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!

Let’s take a look at a few tips which will help make accessing the Library’s electronic resources easier, from wherever you are accessing them from.

Step 1: Start with Library Search

Library Search is the portal into all of The Library’s resources. It allows you to see what information The Library has access to. By signing into Library Search with your network username and password before you start to look for information, you are telling it that you are a registered student and this makes access much easier.

Find out how to sign into Library Search (and how to use many of it’s features) here.

Tip: Even if you know the name of the electronic resource you want to access, we recommend accessing it this way rather than going directly to it. This is because it can save you repeatedly signing in to each electronic resource you want to access and gives you extra functionality, such as saving what you find.

Step 2: Install Library Access

Library Access is a free browser add-on that syncs with our Library resources. It makes it simpler to access articles, journals and databases, particularly when you are studying off campus. You can find out more, including how to install it here.

Tip: Install this early on, as it can save you lots of time. With one click, Library Access will try and find full text access to resources for you. It also makes it easier to find resources using search engines like Google Scholar, as it can work with these to link you to full-text available.

Step 3: Keep your browser up-to-date!

Sometimes, students encounter problems with items not opening or displaying correctly. Most of the time, this can be solved by ensuring your chosen browser is the most up-to-date version. If you encounter and problems opening or displaying electronic resources, try updating your browser. This is also useful for any web pages you may be trying to view that don’t display correctly.

Other useful sources of information for off campus resource access include…

  • Find out how to sign into Library Search and use it’s advanced functions here.
  • Find out how to use the basics of Library Search here.
  • Find out more about Library help and support for off campus study here.
  • If there’s anything you are not sure of, ask your Academic Support Librarian.
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