Welcome to the third in this series on searching for images the legal way. If you missed them, check out part one (using Google image search and Microsoft to find legal images), and part two (safe picture search engines).
Today we’re meeting (possibly) the best colour search engine in the world, also known as the Multicolr Search Engine from TinEye Labs. Use it to search for pictures by colour. This is a fantastic tool, especially if you’re trying to build a colour scheme for a visual piece of work. All the images have a creative commons licence, which means they are going to be fine to reuse in your academic and professional work.
But the TinEye Labs goodness doesn’t stop there. Its second tool to try is the colour extraction tool.
This allows you to take the colours from an image and use them in any way you choose – it would work well if you want to create a colour scheme for an academic poster from an existing picture.
Welcome to part two of this series on searching for pictures the legal way. If you missed part one, it’s here. If you know how to do a Google search for an image that’s ‘licenced for reuse’ you’ve made a good start. But sometimes the results from Google alone can be disappointing.
Fortunately, there are many other search engines that are dedicated to finding free-to-use images that are licenced for reuse. My favourite is Pixabay – because it’s powerful and intuitive to use. But there are many others which are worth a try:
Next time: Meet (possibly) the best colour search engine of them all
Today is World Giraffe Day, an annual event supported by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation to celebrate the longest-necked animal in the world on the longest day of the year (or longest night if you happen to be on the other side of the planet).
Not only is 21st June the longest day, it is also the First Day of Summer – and this means that the Summer Wordscope workshops are about to begin. This is a great opportunity to improve your academic writing skills – becoming a conscious, coherent and skilled writer will increase your chances of a higher class degree – and help you with your career after graduation.
Learn more about Summer Wordscope here.
When you’re looking for pictures to illustrate or enhance your academic work, how do you search? Do you ‘copy and paste’ from the internet, as a student recently told me? Or simply type your search term in that old reliable, Google?
Unless you’re careful, searching like this can contravene copyright law and potentially get you into legal trouble. Whenever you find an image through a regular Google search, there’s a good chance that it either:
Assuming that you didn’t ask for prior permission to use the content, it’s illegal to use it if either of these two cases applies.
Fortunately, there are various ways to search for images that are OK to use in your academic work, for presentations and in your professional life. Here are the two simplest ones.
2) Another option is to use the inbuilt creative commons image search within Microsoft Word and PowerPoint (in versions 2013 and 2016). From within your document, go to the ‘Insert’ menu on the ribbon and select ‘Online Pictures’.
This will take you to a Bing search engine which will return Creative Commons (ie safe to use) images for you.
Sometimes, the results from Google and Microsoft alone may be disappointing. Next time: some alternative safe search engines for pictures that will give you brilliant results.
Do you need access to design methods and data for aeronautical, mechanical or structural engineering?
ESDU (Engineering Sciences Data Unit) provides data, software tools and design methods that have been monitored, guided and rigorously tested and validated by technical committees comprised of leading experts from industry, academia and government organisations from around the world.
In short, this is information you can trust.
What’s more, you won’t find this information on Google or Wikipedia – in in many cases the data and information is unpublished and only available through ESDU.
When you are designing or building something, you don’t want it to fall apart, do you?
When ESDU opens read the Agreement and click the Yes, I accept… button.
Once you are familiar with the types of information you can find on ESDU, try using the Search box to find the things you need.
When undertaking your studies you may find you need to access a number of different contracts. These contracts can be tricky to find as they are often located in various places. We have access to various construction contracts through Library Search. Library Search can be found here: https://sal-primo-production.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/search?vid=SAL_MAIN&lang=en_US&sortby=rank. It is always worth signing in to Library Search as soon as you access it for ease of use off-campus.
We have pulled together a list of construction contracts that you might need to be able to find, with guidance on how to locate them:
We have a collection of NEC contracts available through Library Search. To access these:
JCT contracts are available through our Construction Information Service database. To access these:
We have access to the FIDIC contract suite, is also contained in the Construction Information Service database. To access FIDIC contracts:
A really useful, key construction-related database you may also want to access is Construction Information Service.
Construction Information Service is really useful database which holds a variety of UK construction industry-based resources. This database contains a variety of information ranging from contracts to building regulations. It can be accessed through Library Search (you will need to sign into it with your network username and password if you are off-campus, as detailed above). This database is definitely worth a look if you are interested in construction, building surveying, quantity surveying, civil engineering and architecture.
If you have any questions about construction contracts, please contact your Academic Support Librarian for further help: http://blogs.salford.ac.uk/digital-literacy-skills/subject-support/
Welcome to all new starters this month!
Being a new student can be a little overwhelming at first, with you being given lots of information and meeting lots of new people. To make things a little easier, we have put together two information packages as part of our Skills for Learning programme that we hope you will find useful.
There is a Get Going package which you will have been sent prior to the start of your course. This package contains really useful information on getting started at University and where you can get help with things, should you need it. It helps you develop your academic learning skills to become an independent learner.
If you haven’t taken a look at this yet, you can access it here: http://www.salford.ac.uk/skills-for-learning/home/get-going/get-going
Following on from Get Going, we have Get Ahead, which is a package deisgned to help you discover computing, library, research and study essentials for getting ahead in your studies. If you haven’t taken a look at this yet, you can access it here: http://www.salford.ac.uk/skills-for-learning/home/get-going/library.
There are also lots of workshops and library tours running for new students; find out about them and book on here: http://www.salford.ac.uk/skills-for-learning/home/get-going
Both of these packages, plus lots more information and library, research, study and digital skills support can be found on our Skills for Learning webpage here: http://www.salford.ac.uk/skills-for-learning. You may also find it useful to see what other students thought about starting here at Salford by visiting our Student Diaries page: http://blogs.salford.ac.uk/digital-literacy-skills/new-salford-not-alone-studentdiaries/
You may find it useful to keep up-to-date with things by:
Welcome to the University of Salford and good luck with your course!
Alexander Street Video provides recordings of classic performances, as well as documentary information on all sorts of related topics. You will find material on the history of theatre, playwrights, actors, directors, choreographers, theatre and dance companies, production staging & design, and performance methods and styles.
To get access, go via Library Search (Sign-in with your University username and password, search for Alexander Street Video and click on the link for online access).
The Disciplines tab will allow you to select Music & Performing Arts and from there you can explore videos on Theatre and Dance.
During the course of your studies, you may find that you need to look for dissertations or theses. Maybe you would like to see what other research has been undertaken in relation to your topic, or perhaps you would like to see what a dissertation or thesis looks like.
You can use Library Search to help you find them and there are a number of different ways to search depending on what you want.
Finding University of Salford dissertations and theses
You can use the ‘Advanced Search’ option in Library Search to find the dissertations and theses by previous University of Salford students.
To find out how to do this, take a look here: http://salford.libanswers.com/faq/94021
Using databases to find other dissertations and theses
There are a number of databases you can use to find dissertations and theses from other academic insitutions. You can access these through Library Search.
To find out how to do this, take a look here: http://salford.libanswers.com/e-resources/faq/137926
Helpful tips when looking for dissertations and theses:
Writing a dissertation ? Need further help?
There is lots of help available for students writing or preparing to write a dissertation. Check out our Skills for Learning webpage here for further support: http://www.salford.ac.uk/skills-for-learning/home/reading-and-writing.