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Happy new year! Get discovering library resources…

September 21, 2015

It’s finally here: the start of term! If you’re new to the University of Bolton, we would like to welcome you. If you’re a returning student, then welcome back, and we hope that you had a lovely summer.

Those of you who are returning may have noticed that there have been some changes within the library. We’ve a new carpet throughout, the toilets have been fully refurbished and the Help Desk has been relocated to the Link Zone. Not sure where to go when you first enter the library? Just ask at the new Meet and Greet information point down in the Welcome Zone.

So what about electronic resources, what’s new there? Well, over the past few months, we’ve been working on some developments that we hope are going to greatly enhance your experience not only of finding electronic resources, but also of accessing them. I’ll deal with the latter development first. We’re aware that you’ve been finding electronic resources difficult to access (i.e. log into), particularly off-campus. We’re currently in the process of changing the way in which you access resources, so the days of long, complex access notes, extra clicks, ignoring obvious-looking login boxes and all the other things you’ve told us you find (justifiably) difficult are coming to end for the majority of our electronic resources.

You shouldn’t really notice anything too different: click on a link from our library pages, and when prompted to do so, enter your Bolton network ID and password. For most resources, you will do exactly the same thing if you are off-campus as well as on-campus. This is new system for us – the implementation of which has caused your Electronic Resources Librarian to have a few sleepless nights! – so if you find anything not working as you’d expect, then please do drop the Subject Help Desk a line and we’d be happy to help.

That’s my first development. The second, and that one I’m particularly excited about, is our new service, Discover@Bolton. Those of you who were here in the last academic year may have heard of this, and indeed may have started using it. Discover@Bolton allows you to search the full text of multiple database plus the library catalogue via single interface. Currently available on-campus, off-campus availability will be brought to you imminently. One of the exciting things about using Discover@Bolton is that it brings together most of our full text resources so that you don’t necessarily need to know which is the best resource to use. For example, you might need to do some research in an area that it outside your normal subject area. You’re well aware of the resources you’d normally use, but suddenly, you’re confronted with having to establish which completely different database might be the most appropriate.

To give a ‘real life’ example of how using Discover@Bolton will enrich your experience of discovering library resources, a few months ago I was helping a final year games student. His research was very specific: how close to reality are games based on wars. To add greater specificity to his research, he had chosen a particular World War Two battle and he wished to understand the historical context and significance of that battle. He then realised that this was going to involve doing some history-related research, something he’d never really considered before. So he had a look at Discover@Bolton, and was able to get all the information he needed. He left his ‘comfort zone’ without even knowing it.

There is further information about Discover@Bolton here. In addition, the library in conjunction with the Student Liaison Officers are putting on Bite Size sessions that include some information about Discover@Bolton, with more detailed sessions planned for later on in the term. If you have any feedback on Discover@Bolton, we’d very much like to hear it.

We also have something new for the Electronic Resources Blog for this term, guest posts by members of our team of Subject Librarians that will highlight various resources, services we offer and areas of development that we want to tell you about. Keep a look out for the first guest post which is scheduled to appear in early October.


What are you waiting for? Get discovering with Discover@Bolton now!

February 19, 2015

Last week, I let you all know about an exciting new development for the library – Discover@Bolton. It’s a rather miserable afternoon out there, so I thought sharing the news of this development might brighten things up a little…!

Available only on-campus at present, this new service allows you to search many of our databases at once via a single interface. Our printed books will be discoverable via Discover@Bolton soon, too.

Look out for:


on the library webpages, and for keep a look out for news of further developments. We really hope that you will enjoy using this service, and are very keen to get your feedback.



New! Discover@Bolton

February 16, 2015

New! Discover@Bolton is now available from A to Z list of electronic resources and Subject Resources pages on the library website. Discover@Bolton is a web-based service that allows you to search multiple databases at once. It is also possible to search e-books, and our print e-books will be added very shortly.

The search box looks like this:


Simply enter your search term, and on the following screen, you will have the opportunity to refine your search. Limit by full-text only, by subject, item type, to name a few. Once you have found a record, follow the links to find out more about the item, or if it’s available as full-text, access the content from your results.

Discover@Bolton is currently only available on-campus, but it will be available off-campus soon. This is a brand-new services that is still under development, so keep checking the website for further information. If you have any feedback about Discover@Bolton, please send an e-mail to

Happy searching! Or should that be, happy discovery!




