Archive for the ‘Discover@Bolton’ Category

Discover@Bolton problem for off-campus users

May 14, 2018

There appear to be some problems accessing Discover@Bolton.

Sorry if you are getting the website “not secure” error page – it has been reported.

We have recently updated our security certificates, and if you see this message, clear your cache and try again.


Problems accessing RefWorks from within Discover@Bolton

February 12, 2018

Looks like we’re having a few problems with accessing RefWorks from within Discover@Bolton: we’re seeing error messages after putting in login credentials. The problem has been reported; keep checking this blog for further updates. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Get discovering with Discover@Bolton

January 10, 2018

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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.

MyiLibrary platform down

January 3, 2018

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 1

December 1, 2017

Today is December 1st, so today marks the start of our Eresource Advent.

I thought I’d start by including the resource we tend to recommend as a start: Discover@Bolton. Discover@Bolton is our academic search engine. You can search across the full text of the majority of our electronic resources, search for specific publication titles and use a few simple steps to refine your searches and get the material you need. One of the benefits of using Discover@Bolton is that you don’t really need to know the best database to use for your search: Discover@Bolton does the work for you. So for example, if you are doing a piece of research on use of technology in the classroom, you can find research from IEEE Xplore, Ebsco Education and ProQuest Education journals with one search.


Discover@Bolton working as normal

November 21, 2017

Thanks to the quick actions of the supplier, Discover@Bolton is now working as normal and you should be able to see search results again. What a relief that is: thousands of searches are done on Discover@Bolton every month.

It now means my test search of chocolate is now returning over 2 million results. We all have test searches, us librarians. Mine is often the very non-academic, non-scientific chocolate. I use a broad search term that can have many, many research connotations very deliberately to show just how simple it is in Discover@Bolton to refine results.

So, taking my search term, chocolate. 2,374,206 results. Good, right? No. Too many; nobody can glean useful information from that type of result. Ever the optimist, I think I probably need to look at my initial search, so I’ll change it to health benefits of chocolate. That’s better. 141,395. Still far too many. Since that is exactly the concept I’m looking for, I’ll turn that into a phrase: “health benefits of chocolate” (there are some…!). I know I want a journal article so I’ll pick full text online and journal article from the refinement options on the left-hand side. Bingo. 30 Over two million to 30 in four really simple steps. And now I can do my research into the health benefits of chocolate.

Right now if you’ll excuse me, I’m getting rather hungry…

Problems with Discover@Bolton

November 21, 2017

There are major problems with Discover@Bolton this morning: searches are returning zero results (even my usual ‘test search’ chocolate, which usually returns millions…). This is part of a widespread problem that appears to be affecting all customers, and is being looked at as a matte of urgency. Hopefully this will be resolved shortly.

Links that go bump in the night…

October 31, 2017

See what I did there? Anyway, moving on from my rather pathetic attempt to tie in a blog post with the spooky goings-on of 31st October, it looks like we have resolved the issue of multiple links to Ebook Central books from within Discover@Bolton. You should now only see one link which will hopefully make it much easier to access these books. If you do continue to experience difficulties then please let us know.

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.