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Human Development & Family Studies: Home

A guide to resources in the BGSU Libraries and on the Internet that may help you research topics for Human Development and Family Studies



Summon provides an easy, simple to use discovery interface to search across 80% of our library content with just a few keywords. You can change the publication dates, limit your results to full text, to scholarly materials, or to any combination of document types.

General Resources

Use these general sources to explore topics and issues of concern in contemporary society. 

Getting Started

Borrow Items

To borrow items from the library, you will need your BGSU photo ID card. Undergraduate students can check out books for 3 weeks and renew up to 6 times. For more information on borrowing items, go to Borrowing & Requesting.

Off-campus Access

Students, faculty, and staff have 24/7 access to all library databases from anywhere! To login to University Library resources from off-campus, simply login with your BGSU username and password (same as your MyBGSU account).

Requesting Materials from Other Libraries

If the University Library doesn't have what you need, chances are that the library can get if for you from OhioLINK or other libraries across the country. Look for the "Request this item" link in Summon or the catalog to request an item. For more information, go to Requesting OhioLINK and SearchOhio Materials.

Still Need Help?

If you can't find what you need, need help with a research assignment, or have other questions about the library, we are here to help you! Contact the library through online chat, phone, email, or simply stop by the Research & Information Desk for assistance. Librarians also offer Individual Research Appointments for more in-depth help on a research assignment or project.

Your Subject Librarian

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Laura Sheets

Google Scholar

You can also use Google Scholar to explore a topic, especially if you customize your preferences so that you're able to access materials that BGSU & OhioLINK either own or have access to. Google Scholar, a search engine, is freely available, but the materials it retrieves generally are not. That's why customizing your preferences is so important.

Searching the Catalogs for Books