Posts tagged: digital literacy

Introducing the University of Salford App Store

19 April 2017
Nicola Sales

Nicola links you to information about the new University App Store

We’re excited to announce the launch of a brand new University of Salford app store.  There are many apps which can help you with your studies from accessing and organising the information your need, managing your time, preparing for exams, participating in online activities during classes, creating content for your assignments or improving your health and well being to help you with your studies.

There are so many available that the University has brought the most popular apps used at the University of Salford by staff and students into one place so you can quickly and easily search for, and download, the apps that you want.

Check out the app store today to find useful apps to support you with your learning .

You can visit the app store here.

 

Create. Imagine the possibilities.

20 January 2017

create

Welcome to the final day of national Bring Your Own Device for Learning Week. Here at Salford we are offering a short online course to help you make the most of your mobile device, as well as on campus activities all week.

Day five

Today’s theme is creating – in particular how to use quizzes and surveys in your teaching and learning. Feel free to pop along to Mary Seacole, room 136, between 12:00 and 13:00 to join in.

A great way to explore learning is through ‘making’ – meaning how you can use devices and applications to develop original and meaningful outputs as an individual or within groups. There are so many ways you can do this; here are some we’ve come across:

Creating presentations
HaikuDeck
Prezi

Word clouds
Wordle
Tagul
worditout

Creating stories
Story Jumper
Storify

Films
Vimeo
Vine

 

For more apps, check out this creating shelf.

 

Thanks for participating this week. Don’t forget the twitter chat this evening, between 20:00 and 21:00 (UK time) to share what you’ve learned. Check out: #byod4lchat

 

 

Want to get your device set up for learning? Try our online guide

Need some human help? Turn up with your device at Clifford Whitworth library, first floor, between 12 and 2, Monday to Friday. No need to book, pop along with your device and we’ll help you get started.

 

Collaborate. Share the load.

19 January 2017

collaborate

Welcome to day 4 of national Bring Your Own Device for Learning Week. Here at Salford we are offering a short online course to help you make the most of your mobile device, as well as on campus activities all week. There’s no need to book, just follow the link below and participate as much or as little as you like.

Day four

Today’s theme is collaborating – how to work more effectively and crowdsourcing content using online collaborative tools. Come along to Maxwell, room 819, between 13:00 and 14:00 to find out more.

These apps can help you to work with others in a number of ways:

Video conferencing
Skype
Google+
Blackboard collaborate

File sharing
Evernote
Onedrive
Dropbox

Group work
Trello

Idea generating
Padlet
lino

 

For more apps, check out this collaborating shelf.

Don’t forget the twitter chat this evening, between 20:00 and 21:00 (UK time) to share your experiences so far. Check out: #byod4lchat

Can’t join in but want to get your device set up for learning? Try our online guide

Need some human help? Turn up with your device at Clifford Whitworth library, first floor, between 12 and 2, Monday to Friday. No need to book, pop along with your device and we’ll help you get started.

 

 

Curate. Don’t drown in a sea of information. Organize.

18 January 2017

curate

Welcome to day 3 of national Bring Your Own Device for Learning Week. Here at Salford we are offering a short online course to help you make the most of your mobile device, as well as on campus activities all week. There’s no need to book, just follow the link below and participate as much or as little as you like.

Day three

Today’s theme is curating – how to stay on top of the latest developments in your area, and how you can organise your documents, ideas and notes. Drop in to Mary Seacole, room 187, between 12:00 and 13:00 today to find out more.

There’s so much information, it can become overwhelming. Why not explore ways of using your devices and applications to filter, store, organise and manage information effectively?

Note taking
Evernote
One Note

Document reader
Feedly (helps you keep on top of news and literature in your field)

Bookmarking
Pocket (save webpages to view later, even without an internet connection)

Referencing
RefMe
Mendleley

For more apps, check out this curating shelf.

Don’t forget the twitter chat this evening, between 20:00 and 21:00 (UK time) to share your experiences so far. Check out: #byod4lchat

Can’t join in but want to get your device set up for learning? Try our online guide

Need some human help? Turn up with your device at Clifford Whitworth library, first floor, between 12 and 2, Monday to Friday. No need to book, pop along with your device and we’ll help you get started.

Communicate. It’s good to talk.

17 January 2017

communicate

Welcome to day 2 of national Bring Your Own Device for Learning week. Here at Salford we’re offering students and staff the chance to participate in a free, online course to learn about how to get the most out of your mobile device, backed up with activities on campus. There’s no need to book, just follow the link below.

Day two

Today’s theme is communicating – in particular, we’re looking at how we can find opportunities to stimulate discussion and encourage active engagement in your teaching/learning/research. Feel free to join us in Newton, room 240 from, 14:00 to 15:00

Wondering about how to develop useful communication channels? How could your mobile device help you to record and capture any exchanges for later review? Thinking about how best to communicate with large groups?

