Archive for the ‘E-books’ Category

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.

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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.

Scheduled downtime for Dawsonera

May 2, 2017

There is an hour of downtime scheduled for Dawsonera on Monday 8th May from 23:59 to 1:00 am.

If you are wondering why I am telling you about this, one of the major benefits of using electronic resources such as ebooks are that they are available 24 hours a day, as we know that many of you do indeed access material at all times of the day!

MyiLibrary working as normal in Chrome

February 16, 2017

I’m delighted (really: it’s been a funny old time for resource problems) to report that the problems we have been having with accessing ebooks on the MyiLibrary platform in Chrome have been resolved, and everything should be working as normal.

On the subject of MyiLibrary, we’re aware of the difficulties you have been having with accessing these ebooks off-campus, and are hoping to put in place a solution to this once and for all. Keep an eye on this blog for further news!

Accessing MyiLibrary books via Chrome

February 9, 2017

It has come to light that there are issue with accessing MyiLibrary books via Chrome at the moment. This is due to updates that have been done by Google and are affecting many customers.

If you see the following:

“Your connection is not private. Attackers might be trying to steal your information from shib.ingramdigital.com (for example, passwords, messages or credit cards), NET:ERR_CERT_WEAK_SIGNATURE_ALGORITHIM”

Then click on the Advanced to proceed to the resource.

At the moment, we cannot tell for how long this will be an issue, but rest assured that this Electronic Resources Librarian seldom gives up in pursuit of ease of access!

ProQuest Ebook Central now accessible from Discover@Bolton!

November 7, 2016

I like to get the week off to a good start… ProQuest Ebook Central titles are now accessible from Discover@Bolton.

New electronic resources for this academic year: ProQuest Ebook Central and Drama Online

November 1, 2016

Some great resource news! We are pleased to be able to tell you that we have recently taken out subscriptions to two resources: ProQuest Ebook Central and Drama Online.

ProQuest Ebook Central is a multi-disciplinary ebooks platform that provides access to over 130,000 full-text ebooks covering a wide range of topics. Books can be read on screen or downloaded either in full or by the chapter. For further details on the quantities that can be downloaded at any one time, see the help section and FAQs within ProQuest Ebook Central. To access ProQuest Ebook Central, click on this link or the link within the  A to Z list of electronic resources; records will appear in both the catalogue and Discover@Bolton in due course.

Drama Online is a database that provides contextual guides and criticism for a wide range of dramatic works from wide range of authors. The University of Bolton has access to the Bloomsbury and Faber Collection. To access Drama Online, click on this link, the A to Z list of electronic resources or head to the relevant Subject Guide.

We hope you find these resources useful, and value any feedback you may have.

 

MyiLibrary working again

September 27, 2016

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

Problems accessing MyiLibrary

September 26, 2016

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.

Guide to open access monograph publishing for arts, humanities and social science researchers now available

August 17, 2015

OAPEN-UK, a project funded by JISC and the AHRC that has been set up to investigate the issues surrounding the publication and availability of monographs and to provide a roadmap for the future of this type of publication, has created a guide to open access monograph publishing for arts, humanities and social sciences researchers. The guide is available to download here.

  • The aims of OAPEN-UK, which is linked with the European OAPEN project, are as follows:

  • undertake a real time pilot with HSS scholarly monograph titles

  • establish what challenges each stakeholder faces in the open access scholarly monograph environment

  • gather and evaluate a wide range of data to explore the challenges and how they might be addressed

  • analyse usage and sales data with publishers to help ascertain what an open access business model might look like

  • assess the attitudes and perceptions of the authors, researchers, publishers and readers to open access scholarly monographs

  • explore the route of funding and the systems and processes required to support this

  • develop recommendations to aid the discovery of open access scholarly monographs

  • promote awareness of the issues and challenges of open access monographs

  • share the results of OAPEN-UK and disseminate the findings at an international level

From: http://oapen-uk.jiscebooks.org/overview/

The publication of open access books presents a number of challenges, and it is hoped that the outcomes of the OAPEN-UK project will go a long way to address these challenges.

The good news is that achieving open access for journal articles is a little simpler, and here at the University of Bolton journal articles, conference papers and reports can be made open access by depositing the work in UBIR. Research in UBIR is open access and discoverable both via search engines such as Google, Google Scholar and the Library’s new Discover@Bolton service. Many publishers allow the deposit of full-text research in repositories. Moreover, any research that it to be submitted for REF2020 must be made open access: deposit in UBIR will fulfil this requirement, which has been set by HEFCE. For further information, contact the UBIR Team.