Archive for the ‘Subject resources’ Category

Commemorating the outbreak of the World War One with Maney’s World War One Centenary Collection

July 15, 2014

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, publisher Maney is enabling free access to 100 full-text articles that relate to various aspects of war, such as culture and society, life on the Home Front and the journey to conflict from key titles such as the Journal of War and Culture Studies, Journal of Conflict Archaeology and War and Society. The articles are available throughout July and August and are available here.

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New: trial to Drama Online

March 31, 2014

We currently have a 60-day trial to Drama Online, a resource that can used in the study of drama as well as literature. A searchable collection of resources that is growing continually, the resource includes student editions, first-night versions of plays, the Arden Shakespear series, modern classics as well as ancient plays and a number of major foreign works in translation. It also offers annotations, synopses and surveys of theatres.

The trial is available until 31st May, and can be accessed here. Login with your normal Bolton Network ID and password to access the trial, and if you have any feedback, please get in touch with the Electronic Resources Librarian.

Want to know more about Oxford Art Online? Read on!

March 25, 2014

If you are a user of Oxford Art Online and want to know how to get the best out of this resource, you might be interested in an online demo/training session that will take place on Monday 31st March at 12 noon. Hosted by Oxford Art Online itself, the session will cover the various search options, features and practical uses of the resource. It will last around 40 minutes. To register for this free session, click here.

Want to know more about Oxford Reference Online?

February 17, 2014

Following on from last week’s free webinar on Oxford Art Online, there will be a webinar about Oxford Art Online on Monday 24th February at 11 a.m. As with the Oxford Art Online webinar, this session will cover searching and how to get the most out of the resource. To register for the session, click here.

Do you use Oxford Art Online? Would you like to know how to get the most out of this resource? Read on!

February 3, 2014

Oxford Art Online, one of our most important reference resources for arts-related disciplines, will be the subject of an online training session on Tuesday 11th February at 11.00. It’s free to attend, and is aimed at all users of Oxford Art Online. The session will last around 40 minutes, and will cover searching, features and other options to maximise use of the resource. To register for the session, click here. For details of future online training sessions, have a look at this page, and if you want to see previous sessions, click here.

Issues with off-campus access to HeinOnline

December 10, 2013

To spread the festive joy, we are currently experiencing some issues with off-campus access to HeinOnline. The service is working, but you will need to follow some extra steps:

1. Click on the link either from the subject resources pages, the A to Z list of electronic resources, the catalogue or the E-journals portal

2. You will see login boxes. Don’t enter anything here. Underneath, you will see a link “Click here for UK Federation and OpenAthens login”. Click this link.

3. On the following page, select University of Bolton on the drop-down list and click the “Authenticate” button.

4. On the following page, enter your Bolton network ID and password when prompted to do so. You will then be taken to the resource.

You may find that you have been taken to the main HeinOnline page instead the required journal. If this is the case, you will need to navigate to the required resource. The problem as been reported, and it is hoped it will be resolved as soon as possible. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Farewell to the OpenAthens button…

October 7, 2013

Those of you who are used to accessing our electronic resources will be aware that it has not been necessary to login to OpenAthens to access resources for quite some time. The button for OpenAthens on the right-hand side of the library website (under quick links) is now redundant, and will be disappearing at the end of this month. But do not worry! You will still be able to access electronic resources by going to either the A to Z list of resources or the Resources by Subject pages, where you will find instructions on how to access each of our resources.

If you have any queries about accessing resources, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with the the Subject Help Desk.

Have you finished a PhD in the last five years? Are you awaiting your first academic appointment and would still like to use ScienceDirect? Read on!

July 1, 2013

Elsevier, providers of full-text journals service ScienceDirect, have recently announced that any research students who have submitted a PhD within the last five years will be able to access ScienceDirect via their new Postdoc Free Access scheme. There is more information about how this scheme can about, and how you can get involved here. You’ll need to provide evidence from an academic mentor such as your supervisor to verify that you have submitted a PhD, and your access to ScienceDirect, once approved, will be available for a period of six months. So, if you’re a relatively recent PhD graduate, have yet to secure a position in an academic institution with a subscritpion to ScienceDirect, then this might be something of value to you. This offer is available until 31st August 2013, so check it out if you think you may be eligible!

Easter’s come early? Mass Observation Archive finally working off-campus!

March 26, 2013

Just in time for the long Easter Bank Holiday weekend, Mass Observation Archive is fianlly working off-campus without the need for any additional links or extra usernames and passwords. To access the resource, click on the link on the library webpages, and follow these steps:

  1. Having clicked on the link, you will see a page with a login box on the next screen. Don’t enter anything here. Underneath the login boxes are three options. Chose      the middle – UK Access Management Federation – and click on it.
  2. In the search box on the next screen, enter “University of Bolton”.
  3. On the following screen, enter your Bolton network ID and password and proceed to the resource.

I must give a public vote of thanks to Adam Matthew Digital for sorting this out. As ever, if you have problems accessing electronic resources, don’t hesitate to contact the Subject Help Desk via e-mail, on 01204 903404 or in person.

I am hoping that there will be no more resource issues between now and the time I finish for the Easter break, so that on Thursday, I can wish you all well, instead of yet another report of resource disruption…!

Using electronic resources off-campus: what’s going on?!

March 19, 2013

My blog post earlier this afternoon has reminded me that it’s about time I made you all aware of some changes that have been happening to the way in which we access electronic resources off-campus. Since we made changes to logging in, some resources now require a number of “extra clicks” for access. These are all detailed in the Access notes for each of our electronic resources listed by the A to Z of electronic resources and are all liable to change at short notice. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to check the access notes before accessing a database. You may have been using it just fine for quite a while, but resource providers often do ‘stuff’ (that’s a technical term) to their login procedures that may mean that things have changed.

Resources where these extra clicks are needed include:

  • Taylor and Francis Online
  • Sage Journals
  • Most ProQuest databases
  • Counseling and Psychotherapy Transcripts
  • Digimap
  • Educational Research Abstracts
  • Taylor and Francis E-books
  • ScienceDirect
  • Scopus
  • JSTOR

It’s all hugely frustrating, and has been the subject of many a blog post from your Electronic Resources Librarian. It’s the electronic resources equivalent of going to your regular supermarket, only to find that the one thing you went in for has moved aisles. Unlike a supermarket moving its wares around, however, electronic resources users don’t end up buying a load of extra stuff that isn’t needed, they turn off and go! Having said that, I don’t tend to give up on much without a fight, so I don’t let access issues fall by the wayside. We do need your help though. If you are having any difficulties accessing electronic resources, please don’t be shy about asking for help. Give us a call, drop us an e-mail or visit a librarian at the Subject Help Desk.