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.
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-
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.
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.
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)
Over 20,000 scores of choral and vocal works. You can search for scores by category (eg. madrigals), by composer, or by title.
Free sheet music arranged by composer, instrument or style.
Brings together the collections of significant music libraries (mostly North American) including access to digital images of original (manuscript) scores.
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).
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
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).
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 http://copyrightuser.org/
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.
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.
Go to the Broadcast page in Salford’s Library Search.
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.
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
You can find yourself being asked to pay for content, although you think you are signed in.
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 !!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are four main types of information resources that you will need to consult during your programme. These are:
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:
Remember you can also get support by the following ways:
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“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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
Since 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 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.
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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:
See if copies are avaiable, and if they are click on the ‘Locate’ tab:
You will then be shown a map with the location of your book highlighted, so you know exactly where to find it!
Want to learn more? Take a look at ou short video which explains how to find books in the library: http://media.salford.ac.uk/Play/5421/