Interactive quizzes
Socrative
Kahoot

Online discussions and activities
Google hangouts
Skype
Blackboard discussion boards

Make notes
One Note
Evernote

Video creating products
Jing
Powtoon
Vine

Share
Twitter
Facebook

For more apps to help you communicate better, check out this Edshelf.

For more help and advice on how to set up your device, have a look at our Set up your device for Learning pages.

Connect with your Communities

16 January 2017

connect

Welcome to the first day of national Bring Your Own Device for Learning week. Here at Salford we’re offering students and staff the chance to participate in a free, online course to get the most out of your mobile device. There’s no need to book, just follow the link below and participate as much or as little as you like.

Day One

Today’s theme is connect so we’re exploring how to use social media tools more effectively to connect with your learning community.

To start, why not get on Twitter and follow Skills for Learning @skillupUS and the library @TheLibraryUoS?
Then join the Skills for Learning Facebook group to keep up-to-date.

There’s a whole host of apps and sites you can use to connect with others – have a look at some of them.

Every evening this week there’s a twitter chat  between 20:00 and 21:00 (UK time) for everyone participating in this course to share your experiences. Check out: #byod4lchat

  • Want to set up your device for learning?  Our online guide will help.
  • Need some human help? Take your device to Clifford Whitworth library, first floor, between 12 and 2, Monday to Friday. No need to book, pop along with your device and we’ll help you get started.

 

 

 

Library Resources for Sociology and Criminology Students

9 September 2016

The library subscribes to a number of databases which specialise in your subject area. They are not available freely via the web, so you won’t be able to find the resources we have here by using Google. They give you access to quality, up to date, peer-reviewed material such as journal articles, case studies and research papers.

To begin with, you may want to search for books using SOLAR library search. If you want to do an in-depth search for journals relating to a particular topic you might find it easier to search within a subject database.

It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with these databases and learn how to use them. They’re a great source of information and will be useful throughout your time at Salford.

Sociology and Criminology Databases

For the full list of Sociology databases that the library subscribes to, click here.

For Criminology, click here.

Alternatively, follow the steps shown in the screenshots below.

 

Resources

From the library website, click on ‘Resources’ at the top of the page, and select either Sociology or Criminology from the dropdown menu.

crim

 

After selecting a database, click on ‘link to Database’ to proceed.  If you’re off campus, you will be prompted to log in using your University of Salford network username (e.g. ABC123) and password.

 

routledge

 

Recommended Databases Include

 

ProQuest Social Science Database 

ProQuest Social Science Database is a definitive resource for those who need access to a variety of social science journals. The database includes over 1000 titles, with the majority available in full text. It covers core disciplines across the social sciences, featuring journals from over 50 countries.

You can read more information in this blog post and watch a video guide here

 

Oxford Handbooks Online (Criminology and Criminal Justice)

These handbooks contain over 300 articles written by leading scholars, which evaluate the current thinking on criminology and criminal justice topics and make an original argument about the future direction of the debate.

We have access to more than 400 essays and articles, on topics such as:

  • Crime and Criminal Justice
  • Crime and Public Policy
  • Criminological Theory
  • Police and Policing

You can read more information about Oxford Handbooks and how to search the database, in this blog post:

 

Routledge Handbooks Online

This resource brings together the world’s leading scholars to provide cutting-edge overviews of classic and current research and future trends in the Social Sciences and Humanities, while at the same time providing an authoritative guide to theory and method, the key sub-disciplines, and the primary debates of today. You can read more information in this blog post

 

Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology Online

A resource giving instant access to the most authoritative and up-to-date scholarship in the field of sociology. The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology is the reference for students, researchers, librarians,  and academics in the field. It brings together specially commissioned entries written and edited by an international team of the world’s best scholars and teachers with over 1800 entries.

 

Academic Search Premier

Designed specifically for academic institutions, Academic Search Premier is a multidisciplinary full text database containing full text for more than 4,600 journals, including nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. It is part of the EBSCO platform.

The following video from the library demonstrates how to carry out a search using EBSCO databases and is designed for Health & Social Care students.

 

 

JSTOR

JSTOR provides access to quality academic journals, books, and primary sources in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Primary sources include select monographs, pamphlets, manuscripts, letters, oral histories, government documents and more.

 

Help and Support

If you’re having any problems accessing these resources or would like any advice on how to search for information, you contact your Academic Support Librarian, Matt Adams on m.adams1@salford.ac.uk or 0161 2952110.

Library Resources for Social Policy Students

9 September 2016

The library subscribes to a number of databases which specialise in your subject area. They are not available freely via the web, so you won’t be able to find the resources we have here by using Google. They give you access to quality, up to date, peer-reviewed material such as journal articles, case studies and research papers.

To begin with, you may want to search for books using SOLAR library search. If you want to do an in-depth search for journals relating to a particular topic you might find it easier to search within a subject database.

It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with these databases and learn how to use them. They’re a great source of information and will be useful throughout your time at Salford.

