Don’t just say it, Prove it! Gain Microsoft Office Specialist qualifications – for free

By Mar.28, 2020

Take this time for focus on a new challenge which can lead to developing your IT skills and adding extra qualifications to your CV.

With our free ‘Microsoft Office Specialist’ certification you can prove to employers that you have the key IT skills they require. This globally recognised certification will boost your CV and can help improve your academic performance too.

You decide which exams to take, with online teaching and exams available for up to five office applications:

  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Access
  • Outlook.

Or you can aim even higher with the Expert and Master level certifications. read more

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Library support for learning off campus

By Mar.16, 2020

Tracy Breheny
Tracy shows you how to make the most of the library when studying off campus

As a student at Salford, you have access to a wealth of library services, support and resources, much of which is available online.

In this blog post, we’ve pulled together some useful starting points for students who study off campus to ensure you know how to make the most of what’s on offer.

Finding resources

Many library resources are available from off campus. All of The Library’s electronic resources can be found through Library Search, and are all accessible 24/7 from any device 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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Is formatting your dissertation/ thesis harder than you expected?

By Mar.09, 2020

Work smarter with Word’s tools

If you’re struggling with word processing your dissertation/thesis, then you’re not alone. It can be a demanding task, and many students find this stage more time consuming and stressful than anticipated. But MS Word provides tools and features that make this task so much easier to manage. Use them to save time, to work more effectively and reduce your anxiety levels too.

Do you know how to…?

  • Create an automatic table of contents for your document headings
  • Apply ‘Captions’ for figures and tables, and create automatic listings for them
  • Change page orientation mid-document, e.g. to accommodate a large chart

No? What??? Then you need to check out our handbook and video resources…

Tip: You need to use Section Breaks to use different kinds of page numbering formats.

Handbook and Videos

These resources focus on the key MS Word tools and features that you should know about and use when Formatting your dissertation/thesis. read more

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Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Finding newspapers using the Library

By Feb.21, 2020

Tracy Breheny
Tracy talks about newspapers, why they can be useful and explains how you can access them.

Newspapers can be a useful source of information when undertaking your research.  They can contain useful historical and current event information and commentary, as well as being interesting to read! Depending on what you are studying, there can benefits to reading and using newspaper articles in your research:

  • They can allow you to see what people thought and how people viewed an event when it happened;
  • They can provide multiple points of view and different opinions about a topic or an issue, and sometimes offer comparisons.
  • They can help you to look at the historical detail of an event, the context around it and they can enable you to follow things over time;
  • They can contain commentaries or retrospective articles about events.

Whether used as a primary or a secondary source, newspapers can provide valuable information. However, they can contain bias or be reflective of one side of an argument, so you need to bear that in mind and critically evaluate information you’re not sure of if you are using it for your academic work. read more

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Find articles more easily using Library Access

By Jan.21, 2020

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. read more

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Want books in the library? Ask your Library Champion!

By Jan.13, 2020

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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Specialist software library locations

By Oct.25, 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 (on all of the open access PCs in Clifford Whitworth Library)
  • Autodesk Revit  (on all of the open access PCs in Clifford Whitworth Library)
  • ChemSketch
  • Datastream
  • Estate Manager
  • Linux
  • Avid Sibelius
  • Wind

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

Clifford Whitworth Library software locations

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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How to use the ProQuest Social Sciences Database

By Oct.04, 2019

This video will show you how to use the ProQuest Social Science database to find academic journal articles and other high-quality resources for research, essays and assignments. You can access the ProQuest database from our Library Databases web page.  

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How to find construction contracts and other related sources

By Sep.29, 2019

Tracy Breheny

Tracy explains how to locate various construction contracts you may need for your studies.

When undertaking your studies you may find you need to access a number of different construction contracts and specific construction law-related sources.  These sources of information can be tricky to find as they are often  located in various places.

We have access to various construction contracts and construction law-related sources of information through Library Search. Library Search can be found here. It is always worth signing in to Library Search as soon as you access it for ease of use when off-campus.

NEC contracts

We have a collection of NEC contracts available through Library Search.  To access these:

  1. Go to Library Search.
  • Sign yourself into Library Search by clicking on Sign-in (top right-hand corner of the Library Search homepage) and then enter your network username and password.
  • Type NEC4 Contracts into the main Library Search box.
  • Follow the link and you will be prompted to log in with your network username and password.  You will then have access to all of the NEC4 contracts and documents, which can be read online and/or downloaded.
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    Introducing Construction Information Service – for all your construction information needs!

    By Sep.16, 2019

    Tracy Breheny

    Tracy introduces you to an important resource called Construction Information Service (CIS).

    Construction Information Service (CIS) is an online database from which you can quickly access current regulations, construction standards, technical advice and industry news on building, engineering, design and construction processes in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.

    Updated weekly, the CIS offers a powerful search engine to find authoritative information for every stage of the construction lifecyle, from design and completion to operation and ongoing use. Easy-to-use search filters allow you to query 23,000+ documents from 300+ publishers and more.

    CIS is particularly useful for subjects such as; Architecture, Architectural Design and Technology, Building Surveying, Quantity Surveying, Civil Engineering, Construction, Construction Project Management and Construction Law.

    CIS includes valuable and up-to-date construction-related information, including:

    • BRE reports and papers
    • CIBSE guides and documentation
    • CIOB papers and technical information documentation
    • FIDIC contracts, guides and procedure documentation
    • JCT agreements, contracts and frameworks
    • RIBA contracts, guides and documentation
    • Statutory instruments
    • Various construction-related legislation, building regulations, reports, guidebooks and manuals.

    CIS can be found in Library Search here and is accessible both on and off campus.  Check this video out if you want to see CIS in action:

    CIS video

    Need further help using CIS?  Check out the help available here:

  • Guided tour of the CIS interface
  • CIS eLearning video
  • CIS help index
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