An Eresource Advent: Day 8

December 8, 2017 by

So we had MyiLibrary on Day 6; now it’s time for a huge hitter in our ebook provision: Ebook Central. Providing access to around 130,000 ebooks (yes, you read that right) Ebook Central is another of our key multi-disciplinary resources. The range of topics covered by Ebook Central is diverse and includes content from university presses. The amount of text that can be printed/downloaded varies from title to title, but either way, this has proved to be a very welcome addition to our collection, and we hope you agree!


An Eresource Advent: Day 7

December 7, 2017 by

So I’m cheating a little today and talking to you not about an electronic resource, but a means of accessing electronic resources: Subject Guides. Each subject taught at the university has its own guide with information specific to that subject, and that includes information on and links to subject-specific resources. They also include information on and links to ebook services, library services in general, contact details for Subject Librarians and sections on getting the most out of all our services.

An Eresource Advent: Day 6

December 6, 2017 by

Today’s entry turns to a highly specialised CINAHL (the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) which is an essential resource for our nursing students, as well as those studying health-related topics and even subject such as sports rehabilitation. Enabling access to over 600 full-text journals, CINAHL includes research on topic such as aging, mental health, community nursing, healthcare management, a range of nursing research topics, physiotherapy, paediatric and psychiatric care. CINAHL is a specialised database, and we have provided a video tutorial, accessible via the A to Z list of resources, to help you get the most out of it.

An Eresource Advent: Day 5

December 5, 2017 by

It’s time for an ebooks platform to feature I think: today we have MyiLibrary. MyiLibrary is one of our most popular ebook platforms. A multi-disciplinary platform, MyiLibrary includes over 1,500 ebook titles which can be read online. Popular titles include Cottrell’s Study Skills Handbook, Project Management in Construction by Walker, Asking Questions in Biology by Barnard et al and Ahearn’s 3D Games Textures.

Online access to Times Higher restored

December 4, 2017 by

It’s like an early Christmas present… Online access to Times Higher has at long last been restored and you should be able to access both the digital edition and website articles again. Unlike other resources, this requires a separate username and password which you can obtain from the Subject Librarians.

An Eresource Advent: Day 4

December 4, 2017 by

It’s another trip down memory lane for today’s entry: Scopus. One of the most important abstracting and indexing databases currently available to academic institutions and their members, Scopus celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2014. Why does this get me reminiscing? In 2005, a year after the launch of Scopus, I was working in my first professional librarian role. The library in which I was working at the time took out a subscription to Scopus and it was very exciting, for a newly-minted librarian, to be involved in the acquisition of this resource. Today, Scopus remains key. Indexing around 35,000 quality academic journals, it is a vital starting point for anyone engaged in research, particularly as you progress your academic career. Where we have the full-text available, you can link to it from within Scopus. If not, and if your appraisal of the abstract leads to think that the research will be vital, you can request an Inter-Library Loan. T

An Eresource Advent: Day 3

December 3, 2017 by

Today’s entry did present a little confusion in my mind, because I always think of ProQuest Central as a new resource. We’ve actually enjoyed access to this key full-text database for seven years; how time flies! It’s still as relevant to our collection as it was then: a large and truly multi-disciplinary full-text database. Containing the full-text of just short of 20,000 journals, it facilitates access to a number of subject-based collections within that, ranging from business journals, health-related journals and education journals to newspaper collections and collections with a more historical emphasis.

An Eresource Advent: Day 2

December 2, 2017 by

Today we have Reading Lists Online (RLO), which does “exactly what it says on the tin” (link? This is an electronic resources blog after all…): it provides online reading lists. Follow the links from the library homepage or Moodle and search for your list: it really is that simple. Accessing RLO enables you to link to online resources, and if you login, you can add notes to the items. Staff can use it too, clearly, to update their reading lists, annotate them and bookmark a huge range of resources to enable you to get the most out of your studies.

An Eresource Advent: Day 1

December 1, 2017 by

Today is December 1st, so today marks the start of our Eresource Advent.

I thought I’d start by including the resource we tend to recommend as a start: Discover@Bolton. Discover@Bolton is our academic search engine. You can search across the full text of the majority of our electronic resources, search for specific publication titles and use a few simple steps to refine your searches and get the material you need. One of the benefits of using Discover@Bolton is that you don’t really need to know the best database to use for your search: Discover@Bolton does the work for you. So for example, if you are doing a piece of research on use of technology in the classroom, you can find research from IEEE Xplore, Ebsco Education and ProQuest Education journals with one search.


Taylor and Francis unavailable for one hour on Saturday 2nd December

November 30, 2017 by

Due to essential maintenance, Taylor and Francis Online will be unavailable for up to one hour on 2nd December from 12 midnight to 1.00 a.m.