Archive for the ‘Electronic journals’ Category

Problems with Taylor and Francis journals

February 7, 2017

We are experiencing problems with Taylor and Francis journals at the moment. This problem is affecting all Taylor and Francis customers and will hopefully be resolved as soon as possible.

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Changes to the Emerald journals interface

January 9, 2017

Over the festive break, publishers Emerald have been busy rebranding. Their website looks a little different, and their logo is different. The swirly ‘e’ has been replaced by something a little more modern-looking. Rest assured, however, that access to content remains the same and access to the database itself has not been affected.

I must admit I’m quite sad to see the swirly ‘e’ go. I’m not normally one for sticking to what I’ve always known (although Starbursts to me will always be Opal Fruits), but I feel quite nostalgic about that old green ‘e’. I couldn’t quite figure out why until I cast my mind back a few years and recollected that Emerald was one of the first electronic databases that provided access to full text content that I used as a student. Prior to studying Library and Information Management, there was very little in the way of electronic resources that was of any relevance whatsoever to me as a musicology student. The odd CD-ROM, perhaps, and I was fully au fait with your average microfilm reader, but electronic resources that provided full text were a bit of an unknown.

Emerald was the first database providing full text access to journal articles that I got to really learn. It was a wonderful revelation: truly, it was as if I’d completed a Moon landing, such was my amazement. It still remains a most useful database, and although I’ve got beyond that Eureka moment of being able to download an article, I still wonder slightly at the availability of research following just a few keystrokes.

 

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!

Wiley Online Library unavailable for four hours tomorrow, Saturday 17th December

December 16, 2016

Due to essential maintenance, Wiley Online Library will be unavailable for four hours tomorrow, Saturday 17th December, from 9.00 a.m. All other electronic resources will be available as normal.

Top articles of 2016 revealed

December 16, 2016

It doesn’t seem long ago that I talked about the top 100 journal articles for 2015 as ranked by analysis of altmetrics. Altmetrics – literally alternative metrics – explore the impact of research. To consider altmetrics is to look at how many times an article is tweeted about, how many likes it gets, how many times it is mentioned in the media, how often it is blogged about and whether or not it gets any Wikipedia mentions.

One of the organisations that measures impact in this way is Altmetrics: you may have seen the brightly-coloured ‘doughnuts’ appearing next to journal articles on some platforms. Each year, Altmetrics publishes its top 100 articles and just like last year, the results are fascinating. Something that struck me immediately was that many of the highest ranked articles this year concern world events and concerns: for example, in the No. 1 position is an article about Barack Obama. Others that appear in the top 20 include articles on the Zika Virus, and an article by Robin Williams’ widow on her late husband’s illness. Compare this to the 2015 list, which contained articles on equally emotive topics – for example, plastic waste in oceans and antibiotic resistance – but did not have as great an emphasis on what we might term articles relating to ‘popular culture’.

Of course, that might not indicate anything at all, but it’s interesting. Barack Obama has been very much in the news this year; the Zika Virus was another subject of intense media coverage. When people are looking for information on either of those topics, the likelihood is that they will turn to a search engine, and their search may well have led them to an open access, academic article.

A number of these are articles are open access articles, so they can be accessed without having to login to anything, and access does not depend on having an institutional subscription.

The full list of the top 100 articles as ranked by Altmetrics is available here.

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:

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

 

Updated A to Z list of databases now available

November 7, 2016

As part of the work we are doing to make accessing information about electronic resources easier, we’ve been working on the A to Z list of databases, and there have been some changes. The list of databases is still accessible from exactly the same place – the quick link on the right-hand side of the library pages – but looks a little different:

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Don’t worry, however: all the databases are still there! Browse by database title or subject or search for term; you’ll also be able to learn about new resources, or resources we are currently considering. Contact details are also available, as is the Electronic Resources blog to keep to you up to date.

 

Extra steps currently required to access some journals from Discover@Bolton

November 3, 2016

We’ve something of an usual problem with accessing some of our journals from Discover@Bolton at the moment: if you are confronted with a screen that looks like this:

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Do not panic!

Where you see “Open this content in a new window”, click on this link and you should then be taken to the article. We think we’ve identified the root of the problem – electronic resource management isn’t always an exact science! – and are working to resolve the issue as soon as we can. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Scheduled maintenance for Emerald

September 30, 2016

On Tuesday 4th October at 8 a.m. for around 12 hours scheduled maintenance on the Emerald Journals platform will mean that some features will be unavailable. These include saving searches and accessing saved searches, new content alerts and adding publications as favourites. However, all journal content will still be accessible during this time.

Changes to Taylor and Francis Online

August 15, 2016

It seems like a long time since I’ve spoken about any electronic resource developments, doesn’t it?! I’m sure I’ll rectify that at some point soon, but in the meantime, some news relating to one of our journals platforms, Taylor and Francis Online.

The Taylor and Francis Online interface has recently been upgraded – while I was on holiday, so apologies for the lack of warning! – so you’ll note that it looks a little different. The main search screen is easier to navigate, and the provider has improved the way in which it indicates the content that forms part of our subscription.  Do let us know what you think. We work closely with providers to ensure their products serve our community in the best way possible and are always happy to pass on any comments and/or suggestions.

I hope everyone’s having a lovely summer so far and are all looking forward to the start of the new academic year!