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Welcome, Students!: For Grad Students

Proxy Borrowing and Course Reserves

Are you a research or graduate assistant? Odds are that you'll be asked to check out books or other materials for the faculty member you're assisting.

DON'T do this with your own library account; instead, make sure that the faculty member fills out a Research Proxy Borrower Form for you. This ensures that you won't owe fines for materials checked out for the faculty member.

If you teach classes, you might also want to put materials on reserve for your students. Learn how and find the forms you need here.

Library Workshops

Keep an eye on our blog and workshop schedule to register for free sessions throughout the semester.

Topics include how to use Refworks, how to do research at a graduate level, how to conduct literature reviews, and how to keep youreslf organized with online information management tools.

Finding Books, Articles, and Dissertations

These PDFs contain flowcharts for finding books, articles, and dissertations at the BGSU Libraries, along with helpful search tips. You can view the charts individually or all on one page.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (Interlibrary Loan (ILL)) is your ticket to copies of books, articles, and dissertations that aren't available through BGSU or OhioLINK. Plan ahead, though; most requests take at least two weeks to be filled.

For International Students: Local Resources

For International Students: Library Terminology

Most books in BGSU Libraries are in open stacks. This means that you can look up a book's call number in the catalog, then get it from the shelves yourself. If you have trouble finding a book in the catalog or on the shelf, you should ask the Reference & Information Desk for help.


Looking for an easy way to manage your citations? Want to generate bibliographies with the click of a button?

Try RefWorks! As a BGSU student, you get a free account that remains active even after you graduate.

To get started, sign up for an account, take a look at our guide, and start exporting citations from databases or importing them from documents. If you are using RefWorks off-campus, our group code may be requested, which you can find by logging into your account.

Subject Specialist Librarians

Looking for individual research assistance? As a graduate student, you'll want to contact the instruction liaison for your subject area to arrange a meeting.

Fast Track

Setting Google Scholar Preferences

[If you prefer to learn by viewing, please click here. Text directions match the video.]

Go to Google Scholar:

In the upper right, click on Settings and scroll down to Bibliography manager

Select "Show links to import citations into" and use the dropdown box to choose RefWorks

Now scroll up again a bit, and click on Library links in the left column and make these small changes, too.

Add the following three libraries:

  • Bowling Green
  • Ohiolink
  • Open WorldCat

Your actual choices should match these names:

  • Bowling Green State University - Find it! at BGSU
  • OhioLINK - Find it with OLinks
  • Open WorldCat - Library Search

Click Save to save your new Scholar settings. 

Great! Now when you use Google Scholar, you will be recognized as someone who wants to see BGSU content, and will be able to quickly connect into the relevant database to find what you need, and then be able to import those citations you find useful into your RefWorks account.