Archive for the ‘Electronic databases’ Category

An Eresource Advent: Day 6

December 6, 2017

Today’s entry turns to a highly specialised CINAHL (the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) which is an essential resource for our nursing students, as well as those studying health-related topics and even subject such as sports rehabilitation. Enabling access to over 600 full-text journals, CINAHL includes research on topic such as aging, mental health, community nursing, healthcare management, a range of nursing research topics, physiotherapy, paediatric and psychiatric care. CINAHL is a specialised database, and we have provided a video tutorial, accessible via the A to Z list of resources, to help you get the most out of it.


An Eresource Advent: Day 4

December 4, 2017

It’s another trip down memory lane for today’s entry: Scopus. One of the most important abstracting and indexing databases currently available to academic institutions and their members, Scopus celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2014. Why does this get me reminiscing? In 2005, a year after the launch of Scopus, I was working in my first professional librarian role. The library in which I was working at the time took out a subscription to Scopus and it was very exciting, for a newly-minted librarian, to be involved in the acquisition of this resource. Today, Scopus remains key. Indexing around 35,000 quality academic journals, it is a vital starting point for anyone engaged in research, particularly as you progress your academic career. Where we have the full-text available, you can link to it from within Scopus. If not, and if your appraisal of the abstract leads to think that the research will be vital, you can request an Inter-Library Loan. T

An Eresource Advent: Day 3

December 3, 2017

Today’s entry did present a little confusion in my mind, because I always think of ProQuest Central as a new resource. We’ve actually enjoyed access to this key full-text database for seven years; how time flies! It’s still as relevant to our collection as it was then: a large and truly multi-disciplinary full-text database. Containing the full-text of just short of 20,000 journals, it facilitates access to a number of subject-based collections within that, ranging from business journals, health-related journals and education journals to newspaper collections and collections with a more historical emphasis.

Access to Westlaw has been restored

June 30, 2017

Our access to Westlaw has now been restored, and you should now be able to access the resource as normal.

Problems accessing Westlaw

June 30, 2017

We are experiencing problems accessing Westlaw. We are working closely with the providers to resolve the issue and apologies for any inconvenience caused.

A to Z Database List developments

May 12, 2017

One of the nice things about some of the software we use to provide information is that we can make changes quickly and easily to ensure you get the information you need. To that end, we’ve made some changes to the A to Z Database List. Where you previously needed to hover over the I icon to see a description, it now appears directly beneath the database link. Quick Start Guides are also available directly from the A to Z Database too.

Ongoing problems with access to ProQuest databases off-campus

May 8, 2017

Unfortunately, the problems we were experiencing with access to ProQuest databases off-campus last week are continuing. We’re doing everything we can to resolve this situation and we thank you for your patience.

ProQuest databases: problems with access

May 5, 2017

It looks like we are having a few issues with accessing ProQuest databases off-campus at the moment. We are investigating, and hope to resolve the problem as soon as possible. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Farewell 2016…

December 20, 2016

This Electronic Resources Librarian will be finishing for Christmas in a matter of hours, and so it’s reached the point in the year where we look back at the past 12 months. Before I do, I’ll take this opportunity to remind you that our electronic resources will be available wherever you are over the festive break.

Anyway, to 2016.

The year seemed to start with lots of reports of broken resources: blog posts from January are somewhat singular in nature. However, a report about the Scopus Cited Reference Programme provided an opportunity to reflect on the growth in online information provision, and just how much this has changed in the past 20 years. I reminisced about the overhead projectors. It was possibly a slow month… In February, I looked at usage statistics, and how, or even if, we can determine what our most popular electronic resource is, we reminded ourselves of our Reading Lists Online Service (more on that in 2017) and finally I was able to bring the exciting – or it is in my world – news that we are able to access usage statistics for UBIR. March was another quiet month on the electronic resources front – not even an overhead projector made and appearance – I talked a little about open access compliancy for the REF.

As the year went on, this blog was a little quiet. It seemed that access problems were not as prevalent as they had been at the start of the year, and everything was ticking over rather nicely. However, there was another reason why this blog was a little more quiet than usual: behind the scenes some very exciting work was being done to improve the way in which we provide information about our resources and subject-specific support. The comparative quiet of April, May, June and July ended in August with what has become a annual summer event: redesigned resources. Some annual events I like; some I do not. Resource redesigns often fall into the latter category. However, one of the resources subject to a redesign this summer was the Taylor and Francis platform, and this particular redesign has been rather good. Indeed, usage of the resource has gone up, so it seems that you all like it, too.

And so to September, and the start of the new academic year. To coincide with the new academic year, we launched Subject Guides, which are subject-specific pages that provide access to information relating to your course, for example, links to resources and study skills information. Related to this, we launched a new guide for Research Support in October for anyone who is engaged in any research at any level. November saw some further developments in how we present information about resources as we launched a new and improved A to Z list of databases, a guide to Reading Lists Online and a completely new Electronic Resources page on the Library website. Also this term the Library Twitter feed (@BoltonUniLib) has featured E-resources top tips: bite-sized helpful information about resources. We’ve also been fortunate this term to subscribe to two new resources: Drama Online and ProQuest Ebook Central, the latter of which enables access to around 140,000 electronic books.

Suddenly it’s December, and we’re approaching the end of a calendar year. Whatever you have planned over the festive season, I wish you all the very best, and look forward to many more electronic resource developments for 2017!

Seeking electronic resources? Look no further!

November 25, 2016

We’ve been doing some work on how we can make the process of accessing resources, and indeed information about resources, as easy as possible, based on your feedback as well as how we know you are wanting to access them. To that end, we’ve pulled together links to out A to Z list of databases, our guide to Reading Lists Online, our guide to copyright, a growing number of general resource help guides into one single page: our new electronic resources page:


Simply click on the Electronic Resources tab on the library homepage and select the information you need. We hope you find this page helpful!