ProQuest Ebook Central unavailable due to essential maintenance on 20th January

January 19, 2018 by

Due to essential maintenance, ProQuest Ebook Central will be unavailable from 6.00 p.m. on Saturday 20th January for six hours.


Help is at hand!

January 18, 2018 by

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This week it has been “Mind your mate week” across the university. Here in the Library, we like to provide as much help as we possibly can on a variety of topics. I mentioned Subject Guides – your starting point for help on accessing subject-specific information – last week, and today I want to talk about our series of Help Guides. We have a growing number of Help Guides on a number of subject including accessing electronic resources, accessing ebooks, Reading Lists Online and research support. Access the Help Guides from the library website.

Library catalogue working as normal

January 18, 2018 by

We are pleased to report that the library catalogue is working as normal.

Problems accessing the library catalogue

January 17, 2018 by

We are experiencing problems accessing the library catalogue at the moment. It would appear that this is a nationwide problem. Hopefully all will be working normally soon and apologies for the inconvenience.

Resource focus: Ebsco Education

January 17, 2018 by

You’ll have seen that this week has all been about “New year, new you”. Have you made any new year’s resolutions related to study? If you’re an education student, why not resolve to make better use of one of our specialist education resources: Ebsco Education. Ebsco Education is actually five databases in one: British Education Index (BEI); ERIC; Child Development Abstracts; Education Abstracts; Educational Administration Abstracts. Bonus! These databases are actually abstracting and indexing databases, so although you may not be able to access full-text from this (if we have access, however, you will) these databases are really important if you are doing a literature review. We do literature reviews to try to establish what has already been written about a particular topic – or even trying see where there are gaps in the body of knowledge – so using an abstracting and indexing database (or set of databases as in the case of Ebsco Education) is really important.

Not an education student? There are plenty of databases you can try to access academic material. Start with Discover@Bolton, or head to your Subject Guide now!

Resource focus: SportDISCUS

January 16, 2018 by

Hands up who made it their New Year’s resolution to take up a sport and get fit? At the start of 2016 I made this my resolution and amazingly I’ve stuck to it. If you’d have told me 20 years ago that I would feel cross that my gym closes at 8 p.m. on a weekend I’d have laughed at you…

Anyway, if you are studying sports sciences (as opposed to someone like me!), there is one database you simply cannot do without: SportDISCUS. This is a hugely important full-text resource for anyone studying sports and sports medicine. Containing over 150,000 articles from over 600 journals, this database covers health education, coaching, fitness, physical therapy and sports sciences to name a few topics. SportDISCUS is very easy to search so do take a look if you are studying sports-related topics.

Resource focus: Counseling and Psychotherapy Transcripts, Client Narratives, and Reference Works

January 15, 2018 by

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So today is apparently Blue Monday*, the most depressing day of the year. To mark the occasion, I toyed with the idea of a light-hearted post. However, instead, I thought I’d take the opportunity to look at one of our psychology resources, which provides an insight into how professionals deal with depression: Counseling and Psychotherapy Transcripts, Client Narratives, and Reference Works.

It has taken many years to build this collection of over 2,000 transcripts of therapy sessions and over 44,000 pages of client narratives. Materials in the collection, as they have been gathered from a wide range of therapists and academics, seek to demonstrate the range of techniques and practices, have been presented in a searchable database. The gathering of material have been closely overseen by an editorial board, and confidentiality is treated very seriously indeed. It’s a fascinating resource for anyone studying psychology and counselling. This resource is accessible via the A to Z list of databases.

*Yes, I researched the origins of this. The phrase “Blue Monday” was coined by the travel company Sky Travel, who claimed to have worked out based on an algorithm/formula that this is the most depressing day of the year. It’s considered “pseudoscience” (i.e. not actual science…!) but it’s cold, it feels like it’s dark all the time and it’s a long way to until the summer, so okay, I think that probably does qualify us to feel down, don’t you?!

That’s all very well, but how do I actually access a resource…

January 12, 2018 by

I’ve told you all about way you can access library services and resources and what you will find most useful this week. However, there is something I haven’t done, and that’s tell you exactly how to access resources.

Once upon a time, accessing electronic resources was, by today’s standards, tortuous. It was almost as if you had to demonstrate that you really, really wanted to access resources. Some of you will remember Open Athens, which had definite limitations (remember the “extra clicks”?), but at the time, seemed almost revolutionary. Gone was the “classic Athens” setup where you needed a separate username and password to access resources. I can even remember students having to register themselves, using specific code for specific subject areas/cohorts.

Thankfully, those days are behind us and it’s now as simple as possible to access resources. Simply click on the link, and when prompted, enter your Bolton network ID and password and away you go! A very, very small minority resources do require additional information, but it really is a small number and we are working to ensure that this number stays small. Help on accessing electronic resources is available on your Subject Guide and there is also a guide to accessing electronic resources.

If you need any help at all with accessing resources, get in touch with the Subject Help Desk, and a librarian will be pleased to help you.

All hail the ebook!

January 11, 2018 by

We’ve bookmarked our Subject Guide, we’ve looked at our reading lists, we’re discovering with Discover@Bolton: what can possibly be next? The ebook, of course!

Yes, yes, I hear you: you all know what an ebook is. But what do you really know about academic ebooks? The only thing you really need to know about an ebook is that there is just one crucial difference between a printed book and an ebook: the format. The content is exactly the same; the academic suitability is exactly the same. So if your lecturer tells you to read a book on any given subject, and the only library copy available is an electronic copy, that is absolutely acceptable. We can even help you reference it properly in the help you’ll find in the relevant sections of LEAP Online.

There are numerous advantages of using an ebook and I think it’s worth mentioning a few of them as a reminder. As is the case with other online resources (databases, for example), they are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Although there are some restrictions on the number of users who can access a book at any one time, the number of ‘unlimited’ titles is growing, and unlike a traditional loan, the ebook will be available again a lot quicker. Some platforms allow you to create an account so that you can make your own online notes, and they all allow you to print out sections, save searches and email bibliographic details. In addition, most of our 150,000 ebooks can be accessed via Discover@Bolton, as well as the library catalogue. There is information on ebooks on your Subject Guide, and we also have this help guide for Ebooks to help you further.

Get discovering with Discover@Bolton

January 10, 2018 by

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Subject Guide: check. Reading List Online: check.

What’s next to explore and help you get to grips with using library resources? Discover@Bolton. This powerful tool allows you to search across the full text of the majority of our electronic databases and where we have access to that full text, link to it with just a few keystrokes. Look for the red button on the library website or the links from the Subject Guides. One of the benefits of using Discover@Bolton is that you don’t have to know which is the best database to use for your studies: Discover@Bolton does the work for you. So for example, you might be doing research on use of technology in the classrooms. By using Discover@Bolton, you can find research from IEEE Xplore as well as ProQuest Education Journals using a single interface. It’s also really easy to refine searches, too, which is another benefit.