Posts about: Humanities and Languages

Alexander Street Video – great resource for all subject areas

11 April 2017
Andy Callen

Andy describes how Alexander Street Video might be a useful audio-visual resource for you.

Do you need to get hold of video material for your study or teaching, but it’s not on Box of Broadcasts or in the Library’s DVD collection?

Try Alexander Street Video, an online collection of non-fiction video material for educational use, potentially useful across all subject areas. It includes:

  • News clips from ITN
  • Instructional videos for teachers
  • Over 1,000 films on psychology and counselling
  • Numerous documentary films on artists and designers.

Access Alexander Street Video from the Databases link on Library Search, OR directly from search.alexanderstreet.com. Your Network username and password are required.

Any questions? Contact me at mailto:A.Callen@salford.ac.uk.

Do you know how to eSubmit your work?

3 April 2017
Amy Pearson

Amy points out handy resources to help you with e-Submission

Turnitin is used for the e-submission of your assignments. It is an online tool that you use to upload your work so that it can be marked by your tutor. You access Turnitin from Blackboard.

Important things you need to know about submitting your work for marking

  1. Use the correct naming convention for your files – your school may specify a particular format.
  2. Submit your completed assignment to the correct, FINAL submissions folder when it is ready for marking. Work submitted mistakenly to the DRAFT folder at this stage will not be marked.
  3. When you submit work for marking, you are accepting the submission declaration.
  4. Keep copies of email receipts from Turnitin as proof of submission.
  5. Check the file size. Files must be less than 40Mb. Contact your lecturer if your file is greater than 40Mb.
  6. Use an accepted file type. File types accepted are: MS Word, WordPerfect, PostScript, PDF, HTML, RTF or plain text. You can ask at The Library for help if you are not sure about a file type. For non text-based assessments (e.g. audio/video, etc.) your tutor may use the Blackboard Assignment Tool.

If you are unsure how to use Turnitin we have videos and guidance on the Skills for Learning website.

Planning and writing your assignment – your 5 steps to essay success!

20 March 2017
Amy Pearson

This time of year is all about assignments. Amy has shared the Skills for Learning 5 steps to essay success!

It’s that time of year again when deadlines are looming so we thought we’d share with you our 5 steps to essay success.

  • Step 1: Analyse and Plan
  • Step 2: Search and Evaluate
  • Step 3: Read and Make Notes
  • Step 4: Write your Essay
  • Step 5: Review and Submit

Read on to learn more about each step!

 

 

 

Step 1: Analyse and PlanStep 1: Analyse and Plan

When you are given a question or task to complete you need to make sure that you understand what you are being asked to do and then plan how you will approach it. If you don’t answer the question being set you are more likely to get a low mark. With this in mind, the first step to essay success is to ANALYSE and PLAN. This involves analysing your task, making a plan and identifying useful words that describe your topic. You need to make sure that you pay attention to the instructions you have been given, be clear about the topic you have been asked to explore and any restrictions to the scope of your answer.


Step 2: Search and EvaluateStep 2: Search and Evaluate

Next you need to search for information and evaluate the usefulness of what you find. You need to think about what you already know and where you could search for information. A useful way of evaluating sources is to ask yourself these questions:
1. How up-to-date is the information? Is it still CURRENT?
2. Is this information source going to help me write my essay? Is it RELEVANT to my topic?
3. Is this “the right sort” of information – is it suitable for academic purposes? Is the author an expert in this subject area? Is the information reliable and ACCURATE?
4. Why has this information been written? What is its PURPOSE? Is there any bias I need to take account of?


Step 3: Read and Make NotesStep 3: Read and Make Notes

Now you have your materials together, it’s time to start getting the information that you need from them. There are different ways to approach this task depending on what you are reading. If it is books then you might want to start by looking at the chapter headings to decide which will be most useful. If it is a journal article then it is a good idea to read the abstract first as this help you decide whether it is worth reading in detail. Next you need to read the introduction as this will tell you about the main argument of the article. Read the conclusion next for a summary of the main ideas and finally if you still think it is relevant you may want to read the rest in detail. Make sure you annotate and summarise as you read.

 


Step 4: Write your EssayStep 4: Write your Essay

By now you should have a good idea about how you are going to answer the question. It is a good idea to re-visit your plan as it may have changed as a result of all the research and reading you have done! Give some thought to how you will structure your essay – it will need an introduction, a main body and a conclusion. The introduction tells the reader how you will answer the question. The main body is the ideas and analysis to support your argument, it is your opportunity to critically analyse the topic. Finally, the conclusion tells the reader how you have answered the question. Don’t forget to paraphrase, summarise and reference correctly as you write.

