Looking for the link to Reading Lists Online in Moodle? Look for further!

September 27, 2016 by

If you’re wondering where the link to Reading Lists Online from Moodle has gone, it is now accessible from the Study Resources menu you’ll see once you have logged in:


Simply click on the Reading Lists Online option and search for your lists.

MyiLibrary working again

September 27, 2016 by

Access to MyiLibrary has been restored and you should be able to access the service as normal.

Problems with logging into RefWorks

September 26, 2016 by

As befits a wet Monday, we are also having problems logging into RefWorks at the moment. We are working on a solution, and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Problems accessing MyiLibrary

September 26, 2016 by

What would the start of the new academic year be without a resource problem…? We are experiencing difficulties accessing MyiLibrary this morning. The problem is affecting all users and is currently being worked on by the suppliers. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

So long, Discover@Bolton search box; hello button!

September 20, 2016 by

We tried, but we have been unable to resurrect the Discover@Bolton search box. So you’re not going crazy: it isn’t there anymore. Fear not, however! We have replaced it was a red button, and don’t forget you can also access from your Subject Guide. Happy discovering!

New: Subject Guides

September 16, 2016 by

Yesterday I mentioned a development that we have been working on over the summer to make it easier for you to access information on subject-specific resources. Those of you who are used to using our pages to access subject-specific information may have spotted that the Resources by Subject link that on the library web pages has changed to Subject Guides.

Follow the link and you will see a list of Subject Guides, one for each course area, and each containing information about accessing our services, links to relevant databases, useful websites, library publications that may be of use and more besides. We recognised that some of you found it difficult to access the information you need to undertake your studies, so we hope that our new list of Subject Guides will be helpful. Each Subject Guide also includes contact details of your Subject Librarian.

If you ever need any help with accessing resources, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

The curious case of the disappearing Discover@Bolton box

September 15, 2016 by

Happy new year! I welcome the start of the new academic year by presenting something of a mystery. Continuing students will be used to accessing our library search interface Discover@Bolton in a number of ways, including the search boxes that we have at various points on the library web pages. Due to a technical issue – one that we’re struggling to understand, let alone resolve, hence the mystery – sometimes our lovely search box just isn’t there! We’re working on a resolution. This problem seems restricted to Internet Explorer, and not all Internet Explorer users will find they have no box. Other browsers, for example, Chrome and Firefox, appear to be displaying the search box just fine.

However, the intermittent lack of search box is just that: a lack of search box. Discover@Bolton is working perfectly well, so remember that you can access it from our Subject Guides pages (more on this new development later!), the A to Z list of electronic resources and from within Reading Lists Online. You can also access it directly here.

Apologies for the inconvenience.

Rediscovering Discover@Bolton: interface changes news

August 30, 2016 by

Just when I thought we were having a quiet summer (what’s left of it, anyway!) along comes a resource upgrade that I wasn’t quite expecting! If you use Discover@Bolton, you might notice that it’s looking a little different. The thing you’ll probably spot first is the red bar across the top of the screen: don’t worry, it doesn’t mean that anything is broken! The good news is that functionality has not been affected by this upgrade, so using Discover@Bolton to access a huge range of library electronic resources is just as good as it was – phew!

It’s hard to imagine, but it’s nearly a year since off-campus access to Discover@Bolton, a dream for such a long time due to string of complex technical challenges, became a reality. Since then, Discover@Bolton has become a vital library service: tens of thousands of searches are being done every month. I must admit I can get very animated when I’m talking about how Discover@Bolton is used so I won’t go on… Well, perhaps not today! Instead, I’ll point you in the direction of a conference paper on the topic that I presented at a conference back in May this year. Entitled Organic information literacy: supporting the developing researcher at the University of Bolton, I explored the impact of Discover@Bolton on our community. Worth a read if you want to know more about how we as information professionals continue to learn at the same time you do your academic work!



ProQuest resources: scheduled maintenance

August 18, 2016 by

ProQuest resource will be unavailable for a period of around eight hours from 3.oo a.m. on Sunday 21st August. This is allow for essential maintenance.

Changes to Taylor and Francis Online

August 15, 2016 by

It seems like a long time since I’ve spoken about any electronic resource developments, doesn’t it?! I’m sure I’ll rectify that at some point soon, but in the meantime, some news relating to one of our journals platforms, Taylor and Francis Online.

The Taylor and Francis Online interface has recently been upgraded – while I was on holiday, so apologies for the lack of warning! – so you’ll note that it looks a little different. The main search screen is easier to navigate, and the provider has improved the way in which it indicates the content that forms part of our subscription.  Do let us know what you think. We work closely with providers to ensure their products serve our community in the best way possible and are always happy to pass on any comments and/or suggestions.

I hope everyone’s having a lovely summer so far and are all looking forward to the start of the new academic year!