Posts tagged: Google

Finding pictures the legal way (1/3)

21 June 2017

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:

  • has a license which forbids you to use it, or
  • has no license at all

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.

  1. If you want to use Google, here’s how to search for pictures on Google the legal way:
  • Go to Google and type in your search term.
  • Do an image search.
  • Click Tools
  • Click Usage Rights
  • Select ‘licenced for reuse’
  • All the pictures that display are fine for you to use.

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.

Collaborate. Share the load.

19 January 2017


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
Blackboard collaborate

File sharing

Group work

Idea generating


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.



Communicate. It’s good to talk.

17 January 2017


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

Online discussions and activities
Google hangouts
Blackboard discussion boards

Make notes
One Note

Video creating products


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


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.




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 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

Shared data – how secure is yours?

4 August 2014

Social media is a great way of staying in touch with friends and interests but keeping track of multiple accounts and making sure your shared data is secure can be time consuming and overwhelming. There are some simple, quick things you can do to improve the security of your shared data. The Guardian have suggested 29 tips for taking control of Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. So have a read, make a few simple changes, get out there and stay safe!

50 time-saving social media shortcuts worth knowing

27 June 2014

As we are on the topic of saving time I’ll keep this intro short and sweet – check out this handy infographic along with these top tips, both from Daily Genious:

  1. Check out the graphic below.
  2. Identify which site(s) you use the most.
  3. Figure out the top 3 shortcuts for that site.
  4. Write those down on a separate sheet of paper and keep it nearby.
  5. Better still, pin it to Pinterest or your other preferred bookmarking service!
  6. Boom. Handy and time saved.

If you have discovered any shortcuts or have top tips of your own why not post them in a comment.

Social Media Shortcuts








































Linking Google Scholar to find full-text articles off-campus

24 June 2014

Google Scholar allows you to search across scholarly literature indexed by Google. Links to the Find It menu are available to help you access the resources in the Google Scholar results.
To access Google Scholar, go to

Using Google Scholar off campus
If you are using Google Scholar off campus you will need to configure Google Scholar preferences to display the Find It @ Salford links.

To do this:
• Go to Google Scholar
• Click on the Settings link
• Click on Library Links
• Search for ‘Salford’
• Check the box next to ‘University of Salford – Find It @ Salford’
• Click on ‘Save’

You will then see this screenscholar when you next search for articles in Google Scholar- if we have it available full-text electronically:



Clicking the ‘Find-it@Salford’ link will then take you the suppliers page where you may have to sign-in using your Network username and password.



Google’s hidden depths: getting the most out of Google

21 May 2014

Did you know Google Advanced Search allows you to refine and narrow your search?

Here are a few quick tips to get the most out of Google.

To access the Advanced Search you can go to:

You will be presented with this search screen:

Google 1

The “all of these words” box is the default searching option and is very similar to the normal Google search. Google will search for all of these words appearing anywhere in the document, not necessarily together. This search will often bring back a very large number of results.


The “exact word or phrase” box is the equivalent of a phrase search, so Google will surround those words with quotation marks and will only search for those exact words in the exact order you have put them in. So a search for “women and work” would not necessarily bring back results with “work and women” as a phrase.


The “any of these words” box allows you to search for words with similar meanings. So for example, if you wanted to search for “women and work” OR “women and employment” OR “women and labour” then you can do this in one search. See below:


The “none of these words” box allows you to exclude certain words from your search. So if you were interested in “women and work” as a topic, but specifically wanted to exclude information about American women then you could put “America” in the box, which would exclude results related to “America”.


Once you are happy with your search terms then you can also use the “Narrow your results by” functions. This allows you to filter your results further.

So for example, you can limit your results to a particular region or language. You can also specify where the search terms appear in the document using the “terms appearing” box, so you can specify that the terms appear “anywhere in the page” or “in the title of the page”.

The “site or domain” function is particularly useful as you can limit your search to only government websites (.gov) or British academic websites ( or organisational websites (.org). Any site with (.com) in the URL is a commercial site and so be aware of any potential bias in the information presented.

So if you wanted to search for information about “women and work” on British academic websites only, we would include this information in the “site or domain” box as below:


Please note: Google is NOT a substitute for using library resources, but it is useful for accessing organisational websites, statistical and government websites, industry news websites, parliamentary publications and stock market data. As with any information you find on the internet, always exert your judgement when evaluating how useful information will be for your academic assignments.