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What’s more, you won’t find this information on Google or Wikipedia – in in many cases the data and information is unpublished and only available through ESDU.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.
TWO research papers written by academics at Salford Business School have won ‘outstanding paper’ in the annual Emerald Network Awards for Excellence. The Awards are now in their 24th year and were established to celebrate and reward the outstanding contributions of authors and reviewers to scholarly research.
The criteria used to judge the awards are based on six areas that inform the development of our products: internationality; diversity; support for scholarly research; encouragement of applied research (impact); commitment to high quality scholarship; and a desire to ensure reader, author and customer experience is the best it can be.
The winning papers were written by Dr Kevin Kane and Dr Marie Griffiths & Dr Gordon Fletcher.
The papers are:
Djekic, I., Kane, K., Tomic, N., Kalogianni, E., Zamioudi, L., Rocha, A., & Pacheco, R. (2016). Cross-cultural consumer perceptions of service quality in restaurants. Nutrition and Food Science, 46(6), 827-843.
Fletcher, G., Griffiths, M., Greenhill, A., & McLean, R. (2016). The social supply chain and the future high street. Supply Chain Management,21(1), 78-91.
Salford University students have access to these and many more prize winning research papers via the Emerald Insight database.
Sign into Library Search with your network username and password.
Click on the databases tab in the menu bar.
Click on E.
Select Emerald Insight.
Link into the database.
So as I sit here this morning, working on one of my final first year assignments I cannot believe how quickly this year has passed. From the giddy excitement of last September where I skipped into uni with my new backpack and pencils, keen to make new friends to cold and wet December feeling frazzled and overwhelmed and then into Spring feeling inspired and reinvigorated following an amazing first placement.
I’ve been frustrated when the shop increased the price of a Freddo from 25p to 30p (I remember when they were 10p!)
I feel like I have gone through every gamut of emotion in the last few months. I’ve sometimes sat in lectures feeling clueless and frustrated but that’s made me go home to learn and understand what I’ve heard and then other times I’ve been in lectures that have been so powerful they’ve brought me to tears with a message that had resonated so strongly with me, it made it difficult to control my emotions.
I have at times found the uni life frustrating, I’ve been frustrated that we have to pay for parking (I’m sure I’m not alone here!), I’ve been frustrated when the shop increased the price of a Freddo from 25p to 30p (I remember when they were 10p!) and there have been other situations that have made me question myself as to why I made the decision to come to uni. A major wobble in the middle of the first semester caused me to speak to the student advocate who assured me my feelings of doubt were normal “first year issues” but it shook me nonetheless. It was the first practise placement that cemented my decision to retrain as an occupational therapist, I’m still thinking about this placement 3 months after it finished as it had such an impact on me.
Frustrations aside I have had some great times in my first year, the practical sessions are definitely my favourite part of it, I’m a hands-on person so I get more out of these sessions and I’m really pleased to have gained new skills. I’ve also got to know some of the people on my course pretty well and have had a real laugh with them, which always helps.
I’m now looking forward to a break over the Summer to recharge my batteries as I already know that the second year is a gear up. I’m nervous about this as the first year hasn’t been a walk in the park so I know that I will need up my game even more if I’m going to do well.
That’s a difficult question….. if I was talking to an 18-year-old straight out of college who had no major responsibilities I’d say get yourself involved in everything you can, clubs, societies and social life – really go for it and enjoy the experience before it gets really hard but do turn up to lectures!!!
If I was talking to a mature student, who’s possibly already spent a significant chunk of their life working, they may have a mortgage and kids to juggle I’d say try to enjoy your experience but don’t be surprised if it doesn’t quite live up to the giddy heights you built it up to be. It might be a steep learning curve and you may feel your confidence take a beating in the first couple of months but hang on in there, take any bit of feedback and guidance offered to you, if you don’t understand something ask and make use of the resources the uni has to offer. Oh, and do visit the Student Union at least once in your first year, they make a mean pizza, the beer is cheap and you need abit of balance in your life!