Archive for the ‘University of Bolton’ Category

In celebration of British Science Week: the research of IMRI at the University of Bolton

March 14, 2018

We’re a little closer to home today as British Science Week continues by bringing you some home-grown research, that of the University of Bolton’s very own Institute for Materials Research and Innovation (IMRI). The work of IMRI is hugely important – projects have included the development of slash-proof material and specialist material for use in the prevention of bedsores – and the good news is that a large amount of IMRI’s published research is freely accessible on UBIR, the University of Bolton Institutional Repository. Have a look at the collection here: truly groundbreaking.


An Eresource Advent: Day 10

December 10, 2017

I was about to admit to including something else that isn’t strictly speaking an electronic resource but I realised that UBIR (the University of Bolton Institutional Repository) most certainly is an electronic resource: it captures, preserves, stores and makes available the intellectual output of the University of Bolton. This includes not only journal articles, conference papers and book chapters, for example, written by University of Bolton members, it also includes a growing number of theses. The main aim of UBIR is to facilitate open access to research, and will be crucial tool for fulfilling the HEFCE requirement for REF 2021 that research must be made open access. Research that has been deposited to UBIR is discoverable via the Internet, and is a vitally important means of disseminating research: it is the way forward for scholarly communication.

New! Guide for Research Support

October 7, 2016

Undertaking any research, regardless of the level of that research, can be daunting. To help you on your way, we have created a Guide for Research Support which tackles many aspects of research, from using databases, accessing library services, referencing and managing research to sharing research, networking and measuring impact. The guide is available here.


We hope you find this of use, and remember, library staff are on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Do you plan to submit research for REF 2020? Read on!

March 7, 2016

If you plan to submit research for REF 2020, there is one crucial thing you need to be aware of:

To be eligible for submission to the post-2014 REF, authors’ final peer-reviewed manuscripts must have been deposited in an institutional or subject repository on acceptance for publication.

HEFCE Policy on Open Access

This applies to conference proceedings and journal articles and is applicable to any research that is accepted for publication after 1st April 2016.

The HEFCE Policy on Open Access outlines this requirement and provides extensive guidance. If you are planning on submitting research to REF 2020 you must comply with this guidance.

In order to fulfil this requirement, your work can be deposited in UBIR. Simply send any electronic version of the paper in question with full bibliographic details to and we will do the rest. If your work has been published in an open access journal you will still need to ensure it is available in UBIR.

Reminder: scheduled downtime for UBIR today

January 27, 2016

UBIR will be unavailable from 2 p.m. today (Thursday 28th January) until 4 p.m. to allow for essential maintenance. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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: 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:

For items not in stock, you can use our Inter Library Loan scheme:

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:

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:

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: There is also a link from our A-Z list of electronic databases on this page:

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:

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.

SUNCAT is the Serials Union Catalogue for the UK research community:



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:

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:

ORCID -Use ORCID to distinguish yourself from other researchers:

VITAE – an organisation committed to enriching professional and career development support for researchers:

Measuring your research impact – for a useful tutorial on The National Digital Teaching Resources webpages see:



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: 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:

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

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

For more information, please contact Anne Keddie.

Did you present at the TIRI Conference? Make your presentations open access by depositing in UBIR!

August 18, 2015

Did you present at the hugely successful University of Bolton TIRI Conference back in July? If so, why not have your presentations deposited in UBIR, the University of Bolton Institutional Repository. Depositing in UBIR will increase discoverability – and readership – of your research. To deposit your presentation in UBIR, simply send it in electronic format to and the UBIR Team will do the rest.

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.