Environment and Life Sciences

Tracy Breheny

Hello, I’m Tracy Breheny, the Academic Support Librarian for the School of Environment & Life Sciences.

If you need to find information for your assignment or research, but don’t know where to start then this page is for you!   Check out the blog posts below, they could have all the information you need to get you started.  You can also check out our Skills for Learning page, which has lots of useful library, study skills and digital skills information on there: http://www.salford.ac.uk/skills-for-learning

Need help?

Can’t find the answer to your question? Need more help?  Need this information in a different format?  Contact me:

Email: t.m.breheny@salford.ac.uk
Phone: 0161 295 6678



If Skills for Learning doesn’t give you the answer you need, I am available for face-to-face and online one-to-one appointments.  If you can’t make any of the available appointments, please email me.



EnvironmeCapturent & Life Sciences newsletter

You can keep up-to-date with new resources, new services and general library information by taking a look at the Environment & Life Sciences library newsletter.  This comes out every 2-3 months and contains lots of useful information.  You will find it alongside lots of other useful information under The Library tab in the Information for Environment & life Sciences area on Blackboard (under ‘My Courses’).  Take a look!


Meet your Library Champion!

The School of Environment and Life Sciences has a designated Library Champion who you will be able to if contact if you want to request books/electronic books to go into library stock which are related to your studies. The books are then ordered by us and added to library stock. There is £5,000 held for the School of Environment and Life Sciences which can be used for books requested through this scheme. The Library Champion role is also a way for you to raise any library-related issues and make suggestions for improvements or new services.

Last year, Environment & Life Science students requested £4107.56 worth of new books through their Library Champion, all of which are now available in the library.  Feedback has been very positive and it is a way of you being able to influence the stock we get in, so please do get in touch with your Library Champion if you have any questions for the library, if you would like to offer any suggestions or feedback about the library or if you would like to suggest titles for us to order. This can be used for new items and extra copies of existing items and reading list items too.    To find out more about the Library Champion Scheme, take a look at our website here: http://www.salford.ac.uk/library/help/library-champions.


Useful icon masterinformation from Skills for Learning

Skills for Learning contains a variety of resources that can help you with your studies, from help on referencing, to finding and using information.  I have indentified a few of the key pieces of information you may find useful below.  Don’t forget, there are lots more helpful resources which can all be accessed from the Skills for Learning website.If you have any questions on anything below, or you would like further help on one of the topics listed, please get in touch with me.


New student?

If you are a new student here, there is lots of help available to get you started.  Check out our top 10 checklist for new students!


Want to use the library?

Find out all you need to know, from finding books and using the Library to finding and accessing a range of electronic resources here.

A good starting point is to take a look at your online reading list as this gives you a list of the core reading for your module.  Find out how to use your reading list here.

Library Search is the portal into all of our resources and can help you find good quality information.  Find out how to use it here.  Take a look at the Finding information using Library Search – Environment and Life Sciences help guide for subject specific resources.  For a list of useful databases, take a look here.

Want a book that we don’t have?  Find out how you can ask the library to buy it here.

Want to use another library? Find out how you can use other academic libraries here.


Thinking of using the internet and Google for your studies?

Take a look at what Google can be useful for.   Find out how you can use Google Scholar to find full-text articles from off-campus.  See how you can getting the most out of Google here.

Bear in mind when using Google for resources that you need to evaluate them and ensure they are of good academic quality before including thme in your work.  Take a look at our tips for evaluating websites.


Want to improve your study skills?

We have lots of study skills guides, eLearning and videos available on our academic reading and writing webpage which includes help with critical analysis, literature reviews and reading and note taking.

Also, take a look at our top tips for proof-reading your work.


Want to improve your digital skills?

Skills for Learning contains lots of information about developing your IT and digital skills.  You can complete online modules in various aspects of Microsoft Office here and attend workshops if you want to brush up on your skills.  Check out our student guide to social media.

Want to gain a Microsoft Office Specialist qualification to add to your CV?  Take a look here to find out more


Want to learn more about referencing, plaigarism and avoiding mistakes?

We have lots of help on identifying what plagiarism is and tips on how to avoid it here.  Find out what the 7 study mistakes that too many students make so you can find out how to avoid them!

Need help with referencing?  Or not sure how to reference?  Take a look at the help available below.  Please note:  All students use APA 6th (Harvard) style unless otherwise stated. 

 APA 6th (Harvard) Referencing


Want to find out about EndNote?

EndNote is software that can help with your referencing.  Find out more about it here:



Need help with exams?

We have tips and advice on exam techniques here and you can take a look at our top 5 tips for exam success.  Find out how to look for past exam papers here.


Do you know about Turnitin and how to submit your work?

Turnitin is software we use here to submit your work.  It can also help you chefk your work for plagiarism before you submit.  Find out more on our webpages.


Find out even more!



There are a number of library skills, study skills and digital skills-based workshops which run throughout the year.  You can take a look at what workshops are running and book yourself on.



Study guide


There are a number of helpful study guides you can read, ranging from refencing using APA 6th (Harvard), writing reflectively, undertaking crittical analysis of journal articles and reviewing literature.





You can complete one of our eLearning packages in your own time to get your skills up-to-date.  We have eLearning on a range of skills, including recognising plagiarism, planning your search, assessing your existing skills and using social media tools for learning.



Keep up-to-date with Skills for Learning and the Library!

There are a number of ways you can keep up-to-date with us:


Follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/skillsforlearning

Follow us on twitter at: @skillupUS

Read our blog at: http://blogs.salford.ac.uk/digital-literacy-skills/

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