Posts by Sue B-M

Finding the Financial Times

11 October 2017

The Financial Times is available to view via Newsstand (Gale Infotrac).  However there is a 30 day embargo on content being added to the database so for the most recent copies of the paper look on the on the mobile shelving in the Library extension on the top floor of Clifford Whitworth.

Login to Library Search and click on the Databases link from the top of the screen:

Picture of Library search menu showing database tab.

  • Click on from the menu which appears.
  • click on Newsstand.
  • Click on Link to database.
  • In the Newsstand search screen, click on the Publications tab.
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    Email etiquette tips

    30 June 2017
    Email etiquette cartoon

    Cham, J. (2015). How to write an e-mail to your instructor or T.A. Retrieved from

    When emailing friends it is fine to use an a familiar and informal style, however, when you write an email about a job application or internship, an interview or when emailing your tutors it is good practice to adopt a more formal style.

    Tips for writing a formal email:

    • First impressions count – Think about your email address a prospective employer might remember you for all the wrong reasons if you contact them using an email address such as  It is a much better idea to use your university email account – you can forward emails from this account to your personal email using the instructions here.
    • Include a greeting– if you know your tutor using their first name in the greeting is fine. If you do not have a familiar relationship with them then use their family name e.g. Dear Dr. Smith.  If you are applying for a job and don’t know the name of the person who will be reading your email it is good practice to include the greeting Dear Sir or Madam.
    • Use the subject line and be informative – try to avoid just typing “hello” or “help”. If emailing your tutor tell them why you are contacting them e.g. Query about case study in Clinical Skills lecture.  If you are applying for a job include details about the job being applied for e.g. Application for Library Assistant post ref: LIB/6291.
    • Avoid text speak – Save ROFL and YOLO for emails to friends. Use full sentences and punctuation when emailing tutors and prospective employers.  Use the spell check to make sure your message is correct before pressing send.
    • DON’T SHOUT – Names, dates, places, most acronyms and the start of a new sentence should be capitalised, entire sentences shouldn’t.
    • Size matters – Tutors and employers are busy people so be as concise as possible. Also avoid sending large attachments – find information about compressing files here.
    • Provide details – Give the person you are contacting the information they need to answer your query effectively e.g. if you are querying something that was said in a lecture include the date and time.
    Good manners cost nothing but are always appreciated – include a please and thank you when making a request.

    Photo of Sue

    Sue is blogging about email etiquette.

  • Include a sign off:
    1. To a tutor – “best wishes” or “regards”
    2. To a prospective employer you have addressed as Dear Sir or Madam the sign off should be “Yours faithfully”.
    3. To a prospective employer when the name is known e.g. Dear Mr. Smith the sign off should be “Yours sincerely”.
  • The sign off should be followed by your full name. read more

    Read prize winning research papers in the Library

    26 May 2017

    Emerald logo

    TWO research papers written by academics at Salford Business School have won ‘outstanding paper’ in the annual Emerald Network Awards for Excellence.  The Awards are now in their 24th year and were established to celebrate and reward the outstanding contributions of authors and reviewers to scholarly research.

    The criteria used to judge the awards are based on six areas that inform the development of our products: internationality; diversity; support for scholarly research; encouragement of applied research (impact); commitment to high quality scholarship; and a desire to ensure reader, author and customer experience is the best it can be. read more

    Pre-packed bread is toast according to a new Mintel survey

    19 May 2017
    Mintel infograpgh summarising British Lifestyles Report

    Mintel, 2017.

    There is an article in The Guardian today  today summarising the new Mintel British Lifestyle Report 2017.  Salford University students have access to this via Library Search. Sign in, click on the Databases link in the menu bar.  Click on M and link into the Mintel database.  A search for British Lifestyle will give you access to the full report.

    Photos of Sue, the Business Librarian

    Sue introduces the British Lifestyles Report.

    Read about the economy, the people, the consumers’ response to the EU referendum, concerns for the NHS, Leisure and entertainment pursuits, sources of happiness and much more.  Key consumer findings include: read more

    Goodbye Bankscope, hello Fitch Connect.

    20 December 2016

    The Library has subscribed to Fitch Connect as a replacement source of bank data for the obsolete Bankscope.  Fitch Connect provides

    • Coverage for over 30,000 global banks (active and inactive).
    • 19,000+ active bank financial statements with the most coverage of emerging and frontier markets
    • Up to 500 data items per bank for summary and in-depth analysis.
    • Timely coverage: Annual and interim financial statements for the largest 3,200 banks (by total assets) are collected within hours of filing availability.
    • Accuracy: Double verified financial data used by Fitch credit analysts.
    • Fitch current & historical ratings.

    A username and password are required to use the database.  To request these, you must use your University of Salford e-mail account to contact

    Use the Screener menu to search for Banks using the name of the company or other criteria such as market sector, region or accounting standard.  The homepage has a collection of videos to help you get started. read more

    Skills for Learning is hotter than a vindaloo!

    11 October 2016


    You are well into week 3 of your first semester, you have got to grips with your timetable and are attending all your lectures – pretty soon you are going to start writing your first assignment.

    Remember that there is a wealth of information to help you on the Skills for Learning web pages.  We have study guides, e-learning packages and details of free workshops you can attend covering reading & note-taking, writing an assignment and how to reference your work.

    However – this week is National Curry Week which is great excuse to relax and enjoy a great meal with your new friends. read more

    Figure it out with DataStream

    23 June 2016

    DataStream is a database for financial and economic research data from Thomson Reuters.  It contains current and historical data on stocks, indices, bonds, funds, futures, options, interest rates, commodities, and economic indicators with coverage back to the 1960s.   PGR students can use DataStream in the PGR room in the Maxwell Building.  It is also available on the first floor of Clifford Whitworth where it can be used by all students – see the map below for the location:

    Map showing location of DataStream

    To carry out a simple search in DataStream: read more

    How to open an e-book from a reading list

    2 February 2016

    The Library provides access to to thousands of e-books and your tutors will have added some of these to your reading lists.  you don’t have to come into the library to read an e-book.  You can read them any time, any place, any where – so long as you have access to the internet.

    The video below shows you how to open an e-book from your reading list:

    If you are using e-books on your own device it is sometimes necessary to download some software – the library webpages give  full instructions . read more

    How many kilos of strawberries are eaten at Wimbledon?* Using newspapers to keep up to date.

    2 July 2015


    *28,ooo kg. each year (CNN News)

    Newspapers are a great source of topical information and reading one is a good and easy way of keeping up to date.  University of Salford students have access to the Nexis & Business News database which is accessible both on and off campus by following the database link in Library Search.  Nexis is a global database providing access to local papers such as the Manchester Evening News, the UK broadsheets and international papers such as the New York Times. read more

    Give us a job mate….

    24 April 2015

    Some of you will be coming to the end of your studies and will be thinking about applying for jobs – it’s a good idea to research your target companies before writing your application and the library has lots of databases to help you do this.

    FAME, OSIRIS & Bankscope all provide a 10 year archive of balance sheet information so you can chart a company’s financial stability, you can check on recent mergers and acquisition news and find out the names of the directors and other contact information. read more