3 steps to easy electronic resource access!

By Mar.08, 2019

Tracy Breheny
Tracy shows you how to make finding electronic resources easier!

As a registered student at Salford, you have access to a wealth of information from the Library, much of which is available electronically from off campus.

Many of these sources can’t be found using search engines like Google – meaning you are potentially missing out on crucial academic information for your assessments and research.

All of The Library’s electronic resources can be found through Library Search, and are all accessible 24/7 from any device where with internet access. All you need is your network username and password, and the knowledge of how to access them! read more

 
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Find articles more easily using Library Access

By Mar.05, 2019

Tracy Breheny

Tracy introduces you to Library Access – the easier way to find articles!

Library Access is a browser extension, or add-on, available for Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari.

Why is it useful?

Library Access makes it simpler to access articles, journals and databases, particularly when you are studying off campus. It automatically detects when you are on a site the Library provides a subscription to and prompts you to log in.

If you visit a site which the Library doesn’t provide access to, Library Access will try and suggest an alternative route, including Open Access content.

It will also automatically add ‘Findit@Salford’ links to sources found in Google Scholar.

Find out more by watching this short video:

Library Access video on YouTube

 

How do I get it?

Library Access is easy to install – just click on the download link and follow the instructions to add it to your browser.

Once installed select “University of Salford” and it will automatically pop up when you are on a site the Library has a subscription for or alert you to alternative content.

To find out more, take a look at our webpage.

Please note:  You MUST have the most up-to-date version of your preferred browser for Library Access to work.  Please check this if you encounter any technical difficulties.

If you have any questions about this, or would like to find out more, please contact The Library.

 
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Specialist software library locations

By Mar.05, 2019

Tracy Breheny

Tracy shows you where to find specialist software and MACs in the Library

Clifford Whitworth Library contains a number of designated PCs with specialist software on them.

The PCs are labelled, indicating which ones have the software on, and are all available 24/7.

Specialist software available in Clifford Whitworth Library includes:

  • Autodesk BDS (the full suite)
  • AutoCAD (also now on all of the open access PCs in Clifford Whitworth Library)
  • Autodesk Revit  (also now on all of the open access PCs in Clifford Whitworth Library)
  • ChemSketch
  • Datastream
  • Estate Manager
  • Inspiration
  • Linux
  • Sibelius
  • Wind

To help you find them, we have some maps showing where the PCs are located:

Clifford Whitworth Library software PC location

We also have MACs available in the Library, should you need them:

Clifford Whitworth Library software MAC location

If you have any problems locating software or the MACs in the Library, please visit the Library Enquiry Desk for further help, or ask your Academic Support Librarian.

Please note:  Due to the popularity of the PCs during peak times, it is advisable to kindly ask any person working on a PC with specialist software on if you can use it if you need it urgently, should other PCs be available to move to.

As noted above, students will be made aware of the PCs with specialist software on because they are clearly labelled.  Related to this, please do allow yourself plenty of time to access the software should you need to use it by a deadline.

Don’t forget that standard software is also available!

There is also a range of standard software available on all of The Library’s open access PCs across campus.  You can find out what software is available here.

To find out where open access PCs are located across campus, and how many are available in real time, take a look at the list here.

As a student you also have access to some software from off campus via the Student Software Portal.  To find out more and learn how to access it, take a look here.

 
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Saving your work

By Feb.12, 2019

Did you know that, as a student, you get access to one gigabyte of personal storage space on our network (your F: drive) and one terabyte of space on OneDrive? That’s a lot of secure space to save all your assignments, and you can access them both on and off campus.

To find out more about the good (and not-so-good) places to save your work click the image below and have a look at our short tutorial.

Are you a new student, or perhaps you’d like a quick refresher? If so, you might like to have a look at some of the other information while you are there. read more

 
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Need a study room? Book online!

By Feb.11, 2019

Tracy Breheny
Tracy shows you how to book a study room.

You can book Library study rooms online using The Library’s room booking software. You can access the software and book a room of your choice (if available) using the Library self-service room bookings icon on the desktop of all of our open access PCs, or by visiting our website and following the link.

