Scheduled maintenance for ProQuest Ebook Central

April 19, 2018 by

ProQuest Ebook Central will be unavailable for five hours on Sunday 22nd April 2018 from 3.oo a.m. to 8.00 a.m. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.


Taylor and Francis journals available again

April 13, 2018 by

Happy Friday! The problems we were experiencing with Taylor and Francis journals have been resolved, and you should now be able to access articles as normal.

Taylor and Francis journals currently unavailable

April 12, 2018 by

Due to a technical issue, we currently have no access to Taylor and Francis journals. We are working to reinstate access as soon as possible, and apologise for the inconvenience.

New platform for Wiley

March 19, 2018 by

Over the weekend, Wiley has upgraded their platform so you may find that it looks a little different. If you encounter any problems, or something doesn’t work in the way you’d expect, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Subject Help Desk.

In celebration of British Science Week: British Standards Online

March 15, 2018 by

The fourth in our series of blog posts to celebrate British Science Week presents British Standards Online (BSOL). The concept of a standard is really quite simple: they define best practice. Created by experts, they can come in different forms from a set of definitions to strict regulations that must be adhered to. BSOL is a database that provides access to the text of standards; search for the required standard. The development portal linked to from BSOL includes information on how standards are actually made. Need information about a standard? Then this is truly the only place to look!

In celebration of British Science Week: the research of IMRI at the University of Bolton

March 14, 2018 by

We’re a little closer to home today as British Science Week continues by bringing you some home-grown research, that of the University of Bolton’s very own Institute for Materials Research and Innovation (IMRI). The work of IMRI is hugely important – projects have included the development of slash-proof material and specialist material for use in the prevention of bedsores – and the good news is that a large amount of IMRI’s published research is freely accessible on UBIR, the University of Bolton Institutional Repository. Have a look at the collection here: truly groundbreaking.

In celebration of British Science Week: IEEE Xplore

March 13, 2018 by

As British Science Week continues, a look at another one of our science-related resources. Today we have IEEE Xplore. Published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineered, this large, full-text database is useful for anyone studying scientific or technical disciplines, and in many respects can be regarded as multi-disciplinary. There’s an awful lot to be found within IEEE Xplore; it goes far beyond access to full-text journal articles (although let’s not forget about full-text journals – there are nearly 200 available in IEEE Xplore!). You can also find over 1,800 conference proceedings and over 6,200 technical standards. Access IEEE Xplore via the A to Z List of Databases, or access the content via Discover@Bolton.

In celebration of British Science Week: ScienceDirect

March 12, 2018 by

So my calendar tells me that we are half way through British Science Week, a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths in the UK.

To mark the event, this blog will take a look at some of our science-related resources, starting with ScienceDirect. The online journals platform for the publisher Elsevier, this resource provides us with access to over 2,000 high-impact electronic journals. Despite the name, there is more to this resource than science-related research. Not only does it cover all aspects of science (including health and life sciences) is also provides humanities and social sciences coverage. Included in Discover@Bolton, which makes accessing this content even easier, I find that ScienceDirect is very user-friendly, and it’s east to get to the research you want quickly.

Now, my calendar also tells me that today is “Fill Our Staplers Day”…

Problems with Scopus

March 5, 2018 by

Looks like we’re having a few problems with Scopus at the moment: it seems that we can access it fine, but we are seeing error messages either when we search, or when we try to navigate our results.

The problem has been reported to the supplier and it is hoped the issue will be resolved as soon as possible.

RefWorks in Discover@Bolton currently unavailable

February 14, 2018 by

So RefWorks within Discover@Bolton isn’t working at the moment (you could say it isn’t feeling the love… see what I did there…). RefWorks itself is working, so you’ll need to login independently – i.e. not from within Discover@Bolton – if you need to access it. This is part of a widespread problem that is affecting many users, and is being worked on. Apologies for the inconvenience.