Archive for the ‘Elsevier’ Category

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”…

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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 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

One… Two… Three… ScienceDirect working as normal again

August 4, 2017

And just in time for the weekend! Very pleased to report that ScienceDirect is working normally and you be able to access PDF articles with no problems.

ScienceDirect update (a small glimmer of hope…)

August 4, 2017

Finally some positive news on ScienceDirect. Although the problem with accessing PDFs has yet to be resolved, I have been supplied with a very simple interim measure that will allow you to download PDFs as you wish.

When you want to access a PDF article, instead of clicking on the PDF icon, right click on it and select open in new window. Et voila! Your PDF will then open. To quote a librarian at another university, “it’s weird, but it works”.

Problems with ScienceDirect are ongoing

August 4, 2017

Unfortunately, the UK-wide problems accessing PDFs from ScienceDirect are ongoing. The providers are working to resolve the issue, but at the moment, we cannot say when this resolution will be reached. Apologies for the inconvenience: we are as frustrated as you!

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.

Issue with ScienceDirect

March 13, 2017

It looks like we may be having some problems with ScienceDirect at the moment: you may see an error message to tell you that your request cannot be processed. Hopefully this is just temporary!

If you are trying to access articles from ScienceDirect, read on

February 21, 2017

It looks like we are still experiencing problems accessing articles from ScienceDirect via Discover@Bolton. However, it would appear that this problem is limited to accessing articles in this manner: ‘direct’ access to ScienceDirect articles (i.e. from the platform itself) appears to be working as normal.

ScienceDirect can be accessed from the A to Z list of resources.

I’m told that the providers of ScienceDirect will be releasing an update at some point today which will fix the issues we have been having. Apologies for the inconvenience: everyone who is trying to access ScienceDirect is experiencing the same problem.

One problem gets resolved; another surfaces: Taylor and Francis journals working again – new problems with linking to ScienceDirect from Discover@Bolton

February 7, 2017

We’ve managed to replace one resolved problem with another today… The problems we were having with Taylor and Francis journals have been resolved and you should be able to access these journals as normal. However, we now have problems with accessing ScienceDirect journal articles from Discover@Bolton. This problems appears to be affecting many users across the globe. It has been reported to the supplier and it is hoped will be resolved as soon as possible.