Posts by Anne Sherwin

Aren’t Librarians Lovely?

22 September 2017

Did you know that every School has an Academic Support Librarian, who has specialised subject knowledge and is here to help you use Library resources and get the most out of your studies?

You might have already met your Academic Support Librarian in an induction or Library Skills class, but did you know that you can also contact him or her for individual help?

Your Librarian can help you design search strategies, access key databases for your subject area and use them effectively so you find the best information for your assignments or research, show you how to reference that information correctly, provide support for Distance Learners, and use the myriad of Library resources and facilities available to you at Salford. read more

Finding Patents

4 July 2017

Looking for patents? Anne shows you where you can find them.

Patents are useful as they can show the latest technological development in a particular field, and often describe significant developments long before they are revealed elsewhere. If you are working in a field of engineering, for example, and need to think of a design solution to a particular problem you might like to look at some patents for inspiration.

Scopus

You might be familiar with Scopus for finding journal articles, but did you know it provides access to over 28 million patents from five patent offices as well? read more

World Giraffe Day

21 June 2017

Today is World Giraffe Day, an annual event supported by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation to celebrate the longest-necked animal in the world on the longest day of the year (or longest night if you happen to be on the other side of the planet).

giraffe

Not only is 21st June the longest day, it is also the First Day of Summer – and this means that the Summer Wordscope workshops are about to begin. This is a great opportunity to improve your academic writing skills – becoming a conscious, coherent and skilled writer will increase your chances of a higher class degree – and help you with your career after graduation. read more

Explore ESDU

15 June 2017

Need engineering design methods and data? Anne shows you where you can find these.

Do you need access to design methods and data for aeronautical, mechanical or structural engineering?

little logoESDU (Engineering Sciences Data Unit) provides data, software tools and design methods that have been monitored, guided and rigorously tested and validated by technical committees comprised of leading experts from industry, academia and government organisations from around the world.

In short, this is information you can trust.

What’s more, you won’t find this information on Google or Wikipedia – in in many cases the data and information is unpublished and only available through ESDU. read more

Hop to it!

28 April 2017

Tomorrow is Save the Frogs Day

– the world’s largest day of amphibian conservation and education. You can read more about it on their website.

frog

Meanwhile, for many of you, your own year of education is nearly at its end –

and exams are just around the corner.

Many of us find exams quite alarming, but don’t worry, Skills for Learning has lots of advice to help with

You can find lots of good tips on Twitter too skillupUS and #SalfordSmart.

As well as the academic preparation for exams, taking care of your health will help you cope with stress and improve your chances of success. Try to eat well, get plenty of sleep and find time get some fresh air and exercise. The Wellbeing Service has lots of good advice to help you be at your best. read more

What is Critical Analysis…

27 March 2017

Want to improve your critical analysis skills? Anne shows you how.

and why do I need it?

During your time at university you will often be asked to critically analyse things – in your reading and writing, in essay titles, assignment instructions and exam questions.

Also, when your assignment is marked your tutor might comment that your work is “too descriptive” or that “there isn’t enough critical analysis”.

What does it all mean?

Descriptive writing is simply describing a situation or summarising what you have read.

Critical analysis shows that you have examined the evidence, understood the arguments and analysed the conclusions – and can discuss these in your own writing.
examine the evidence read more

It’s Hedgehog Day

2 February 2017

hedgehog

Today, 2nd February, is Hedgehog Day, and this little fellow has been brushing up on his Skills for Learning.

He is doing his best to Get Ahead.

He has set up his device for learning, found his reading lists, learned how to find information for his assignments, improved his writing skills, and now knows how to reference the information he has used. What a great start to the semester!

Don’t you think he looks a bit tired now though?

Ambiguous Citations

15 July 2016

Or, how do you know what is what?

questions

Let’s start with the basics:

When you are referencing your information sources you use citations within your text. These are brief, just names and a date in brackets, in your text.

Then at the end of your essay or assignment you have a reference list. This is a list of everything you have cited, with each reference providing the full details of the works you have cited in your writing.

This means if someone reading your work sees an interesting idea they can use the citation to find the matching reference, and then use the details in the reference to find the original work to read for themselves. read more

Explore ESDU

4 July 2016

Do you need access to design methods and data for aeronautical, mechanical or structural engineering?

little logoESDU (Engineering Sciences Data Unit) provides data, software tools and design methods that have been monitored, guided and rigorously tested and validated by technical committees comprised of leading experts from industry, academia and government organisations from around the world.

In short, this is information you can trust.

What’s more, you won’t find this information on Google or Wikipedia – in in many cases the data and information is unpublished and only available through ESDU. read more

World Giraffe Day

21 June 2016

Today is World Giraffe Day, an annual event supported by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation to celebrate the longest-necked animal in the world on the longest day of the year (or longest night if you happen to be on the other side of the planet).

giraffe

Not only is 21st June the longest day, it is also the First Day of Summer – and this means that the Skills for Learning Summer School is underway. From now until the end of June we are running workshops which cover a range of areas, from finding information for your assignments, improving your study skills and building or refreshing your IT skills. read more