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It’s Open Access Week!

October 22, 2018

Open Access refers to research that is available free of charge to the user. So, no logins or paying for access to articles or books. Open access journals are increasing in number, for example, see Directory of Open Access Journals. In addition, most universities have an OA repository which contains the research output of the university that you can view freely. Last year during Open Access week, Cambridge University made Prof. Stephen Hawking’s thesis freely available on their repository – so many people tried to access it that it temporarily broke the Internet!

You can find the University of Bolton’s repository here: UBIR. Have a look at our research papers, research proposals, theses and conference papers.


DawsonEra ebooks

October 8, 2018

The problems experienced by DawsonEra recently have been resolved and the ebooks are now accessible again. Apologies for any inconvenience.

DawsonEra ebooks

October 1, 2018

The technical staff at DawsonEra have let us know that they are experiencing problems at the moment. This means that their ebooks are currently unavailable. They are working on it, so hopefully the books will be accessible again very soon. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Quick access to Discover@Bolton

September 10, 2018

New and improved! Now you can search our resources direct from the Library homepage:

Don’t forget if you ever need any help with finding resources, ask at the Library desk or email


Westlaw Maintenance

September 7, 2018

Westlaw are working to improve their service. As a result the database will be unavailable from 3.30pm to 7.30pm on Saturday 8th September for maintenance purposes.

IEEE Xplore

September 6, 2018

Due to scheduled maintenance, IEEE Xplore access may be intermittent from 6:30 – 8:30 pm on Friday, 7 September.

Taylor & Francis back with us!

September 5, 2018

Taylor & Francis have fixed their technical problems and full-text access is now available as usual.

Taylor & Francis access problems

September 4, 2018

Taylor & Francis have informed us that they are having technical difficulties. The database is still accessible, but full-text articles are not available at the moment. They are working on it, so hopefully things will be running as normal shortly. Apologies for any inconvenience.

ProQuest scheduled maintenance

August 17, 2018

ProQuest are carrying out upgrades to their platforms from midday on Saturday 18 August to 5pm on Sunday 19 August. This may affect Ebook Central, Refworks, ProQuest Central and other ProQuest journals accessible via Discover@Bolton. Access to these services may be affected during this period. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Taylor and Francis accessed restored

August 13, 2018

A nice positive start to the week. Taylor and Francis have fixed their technical problems and full-text content is now available again.