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Did you present at the University of Bolton Research and Innovation Conference 2014? Send your papers for UBIR now!

June 23, 2014

On Friday, I had the pleasure of attending a number of sessions at the University of Bolton Research and Innovation Conference, an annual event that showcases research that is being undertaken here at Bolton. It’s a chance to see what truly amazing things are happening at the university, and a good opportunity to speak to active researchers and find out what in the landscape of scholarly communication matter to them. It certainly gave me food for thought. This year, I presented a poster on open access, and presented the concluding keynote with Brain Kelly, Innovation Advocate at Cetis, University of Bolton.

So, time for me to hold out my virtual begging bowl… Did you present a paper at the Research and Innovation Conference on Friday 20th June? If so, and you would like the paper to be added to UBIR (University of Bolton Institutional Repository), then please send them to the UBIR team and we will be happy to upload them for you. If you have presented at any of the previous Research and Innovations Conferences we would be happy to have these too.


From Worktown to Cottonopolis

March 25, 2014

I have to share news of an event that is taking place this Saturday (29th March): Mass Observation for the 21st century. Here’s what the event will entail:

“Bolton is famous for being the centre of a 1930s Mass Observation project, seeking to capture the world of Worktown – their name for Bolton. Celebrated photographer Humphrey Spender and his colleagues attended football matches, trips to Blackpool and even voting in elections as part of their mission to capture everyday life in Bolton.

On Saturday 29 March 2014 the University’s Centre for Worktown Studies has a family event planned. There is a morning of 15-minute talks on themes such as Mass Observation, Worktown and Humphrey Spender’s photographs as well as a Worktown exhibition. This will be followed by an opportunity to follow in Spender’s footsteps.

Everyone taking part will travel to Manchester – whether by bus or train or car – taking photographs and making observations about the journey and the talks. People taking part can make notes and use a camera or use a tablet or mobile and tweet their pictures and comments. The Twitter hashtag for the event will be #MOBolton2014.”

The event is being coordinated by two members of staff here at the University of Bolton: Bob Snape and Ian Beesley. The full story is available here.

So why I am telling you about this, besides wanting to indulge my inner researcher. Here at the University of Bolton, we have access to a very important database called Mass Observation Online, which has gathered the results of missions to capture everyday life from 1937 to 1972. I’ve done a search for music (naturally) and what I’ve come across are diary entries. I could read all of them, but such is the richness (and sheer amount!) of the material I would be here all day. While that would be lovely, I wouldn’t get anything else done. A female civil servant, living in Morecambe and aged around 40, writes of going to the cinema, of blackouts, of the unfair conscription of women, of going to concerts. It’s wonderful stuff. Mass Observation Online is available on the A to Z list of resources on the library website – why not take a look!


Get ready for Open Access Week!

October 15, 2013

Next week is Open Access Week, a global event that is now entering its sixth year. The aim of Open Access Week is “an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.”. This year, Open Access Week will take place from October 21st to 27th, and at the University of Bolton will be makred by a series of blog posts discussing the various issues surrounding Open Access, and how we at the University of Bolton might get involved. Watch this space!

Will you be joining us in September?

August 22, 2013

It’s hard to believe how quickly the summer has gone. One minute, we’re noticing the evenings getting lighter and wondering if we might get some sunshine. The next minute, our summer holiday seems like a distant memory (mine certainly does!) and we’re getting everything ready for the start of term. It really won’t be long before we’re welcoming you all for a new academic year.

If you’re new to the University of Bolton, you’re probably starting to wonder what will greet you when you get here. Whether you’ve studied elsewhere, or this is your first venture into higher education, you’ll find that things might be different to what you have been used to previously. I’ll talk in more detail about what the library has to offer as we start the new term, but just as a taster, here’s what you can look forward to when you join us:

  • 24-hour opening during term-time. Supported by security after a certain time, you can access the library 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Check out our opening hours.
  • The library website. A comprehensive guide to library services and links to our resources, the library website is usailly your first port of call. You can find out where to go and who to talk to, as well as discovering what you can access as a member of the University of Bolton.
  • Access to a varied range of electronic resources, including tens of thousands of electronic journals, around 60 electronic databases and several thousand electronic books, which as these are accessible online, are available 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
  • A library desk that is staffed with helpful, friendly staff who will always help you access what you need, when you need it.
  • Access to desktop PCs and loanable laptops which can be connected to wifi and used within the library and the Social Learning Zone.

And that’s only the start. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Law student? Read on

June 13, 2013

The University of Bolton law team has adopted OSCOLA (Oxford University Standard for Citation of Authorities), which is the accepted referencing system used by university law schools in the UK. Examples of how to use OSCOLA can be found in the OSCOLA quick guide, while the full guide to OSCOLA provides a more detailed explanation of how to reference your work using this system.

In addition, the Oxford Law page provides extra support such as online guides and tutorials that have been produced by Cardiff University and Newcastle University.

Also, HeinOnline is working as it should now with no need for any additional steps. As ever, if you encounter any problems don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Subject Help Desk.