 


Step 5: Review and SubmitStep 5: Review and submit

Leave plenty of time to proofread your work paying particular attention to spelling, grammar, the question, word count and references and citations. When you are happy with your essay and confident that you have done your best to answer the question you can submit it.

 

 


Learn more

  1. Have a look at our 5 Steps to Essay Success online resource for more detail about each step.
  2. Read our study guides:
    – Writing your assignment
    – Reading and note making
    – Spelling and apostrophes
    – Proof Reading
  3. Book on to the Planning and Writing your Assignment workshop

Find your library books easily using ‘Locate’!

30 January 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: http://media.salford.ac.uk/Play/5421/

Have you tried Box of Broadcasts?

10 January 2017

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Students/ researchers/ teaching staff, if you’re looking for audio-visual resources for your research, need something visual to illustrate a presentation, or want to make clip of a television programme to include in a lecture, look no further than Box of Broadcasts (or BoB for short). BoB is an electronic resource for playing back and recording tv and radio programmes for educational purposes. You can access it from the Databases link on SOLAR, then choose Box of Broadcasts from the A-Z list; or from http://www.learningonscreen.ac.uk/ondemand. You’ll need your Network username and password to access it. You can link to it from PowerPoint, Word or BlackBoard, and you can now label your own clips. It is useful across all subject areas, and is a great resource for watching feature films if we don’t have a particular film in the Library’s DVD collection.

BoB is fairly intuitive to use at a basic level, but please see our guide if you need further help.

Disability Awareness Day 10th July 2016

5 July 2016

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To coincide with Disability Awareness Day on 10th July this year, we would like to draw your attention to some services for students with disabilities and dyslexia.

The University has a Disability and Learner Support Team to provide help and advice http://www.askus.salford.ac.uk/disability

My Study Bar is available on all networked open access pcs, containing software to help you with reading and study skills.

Inspiration mind-mapping software can be used to help you to plan your assignments; this is available on many of the University’s open access pcs.

For more details of the software available, see http://www.salford.ac.uk/library/help/accessibility and choose Computing.

And of course your Academic Support Librarians can help you with finding suitable books, journal articles and electronic resources to help with your assignments, as well as help with Referencing; to find the Librarian for your subject area go to http://www.salford.ac.uk/library/help/academic-support .

 

 

 

Do you want some support to improve your English?

12 October 2015

We welcome students from all over the world to our undergraduate and postgraduate courses so when you join the University of Salford, you become part of an exciting and diverse community. If your first language is not English it can seem quite daunting as you start your studies and have assignments; but don’t worry – there is support available to you.

Salford Languages offers a number of short courses to help you improve your academic English to enable you to participate effectively in an academic setting and succeed in your studies. Our tailored and professional tutoring is free of charge and open to all students – whether you are a non-native English speaker or just want some extra support with your academic English skills or written communication in academic contexts.

LEAP

Learning English for Academic Purposes (LEAP) is a 12 week course offered in three week units which can be tailored to assist undergraduate and Masters students with their studies by providing a variety of sessions, workshops and tutorials to help develop English language skills and improve the quality of your assignments and dissertation.

LEAP Higher

Learning English for Academic Purposes Higher is for postgraduate researchers (PhD students) and is designed to help with thesis writing and academic speaking to present and defend your research.

Signing up to an English language course will help you develop your academic language and study skills and make the most of your time in the UK and at the University of Salford.

If you would like to find out more about what the course offers visit our website http://www.askus.salford.ac.uk/page/leap or please email leap@salford.ac.uk.

For European Day of Languages check out these great language resources

26 September 2014

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Today is European Day of Languages. With this in mind, The Library would like to draw your attention to the many excellent electronic resources we provide including Linguistics and Language Behaviour Abstracts from ProQuest, as well as a wealth of e-journals including Applied Linguistics from Oxford University Press and Language Teaching from Cambridge University Press. Not to mention the numerous e-books which are fully available. Don’t forget to check SOLAR for all your Library needs.

(Re-blogged from our Salford SOLAR News blog)

Skype Translator – Breaking down language barriers

29 May 2014

Skype is currently used by over 200 million people per month and delivers audio and video via devices such as PCs, tablets, smartphones.

Skype and Microsoft are now working on an exciting development called Skype Translator which they hope to make available in several languages. Skype recently demonstrated their prototype which was able to translate from English to German and vice versa almost immediately. Skype say the Translator will be available as a windows beta app before the end of 2014.

See further detail at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eu9kMIeS0wQ