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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!


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.


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…


New! Acland Anatomy now available

October 19, 2015

Some good news to share… We now have access to Acland Anatomy (Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy), which is a truly unique resource that presents videos and images of three-dimensional specimens of parts of the human body. Providing an “appreciation of the real human body and a direct understanding of the mechanics of body movement”, the specimens photographed and videoed are presented in their ‘natural’ colours. Access the resource via the A to Z list of electronic resources on the Library webpages, and if you’re off-campus, make sure you take a look at the access notes.

The story behind this resource is actually quite interested. It began life in 1993, after one of Robert Acland’s students mused that it would be great to be able to see moving versions of the anatomy slides that were presented in lectures. At the time, Acland was working as a reconstructive microsurgeon but was transitioning to a second career as clinical anatomist. Within two weeks, Acland had resolved to turn his student’s suggestion into reality and thus the Video Atlas project was born.

Discover@Bolton now live off-campus!!!

September 22, 2015

Discover@Bolton, the new service that allows you to search across multiple electronic resources via a single interface, is now available off-campus. When you are off-campus, you should see a red banner across the top of the screen like this:

summon off-campus red banner

Simply click on the link within the red banner, enter your Bolton network ID and password when prompted to do so, and get discovering!

Discover@Bolton is accessible from the library homepage as well as various other places on the library website. We’re very keen to know what you think about this new service, so feedback is welcomed.

We hope you find this new service helpful, and please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions. Don’t forget to keep an eye on the schedule for Bite Size sessions which will include a more detailed session on Discover@Bolton later on in the term.

New! WGSN Lifestyle and Interiors now available

May 19, 2015

We’re definitely on a good news roll today! We have recently purchased WGSN Lifestyle and Interiors (formerly known as WGSN Homebuildlife). A leading trend forecasting services, WGSN Lifestyle and Interiors focusses on the home and interiors industries and covers a huge range of areas, including outdoors and garden, print and patterns, textiles, vintage, crafts, marketing, retail and kitchens to name a few. WGSN Lifestyle and Interiors can be accessed from the A to Z list of databases on the library website. Note that at present, this service is only available on-campus.


New! British Medical Journal now available online!

May 19, 2015

We now have access to the British Medical Journal online (articles available from January 2015). On-campus, follow the links from the library catalogue and e-journals portal. Off-campus, follow these steps:

  1. From the article you wish to access, click on the “Sign in via institution access” link. Alternatively, you can click the “Sign in” link on the BMJ home page and following the “Via your institution” option.
  2. Select “UK Access Management Federation” from the Location drop-down list.
  3. Select “University of Bolton” from the resulting drop-down list.
  4. When prompted to do so, enter your Bolton network username and password, and enjoy the content!

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!




Coming soon… Discover@Bolton

December 15, 2014

The eagle-eyed among you may soon start to notice that there is some additional text in the A to Z list of electronic resources, as well as a new link in that A to Z list. I’m sure you’re all dying to try clicking on that link and see what’s going on. Wonder no more! In early 2015, we will be launching a brand new service for the library that will hopefully improve your experience of accessing electronic resources for your research. Discover@Bolton is a web-based service that will allow you search multiple databases at once, meaning that in a lot of cases, you will not need to visit individual databases to conduct your research. To access Discover@Bolton, simply click on the link, enter your search terms, and away you go!

Note that at present, although off-campus access is not impossible, the service works best on-campus. However, vastly improved functionality in that respect will be introduced early next year. Discover@Bolton is a developing service, so watch this space for news of further developments and improvements.

We hope that you will enjoy being able to access Discover@Bolton and your feedback is greatly appreciated. More Discover@Bolton news will be available in the New Year. For an Electronic Resources Librarian, this is possibly the best Christmas present I could have hoped for, and it gives me great pleasure to tell you all to “Go discover”!