Archive for the ‘E-books’ Category

More to see in Credo!

June 17, 2014

We have recently expanded our Credo collection to include over 600 reference titles, 500 more than previously! The range of titles available covers a multitudeof topics and we do hope this will prove to be a useful resource. To access Credo, visit the library homepage, and go to ‘C’ in the A to Z list of electronic resources.

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Zetoc available again, but Taylor and Francis books are now not working

November 21, 2013

It never rains…

The Zetoc service is available again. However, the service should be considered at risk while the cause of the earlier problem is investigated and may be subject to intermittent disruption.

Taylor and Francis e-books are currently unavailable. The problem has been reported and it is hoped that it will be resolved as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Taylor and Francis e-books experiencing problems

November 19, 2013

We are currently experiencing problems accessing our Taylor and Francis e-books. The problem is being looked at and it is hoped it will be resolved as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Continuing problems with Dawsonera e-books

November 5, 2013

Unfortunately, we are still experiencing problems using Dawnsonera e-books. The problems are being looked at and it is hoped that these will be resolved as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Farewell to the OpenAthens button…

October 7, 2013

Those of you who are used to accessing our electronic resources will be aware that it has not been necessary to login to OpenAthens to access resources for quite some time. The button for OpenAthens on the right-hand side of the library website (under quick links) is now redundant, and will be disappearing at the end of this month. But do not worry! You will still be able to access electronic resources by going to either the A to Z list of resources or the Resources by Subject pages, where you will find instructions on how to access each of our resources.

If you have any queries about accessing resources, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with the the Subject Help Desk.

Dawsonera

September 19, 2013

We are experiencing problems with Dawsonera at the moment. The issues are being looked at and it is hoped that they will be resolved as soon as possible.

The 2013/2014 academic year is here!

September 17, 2013

Well, this is it, the 2013/14 academic year is upon us! For those of you who are returning, welcome back! I hope you have had a lovely summer and are as happy to be back as we are to see you (it gets very quiet in here in the summer months and we do miss our students!). For those of you who are new to Bolton, we’re very much looking forward to meeting you all and hope that we can help you make the most out of your studies. We can’t guarantee that the weather will be any better, but what we can do is make sure that we enable you to access all the material you need to ensure that you are successful.

As an electronic resources librarian, my primary concern is getting you connected with electronic resources. If you’re new to higher education, or have taken any sort of break from study, then a very quick tour of electronic resources might be in order. You may well have used electronic resources at your school, college, previous institution or place of work, but we will have different resources to the ones you are used to.

One of the first questions I am often asked is what is an electronic resource? A very good question. An electronic resource is an academic resource, so a book, database or journal, that is available electronically, and by electronically, we usually mean via the Internet. I am old enough to remember CD-ROMs, microfilm/fiche and even printed books and journals, the former two of which don’t see the light of day much anymore. These days, being able to access electronic resources via the Internet means that the resources are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. While the printed book will very much play a part in your research, being able to access electronic resources all the time should not only make doing your work easier, it will also mean that your studies are enriched, your research wider and ultimately may mean that your marks are better.

Here at the University of Bolton, we have access to around 70 indexing and full-text databases that allow to access a variety of materials, from bibliographic details and abstracts about work to fully downloadable journal articles, around 15,000 electronic journals and several thousand electronic books. And don’t forget about the library catalogue, where you search for books and journals. These numbers grow all the time, and all of our material is available from the library website. And it’s the library website where you should start your electronic resource journey. There’s a wealth of information on the website, and a useful starting place would be the subject resources pages, where not only can you find links to and information about the most appropriate resources for your studies, you can also find database guides and other information to get you going. Each subject area has a subject librarian assigned to it, and it’s worth getting to know you librarian. In addition, a librarian is always available at the Subject Help Desk in the Welcome Zone when the library is staffed. Why not visit us or drop us a line; we’re always happy to help.

Using electronic resources can seem daunting, and it cannot be denied that there are tricks you need to know about to get the most out of them. There’s a few things to remember here. First of all, the likelihood is that you are better at using them than you think you are! If you’re able to use the Internet in general to find information, then although there is a huge difference between using Google and using an academic electronic resource, the chances are you are well on your way to understanding how to go about finding information electronically. The other really important thing to remember is don’t struggle! Please talk to us if you’re having any difficulties at all, we can help!

Whatever your goal for 2013/13, I wish you every success, and hope to see you in the library soon!

Scheduled downtime for Safari e-books

April 4, 2013

The Safari e-book service will be unavailable for between one and three hours from 7.oo a.m. on Saturday 6 April and again on Saturday 13 April. This is for essential maintenance.

Happy World Book Day 2013!

March 7, 2013

It’s World Book Day today!  I mentioned our ever-expanding e-books collection this time last year, so this year, why not take a look at our New Additions to Library Stock feature on the library website. You may not realise that our stock is being added to all the time, with print books, e-books and other materials such as DVDs becoming available. The New Additions to Library Stock feature is updated regularly, and will show details of all of our new additions, and how you can access them.

Happy browsing!

Dawsonera – scheduled maintenance Saturday 8th December

December 7, 2012

On Saturday 8th December, from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm, dawsonera ebooks will be unavailable.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.