Important Changes to Ref Me

By Feb.17, 2017

It has just been announced that RefMe will be changing to Cite This For Me on February 28th 2017. Full details on this news can be found on the Ref Me website.

If you have a RefMe account you will still have access to your account and saved Reference lists until June 1st, 2017, but you will need to export them before this date or you will lose them.

If you want to create an account for Cite This For Me it will cost £6.99 a month but you are able to generate a reference list without creating an account. However without an account your reference list won’t be saved for future use.

There are a number of reference management tools on the market and Salford University’s supported solution is EndNote. This comes in a free online version and the full desktop software, which is available on open access PCs in the library. As well as storing all your bibliographic references, EndNote can find and store PDFs plus it integrates neatly with Word to insert and format references. If you’d like to find out more about EndNote please look at our videos and Endnote link.

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Finding scores and sheet music

By Feb.17, 2017

Finding printed music in the Library

The Library holds over 2000 printed music items, most of which can be borrowed. They are kept in the rolling stacks in Clifford Whitworth Library, or in our store.  Use Library Search to look up what you want and find its location. If an item is in store, use the Request option in Library Search and we will retrieve it for you.  It will usually be available for collection the following working day.

If we don’t have what you need, you can ask us to try to get it for you. We will buy it to add to our stock, or borrow it from another library, just remember it may take us a couple of weeks to get hold of it for you


Other places to look for scores-

Henry Watson Music Library

A huge collection of books and printed music held at Manchester Central Library. You can use the collection as a guest, or join the Library if you live in Manchester.

Finding printed music online

There are lots of useful websites providing access to scores.  However, please be aware that copyright law usually limits access to newer material – see the Copyright note below on UK Law.

IMSLP Petrucci Music Library

A great resource containing over 100,000 works, by over 14,000 composers. (Ignore or close the rather distracting ads towards the top of the page)

Choral Domain Public Library

Over 20,000 scores of choral and vocal works. You can search for scores by category (eg. madrigals), by composer, or by title.

Mutopia Project

Free sheet music arranged by composer, instrument or style.

Music Treasures Consortium

Brings together the collections of significant music libraries (mostly North American) including access to digital images of original (manuscript) scores.

Sheet Music Consortium

A research tool that allows you to search over 20 music collections and archives for sheet music. (When searching you may want to restrict your search to digitized sheet music, so your results only include music that is available online).

Music societies and other websites

Significant composers, or particular music genres often have an associated Societies or organisations whose websites can be a rich source of information, including access to scores. Examples include Web Library of Seventeenth Century Music, Chopin Online Catalog, Bach Digital, Broadside Ballads online

Guides to finding scores & sheet music

Yale University Library has an excellent guide to finding scores online, that is well worth exploring, although it has a North American focus.

The Free Sheet Music Guide outlines how to get hold of music to play in all sorts of genres, including pop and rock. (But please be aware of copyright restrictions).


Copyright note

UK copyright law provides protection to a work for 70 years from the death of the author/composer. (For works with more than one author/composer the protection applies for 70 years from the death of the last surviving creator).  UK law also protects the “typographical arrangement” (the publishers version of the work) for 25 years.

There is excellent advice and guidance for Musicians regarding copyright at

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Broadcast – keep up-to-date with the broadcasting industy

By Feb.16, 2017


Looking for news, data, or commentary on the broadcast industry?  Broadcast is a weekly magazine (in print) and  online resource, providing material on all aspects of the media, including news, commissioning, analysis, opinion, interviews, platforms, production and ratings.

We keep the printed copy at the University Library at Media City, but you can use the online version from anywhere. So, if you want to get details of the next “reality” TV show, or trace the rise of Netflix as a media player, register for an account and get browsing.

Access to Broadcast – register for an account

The University pays a subscription to give all our staff and students get free access, but you still need to register to get a personal account.

Step 1

Go to the Broadcast page in Salford’s Library Search.


 Step 2

Click the link to complete the online form to register.

On Campus – you will be taken straight to the form. Many of the fields won’t be relevant to you as a student.  Just pick an option and move to the next field.

Off Campus – you will be asked for your University username and password, then select Register and complete the registration form as above.

Using your account

Once you have registered, you can use your account to get full access

Always use the link (above) in Library Search, then make sure you are signed in


If you want to search for a particular issue or date – use the publication index


Access hints and tips

You can find yourself being asked to pay for content, although you think you are signed in.

