Scrolling beyond 200 results in Discover@Bolton

August 15, 2017 by

Some good news! You may have been aware in the past that it was not possible to access more results than the first 200 in Discover@Bolton, which was not only frustrating but utterly baffling. However, the providers of Discover@Bolton have released an update that means you can now scroll way beyond those first 200 results. This is a really good example of how providers take feedback from the user communities and turn them into positive developments.


The mysterious case of the non-clickable Dawsonera links

August 10, 2017 by

We seem to be experiencing problems with the Dawsonera platform at the moment, in that anything that looks like you can click on to link elsewhere does not seem to be working! Suffice to say we’ve reported the problem and hope to have a resolution in place as soon as possible. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Ebook Central unavailable due to essential maintenance

August 8, 2017 by

On Saturday 12th August from 6.00 p.m. until 9.00 p.m. Ebook Central will be unavailable while essential maintenance is carried out by the provider.

One… Two… Three… ScienceDirect working as normal again

August 4, 2017 by

And just in time for the weekend! Very pleased to report that ScienceDirect is working normally and you be able to access PDF articles with no problems.

ScienceDirect update (a small glimmer of hope…)

August 4, 2017 by

Finally some positive news on ScienceDirect. Although the problem with accessing PDFs has yet to be resolved, I have been supplied with a very simple interim measure that will allow you to download PDFs as you wish.

When you want to access a PDF article, instead of clicking on the PDF icon, right click on it and select open in new window. Et voila! Your PDF will then open. To quote a librarian at another university, “it’s weird, but it works”.

Problems with ScienceDirect are ongoing

August 4, 2017 by

Unfortunately, the UK-wide problems accessing PDFs from ScienceDirect are ongoing. The providers are working to resolve the issue, but at the moment, we cannot say when this resolution will be reached. Apologies for the inconvenience: we are as frustrated as you!

ScienceDirect access problems

August 3, 2017 by

We are currently experiencing problems accessing ScienceDirect which appear to be affecting all UK customers. We are not sure at the moment how long this will take to resolve and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

ProQuest databases currently unavailable

July 18, 2017 by

Due to a major issue with ProQuest, all ProQuest databases are currently unavailable. This includes ProQuest Central and Ebook Central. We have been assured by ProQuest that the problems are being worked on as a matter of urgency and recommend you keep checking the library website and this blog for further updates. Apologies for the inconvenience.

Health resources

July 3, 2017 by

It’s Health Information Week (#hiw17) this week, an annual, multi-sector event that aims to improve awareness of good quality health resources that are available to the public. We’ve a display in the library, and I thought I’d take the opportunity to talk about a couple of our important health-related library resources.

One very important resource for health-related topics is CINAHL, a large database the provides access to over 600 health-related journal titles. This searchable database can be accessed from the library website, the relevant Subject Guide and of course articles included in CINAHL can be searched for within Discover@Bolton. Some of the content in CINAHL dates back to 1971, and includes articles on a comprehensive range of nursing and allied to nursing topics. Another important resource is the Cochrane Library, a collection of databases containing different types of evidence to inform decision-making in healthcare. Like CINAHL, this can also be accessed from the library website and the relevant Subject Guide.

Access to Westlaw has been restored

June 30, 2017 by

Our access to Westlaw has now been restored, and you should now be able to access the resource as normal.