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!

  1. Check out our revision tips
  2. Learn how to improve your study concentration and cope with exam nerves
  3. Have a look at our study guides on revision and exams
  4. Access past exam papers. Have a look at Tracy’s blog post to learn how to do this.
  5. Come to our Revision and Exam Techniques workshop on the 13th Dec 1-3 pm.
  6. Don’t forget to live well for learning. Revision and exams can be stressful and time consuming. Make sure you find time for yourself!

Apps and Online Tools

If you like your technology then you might find these apps and online tools helpful.

ThingLink

With ThingLink you can make your images come alive with video, text, images, links and music. Such a great tool for revision if you are a visual learner. Pick an image that you associate with the topic and then add text, links, videos to it that cover the key information. When you need to recall the topic you can mentally work your way around the image and visualise the information you added to it. You can download the app or access it online. Simply go to the ThingLink website to get started. read more

 
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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.

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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. read more

 
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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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Find articles more easily using Library Access

By Aug.16, 2018

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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Need maps for your research? Check out Digimap!

By Aug.03, 2018

Tracy Breheny

Tracy talks about Digimap and all of the different types of maps you can get access to through Library Search.

The Library has access to a collection of databases provided by Digimap.  These contain a variety of different maps which you can access using Library Search.  Our subscriptions include access to various different types of maps, scans, satellite images and land coverage information, and  can all be accessed online.

We currently subscribe to the following Digimap collections:

Digimap Environment

Digimap Environment provides access to Land Cover Map data from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. This is a parcel-based classification of UK land cover derived from satellite images and digital cartography and gives land cover information for the entire UK. Land cover is based on UK Biodiversity Action Plan Broad Habitats. read more

 
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Information sources for building and quantity surveying

By Jul.30, 2018

Tracy Breheny

Tracy suggests some building surveying-related information sources that you can use.

Studying a building or quantity surveying-related subject?  There are lots of sources of information you can use to help with your research.  All of these sources can be accessed via Library Search.

Useful books include:

Useful reference sources include:

Dictionaries

Encyclopaedias

Key journals include:

  • Building Magazine
  • Building Research and Information
  • Built Environment
  • Construction Forecast
  • Construction News
  • Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation
  • Structural Survey

Key databases include: 

More building surveying-related resources can be found here.

More quantity surveying-related resources can be found here.

Useful websites include:

RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors)  read more

 
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How to use Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)…

By Jul.24, 2018

MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) is an organised list (or a controlled vocabulary) of medical and health care terms. You can use them like a thesaurus to identify new keywords and to find terms that are not commonly used or known. MeSH terms are best used in conjunction with your own keywords but remember that that a MeSH heading may not always be available for your topic.  This short video explains how to use MeSH in the Cinahl database.

https://youtu.be/P5YXNpAA_eM

 
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Information sources for architecture-related subjects

By Jul.10, 2018

Tracy Breheny

Tracy suggests some architecture-related information sources that you can use.

Studying architecture or an architecture-related subject?  There are lots of sources of information you can use to help with your research.  All of these sources can be accessed via Library Search.

Useful books include:

Useful reference works include:

Dictionaries

Encyclopaedias

Key journals include:

  • Abitare
  • Architect
  • Architecture Today
  • Architectural Review
  • Azure
  • Blueprint
  • Building Engineer
  • Building Magazine
  • Built Environment
  • Construction News
  • Design Intelligence
  • Detail
  • Domus
  • Dwell
  • El Croquis
  • Journal of Architecture
  • Journal of Architecture and Urbanism
  • L’Architecture d’aujourd’hui
  • Mark
  • Metropolis
  • Modulo
  • Urban Design

Key databases include: 

More architecture-related resources can be found here.

Useful websites include:

RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects)

Don’t forget, you will also have your online reading lists which you can consult for more detailed lists of module-related textbooks and other sources of information. read more

 
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Email privacy

By Jul.05, 2018

Did you know that your email may not be private?

Google has recently confirmed that private Gmail messages can sometimes be read by staff at external companies. If you have a Gmail account, check out this video from the BBC on how to hide your Gmail account from prying eyes:

There are other times when your email communications may not be private. Find out more in these blogs:

Start protecting yourself
Change your behaviour
Hackers
Boost your digital security

 
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