EThOS Share My Thesis competition

January 29, 2015

If you are a PhD author or current doctoral student, then take a look at the following message from the British Library:

“The British Library is currently running a Twitter based competition for all PhD authors and current doctoral students, inviting them to say why their doctoral research is/was important, using the hashtag #ShareMyThesis.

 Twitter competition:

Competition web page:


The competition aims to raise awareness of the importance of doctoral research and increase visibility of the PhD thesis as a valuable source of research information. It is generously supported by Research Councils UK and Vitae, and there are some great prizes.


The range and quality of doctoral research being tweeted in 140 characters is truly amazing. Entries are flooding in already, and you can see them all here


The competition closes on 9 February, when eight entries will be shortlisted and invited to expand their tweet into a blog post.”


Happy sharing!


Are you a University of Bolton research student? Do you want to be able to make your views about our services for you known? If so, read on!

November 27, 2014

Are you a University of Bolton research student? Do you have any views about the services we offer for research students, and would you like to tell us about them? If so, you are invited to a focus group for researchers that will take place on Thursday 11th December 2014 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Skills for Success room in the library. We’ll discuss the range and scope of services, and there will be opportunity to tell us what you think. If you want to take part, drop an e-mail to the Subject Help Desk.

If you have any views on any aspect of the library service as a whole, don’t forget the Library User Satisfaction Survey, which is running at the moment. We take customer service very seriously and be very grateful for a few minutes of your time to tell us what you think. Access the survey here.

Happy new year!

September 11, 2014

As we prepare for the start of the academic year, I thought it was time to welcome those of you who are new to the University of Bolton, and say welcome back to all our returning students. I hope you have had a good summer. There a lots of developments happening this year – some of which returning students will soon spot – and these will be detailed further as the term goes on. However, if you’re new, and are not sure where to start with accessing our services, why not take a look at our Introduction to Library Services for New Starters, which you will find on the Library homepage.

We look forward to getting to know you!

Entering the Journals Hall of Fame

June 26, 2014

I’ve spoken before about just what a useful tool the Journal Usage Statistics Portal (JUSP) is, and round about this time last year, I tried to establish what the top 20 most downloaded titles is. I did get a list – and remember that JUSP doesn’t give us usage for all of our electronic journals, and no print either – but it was not quite an exact science. Still, it did give a useful insight into what our users are finding crucial to their research.

Earlier this morning, I was looking at JUSP to get some usage statistics for an area of journal usage I wouldn’t normally go looking for, and came across a feature on JUSP I hadn’t spotted before. Now, if you’re an electronic resources librarian, this is quite exciting (I know, I know…). What was the feature I hear you yell? It’s a report I can run to establish what our top downloaded titles are across a very good proportion of our electronic journals collection. As we’re pretty much at the end of term now, I couldn’t resist running this report from January 2014 to date, so here, for all to see, our the top 20 most downloaded titles for the University of Bolton as included in JUSP:

20. Journal of Cleaner Production

19. Nurse Education Today

18. Journal of Strategic Marketing

17. International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management

16. Polymer Degradation and Stability

15. Computers in Human Behavior

14. Journal of Advanced Nursing

13. Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services

12. Journal of Marketing Management

11. International Business Review

And the Top 10:

10. Expert Systems with Applications

9. Journal of Product and Brand Management

8. Personality and Individual Differences

7. European Journal of Marketing

6. Journal of World Business

5. Marketing and Intelligence Planning

4. Industrial Marketing Management

3. International Journal of Project Management

2. Plant and Cell Physiology

1. Journal of Business Research

What do you reckon? Anything surprise you? There are few here that do have me raising an eyebrow, and it’s very interesting to note that quite a few from our top 20 of last year appear in this list too. There are also quite a few ‘new entrants’ from which we could draw any one of a number of conclusions: have there been a series of more relevant articles published this year? Has there been a change in what is being taught? Are there new research strands emerging? Whatever our top 20 might reveal, it’s clear that our electronic collections are vital to research here, and we aim to do everything we can to ensure that our collections retain their relevance, and continue to develop.


Happy new year!

January 7, 2014

Just a quick post to say a very happy new year to you all! I hope that you have all had a lovely break, and are looking forward to recommencing your studies. Our opening hours are available here.

