Discover@Bolton is a web-based service that allows you search across multiple databases, and where we have access to the full text, enables you to access that full text.

The benefit of using Discover@Bolton is that you can find material without having to visit multiple databases. It is possible to search across full text journals collections, the text of electronic books, bibliographic details from abstracting and indexing databases as well as printed books and journals. In addition, you can opt to search across selected open access resources to widen your search and enrich your results.

Many of our databases are included in Discover@Bolton, including, but not limited to:
  • Most ProQuest databases, including ProQuest Central, Design and Applied Arts Index and the International Bibliography of Social Sciences
  • Ebsco databases such as Art Full Text, Ebsco Education, CINAHL and SportDISCUS
  • ScienceDirect
  • Taylor and Francis Online
  • Wiley Online
  • Credo
  • Oxford Journals
  • HeinOnline
  • Royal College of Nursing Journals
  • Sage Journals
  • Emerald Journals

Discover@Bolton also generate definitions of terms, so that you can cement your understanding of the topic of your research, and help you determine how to develop your search strategy.

Using Discover@Bolton

Using Discover@Bolton is simple, and you’ll find the button pictured below on the Library website in a number of places:

Search Discover At Bolton 

Discover At Bolton Video Guides

Discover @Bolton is available both on and off campus. Off campus, look for the red banner at the very top of the screen and login with your University of Bolton username and password when prompted to do so.

To start, enter your search term and hit either return or “Discover”. There are three parts to the results screen, from left to right:

  • The refinement and filtering options pane
  • The main results pane
  • The definitions pane/further item information pane

Refining or filtering results in Discover@Bolton is achieved by selecting different criteria from the left-hand pane. Refine by Full Text or Scholarly or Peer-reviewed, as an example, or display only items found in the Library catalogue (books and ebooks). Filter by a wide range of item types, for example, journal article, newspaper article, ebook, report or trade publication, to name a few. You can also refine by subject area here too. Search results appear in order of relevancy, but you can sort them into date order, for example, as well as refining by publication date using the slider in the left-hand pane.

The right-hand pane will show a definition if one can be found, and will also show, if you hover over a title in the main results pane, details about the material in question, such as abstract, database from which the material is drawn and bibliographic details.

To save your results, you can create a ProQuest Flow account, which will allow you to store, organise and even share results from Discover@Bolton.

For further information on how to get the best out of Discover@Bolton, take a look at the following crib sheets:


So Why Discover Resources With Discover@Bolton?

Sometimes, particularly in the early stages of research, you may not know which the best databases to use are. As your research progresses, if you are sticking to a select number of ‘known’, familiar databases, you might exhaust the relevant material. Or, you might find your research taking you beyond your comfort zone and having to research concepts that may not have cropped up previously. You may also not have the time to systematically exploit all databases that may lead to finding quality research. Discover@Bolton helps in all of these situations. Discover@Bolton also signposts and links to subject-specific databases, so you can still access these if desired or appropriate, but it removes the unknown, and, moreover, allows you to enrich your research by enabling access to resources you may not have considered before.