Archive for the ‘Electronic databases’ Category

In celebration of British Science Week: British Standards Online

March 15, 2018

The fourth in our series of blog posts to celebrate British Science Week presents 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. Need information about a standard? Then this is truly the only place to look!

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In celebration of British Science Week: IEEE Xplore

March 13, 2018

As British Science Week continues, a look at another one of our science-related resources. Today we have 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. Access IEEE Xplore via the A to Z List of Databases, or access the content via Discover@Bolton.

Resource focus: Ebsco Education

January 17, 2018

You’ll have seen that this week has all been about “New year, new you”. Have you made any new year’s resolutions related to study? If you’re an education student, why not resolve to make better use of one of our specialist education resources: Ebsco Education. Ebsco Education is actually five databases in one: British Education Index (BEI); ERIC; Child Development Abstracts; Education Abstracts; Educational Administration Abstracts. Bonus! These databases are actually abstracting and indexing databases, so although you may not be able to access full-text from this (if we have access, however, you will) these databases are really important if you are doing a literature review. We do literature reviews to try to establish what has already been written about a particular topic – or even trying see where there are gaps in the body of knowledge – so using an abstracting and indexing database (or set of databases as in the case of Ebsco Education) is really important.

Not an education student? There are plenty of databases you can try to access academic material. Start with Discover@Bolton, or head to your Subject Guide now!

Resource focus: Counseling and Psychotherapy Transcripts, Client Narratives, and Reference Works

January 15, 2018

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So today is apparently Blue Monday*, the most depressing day of the year. To mark the occasion, I toyed with the idea of a light-hearted post. However, instead, I thought I’d take the opportunity to look at one of our psychology resources, which provides an insight into how professionals deal with depression: 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. This resource is accessible via the A to Z list of databases.

*Yes, I researched the origins of this. The phrase “Blue Monday” was coined by the travel company Sky Travel, who claimed to have worked out based on an algorithm/formula that this is the most depressing day of the year. It’s considered “pseudoscience” (i.e. not actual science…!) but it’s cold, it feels like it’s dark all the time and it’s a long way to until the summer, so okay, I think that probably does qualify us to feel down, don’t you?!

An Eresource Advent, Day 23

December 23, 2017

On this, the penultimate entry for our Eresource Advent, we have the Literature Resource Center, an important resource for those studying literature as you might imagine, as well as drama. Including the MLA International Bibliography, Literature Resource Center provides biographical information, literary criticism in full-text covering a full range of disciplines and time periods, over 850,000 journal articles, over 75,000 full-text critical essays as well as reviews on over 130,000 writers.

I wonder what will be in store for the last day of our Eresource Advent…

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.

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!

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.