Finance students – do you know you can get a qualification in DataStream?

By Feb.14, 2018

Do you use DataStream to find financial and economic research data?  As a University of Salford student you can undertake Datastream Certification for free. The tutorials and exam are both online and can be taken anywhere at any time. There are 27 tutorials in total covering:

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Basic information
Working with different chart types
Working in MS office
Analytics and tools
Exploring the data content

It will take around 6 hours to complete all the tutorials.

The exam takes place online and you will have  60 minutes to answer 30 multiple choice questions, you can use DataStream during the exam.  You have two attempts at the exam and you receive your results instantly. read more

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O Reference, reference, wherefore art thou, reference?

By Feb.12, 2018

In honour of both our plagiarism week, and Valentine’s day, Romeo soliloquises on the subjects of loving good academic practice, referencing and avoiding plagiarism…

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ROMEO: But soft! What quote through yonder sentence breaks?

It is the best, and the essay is done.

Arise, assignment two is begun, too late,

I am already sick and pale with grief

That such books unread mar more clear design.

Be not a reader, since time is grievous.

Internet cut and paste is both slick and clean,

And none but fools do shun it. Print it off. read more

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Don’t be daunted by your dissertation

By Feb.06, 2018

Here are a few tips for completing your dissertation.

Writing your dissertation is a big job. You need to plan it, find information, do a lot of reading and note taking, structure it, write it, reference, proofread…

Skills for Learning has resources that can help! Have a look at our web site for guidance on writing your research proposal, writing your dissertation and formatting your dissertation.

Knowing some of the tricks and tools in MS Word can save you hours. So if you are unsure about page numbering, creating a table of contents, using styles, headings and section breaks you should have a look at our guides and videos or book yourself onto our Formatting your Dissertation or Thesis workshop on the 12th February. read more

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Plagiarism Awareness Week will urge you to ‘Be Original’

By Feb.06, 2018

The Library and Students’ Union will be urging you to ‘be original’ when they run their first ever Plagiarism Awareness Week from Monday 12 February to Friday 16 February.

During the week, there will be pop-up stands and workshops to improve your understanding of plagiarism and help make your work your own.

Plagiarism involves taking someone else’s work and presenting it as your own.  This is often done by mistake and Plagiarism Awareness Week will help you understand what it is and how to avoid it. read more

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Finding EU Law

By Jan.30, 2018

How to find EU legal materials

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This short guide shows you how to find the EU legal materials you need

This short guide will show you how to use Westlaw, LexisLibrary or the EUR-Lex website to find the EU legal materials you need for module work or your assignments.

Click on the image above, or use the link, to access the guide.

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Referencing made easier with EndNote

By Jan.23, 2018

Is there an easier way to do your referencing? Anne suggests EndNote.


Correct referencing, that is, acknowledging the books, journal articles and other sources of information you use in your essays and assignments, is a very important part of academic writing.

You might have already discovered that it is complicated, and can be quite time-consuming and difficult to get right. 

Have you ever wished you could get a machine to help you?


Well you can!

All our open access PCs and Macs are installed with EndNote X8. This is a package that allows you to create your own library of references and add citations and a reference list to your Word documents – automatically and correctly! read more

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Plagiarism Awareness Week : Feb 2018

By Jan.16, 2018

Tracy Breheny

Tracy tells you about Plagiarism Week and shows you where to get help and advice on avoiding plagiarism in your academic work.

Plagiarism can be a tricky a concept, with many people unsure what exactly it is and how to avoid it.  Want to learn more about plagiarism?  Then read on!

The Library and the Students’ Union are running a Plagiarism Awareness Week (12th-16th February) and as part of this there will be a variety of pop-up stands in library spaces and in University House to provide information about plagiarism.

As part of Plagiarism Awareness Week, there will be:

Plagiarism awareness pop-up stands in Clifford Whitworth Library, MediaCity Library and the B’hive learning space at Allerton where you can learn more about what plagiarism is and find out about all of the help available through Skills for Learning.  Test your knowledge by playing the plagiarism game with us, and maybe win a prize! read more

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Using Dictionaries and Encyclopaedias

By Jan.12, 2018

Want to use something better than Wikipedia for your assignments? Anne suggests some alternatives.

When you get given a new assignment do you head straight to Wikipedia to find out what the words mean?

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing – if you’re going to research a topic and write about it you need to know what it is, right? However, Wikipedia is a crowd-sourced resource – meaning you don’t know who has written the information, or more importantly, if they know what they’re writing about.

The Library provides online access to a wealth of dictionaries and encyclopaedias, and other publications such as directories and handbooks, which are known as reference works. read more

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Searching for health resources by global regions

By Jan.09, 2018

The Global Index Medicus (GIM) is a WHO tool that provides worldwide access to biomedical and public health literature produced by and within low- and middle- income countries.   If you are interested in health issues in specific regions, this index seeks to increase the visibility and usability of this important set of resources. The  material is collated and aggregated by WHO Regional Office Libraries on a central search platform allowing retrieval of bibliographical and full text information. read more

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Royal Shakespeare Company productions now available in Salford!

By Jan.04, 2018

For those of you who would love to have been in the audience for some of the most exciting RSCs productions of recent years, you’re in luck!

Digital Theatre+ has added 13 RSC performances to the list of productions it offers, including Simon Russell Beale in The Tempest, Paapa Essiedu in Hamlet, Michelle Terry in Love’s Labour’s Lost and Antony Sher in King Lear.

Just log onto Digital Theatre+, and look for the production you want to watch.

A search for RSC Production will provide a full list. read more

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