Seeking electronic resources? Look no further!

November 25, 2016 by

We’ve been doing some work on how we can make the process of accessing resources, and indeed information about resources, as easy as possible, based on your feedback as well as how we know you are wanting to access them. To that end, we’ve pulled together links to out A to Z list of databases, our guide to Reading Lists Online, our guide to copyright, a growing number of general resource help guides into one single page: our new electronic resources page:


Simply click on the Electronic Resources tab on the library homepage and select the information you need. We hope you find this page helpful!


What’s wrong with my resource…?!

November 21, 2016 by

The Internet is a funny thing. When everything is working fine – which is most of the time, mercifully – we don’t even think twice about clicking on a link and getting to where we want to go. When things aren’t working quite as expected, it’s like we’re a little stuck. Perhaps we’re stuck in a loop; perhaps we’re repeatedly coming across broken links. Maybe we long for the days of the card catalogue…

As Electronic Resources Librarian, I’m clearly a champion of the electronic resource. My own research activities – and as a consequence by personal and professional development – have been enhanced by having ready access to electronic resources. I am constantly amazed by new developments. It isn’t always seamless, however, and our reliance on Internet connections and working devices to access electronic resources can sometimes backfire, for want of a better word: if one or the other goes, what do we do?!

So, this morning we have a problem with RLO. It would seem that we are experiencing issues with the display of links to RLO from with our library catalogue. However, it would seem at the moment that this problem is restricted to Internet Explorer. Everything seems to be working fine in Chrome, so my suggestion would be to switch to using Chrome, if available, or perhaps try another browser (Firefox, Safari etc.). I am finding more and more that resources are working better in Chrome. Exactly why that is I really do not know, but if you are having any issues with accessing electronic resources, or they are not working the way you expect them to be – perhaps the display is strange, or everything is  being very slow to load – then have a go in Chrome.

In the meantime, because we fully appreciate that many of you prefer to use Internet Explorer, we are working to resolve the display issues we are seeing in RLO, and apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Watch this space for further updates.


New! Guide to Reading Lists Online

November 17, 2016 by

We’ve been hard at work recently and have just launched a new guide to Reading Lists Online , which you can access here.


If you don’t know about Reading Lists Online, it’s definitely worth checking this service out, as RLO enables access to your module reading lists. Last year this blog featured a guest post on RLO – check this out, too!

Are you a Digimap user? Read on!

November 11, 2016 by

We’ve recently made some changes to the way in which we login to Digimap – i.e. the technology behind logging in – which means that if you try to access the resource now, you may need to re-register. We apologise for any inconvenience caused but this change was necessary so that we could ensure easy access to this database is maintained.

Ebsco databases all fixed!

November 7, 2016 by

I’d like to say it was something I did, but it would seem that the problems we’ve been having with Ebsco databases this afternoon have been resolved – looks like a temporary glitch somewhere in the system. As ever, if you do find that you are unable to access electronic resources, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Access to Ebsco databases

November 7, 2016 by

The world of electronic resources is keeping me busy today… We are experiencing issues with Ebsco databases at the moment. You may see this when you try to access an Ebsco database:


If you do see this screen, click on the option you’ll see circled in red and on the next screen, select the database you wish to access. We’re working on a better solution and will update via this blog when it’s been fixed. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Updated A to Z list of databases now available

November 7, 2016 by

As part of the work we are doing to make accessing information about electronic resources easier, we’ve been working on the A to Z list of databases, and there have been some changes. The list of databases is still accessible from exactly the same place – the quick link on the right-hand side of the library pages – but looks a little different:


Don’t worry, however: all the databases are still there! Browse by database title or subject or search for term; you’ll also be able to learn about new resources, or resources we are currently considering. Contact details are also available, as is the Electronic Resources blog to keep to you up to date.


ProQuest Ebook Central now accessible from Discover@Bolton!

November 7, 2016 by

I like to get the week off to a good start… ProQuest Ebook Central titles are now accessible from Discover@Bolton.

Extra steps currently required to access some journals from Discover@Bolton

November 3, 2016 by

We’ve something of an usual problem with accessing some of our journals from Discover@Bolton at the moment: if you are confronted with a screen that looks like this:


Do not panic!

Where you see “Open this content in a new window”, click on this link and you should then be taken to the article. We think we’ve identified the root of the problem – electronic resource management isn’t always an exact science! – and are working to resolve the issue as soon as we can. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

New electronic resources for this academic year: ProQuest Ebook Central and Drama Online

November 1, 2016 by

Some great resource news! We are pleased to be able to tell you that we have recently taken out subscriptions to two resources: ProQuest Ebook Central and Drama Online.

ProQuest Ebook Central is a multi-disciplinary ebooks platform that provides access to over 130,000 full-text ebooks covering a wide range of topics. Books can be read on screen or downloaded either in full or by the chapter. For further details on the quantities that can be downloaded at any one time, see the help section and FAQs within ProQuest Ebook Central. To access ProQuest Ebook Central, click on this link or the link within the  A to Z list of electronic resources; records will appear in both the catalogue and Discover@Bolton in due course.

Drama Online is a database that provides contextual guides and criticism for a wide range of dramatic works from wide range of authors. The University of Bolton has access to the Bloomsbury and Faber Collection. To access Drama Online, click on this link, the A to Z list of electronic resources or head to the relevant Subject Guide.

We hope you find these resources useful, and value any feedback you may have.