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A look back at 2015 (and welcome back to UBIR!)

January 4, 2016

The problems we were having with UBIR this morning have been resolved thanks to the swift actions of our Networks team and the service is working as normal.

Every year, I like to look back on the previous year, so now that we appear to be without resource problems, it’s time to do just that for 2015. However, before I do, over Christmas I was watching one of these ‘review of the year’ type programmes. I happened to catch the closing credits, and one of the sources mentioned was WGSN – Worth Global Style Network – which is a resource that we have access to here at the University of Bolton. Among other areas, WGSN looks at current and predicted trends, and is proof that our resources are essential for understanding a topic. Access WGSN via the library webpages or via Discover@Bolton.

Anyway, I digress. Back to 2015.

Last year was an exciting year for me as Electronic Resources Librarian as a number of very important changes were made to make your experience of accessing and discovering electronic resources better. We’ll come to these changes later.

In January, we had a fair few resource problems (staggeringly, my first post of 2015 concerned UBIR outage!) which were a cause of frustration. I think that was possibly one of the worst months I’ve known for that. However, we also looked at the British Library’s Save our Sounds project which is looking to negate the very real issue that in just 15 years, many recorded sounds could be inaccessible as equipment required to preserve and play them becomes obsolete. February was an exciting month: Discover@Bolton search boxes appeared on the library website. Although at that stage Discover@Bolton was only accessible on-campus, this was the first time that a service to search multiple databases at once was made readily available to the University of Bolton community. March saw a solar eclipse, and we looked at how we could use our electronic databases to find out more about this phenomenon.

April was a quiet month, so we reviewed Save our Sounds and pointed readers in the direction of JISC’s Summer of Innovation. May saw a General Election and as well as a new government, we also acquired two new resources: WGSN Lifestyle and Interiors and the online edition of the British Medical Journal. As the academic year drew to a close, June seemed to be a busy month for resource problems, including one of the most bizarre remote access I’ve ever come across in 10 years of working with electronic resources.

July was another quiet month, not least because of major refurbishment works that were taking place in the Library over the summer. As we all looked forward to a break, I considered the merits of speaking to publishes about resource usage and development, and how it is important to engage with them. July was also when I presented Discover@Bolton to staff at the University’s TIRI Conference, and how it could be used to enhance learning. My presentation is available here. As the summer drew on, in August we looked at OAPEN-UK, a project set to investigate issues surrounding the publication of textbooks in electronic format.

All this time, I was working on two important developments that  came to fruition in September. The first of these was a major change – in the background – to how we log into resources. This change was particularly important for remote access and we really hope things are simpler now. The other change, and the one I’m most excited about, was the off-campus launch of Discover@Bolton. That was pretty much the only news that month, but it was certainly big news! In October, we acquired yet another new resource: Acland Anatomy. We also looked at open access as part of Open Access Week and we had the first of our Subject Librarian guest posts: Reading Lists online by Mary Barden. November saw an exploration of Royal College of Nursing Journals by our Subject Librarian for Health Dawn Grundy, extra content was added to Discover@Bolton and we remembered George Boole, whose development of logic led to the use of AND, OR and NOT that we have come to use in our own library searches.

As the year drew to a close, December brought another Subject Librarian guest post, this time on services for researchers by Anne Keddie. We looked at the top 100 articles of 2015 according to Altmetric, and we had a bit of fun looking at the 12 Apps of Christmas.

So that was 2015. I wonder what 2016 will bring…

 

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Guest post: Resources for researchers

December 1, 2015

December’s guest post is brought to you by Anne Keddie, Subject Librarian for Education and Psychology, and Research Support. Here, Anne talks about a wide range of resources for researchers:

There are several ways in which we can support your use of the Library as a researcher at the University of Bolton. You will find information about sources of information, literature searching, how to organise your references, publishing your research, and how you can track the impact of your research and you can get information about how to keep up to date with research in your field.

Sources of information:

Subject-specific resources – go to the library subject pages: http://www.bolton.ac.uk/library/Subjects/Home.aspx where you will find links to resources in your subject area and contact details for the relevant subject librarian.

You can, of course, use the Discover@Bolton service accessible from the subject pages or the library home page and will allow you to search multiple databases at once via a single interface. You can access a wider range of library material, without having to know which database to use. This also searches Open Access resources including the University repository UBIR: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk

For items not in stock, you can use our Inter Library Loan scheme: http://www.bolton.ac.uk/library/Borrowing/Inter-Library-Loans.aspx

Research Students are allowed fifteen free requests for each year registered with the University. If you wish, you can also make a personal visit to the British Library to consult material. The British Library is in London and it is best to apply for a Reader Pass and request to see specific material. Details of their services can be found at: www.bl.uk/

Current awareness – you can make use of Zetoc services which is a Journal citation searching and electronic tables of contents alerting service. It provides access to the British Library’s Electronic Table of Contents of around 20,000 current journals and around 16,000 conference proceedings published per year: http://zetoc.jisc.ac.uk/

Alerts and RSS feeds –Instead of spending time repeating searches, set up alerts to receive recently published results via email. e.g. in ProQuest you can create and schedule alerts to deliver new documents matching your search as they become available in ProQuest. Create a My Research account to modify, delete, or view all of your alerts. RSS feeds can be sourced from websites, publishers and information providers. They remove the need for you to check websites manually for new content.

