatives: General tips

Learn about printing and scanning at Jerome Library. This guide also explains how to export or save citations and articles so you can easily return to them on-screen instead of printing them.

Printing at Jerome Library

Printing costs for BGSU students, faculty & staff

  • $0.05 for a one-sided black-and-white page
  • $0.09 for a two-sided black-and-white page
  • $0.18 for a one-sided color page
  • $0.35 for a two-sided color page

Printing costs for guests:

  •    .10 per side for black and white
  •    .25 per side for color

Printing for BGSU students, faculty & staff:

Printing costs will be deducted from your BG1 card or printing allocation (for faculty and staff). To add money to your BG1 card, use the black machine across from the circulation desk (takes cash and credit cards) or online through MyBGSU. See the BG1 website for more information about deposit options.

For black & white printouts:

  • The default printer for black & white is BW-ITS-LABS-4510
  • Go to any printer in the main computing area (at the ends of the rows of computers)
  • Release your print job by swiping your ID OR entering your BG username and password at the computer next to the printer

For color printouts:

  • The color printer is called Library COLOR. Either copy machine (located near the pillar by Outtakes and by the ITS help desk) will print in color.
  • Click Print
  • Go to either copy machine (by Outtakes or by the ITS help desk) and log in by swiping your card or using your BGSU username and password to release your document.

Students may also print in color from the Mac computers scattered around the lobby: choose LIBR-150-COLOR

Printing for guests:

Guests (without BG usernames and passwords) must buy a guest copy card and add money to it. This can be done at the black machine across from the circulation desk. Guest copy cards cost $2.00, which does not include any money for printing. Extra money must be loaded onto the copy card. 

Guest printing can be done ONLY from the iMac computers scattered around the lobby area. No login is required to use these Apple computers. To print from these machines, simply click "Print"  or "command + P" and select one of the Guest printers.

For black & white printouts:

  • The default printer for black & white is Guest-ITS-LABS-4510
  • After you select "Print" you will be prompted to type in the number on the back of your guest copy card
  • Go to any printer in the main computing area (at the ends of the rows of computers)
  • Release your print job by entering the number on the back of your guest copy card at the computer next to the printer

For color printouts:

  • The color printer is called Library COLOR Guest and is the copy machine located near the pillar by Outtakes.
  • After you select "Print" you will be prompted to type in the number on the back of your guest copy card
  • Go to the copy machine by Outtakes and the number on the back of your guest copy card to release your document.

If you have any questions or need any help with the printing process, please ask one of the friendly folks at the ITS Desk.

Please direct any questions about printing costs or allocations to Campus ITS.

Off-campus links

When you save links in documents, e mail, Canvas, or wherever you like to find them later, they have to be both persistent and proxied in order to take you back to the same page again from on or off campus.

Not all persistent urls are proxied urls. Proxying a url prompts off-campus users for a login.

Persistent url from JSTOR
     (will only work from on campus):

Proxied persistent url from JSTOR
     (will work from on or off campus):

Many of our databases automatically format persistent urls as proxied, but, if not, you can set them up yourself.

- Before the domain, add 0-
- After it, add
- Leave the rest of the url as is

    Now the url should prompt you for your BGSU login if you are off campus.

    Print What You Like

    Link to

    Can't live without printing altogether? is a free online editor that lets you select and print only the parts of a web page you want to print, so you can eliminate large pictures, banners, ads, comments, etc., and save paper.

    Wireless Printing Instructions

    Wireless and remote printing from laptops and tablets is now available! Send a document from anywhere on campus to a printer in the lobby of Jerome Library. You will not be charged for the printing until you release the job by swiping your ID or entering your username and password at the release station next to the printer.

    Any problems with configuring your device should be directed to the Technology Support Center (419-372-0999)

    Scanning at the Library

    Did you know you can send PDF scans of materials to your e-mail for free at the library?

    The copy machines located near the pillar by Thinkers @ Outtakes and by the ITS desk can be used as scanners. You do not need to log in or have money on your BG1 card to scan.

    There are also two high-quality scanners at tables behind the Research & Information Desk.

    Directions for scanning are located near the machines. If you need help, just ask the friendly folks at the ITS Desk. 

    Also, the Collab Lab and Center for Archival Collections both have high-quality flatbed scanners for student use. The Collab Lab is located in room 122 on the first floor of Jerome Library.  The Center for Archival Collections is located on the 5th floor of Jerome Library.

    EBSCO options

    EBSCO databases include Academic Search Complete, Business Source Complete, Communication & Mass Media Complete, Education Research Complete, MLA Bibliography, RILM, and many more.

    Instead of printing from EBSCO you can:

    • Create a personal account in EBSCO (My EBSCOhost)
    • E mail citations and full text
    • Export to RefWorks
    • Save to, CiteULike, or Facebook
    • Download and save citations and full text

    Screenshot highlighting menu of options on right of EBSCO detailed record screen.

    E mailing in EBSCO

    The EBSCO email manager allows you to choose how you want to attach full text or format the citation.

    Creating a folder in EBSCO

    From the EBSCO results list, choose individual items to add to a folder, then email or save them all at once.

    In your EBSCO folder, select items to email save or export.

    General Tips

    Instead of printing, try...

    Saving documents online
    You can use buttons to quick-link citations and articles to many social media sites. If there is no quick-link, look for the "persistent url" to the citation or article you want to save and post that url.

    Saving documents to RefWorks
    RefWorks was designed to automatically format notes and bibliographies, but can also serve as a general repository for your research. Create a RefWorks account and either export articles from databases, drag and drop pdfs into RefWorks, or use a bookmarklet to save items to RefWorks. You can add files and notes to the citations you save in RefWorks, too. Learn more about RefWorks.

    Saving them in a library database
    Many databases allow you to create a personal account to set search preferences (like language or other interface options) and save searches and articles. MyEBSCOhost and MyEJC are two examples. 

    E mailing documents to yourself
    Most databases also offer a direct e mail option alongside other export options for either citations or full text.