Resource focus: SportDISCUS

January 16, 2018 by

Hands up who made it their New Year’s resolution to take up a sport and get fit? At the start of 2016 I made this my resolution and amazingly I’ve stuck to it. If you’d have told me 20 years ago that I would feel cross that my gym closes at 8 p.m. on a weekend I’d have laughed at you…

Anyway, if you are studying sports sciences (as opposed to someone like me!), there is one database you simply cannot do without: SportDISCUS. This is a hugely important full-text resource for anyone studying sports and sports medicine. Containing over 150,000 articles from over 600 journals, this database covers health education, coaching, fitness, physical therapy and sports sciences to name a few topics. SportDISCUS is very easy to search so do take a look if you are studying sports-related topics.


Resource focus: Counseling and Psychotherapy Transcripts, Client Narratives, and Reference Works

January 15, 2018 by

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So today is apparently Blue Monday*, the most depressing day of the year. To mark the occasion, I toyed with the idea of a light-hearted post. However, instead, I thought I’d take the opportunity to look at one of our psychology resources, which provides an insight into how professionals deal with depression: Counseling and Psychotherapy Transcripts, Client Narratives, and Reference Works.

It has taken many years to build this collection of over 2,000 transcripts of therapy sessions and over 44,000 pages of client narratives. Materials in the collection, as they have been gathered from a wide range of therapists and academics, seek to demonstrate the range of techniques and practices, have been presented in a searchable database. The gathering of material have been closely overseen by an editorial board, and confidentiality is treated very seriously indeed. It’s a fascinating resource for anyone studying psychology and counselling. This resource is accessible via the A to Z list of databases.

*Yes, I researched the origins of this. The phrase “Blue Monday” was coined by the travel company Sky Travel, who claimed to have worked out based on an algorithm/formula that this is the most depressing day of the year. It’s considered “pseudoscience” (i.e. not actual science…!) but it’s cold, it feels like it’s dark all the time and it’s a long way to until the summer, so okay, I think that probably does qualify us to feel down, don’t you?!

That’s all very well, but how do I actually access a resource…

January 12, 2018 by

I’ve told you all about way you can access library services and resources and what you will find most useful this week. However, there is something I haven’t done, and that’s tell you exactly how to access resources.

Once upon a time, accessing electronic resources was, by today’s standards, tortuous. It was almost as if you had to demonstrate that you really, really wanted to access resources. Some of you will remember Open Athens, which had definite limitations (remember the “extra clicks”?), but at the time, seemed almost revolutionary. Gone was the “classic Athens” setup where you needed a separate username and password to access resources. I can even remember students having to register themselves, using specific code for specific subject areas/cohorts.

Thankfully, those days are behind us and it’s now as simple as possible to access resources. Simply click on the link, and when prompted, enter your Bolton network ID and password and away you go! A very, very small minority resources do require additional information, but it really is a small number and we are working to ensure that this number stays small. Help on accessing electronic resources is available on your Subject Guide and there is also a guide to accessing electronic resources.

If you need any help at all with accessing resources, get in touch with the Subject Help Desk, and a librarian will be pleased to help you.

All hail the ebook!

January 11, 2018 by

We’ve bookmarked our Subject Guide, we’ve looked at our reading lists, we’re discovering with Discover@Bolton: what can possibly be next? The ebook, of course!

Yes, yes, I hear you: you all know what an ebook is. But what do you really know about academic ebooks? The only thing you really need to know about an ebook is that there is just one crucial difference between a printed book and an ebook: the format. The content is exactly the same; the academic suitability is exactly the same. So if your lecturer tells you to read a book on any given subject, and the only library copy available is an electronic copy, that is absolutely acceptable. We can even help you reference it properly in the help you’ll find in the relevant sections of LEAP Online.

There are numerous advantages of using an ebook and I think it’s worth mentioning a few of them as a reminder. As is the case with other online resources (databases, for example), they are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Although there are some restrictions on the number of users who can access a book at any one time, the number of ‘unlimited’ titles is growing, and unlike a traditional loan, the ebook will be available again a lot quicker. Some platforms allow you to create an account so that you can make your own online notes, and they all allow you to print out sections, save searches and email bibliographic details. In addition, most of our 150,000 ebooks can be accessed via Discover@Bolton, as well as the library catalogue. There is information on ebooks on your Subject Guide, and we also have this help guide for Ebooks to help you further.

Get discovering with Discover@Bolton

January 10, 2018 by

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Subject Guide: check. Reading List Online: check.

What’s next to explore and help you get to grips with using library resources? Discover@Bolton. This powerful tool allows you to search across the full text of the majority of our electronic databases and where we have access to that full text, link to it with just a few keystrokes. Look for the red button on the library website or the links from the Subject Guides. One of the benefits of using Discover@Bolton is that you don’t have to know which is the best database to use for your studies: Discover@Bolton does the work for you. So for example, you might be doing research on use of technology in the classrooms. By using Discover@Bolton, you can find research from IEEE Xplore as well as ProQuest Education Journals using a single interface. It’s also really easy to refine searches, too, which is another benefit.

Reading Lists Online (RLO)

January 9, 2018 by


So you found your Subject Guide, what next? Chances are that as you prepare to research and complete your assignments, there will be a reading list that you will need to take notice of. We have a service available that enables you to access your reading lists online. Reading Lists Online (or RLO) does “exactly what it says on the tin”: online reading lists. From Moodle, your Subject Guide or the library homepage, click on the links to RLO and search for list. You will see a list of the material recommended by your lecturers, and if an online version is included, you will be able to link to it. If you login, you can add notes to the items.

Subject Guides: your starting point

January 8, 2018 by

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Have you ever wondered how to start with accessing library material and making the most out of library services and resources? Wonder no more! The simplest way to find your way round our services and resources is to visit your Subject Guide. Here, you will find information on accessing our services, as well as links to Discover@Bolton, Reading Lists Online, our collection of Ebooks, the library catalogue, subject-specific databases and links to important web resources. You can also keep up to date with latest library developments and news and book a group study room. Subject Guides are accessible from the library homepage; bookmark yours today!



MyiLibrary is working again

January 3, 2018 by

MyiLibrary platform down

January 3, 2018 by

Unfortunately the MyiLibrary platform has gone down this morning.

Their IT team are currently working on it and we will keep you updated.

An Eresource Advent, Day 24

December 24, 2017 by

It’s hard to believe that it is Christmas Eve, and we’re at the end of our Eresource Advent. I thought I’d have a bit of fun with this entry (all resources are fun, but you know what I mean I hope!). Today we have something that strictly speaking isn’t an electronic resource, but a web-based service that provides an insight into how the Internet looked at particular points: the Internet Archive, which incorporates the Wayback Machine. Enter the website, and if a snapshot of that website has been taken, you will be able to see what it looked like. Take the library homepage, for example. Look at what 2010’s page looked like:

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Bit different! And relatively speaking not that long ago… We were still using OpenAthens, and look – there’s this blog! Looks like we were trying gauge how many people were using mobile devices at that time.

I hope you all have a restful break, and we will see you in 2018!