Archive for the ‘Electronic resources’ 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.

In celebration of British Science Week: ScienceDirect

March 12, 2018

So my calendar tells me that we are half way through British Science Week, a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths in the UK.

To mark the event, this blog will take a look at some of our science-related resources, starting with ScienceDirect. The online journals platform for the publisher Elsevier, this resource provides us with access to over 2,000 high-impact electronic journals. Despite the name, there is more to this resource than science-related research. Not only does it cover all aspects of science (including health and life sciences) is also provides humanities and social sciences coverage. Included in Discover@Bolton, which makes accessing this content even easier, I find that ScienceDirect is very user-friendly, and it’s east to get to the research you want quickly.

Now, my calendar also tells me that today is “Fill Our Staplers Day”…

Shrove Tuesday in Worktown

February 13, 2018

Everyone had their pancakes yet?

Last week one of our academics pointed me in the direction of some wonderful material that can be accessed from Mass Observation Online. The academic in question, Robert Snape, leads the university’s Centre for Worktown Studies, which undertakes and supports research relating to the “Worktown” photographs which were used as documentary evidence for the Mass Observation project (read my blog post from December 2017 to find out more).

Here’s what was noted about Shrove Tuesday in Westhoughton, 1933:

Heard five boys aged 12 singing on the way to school, 8.45 a.m.

“Pancake Tuesday is a very happy day

If you don’t give us holiday we’ll all run away

Eating toffee, chewing nuts

Shoving pancakes down our guts”

 

The observer continued that the boys discussed church attendance on Shrove Tuesday, and noted that “there were no dances in Westhoughton on Shrove Tuesday”. Two recipes were included in the observation, and a recommended flavour was lemon and sugar. In a further observation, a pancake eating game was described whereby if a pancake was not eaten by the time more had been made, there was a fine to pay!

Mass Observation Online can be accessed from the A to Z List of Databases. Pancakes can be served at any time…!

Resource focus: SportDISCUS

January 16, 2018

Hands up who made it their New Year’s resolution to take up a sport and get fit? At the start of 2016 I made this my resolution and amazingly I’ve stuck to it. If you’d have told me 20 years ago that I would feel cross that my gym closes at 8 p.m. on a weekend I’d have laughed at you…

Anyway, if you are studying sports sciences (as opposed to someone like me!), there is one database you simply cannot do without: SportDISCUS. This is 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 do take a look if you are studying sports-related topics.

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

January 15, 2018

blue monay

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?!

That’s all very well, but how do I actually access a resource…

January 12, 2018

I’ve told you all about way you can access library services and resources and what you will find most useful this week. However, there is something I haven’t done, and that’s tell you exactly how to access resources.

Once upon a time, accessing electronic resources was, by today’s standards, tortuous. It was almost as if you had to demonstrate that you really, really wanted to access resources. Some of you will remember Open Athens, which had definite limitations (remember the “extra clicks”?), but at the time, seemed almost revolutionary. Gone was the “classic Athens” setup where you needed a separate username and password to access resources. I can even remember students having to register themselves, using specific code for specific subject areas/cohorts.

Thankfully, those days are behind us and it’s now as simple as possible to access resources. Simply click on the link, and when prompted, enter your Bolton network ID and password and away you go! A very, very small minority resources do require additional information, but it really is a small number and we are working to ensure that this number stays small. Help on accessing electronic resources is available on your Subject Guide and there is also a guide to accessing electronic resources.

If you need any help at all with accessing resources, get in touch with the Subject Help Desk, and a librarian will be pleased to help 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 22

December 22, 2017

Today’s entry has been part of our collection for a long time, but it remains an important part of it: ScienceDirect. The online journals platform for the publisher Elsevier, this resource provides us with access to over 2,000 high-impact electronic journals. Despite the name, there is more to this resource than science-related research. Not only does it cover all aspects of science (including health and life sciences) is also provides humanities and social sciences coverage. Included in Discover@Bolton, which makes accessing this content even easier, I find that ScienceDirect is very user-friendly, and it’s east to get to the research you want quickly.

An Eresource Advent: Day 21

December 21, 2017

We’re nearing the end of our Eresource Advent; these past three weeks have gone so quickly! Today we have the Cochrane Library. This collection of six databases contains high-quality evidence to inform healthcare decisions along with a seventh database that provides information about the Cochrane groups. Cochrane itself comprises of an independent network of researchers, healthcare professionals, patients, and carers from over 120 countries.