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An Eresource Advent, Day 18

December 18, 2017

We’ve yet to feature a legal resource on this advent, so today it’s the turn of LexisLibrary, one of our main legal sources. In fact, you could saw that along with Westlaw, it is one of the giants of legal electronic resources. Containing cases, legislation, journal articles, current awareness, news and general legal information, the database also includes electronic books that include Halsbury’s Laws of England. A glossary that can be searched is also available. If you are a law student, or if you are studying anything at all that might demand an understanding of legal matters, it’s worth taking the time to learn how to use this powerful, and essential, database. Get in contact with the Subject Help Desk for further help!

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An Eresource Advent, Day 17

December 17, 2017

Today we have Oxford Art Online, which is a crucial resource for anyone studying art-related disciplines. Providing access to the Grove Dictionary of Art and the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, this resource presents over 200,000 full-text articles from ancient art to contemporary art, and includes over 15,000 images. It also provides some coverage for architecture. You can search, or you can browse by elements of the history of art, time period, geography and art form.

An Eresource Advent: Day 16

December 16, 2017

To combat the winter blues, today’s resource is SportDISCUS, 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 take a look if you are studying sports-related topics!

An Eresource Advent: Day 15

December 15, 2017

Today we have a resource that is crucial for anyone researching educational topics: Ebsco Education. This resource is actually a set of five abstracting and indexing databases: British Education Index; ERIC (Education Resources Information Center); Education Abstracts; Child Development and Adolescent Studies; Educational Administration Abstracts. If we have access to any of the journals and articles indexed by any of these databases you will be able to link to them, and if there is anything we don’t have access to and you still would like it, you can request an Inter-Library Loan.

An Eresource Advent: Day 14

December 14, 2017

We’re two weeks into our Eresources Advent and today we bring you 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.

An Eresource Advent: Day 13

December 13, 2017

While the number 13 might be unlucky for some, today’s entry is anything but unlucky: Emerald. Emerald is one of our key management/business resources and contains the full-text of over 100 journals. In fact, from January, we will be increasing the number of journals available in Emerald from 111 to 125. A wide range of topics are covered by this database such has human resource management, supply chain logistics, employee relations, marketing and economic studies. A

An Eresource Advent: Day 12

December 12, 2017

And now for something completely different: the “treasure trove” that is Mass Observation Online. This a wonderful resource and quite unlike any of our other resources in that it provides access to the archives of the Mass Observation organisation, which was a social research organisation founded in 1937. Its aim was, to quote the founders, “to make an anthropology of ourselves”, and a group of observers gathered information about everyday life, studying a huge range of people. There is too much in the way of fascinating material to give examples of the quite remarkable material available in Mass Observation Online; have a look for yourself!

An Eresource Advent: Day 11

December 11, 2017

For Day 11, we have a the highly specialised 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; if you are, have a look!

An Eresource Advent: Day 10

December 10, 2017

I was about to admit to including something else that isn’t strictly speaking an electronic resource but I realised that UBIR (the University of Bolton Institutional Repository) most certainly is an electronic resource: it captures, preserves, stores and makes available the intellectual output of the University of Bolton. This includes not only journal articles, conference papers and book chapters, for example, written by University of Bolton members, it also includes a growing number of theses. The main aim of UBIR is to facilitate open access to research, and will be crucial tool for fulfilling the HEFCE requirement for REF 2021 that research must be made open access. Research that has been deposited to UBIR is discoverable via the Internet, and is a vitally important means of disseminating research: it is the way forward for scholarly communication.

An Eresource Advent: Day 9

December 9, 2017

Today we have the slightly unique full-text resource JSTOR. Why unique? JSTOR was founded to help academic libraries store (i.e. digitally) journal articles, founded specifically to help libraries free up vital space as well as money associated with storage and preservation. Crucially, JSTOR provides access to journal articles that are much older than those we normally think of when we think of academic journals. For example, the University of Bolton, via JSTOR, can access articles from the International Journal of Ethics from the 1890s to the 1930s. Naturally I have checked out the articles that were published in this journal while Queen Victoria was still on the throne… I was drawn to an article entitled “Some remarks on punishment” (what that says about me, I do not know). The article opens with a discussion on Darwinism, specifically that it did not need to challenge our moral conceptions. However, the author concedes that in terms of ethics, Darwinism may prove to be revolutionary, and indeed may “modify the view which we take of punishment”. I’ve just read that online, at my desk. If I want to, I can save it, send to email or print it out. Now that is revolutionary…