  • Check you are actually signed in. Your name should appear towards the top right-hand side of the screen.
  • Check you haven’t accidently opened another copy of Broadcast. Sign out of any previous copies.


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The first semester was a steep learning curve on so many levels #studentdiaries

By Feb.13, 2017

Dominic Williams
English Literature and Creative Writing student

Rather astoundingly, time has progressed rapidly and we find ourselves well into Semester Two.

Upon reflection, the first semester was a steep learning curve on so many levels.  The level of study involved in obtaining an undergraduate degree has never been more apparent, as the initial shock of reality biting has settled.  For me personally, the weeks since Christmas have been up and down in a variety of ways, mostly relating to the health of family members or myself.  What seems like such a little thing can have such a big effect on your studies.

On a more positive note, having received the results of my January exam I, like so many, can breathe a sigh of relief at having passed my Semester one modules.  It’s a scary thought that the first academic year is already halfway through. I consider myself to a significant degree lucky, as I know that there are plenty of students who haven’t passed, some by only a fraction.  It certainly stresses the importance of not only keeping up with the weekly requirements of each module, but with the constant revision required to maintain the level of information learnt.

Let’s hope I can keep it up as the semester progresses !!

The Skills for Learning team says…

Dominic has made some really important points in his post. Firstly, we all have things going on outside of University which can impact on our ability to be at our best for studying. If you are ever feeling like you are struggling you should speak to your personal tutor about your concerns. We also have a great Wellbeing Service which offers a range of support. Have a look at their Resource Hub to learn more about how they can help you be at your best.

Dominic also stresses the importance of keeping up with your studies. Skills for Learning can help. We have guides, eLearning, videos and workshops to help you learn how to study smart!

And don’t forget, there are lots of ways you can get help and support from within your school – this short video will tell you about them.


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New to studying law at Salford?

By Feb.08, 2017

Nicola Sales

Nicola Sales, Academic Support Librarian for Law

If you are new to studying law at Salford then you may have a few questions about how to go about finding legal information resources for your studies and assignments. We look at answering some of them in this blog post, if your query isn’t covered here please get in touch with me at

There are four main types of information resources that you will need to consult during your programme. These are:

  • Books or eBooks
  • Legal case materials
  • Legislation (such as Acts of Parliament)
  • Legal Journal articles

See the boxes below for discovering how you would find these four main types of legal information resources.

You may also want to find out other information about:

Books or eBooks

stack of book

Find the books and eBooks you need using Salford Library Search

Clifford Whitworth Library, based on the Clifford Whitworth Library is open 24/7 all year. You can borrow up to 25 books if you are an undergraduate student or up to 35 if you are in your final year of your undergraduate degree or studying for a postgraduate qualification. If you are study or live away from campus however we have thousands of eBooks that you can access directly from your computer or mobile device.

You can discover what we have in stock by searching the Library Search system. This one minute guide will quickly show you how to get started searching for the books and eBooks you need.

There also also additional features you can use on the Library Search system to manage your research, discover how to save your favourite items for future quick reference and see exactly where your item you want is held in the Library by reading this blog post about Library Search’s additional features: 

Legal case materials

Picture of a filing cabinet

A database is just like an electronic filing cabinet

You will also need to find information about legal cases. To find the highest quality academic legal information it is best to use a database. Westlaw is a great database to use if you are new to studying law. It is easy and quick to search and unlike content you may find through using Google you can guarantee that it is the latest legal information available.

 Westlaw is a database…

…it is like electronic filing cabinet and holds lots of   information on a subject area in one place.

…it holds a range of information, e.g. all UK and EU   cases, international materials, legislation and journal   articles, and more

…it allows you to search many resources all at once!

Westlaw can be accessed from off-campus using your network username and password.

To access Westlaw

  1. Search for ‘Westlaw UK’ in Library Search
  2. Click on ‘Online resource’
  3. Enter your network username and password

If you are new to searching for cases on Westlaw UK, take this 5 minute tutorial by clicking on the image below to discover all you need to know to get hold of the legal case material you need:

Screenshot of Westlaw UK elearning module

Click image to access training lesson


Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Act of Parliament

Front page example of an Act of Parliament

You will also need to find Legislation. These could be Acts of Parliament, also known as Statutes, or Statutory Instruments such as regulations or orders. Just like with cases the best place to find the most recent version of a statutes is using a database like Westlaw UK. Westlaw is updated a few times a day so unlike the legislation you may find via Google, you can guarantee that the version of a statute you are reading on screen is current.

