Archive for the ‘Electronic resources’ Category

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.

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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 The swirly ‘e’ has been replaced by something a little more modern-looking.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.

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!

 

What’s wrong with my resource…?!

November 21, 2016

The Internet is a funny thing. When everything is working fine – which is most of the time, mercifully – we don’t even think twice about clicking on a link and getting to where we want to go. When things aren’t working quite as expected, it’s like we’re a little stuck. Perhaps we’re stuck in a loop; perhaps we’re repeatedly coming across broken links. Maybe we long for the days of the card catalogue…

As Electronic Resources Librarian, I’m clearly a champion of the electronic resource. My own research activities – and as a consequence by personal and professional development – have been enhanced by having ready access to electronic resources. I am constantly amazed by new developments. It isn’t always seamless, however, and our reliance on Internet connections and working devices to access electronic resources can sometimes backfire, for want of a better word: if one or the other goes, what do we do?!

So, this morning we have a problem with RLO. It would seem that we are experiencing issues with the display of links to RLO from with our library catalogue. However, it would seem at the moment that this problem is restricted to Internet Explorer. Everything seems to be working fine in Chrome, so my suggestion would be to switch to using Chrome, if available, or perhaps try another browser (Firefox, Safari etc.). I am finding more and more that resources are working better in Chrome. Exactly why that is I really do not know, but if you are having any issues with accessing electronic resources, or they are not working the way you expect them to be – perhaps the display is strange, or everything is  being very slow to load – then have a go in Chrome.

In the meantime, because we fully appreciate that many of you prefer to use Internet Explorer, we are working to resolve the display issues we are seeing in RLO, and apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Watch this space for further updates.

 

New! Guide to Reading Lists Online

November 17, 2016

We’ve been hard at work recently and have just launched a new guide to Reading Lists Online , which you can access here.

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If you don’t know about Reading Lists Online, it’s definitely worth checking this service out, as RLO enables access to your module reading lists. Last year this blog featured a guest post on RLO – check this out, too!

Access to Ebsco databases

November 7, 2016

The world of electronic resources is keeping me busy today… We are experiencing issues with Ebsco databases at the moment. You may see this when you try to access an Ebsco database:

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If you do see this screen, click on the option you’ll see circled in red and on the next screen, select the database you wish to access. We’re working on a better solution and will update via this blog when it’s been fixed. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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.

 

New electronic resources for this academic year: ProQuest Ebook Central and Drama Online

November 1, 2016

Some great resource news! We are pleased to be able to tell you that we have recently taken out subscriptions to two resources: ProQuest Ebook Central and Drama Online.

ProQuest Ebook Central is a multi-disciplinary ebooks platform that provides access to over 130,000 full-text ebooks covering a wide range of topics. Books can be read on screen or downloaded either in full or by the chapter. For further details on the quantities that can be downloaded at any one time, see the help section and FAQs within ProQuest Ebook Central. To access ProQuest Ebook Central, click on this link or the link within the  A to Z list of electronic resources; records will appear in both the catalogue and Discover@Bolton in due course.

Drama Online is a database that provides contextual guides and criticism for a wide range of dramatic works from wide range of authors. The University of Bolton has access to the Bloomsbury and Faber Collection. To access Drama Online, click on this link, the A to Z list of electronic resources or head to the relevant Subject Guide.

We hope you find these resources useful, and value any feedback you may have.