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!

Let’s take a look at the best ways of finding academic information from off campus…

1. Use 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 use Library Search here.

Tip: Even if you know the name of the electronic resource you want to access, we recommend accessing it through Library Search if we have it, 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.

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.

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. Learn how to update your browser here.

Skills for Learning online workshops

You can book on to many online workshops run by The Library to help you develop your library, study and digital skills workshops. Online workshops include:

  • Avoiding plagiarism in your work
  • The what, why, when and how of referencing
  • Introduction to critical and analytical skills
  • Introduction to EndNote X9
  • 30 minute focus: Making the most of Library Search!
  • 30 minute focus: Identifying keywords and phrases for your search
  • 30 minute focus: Evaluating the sources you find
  • 30 minute focus: Finding and using Books
  • 30 minute focus: Finding journals and articles
  • 30 minute focus: Finding and using databases
  • 30 minute focus: Anatomy of a journal article

You can see what online workshops are running, and book on, here.

Online one-to-one appointments

Your Library Academic Support Team also offer online one-to-one appointments. You can make an appointment for help with a wide range of library, study and digital skills. These can be arranged by contacting your Library Academic Support Team here; let your team know which dates and times you are available and they will look at setting an appointment up for you. These appointments are available during standard working hours (usually 9am-5pm), Monday to Friday. Contact your Library Academic Support Team for further information.

Off campus learners webpage

One useful information source is our Skills for Learning Off campus learners webpage. This is full of useful information about services and resources the Library offers, and includes links to useful services to help you make the most of the library off campus.

Skills for Learning support 24/7

There are many online resources available to help support your learning, ranging from eLearning guides and videos. Skills for Learning can be found here.


If there’s anything you are not sure of, or you have any questions, you can contact your Library Academic Support Team. Find out how to contact them here.

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