Discover@Bolton working as normal

November 21, 2017 by

Thanks to the quick actions of the supplier, Discover@Bolton is now working as normal and you should be able to see search results again. What a relief that is: thousands of searches are done on Discover@Bolton every month.

It now means my test search of chocolate is now returning over 2 million results. We all have test searches, us librarians. Mine is often the very non-academic, non-scientific chocolate. I use a broad search term that can have many, many research connotations very deliberately to show just how simple it is in Discover@Bolton to refine results.

So, taking my search term, chocolate. 2,374,206 results. Good, right? No. Too many; nobody can glean useful information from that type of result. Ever the optimist, I think I probably need to look at my initial search, so I’ll change it to health benefits of chocolate. That’s better. 141,395. Still far too many. Since that is exactly the concept I’m looking for, I’ll turn that into a phrase: “health benefits of chocolate” (there are some…!). I know I want a journal article so I’ll pick full text online and journal article from the refinement options on the left-hand side. Bingo. 30 Over two million to 30 in four really simple steps. And now I can do my research into the health benefits of chocolate.

Right now if you’ll excuse me, I’m getting rather hungry…


Problems with Discover@Bolton

November 21, 2017 by

There are major problems with Discover@Bolton this morning: searches are returning zero results (even my usual ‘test search’ chocolate, which usually returns millions…). This is part of a widespread problem that appears to be affecting all customers, and is being looked at as a matte of urgency. Hopefully this will be resolved shortly.

Planned maintenance for Taylor and Francis Online: some features will be unavailable

November 17, 2017 by

Due to essential maintenance on Monday 20th November between 4.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. some features on the Taylor and Francis Online platform will be unavailable. It will still be possible to search for, browse and read content, but personalisation features will not be available during this time.

Times Higher Educational Supplement currently unavailable online

November 10, 2017 by

We are currently having problems accessing recent versions of the Times Higher Educational Supplement online. The publisher is working to resolve the issues and we hope this will be resolved as soon as possible. In the meantime, online issues are available up to six months ago; check the Ejournals portal for access details. You can even, if you are so inclined, follow THES’s Twitter feed. Apologies for the inconvenience; we are as frustrated as you.

Links that go bump in the night…

October 31, 2017 by

See what I did there? Anyway, moving on from my rather pathetic attempt to tie in a blog post with the spooky goings-on of 31st October, it looks like we have resolved the issue of multiple links to Ebook Central books from within Discover@Bolton. You should now only see one link which will hopefully make it much easier to access these books. If you do continue to experience difficulties then please let us know.

Access to electronic resources is working at normal

October 30, 2017 by

The problems we have been experiencing with electronic resources recently have been resolved and you should now be able to access resources as normal. Apologies for the delay in resolving the problems, and if you should encounter any further difficulties, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Problems with electronic resource access at the moment

October 30, 2017 by

We are experiencing problems with electronic resource access at the moment and you may see an error message. We are working to resolve the problems as quickly as possible and apologise for the inconvenience.

Seeing two ebook links in Discover@Bolton and one doesn’t seem to work? Read on!

October 24, 2017 by

We have come across an issue with linking to some ebooks from within Discover@Bolton. If when you are trying to access an ebook you see two links in the record, try both links. We have found that the top link in these cases seems to be producing an error message, whereas the bottom work seems to work. The good news – always looking on the positive side of course – is that we think we know what the problem is, and therefore a solution is being worked on. Apologies for the inconvenience.

Open Access Week 2017 is here!

October 23, 2017 by

Today marks the start of Open Access Week. Now in its tenth year, Open Access Week is an annual event whereby academic and research communities can come together to learn more about and promote open access. A reading list for Open Access Week will be available later today.

Making research more accessible is the goal of open access, and the University of Cambridge, to celebrate Open Access week, made available the doctoral thesis of none other than Professor Stephen Hawking. Entitled Properties of Expanding Universes, this important work is now freely available via the University of Cambridge’s institutional repository here. Professor Hawking has granted the university his permission: what better endorsement for open access.

Here at the University of Bolton, UBIR holds 131 open access theses and this number is growing. Theses account for 12 per cent of the total number items in UBIR accounting for just over 13 per cent of all downloads over time.

MyiLibrary working again

October 20, 2017 by

The problems we were experiencing earlier this morning with access to MyiLibrary have now been resolved. Thanks go to ProQuest, the providers of this platform, for resolving the issue quickly.