You can book rooms in a number of locations, including:

  • Clifford Whitworth Library.
  • Chapman Building.
  • Allerton B’Hive.
  • Allerton Learning Space in Allerton Building.
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    Want books in the library? Ask your Library Champion!

    By Jan.28, 2019

    Tracy Breheny

    Tracy tells you how to make the most from the Library Champion Scheme.

    Are there new books, electronic books or DVDs you would like to see in the library?

    Do you think there are titles we need more copies of?

    If so, you can request books through your Library Champion!

    Each school has a pot of £5,000 allocated for book requests and a designated Library Champion who can be contacted when you would like to request books for the library.

    Find out more about the scheme from two of our Library Champions:

    You will need to include details about the items you would like us to order, including:

    • The title, author and ISBN number (this is the specific book number and can be found on Amazon’s website).
    • The year of publication (and edition if there is one).
    •  The number of copies you would like and the price.
    • The library you would like it for (Clifford Whitworth or Media City).

    You can also make suggestions for further library developments/services and offer feedback about the library to your Library Champion, who will then pass your comments to us and we will respond.  To find out more about your Library Champion and the scheme, take a look at our webpage here: http://www.salford.ac.uk/library/help/library-champions.

     
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    Revision, exams and looking after yourself

    By Dec.07, 2018

    We all know that revising is tough. It is difficult to know where to start and very easy to get drawn into other things. Here are a few tips, tools and apps to help you ace your revision and exams!

  • Check out our revision tips
  • Learn how to improve your study concentration and cope with exam nerves
  • Have a look at our study guides on revision and exams
  • Access past exam papers. Have a look at Tracy’s blog post to learn how to do this.
  • Come to our Revision and Exam Techniques workshop on the 13th Dec 1-3 pm.
  • Don’t forget to live well for learning. Revision and exams can be stressful and time consuming. Make sure you find time for yourself!
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    Microsoft Office Exam could see you win $7,000 in New York

    By Nov.05, 2018

    You could win $7000 at the MOS World Championships in New York

    Test your skills in Word, Excel or PowerPoint, by sitting a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam with The Library, and put yourself in with the chance to win $7000 at the Microsoft Office World Championships in New York.

    Passing one of our free exams – which would cost you around £90 each in the commercial sector – will automatically enter you into the MOS Four Nations Championship in London. From there, you’d need to win the Word, Excel or PowerPoint category to make it to New York.

     

    Whether you make the grade for New York or not, the certificate you gain with your exam pass is well worth taking regardless as it proves to employers that you have the skills they’re after.

    Find out more about the free online training and how to sign up at Get Qualified. We also have introductory MOS workshops that you can book on to. Find out more about the MOS programme.

    Best of luck!

     

    *Candidates for the MOS World Champions in New York must be between the ages of 13 and 22 (as of June 15, 2019).

     
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    Referencing: an introduction

    By Oct.29, 2018

    Anne introduces referencing.

    Even if you are still quite new to university you have probably already heard words like “referencing” and “citations” – and heard that they are VERY IMPORTANT.

    But what is referencing, and why do you need to do it?

    Research is a major part of university education, and it is expected that you will read, understand and discuss the writing of others. It is essential that you acknowledge what you have read to protect yourself against accusations of plagiarism, show the research you have done, and allow your tutors to identify your own ideas and understanding of your subject.

    This is what referencing means.

    To find out more, watch our Citing it Right video. Click the image to play.

    referencing-player

     
    Students on most taught courses at Salford are required to reference using the APA 6th style. There are links to PDF guides plus online examples on the Skills for Learning Referencing and Plagiarism pages.

    To learn more about referencing come to a workshop – and if you need more help you may book an appointment with your Subject Librarian or Study Skills Consultant.

    We want you to do well in your studies!

     
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    Criminal Justice Research

    By Oct.17, 2018

    Researching Criminal Justice

    Image of the front page of the criminal justice sway

    Use this guide for top research and OSCOLA tips.

    This short guide will show you key resources to research for your criminal justice module. There are also search tips and ideas for how to reduce your assessment’s word count by using some OSCOLA short hand techniques.

    You can access the guide by clicking on the image or by using this link: https://sway.office.com/0aL4M4HH0xfqLz9x?ref=Link&loc=play 

     

     
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