If you are new to searching for legislation using Westlaw UK, take this 5 minute tutorial by clicking on the image below to discover all you need to know to access the legislation materials you need:

To access Westlaw

  1. Search for ‘Westlaw UK’ in Library Search
  2. Click on ‘Online resource’
  3. Enter your network username and password
Westlaw legislation elearning module

Click on the image to access the Westlaw Legislation eLearning tutorial

Legal Journal Articles

What are journal articles?

Legal journal article examples

An example of a Legal Journal Title. A weekly magazine covering reports on the legal profession

Journal articles are really useful when you are studying as they are short pieces of text covering very focused topics.

They are the same as magazines that you may read in your leisure time however they contain academic articles about topics in your subject area rather then fashion pieces, television reviews or recipes.

The benefits of using journal articles that you find via the Library Search system is that you can guarantee that they are written by experts.

In law this may be legal academics, judges, solicitors, barristers and leading legal commentators.

Many journals have to go through a process called ‘peer review’. this means that before a legal journal article is published its contents is checked and verified for accuracy by other leading experts in the field.

As journals are published weekly, monthly or quarterly the articles within the journals cover more up-to-date and current topics than the information you may find in textbooks. This is because textbooks can take over a year to be published where as journal articles are published much sooner.

This one minute video illustrates what journal articles are:

The Library has access to thousands of journal articles for you to search online to find evidence to support your arguments. To search for journal articles, access Westlaw UK.

To access Westlaw

  1. Search for ‘Westlaw UK’ in Library Search
  2. Click on ‘Online resource’
  3. Enter your network username and password

Westlaw UK contains the Legal Journals Index, this is a catalogue of all the journal articles published in the UK in law related journal titles. Westlaw has access to many of these articles in full text for you to read on screen.

Find Law Journal Articles


 What if the journal article I need isn’t on Westlaw UK in full text?

Although Westlaw UK has hundreds of journal article in full text, there may be times where only a summary of the article you want is provided. Westlaw UK is one of many online legal information products that we subscribe to at the Library. It is likely that we have access to the journal article you need via another source. Always check Library Search for the title of the journal you need and follow the links from here to access the full text of the individual article.

  1. Check on Westlaw for the title of the journal that your article is published in
  2. Go to Library Search and search for the title of the journal (not the article)
  3. If we subscribe to the journal article electronically the journal title will be listed in the list of your Library Search results.
  4. If we subscribe to the journal you need in print, details of where this is located in the Library will be listed. If you are registered on a distance learning course the library can scan a journal article to you via email. Please contact me using the email above if you need this service.

What if the journal article I need isn’t on Westlaw UK or available via Library Search?

Need something library request service

Request a article we don’t have using the ‘Need Something…?’ service


Occasionally the journal article you need may not be available via Westlaw UK or any of the other legal information sources we have available via Library Search.

If this is the case you can request the item via the ‘Need Something’ Library service:

You can apply for a set number of items for free each academic year. Discover by following the text link above or clicking on the above image.

Remember you can also get support by the following ways:


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Email: Nicola Sales, Academic Support Librarian for Law

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The last few weeks of 2016 were full on to say the least!! #studentdiaries

By Feb.06, 2017

“At times as the pressure was immense”

So its been a while since I wrote a blog… The last few weeks of 2016 were full on to say the least!! I had an exam to do (stress!!!) a case study, academic poster, ICPP assignment and Viva to complete. I didn’t know what to do with myself at times as the pressure was immense. Thank goodness that I had planned my work out and was on top of it, but even that being said I haven’t been as stressed as I was in December for a long time.

“I learnt a valuable lesson for coping with exams”

The exam in particular was a struggle for me. I do not perform well under exam conditions, retaining information under stress is really difficult and I felt like the stuff I’d learnt literally fell out of my head as I opened the exam paper. I learnt a valuable lesson for coping with exams – I need to prepare further out in future and not leave it until a week before to start the revision.

“I was starting to feel like I was living a parallel life to my family”

I allowed myself Christmas off to spend time with my lovely family because I had become acutely aware that I was spending less and less time with my kids as my deadlines were looming. It is absolutely my choice to do this degree and when the degree is over and I have secured my dream job it will all be worth it but I was starting to feel like I was living a parallel life to my family. They were times when it would get me down that I wasn’t being as present in my life as I wanted to, I was desperate to be able to sit down and watch My Little Pony with them but I just wanted to get my work complete so that I could have 2 weeks off. It was a push but I’m proud that I managed it and we had a fantastic Christmas together.