Theses- EThOS is the British Library’s Electronic Theses Online Service and holds details of over 300,000 UK theses .Through their web site you can view electronic versions of some theses. For more information about the service please see:

http://ethos.bl.uk/Home.do. There is also a link from our A-Z list of electronic databases on this page: http://www.bolton.ac.uk/library/Electronic-Resources/DBPages/E.aspx

Access to other libraries- Staff and research students can use the SCONUL Access scheme to access material held in higher education institutions in the UK and Ireland. For more information see: http://www.sconul.ac.uk/sconul-access

Other library catalogues- The COPAC library catalogue provides access to the catalogues of major university, specialist, and national libraries in the UK and Ireland, including the British Library. http://copac.jisc.ac.uk/

SUNCAT is the Serials Union Catalogue for the UK research community: http://suncat.ac.uk.ezproxy.bolton.ac.uk/search

 

 

Online communities

Social Media- Social media is becoming increasingly important to researchers. For more information about some of the key tools available and how they can be used in research take a look at Social Media: A Guide to Researchers, compiled by the Research Information Network: http://www.rin.ac.uk/our-work/communicating-and-disseminating-research/social-media-guide-researchers

To make your research interests more widely known, use web pages, blogs and Twitter.

Researchgate- A network for researchers to share and collaborate with colleagues: https://www.researchgate.net/home

ORCID -Use ORCID to distinguish yourself from other researchers: http://orcid.org/

VITAE – an organisation committed to enriching professional and career development support for researchers: www.vitae.ac.uk/

Measuring your research impact – for a useful tutorial on The National Digital Teaching Resources webpages see: http://www.ndlr.ie/myri/MyRI_Tutorial/player.html

 

 

Publishing your work

If your research is published (in book format) that book needs an ISBN(International Standard Book Number). This is a unique number which distinguishes each title and where it was published. In order to give your work a University of Bolton ISBN please contact Sarah Taylor in the Library: s.e.taylor@bolton.ac.uk 01204 903099. Once you have completed a simple form, detailing the bibliographic information of that book, the ISBN can be issued.

Open access at the University of Bolton

Repositories enable your work to be visible globally. The University of Bolton Institutional Repository (UBIR) aims to gather, preserve and promote the intellectual output of the University of Bolton. It contains a wide range of research including, but not limited to, peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, internal and external conference papers, poster presentations, photographs and reports. UBIR is available at: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk

There is much more information available via the Guide to Library Services for Researchers:

http://www.bolton.ac.uk/library/LibraryPublications/LibraryServices/GuideforResearchers.pdf

and on BISSTO including links to procedures and forms relevant to research:

http://www.bolton.ac.uk/bissto/Studying-at-University/Researchers.aspx

For more information, please contact Anne Keddie.

Guest post: Studying Nursing or Health and Social Care? This could be the resource for you!

November 2, 2015

In the second of our guest posts, Dawn Grundy, Subject Librarian for Health and Human Sciences, tells us about Royal College of Nursing Journals, and how they could be of benefit if you are studying with this area:

As part of your studies at University it’s expected that you will have to research subjects for your assignments. This involves using a search tool such as Discover@Bolton.

Keeping up to date with the latest information in your sector is essential whether you need to revalidate or maintain awareness of latest best practice in your specialist field.

The Royal College of Nursing journals package contains 10 publications designed to meet the needs of today’s nursing professional. Titles include:

  • Nursing Standard
  • Cancer Nursing Practice
  • Emergency Nurse
  • Learning Disability Practice
  • Mental Health Practice
  • Nursing Children and Young People
  • Nursing Management
  • Nurse Researcher
  • Nursing Older People
  • Primary Health Care

Access is available from January 2015 to onwards via Discover@Bolton, the link to the RCN package on the Health Subject Resources page or directly by title via the eJournals portal. It’s also listed as a recommended resource on the vast majority of Reading Lists Online for Nursing and Health and Social Care. You may also be able to access full-text articles from the archive prior to January 2015, search for the individual journal title on the eJournals portal for details.

For further information, speak to the staff at the Help Desk in the Library or contact the Health Librarian Dawn Grundy.

Guest post: Reading Lists Online – quick access to your e-resources!

October 5, 2015

As mentioned a few weeks ago, new for this blog this term is a series of guest posts written by our team of Subject Librarians to highlight various services and resources. The first in this series has been written by Mary Barden, Subject Librarian for Business, Accountancy and Law. Here, Mary writes about Reading Lists Online, an important service that will make it much easier for you to access material recommended by your tutors:

Did you know that you can access your module reading lists online? You should see a reading list block in your Moodle courses or alternatively, you can access your lists via the Reading Lists Online link on the Library website Quick Links menu. Search for your module code or title and you will see your module list. Click on a book title to find where it is located in the Library. But the real advantage of RLO is that you can access e-resources such as ebooks, ejournals and databases direct from the list. Click on Online Resource, login and go direct into the resource.

For further information have a look at the user guide and screen cast video, speak to staff at the Help Desk in the Library or email subjecthelp@bolton.ac.uk.