Struggling to get motivated with your studies?

By May.21, 2020


I am a runner. I run because it’s important for my mental and physical health and my overall aim is to get fit. During my regular morning run there are lots of obstacles in my way like dog poo, overhanging branches, low-lying bushes, wheelie bins, people and their dogs, squirrels and bumps in the pavement. Some days are really tough and I feel like my legs are made of concrete. I look up and my end point seems so far away and like I’m never going to reach it. Doing your academic work is a lot like running; it can be hard to get started, sometimes you feel like you’re not getting anywhere or your progress is really slow and it feels like you’re never going to finish that assignment/trimester/degree. Being off campus can be challenging too when you’re not interacting with your tutors and classmates as usual. So, what can we do to get started and stay motivated? Here are my top 3 tips to set you on your way: read more

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Lights, camera, action.. information sources for film

By Apr.09, 2020

Finding films to watch

Those of you with subscriptions to Netflix, Disney, Sky etc. will have access to a huge number of mainstream films.  However, the Library also provides some excellent sources for films old and new, both mainstream and more alternative.

Box of Broadcasts – This is a treasure trove for film buffs.  It’s a vast collection of programmes broadcast on TV and radio over the past 20 years or more.  Many thousands of films have been aired on TV, and the recordings are available in this database.  This blog describes how to use Box of Broadcasts to find a particular film. read more

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Studying off campus with Microsoft Teams

By Apr.01, 2020

As so many of us are now studying and working from home, Microsoft Teams has never been more useful and important.

It acts as a digital hub bringing conversations, content, collaboration, and apps together in one place. You can ‘chat’ with others, create and share files, check your Outlook calendar, and hold online meetings all within the same application.

How to access Teams

  • Log into Office 365 via office.com with your University email address and password.
  • Choose Teams from the Office 365 homepage or click on the ‘waffle’icon.

For a quick overview of Teams take a look at our guide MS Teams – key features.

Been invited to a Microsoft Teams meeting?

If a member of the Skills for Learning support team invites you to an online Teams meeting, and you’d like a little bit of guidance, or want to know more about its features then take a look at our guide MS Teams – Online meetings and appointments. read more

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Studying from home with Office 365

By Mar.30, 2020

Using Office 365

Studying or working from home has never been easier.

Using your Office 365 account gives you access to key online tools – such as Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Teams – which let you create and share anywhere and on any device. Just login to office.com with your Uni email address and password.

If you haven’t used your Office 365 account yet then get an overview of these tools – Work remotely with Office 365 – and discover more by trying some of the great Office 365 courses on LinkedIn Learning. read more

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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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