I feel so well supported by my tutors and friends

Semester 2 starts for me with my first placement. I won’t lie I am extremely nervous about it as I have been placed in an acute mental health ward, its something that I have no experience of and the thought of the unknown is scary and worrying to me. However, I feel so well supported by my tutors and friends and we had an amazing lecture this week where 2 service users with Schizophrenia came in to talk to us, they were really inspiring and I’m now feeling really up for the challenge. I’ve been doing some reading on various mental health disorders in preparation for the placement so bring it on!

I already have a feeling that there will be lots to learn over the next 4 weeks, some good and some bad experiences but its a really important part of the course.

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It’s Hedgehog Day

By Feb.02, 2017


Today, 2nd February, is Hedgehog Day, and this little fellow has been brushing up on his Skills for Learning.

He is doing his best to Get Ahead.

He has set up his device for learning, found his reading lists, learned how to find information for his assignments, improved his writing skills, and now knows how to reference the information he has used. What a great start to the semester!

Don’t you think he looks a bit tired now though?

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Exam meltdown #studentdiaries

By Jan.31, 2017

Plenty of time to revise

3 weeks off for Xmas and revision. That’s plenty of time to revise I thought. Having put in the effort previously on my essay I just had 2 exams to revise for. The first one was professional studies; a written exam. I hate written exams. I always have. The last written exam I did was my GCSE English 2 years ago. I passed my GCSE English, finally, on my third attempt having failed in school, then walking out of the exam on my second attempt with a feeling of hopelessness and failure. This time it would be different. I am older (I prefer more mature!), more determined, and more prepared.

The night before the exam I ironically felt unprepared, was forgetting knowledge I had been putting in my head over and over but could not for the life of me recall when trying to write it up. I threw my imaginary toys out of my imaginary cot and had the same feeling of hopelessness that I used to get. Thankfully my girlfriend, Amy, was very helpful in reassuring me and we worked through it together.

“I am looking forward to getting feedback to see where I went wrong”

The next day I went into the first exam feeling ok. Not booming with confidence, but not a nervous wreck either. I felt like it went ok. Nothing fantastic, but ok. I got the mark back this week – 49%. For me at the minute, a pass is a pass. I am looking forward to getting feedback to see where I went wrong.

If I am being honest with myself, I know my problem; I struggle to retain information. I feel like I put in hours and hours of effort but retain very little. I am going to look at revision techniques in more depth and book onto a course through Skills for Learning. I am using this first year as a learning curve.
Onwards and upwards!

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New to Salford? You are not alone! #studentdiaries

By Jan.30, 2017

Our team of fab student bloggers have been writing about their experience of studying at Uni and sharing some really good reflections about being a new student.

Anne – studying Occupational Therapy

Meet Anne. She has become an ‘expert juggler’ since starting her Occupational Therapy course in September. She has been blogging about setting up her ‘occupation station’, having 3rd week wobbles, building professional relationships by car sharing and a few referencing lessons have been learnt! All of Anne’s posts can be read here.




Dave – studying Podiatry

Dave StuartSince starting in September, Dave has been busy getting ready for professional practice and has also completed Wordscope, our academic writing course –  he says his writing style has really improved as a result. He also got support from the Skills for Learning team when writing his first essay. Read more about Dave’s first semester here.




Dominic – studying English and Creative Writing

Dominic says that at 48 (almost 49), he is the very definition of a mature student… or as his daughter said “You’re not mature Dad, just old!”. He has been surprised by the pace and has had to battle with some time out due to illness. He has found comfort in knowing that others on his course are all in the same boat and ready to pick each other up when they ‘trip and fall’. All of Dominic’s posts can be read here.




Would you like to share your experience of studying at University?

Contact to let us know you are interested.

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Find your library books easily using ‘Locate’!

By Jan.30, 2017

Not sure where to find a book you need?  You can now find out exactly where your library book is located using our ‘Locate’ tab.

First of all, look for resources in Library Search and when you find a book you would like to find, click on the title:

Book search in Library Search


See if copies are avaiable, and if they are click on the ‘Locate’ tab:

Locate tab.


You will then be shown a map with the location of your book highlighted, so you know exactly where to find it!


Map for book location.


Want to learn more?  Take a look at ou short video which explains how to find books in the library:

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