Archive for the ‘Electronic resources’ Category

Issues with accessing full-text via Discover@Bolton (but don’t panic; a workaround is available!)

October 16, 2017

We appear to be experiencing problems accessing full-text via Discover@Bolton, in that it would seem that at the moment, a few extra clicks are required to get to the full-text. We know this isn’t quite right and have reported the problem to the providers. However, we do have a workaround.

Once you have found an article you wish to access, make a note of the details (e.g. year/volume/number/pages etc.). Click on the link to the full-text. If you don’t get taken straight to the full-text, on the following screen, navigate to the year in which your desired article was published and find the correct article. You will then be able to access the article.

Apologies for the inconvenience. We know how frustrating it can be something doesn’t work as expected, and we are doing everything we can do resolve this issue. Keep checking this blog for further updates.

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New! Links to Reading Lists Online and Subject Guides are now on the Student Portal

October 10, 2017

student portal

It is now possible to link to both Reading Lists Online AND Subject Guides from the Student Portal; look for the two icons above.

This seems like a good opportunity to talk about both of these services. Let’s take Reading Lists Online first of all. Reading Lists Online is exactly “what is says on the tin” (no apologies for the cliché there…!): reading lists, that are online. What’s the benefit of this? Quite aside from the fact that your reading lists are absolutely essential to your studies, an online reading list ensures that you can access your list wherever you are, and you can even link to online material from that list. Not only can you link to electronic books and journals, you can also find links to services such as Discover@Bolton, your Subject Guide and even important websites. Simply search for your module code and your list will be accessible. We are working on integrating Reading Lists Online in Moodle so this process will hopefully be simpler – watch this space!

So to Subject Guides. One of the questions we get quite regularly is “Where do I start?”, and actually, that’s a really good question: where should you start?! An excellent starting point is the Subject Guide for your course. Use the guide to access information about access resources, explanations and links to the best electronic resources for your studies, links to referencing, using the Library, accessing Inter-Library Loans and access to Discover@Bolton.

 

Digimap user? Read on!

October 10, 2017

Users of Digimap may be interested to learn that a series of free webinars is available between now and December. See here for further details!

Scrolling beyond 200 results in Discover@Bolton

August 15, 2017

Some good news! You may have been aware in the past that it was not possible to access more results than the first 200 in Discover@Bolton, which was not only frustrating but utterly baffling. However, the providers of Discover@Bolton have released an update that means you can now scroll way beyond those first 200 results. This is a really good example of how providers take feedback from the user communities and turn them into positive developments.

ScienceDirect access problems

August 3, 2017

We are currently experiencing problems accessing ScienceDirect which appear to be affecting all UK customers. We are not sure at the moment how long this will take to resolve and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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.

Subject Guiding the way…

June 2, 2017

It’s the start of a new month, and one of my tasks at the start of each month is to gather usage statistics. I must admit I rather enjoy getting hold of the raw data: it’s instant gratification. Run a quick report, and hey presto, data! One my favourite exercises at the moment (only an Electronic Resources Librarian can have favourite stats-gathering jobs…) is looking at usage of our Subject Guides, which was a new initiative for this academic year.

The different between looking at usage of Subject Guides as opposed to a database such as ScienceDirect or JSTOR, for example, is that as well as establishing how many times they have been accessed, we can also see how they are being used, and what we might consider to be the most important information presented by them. So when I’m looking at ScienceDirect, I might get very excited when I see that in March 2017, there were just short of 10,000 full-text downloads. That’s a lot of downloads, and a quick scan of previous years tells me that that’s the most we’ve ever recorded in a month. That’s fascinating, yes? Yes, it is. However, I don’t know what that actually tells me, besides “ScienceDirect had a lot of downloads that month”.

Now, I could get clever here. I can look at the JISC Usage Statistics Portal (JUSP) data, do a quick sort of my data, and look at the ten most popular (i.e. most downloaded) titles that month: International Journal of Production Economics; Psychology of Sport and Exercise; Journal of Business Research; Social Science and Medicine; Nurse Education Today; Aggression and Violent Behaviour; Body Image; Procedia – Social and Behavioural Sciences; Clinical Psychology Review; Industrial Marketing Management. Okay, that’s fascinating too, isn’t it? Yes indeed: that’s quite a multi-disciplinary list and if I go further down the ranking I can see this to a greater degree. Anecdotally, I’m aware of users thinking that ScienceDirect and its content may not be relevant to them, but this list confirms to me that there’s much, much more than science-related content available in this package.

So that’s all well and good but again, where does that leave us in terms of how folk use stuff.

Back to Subject Guides.

Who’d like to take a guess as what the most popular (i.e. most accessed) Subject Guide has been, month after month for the past seven months has been? Ebooks at the University of Bolton. In that seven month period, that guide has been accessed 6,489 times. Within that guide, the homepage, Using Ebooks, has proved the most popular, with the page on Ebook Collections in second place. The link to MyiLibrary is the most popular link on the page, and we know that MyiLibrary is our most popular ebook platform: it all joins up. We produce a variety of documentation to help you get the most out of our resources, and the Ebooks at the University of Bolton guide includes a link to a downloadable quick start guide to ebooks. This appears not have been downloaded much at all; the guide to MyiLibrary has, however. Why is this? Are we reaching a point where accessing ebooks is becoming more and more intuitive; you just don’t require the help? Is it more important to have directed help, i.e. platform/database-specific help? The granularity of the usage information from Subject Guides allow us to ask these questions.

Let’s look another guide, Health and Social Care. Health and Social Care doesn’t see anything like the traffic seen by Ebooks at the University of Bolton, Research Support, or Accessing Electronic Resources, but that’s what we’d probably expect: this is a guide specifically for students studying in this area. What I find immediately apparent is that after the homepage, the next most popular page is Databases, journals and articles. That’s of note because that doesn’t appear next to the tab for the homepage. In fact, this usage pattern appears to be the case with many, many Subject Guides. “How do I access journal articles” is a frequent question at the Library Help Desk: it’s all joining up. The most popular links on this guide are the links to CINAHL – by far our most popular health-related database – and ProQuest Central, our most-used database overall.

I’m going to leave this here, as I’ve a feeling I’ve probably asked more questions than I’ve answered, but what all this is telling me is that we can see how you are accessing our information, and we are able to piece together the story of how you are using that information in your studies.

Normal access to resources restored

May 25, 2017

The problems we were having with access to resources earlier this week have been resolved, and you should be able to access resources as normal. As ever, of you do encounter any difficulties, don’t hesitate to get in contact with the Subject Help Desk.

Access to resources sort of working, but follow these steps!

May 23, 2017

We’re getting there with restoring access to resources.

First of all, we recommend that you clear your cookies. Then, find the resource you wish to access and click on the link . On the next page, you may see a message to tell you that there is a problem with the website’s certificate and three links. Chose the second of these links, “Continue to this website (not recommended)”. However, at this point, you need to click on the link to proceed to the resource login!

We’re hoping that this just a temporary extra step – keep checking for further updates.

Again, apologies for any inconvenience.