 

Social Policy Databases

To see the full list of subject databases for Social Policy, click here.

Or, follow the instructions shown in the screenshots below.

 

Resources

From the library website, click on ‘Resources’ at the top of the page, and select Social Policy from the dropdown menu.

 

Social Policy Resources

 

After selecting a database, click on ‘link to Database’ to proceed.  If you’re off campus, you will be prompted to log in using your University of Salford network username (e.g. ABC123) and password.

assia

 

Recommended Databases Include:

ProQuest Social Science Database 

ProQuest Social Science Database is a definitive resource for those who need access to a variety of social science journals. The database includes over 1000 titles, with the majority available in full text. It covers core disciplines across the social sciences, featuring journals from over 50 countries.

You can read more information in this blog post and watch a video guide here

 

Academic Search Premier

Designed specifically for academic institutions, Academic Search Premier is a multidisciplinary full text database containing full text for more than 4,600 journals, including nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. It is part of the EBSCO platform.

The following video from the library demonstrates how to carry out a search using EBSCO databases and is designed for Health & Social Care students.

 

 

For more information, see EBSCO’s support page for Academic Support Premier here.

 

Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA)

This database is designed to meet the information needs of the caring professions, and spans the literature of health, social services, psychology, sociology, economics, politics, race relations and education. The database abstracts and indexes over 500 journals, from more than 16 countries.

 

Community Care Inform (Adults & Children)

Community Care Inform is an online comprehensive data source that contains a wealth of expert-written, practice related information, including guidance to key pieces of legislation, expert articles and practice guides.

You can find more information in this blog post and watch a video guide.

 

UK National Statistics

The official UK Statistics site – allows you to search the latest comprehensive range of official UK statistics and information about statistics as well as providing free access to a selection of recently released publications and press releases in downloadable formats.

 

Help and Support

If you’re having any problems accessing these resources or would like any advice on how to search for information, you contact your Academic Support Librarian, Matt Adams on m.adams1@salford.ac.uk or 0161 2952110.

How to find Journal Articles: Health & Social Care

22 February 2016

If you’re looking for a little extra help finding library resources or want to develop your research skills further, we are running two different workshops this semester.

workshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction to Finding Journal Articles

For students new to searching, this session is a quick and easy introduction to finding journal articles using Solar. Maybe you’re new to university or returning after a long time away, perhaps you’ve got an assignment coming up or just need a bit of a refresher – this session will help you to use the library catalogue to find journal articles. We’ll also show you to how to plan your search and save your results in Solar using My Library.

Advanced Search

For students with more experience of searching, this session will help you find and identify resources using subject specific databases. If you’re comfortable using Solar and want to expand and develop your research skills, then it may be time to start using databases such as:

  • Cinahl
  • Academic Search Premier
  • JSTOR
  • Cochrane
  • Science Direct

We’ll also help you to identify key words and synonyms, plan your search strategy and evaluate the information that you find.

Who?

Students from any health or social care subjects are very welcome. In previous sessions we’ve had a mixture of students from Nursing, Midwifery, Social policy, Health Sciences & Counselling.

Which one?

If you’re not sure, we recommend that you do the introduction session first and if you’re happy with that, move on to the advanced session.

When?

There are sessions scheduled for the rest of this week: All take place in Allerton Building, Room C811 and are for 1 hour.

Tuesday 23rd Feb: Advanced Search

Thursday 25th Feb: Introduction

Friday 26th Feb: Advanced Search

There will be more sessions running throughout March so please keep an eye out for details.

 

How do I book?

Book a place via Advantage using your username & password. Click Events, then Skills for Learning: Library to view availability.

jobs

You can also access Advantage from the Jobs & Opportunities link on the student home page.

Bring Your Own Device for Learning (BYOD4L)

8 January 2016
Are you feeling like you’re not getting the most out of your mobile technology?

Getting a shiny new device for Christmas or have one lying around?

Do you want some help with how to use it in your studies?

help waving

 

 

Then Bring Your Own Device for Learning (BYOD4L) week may be for you!

Starting on 11th January 2016 (for 5 days), this short course looks at how you can make the most of your smart device (tablet/phone/laptop) through short 10 minute activities and additional resources. The course will enable you to connect with peers and learn within a wider community.

There is no requirement to join in every activity, the decision of how much time you wish to spend on this is entirely up to you. During the week there will be activities and a competition around the University so keep your eyes and ears open!

Twitter:  #BYOD4L

At Salford we are celebrating by letting you know what we have available for you so you can make the most of your laptop, tablet or phone to help you with your studies.

Have a look at our Get started pages to help set up your device.

 

Aaaaahhh???? Don’t know much other than how to switch it on? Come and see us: Clifford Whitworth library has a special support desk http://www.its.salford.ac.uk/dropin/ available between 12 and 2, Monday to Friday. No need to book, pop along with your device and we’ll help get you started.

IT desk