Archive for the ‘Access to resources’ Category

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

January 12, 2018

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.


An Eresource Advent: Day 19

December 19, 2017

Time for another unique resource for Day 19: British Standards Online (BSOL). The concept of a standard is really quite simple: they define best practice. Created by experts, they can come in different forms from a set of definitions to strict regulations that must be adhered to. BSOL is a database that provides access to the text of standards; search for the required standard. The development portal linked to from BSOL includes information on how standards are actually made.

The University of Bolton closes for the festive break today – season’s greetings to all and all the very best for 2018! Don’t forget that while we are closed you can still access our range of electronic resources including Discover@Bolton and Subject Guides.

Online access to Times Higher restored

December 4, 2017

It’s like an early Christmas present… Online access to Times Higher has at long last been restored and you should be able to access both the digital edition and website articles again. Unlike other resources, this requires a separate username and password which you can obtain from the Subject Librarians.

Taylor and Francis unavailable for one hour on Saturday 2nd December

November 30, 2017

Due to essential maintenance, Taylor and Francis Online will be unavailable for up to one hour on 2nd December from 12 midnight to 1.00 a.m.

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

October 24, 2017

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.

Issues with accessing full-text via Discover@Bolton (but don’t panic; a workaround is available!)

October 16, 2017

We appear to be experiencing problems accessing full-text via Discover@Bolton, in that it would seem that at the moment, a few extra clicks are required to get to the full-text. We know this isn’t quite right and have reported the problem to the providers. However, we do have a workaround.

Once you have found an article you wish to access, make a note of the details (e.g. year/volume/number/pages etc.). Click on the link to the full-text. If you don’t get taken straight to the full-text, on the following screen, navigate to the year in which your desired article was published and find the correct article. You will then be able to access the article.

Apologies for the inconvenience. We know how frustrating it can be something doesn’t work as expected, and we are doing everything we can do resolve this issue. Keep checking this blog for further updates.

The mysterious case of the non-clickable Dawsonera links

August 10, 2017

We seem to be experiencing problems with the Dawsonera platform at the moment, in that anything that looks like you can click on to link elsewhere does not seem to be working! Suffice to say we’ve reported the problem and hope to have a resolution in place as soon as possible. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Ebook Central unavailable due to essential maintenance

August 8, 2017

On Saturday 12th August from 6.00 p.m. until 9.00 p.m. Ebook Central will be unavailable while essential maintenance is carried out by the provider.

ScienceDirect update (a small glimmer of hope…)

August 4, 2017

Finally some positive news on ScienceDirect. Although the problem with accessing PDFs has yet to be resolved, I have been supplied with a very simple interim measure that will allow you to download PDFs as you wish.

When you want to access a PDF article, instead of clicking on the PDF icon, right click on it and select open in new window. Et voila! Your PDF will then open. To quote a librarian at another university, “it’s weird, but it works”.

Problems with ScienceDirect are ongoing

August 4, 2017

Unfortunately, the UK-wide problems accessing PDFs from ScienceDirect are ongoing. The providers are working to resolve the issue, but at the moment, we cannot say when this resolution will be reached. Apologies for the inconvenience: we are as frustrated as you!