Merry Christmas! Goodbye 2013; hello 2014

December 19, 2013

As sure as night follows day and chips are served with fish (it’s lunchtime!), the final of the X Factor can mean only one thing: that’s right, it’s very nearly Christmas and the end of the year. It’s my last working day of the year, so in true Electronic Resources Librarian style, I’m going to be saying “season’s greetings” in one of the only ways I can by reviewing this Electronic Resources Librarian’s 2013. But before I do, a reminder that after 5 p.m. tomorrow (Friday 20th December), the library will be unstaffed until Monday 6th January. It will still be possible to gain access to the library during the day: see here for full details of our festive opening hours. And don’t forget that the majority of our electronic resources are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so if you get to the point on New Year’s Eve where you’ve had quite enough jollity you can still get on with your work.

And so to my year. I welcomed 2013 in January by telling you all about some resource maintenance, and as usual, resource maintenance has been a feature of this year. The start of the year, however, also saw developments in the provision of resources that are available on mobile devices, with another provider launching an online service. February may have been a short month, but that is not to say that it didn’t see one very important development: the change from our old yellow login screen to the login screen with which we are all now familiar. Changing to this new screen was part of a larger change to the technology behind logging into resources, and there are now some resources where extra steps have to be undertaken in order to access the resource, particularly off-campus. Be sure to always check access notes for each resource. March was a time of resource maintenance, but the good news is that all of those problems were resolved. April and May saw more of the same, but I made a personal plea to ensure that you seek help when you have problems, and don’t let anything get in the way of your research.

Just when it would seem that 2013 was a very bad year for electronic resources, the sun started to shine again in June. A spotlight feature in the library highlighted social media, something that we are making a significantly more use of this year. And we also saw some improvement to Scopus that have occurred as a direct result of feedback from users. I had a bit of fun in July, trying to ascertain which of our electronic journals are the most popular, and the results were quite surprising. And we celebrated Andy Murray’s historic Wimbledon victory, learning more about the coverage of ProQuest Central in the process. Sometimes I have a little more time over the summer, and this year I discovered an excellent source for free, quality academic resources. August was something of a quiet month. I divulged the secrets of how I became a librarian, and I welcomed students who were to join us in September.

The start of the new academic year in September saw a number of very exciting developments, notably the relaunch of BISSTO, our interactive study skills tutorials. This is an excellent resource that I highly recommend you get to grips with. There have already been a number of important additions to the service, and more are expected for 2014, so watch this space! A new website for IS&T was also launched. I also managed to delve into the history of ProQuest, a company that provides us with a significant amount of electronic material, as they celebrated their 75th anniversary. Although I have been using their products for many years, I had no idea of the level of committment to resource provision, or the length of time the company had been doing it, so I enjoyed these new discoveries. All the ghostly happenings of Halloween in October coincided with the removal of the OpenAthens tab from the right-hand side of the library website, and I explored some of the issues surrounding Open Access week. As the year drew closer to the end, I got quite dramatic in November and wondered if recent developments by resource providers to make subscribed-to content discoverable on Google might herald the demise of Google Scholar, as has been predicted.

And so to December. I say it every year, but I simply cannot believe the end of the year is nearly upon us, and before too long we will be in 2014. I want to wish you all well over the festive season, and a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.

See you in 2014!



New developments for BISSTO

November 21, 2013

You may be aware that this term has seen the launch of a completely overhauled BISSTO (Bolton Interactive Study Skills Tutorials Online). We hope that you are finding it useful. There have recently been some further enhancements to BISSTO that may be of interest:

  • A What’s on Section giving details of Bite Size Study Class and English for Success classes (location: homepage)
  • Presentation Skills Activity (location: Study Skills – Oral Presentations)
  • Information Literacy Tests, including the Ethical and Legal Use of Information (location: homepage)
  • Secondary and Primary sources activity (locations: Finding Information – Understanding the task; Study Skills – Essay Writing/Report Writing)
  • Identifying keywords activity (location: Finding Information – Understanding the task)
  • Abbreviations activity (location: Study Skills – Note Taking)

More content is being worked on an a further release of BISSTO is scheduled for some time before Christmas. BISSTO is available via the BISSTO button on the right-hand side of the library website. As ever, if you have any feedback on BISSTO or any other library service, don’t hesitate to get in touch.