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Find articles more easily using Library Access

21 January 2020
Tracy Breheny
Tracy introduces you to Library Access – the easier way to find articles!

Library Access is a browser extension, or add-on, available for Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari.

Why is it useful?

Library Access makes it simpler to access articles, journals and databases, particularly when you are studying off campus. It automatically detects when you are on a site the Library provides a subscription to and prompts you to log in.

If you visit a site which the Library doesn’t provide access to, Library Access will try and suggest an alternative route, including Open Access content.

It will also automatically add ‘Findit@Salford’ links to sources found in Google Scholar. read more

Want books in the library? Ask your Library Champion!

13 January 2020

Tracy Breheny

Tracy tells you how to make the most from the Library Champion Scheme.

Are there new books, electronic books or DVDs you would like to see in the library?

Do you think there are titles we need more copies of?

If so, you can request books through your Library Champion!

Each school has a pot of £5,000 allocated for book requests and a designated Library Champion who can be contacted when you would like to request books for the library.

Find out more about the scheme from two of our Library Champions:

You will need to include details about the items you would like us to order, including:

  • The title, author and ISBN number (this is the specific book number and can be found on Amazon’s website).
  • The year of publication (and edition if there is one).
  •  The number of copies you would like and the price.
  • The library you would like it for (Clifford Whitworth or Media City).

You can also make suggestions for further library developments/services and offer feedback about the library to your Library Champion, who will then pass your comments to us and we will respond.  To find out more about your Library Champion and the scheme, take a look at our webpage here: http://www.salford.ac.uk/library/help/library-champions.

The Library’s Serenity Hub is up and running!

9 January 2020
Tracy Breheny
Tracy talks about The Library’s new Serenity Hub.

Did you know The Library now has a Serenity Hub?

If you need a break from your exam revision, why not pop into The Library’s Serenity Hub in Clifford Whitworth Library to take a break and de-stress?

The Serenity Hub is a temporary pop-up space located in Group Study Room 4 for the January exam period. We have included a few relaxing additions to help you feel zen during the exam period, including a wellbeing bookshelf, a yoga mat and some very comfy looking beanbags! There is also other mindfulness activity equipment in there, including jigsaws, colouring books and Lego and Playdoh modelling materials. read more

Specialist software library locations

25 October 2019

Tracy Breheny

Tracy shows you where to find specialist software and MACs in the Library

Clifford Whitworth Library contains a number of designated PCs with specialist software on them.

The PCs are labelled, indicating which ones have the software on, and are all available 24/7.

Specialist software available in Clifford Whitworth Library includes:

  • Autodesk BDS (the full suite)
  • AutoCAD (on all of the open access PCs in Clifford Whitworth Library)
  • Autodesk Revit  (on all of the open access PCs in Clifford Whitworth Library)
  • ChemSketch
  • Datastream
  • Estate Manager
  • Linux
  • Avid Sibelius
  • Wind

To help you find them, we have some maps showing where the PCs are located:

Clifford Whitworth Library software locations

We also have MACs available in the Library, should you need them:

Clifford Whitworth Library software MAC location

If you have any problems locating software or the MACs in the Library, please visit the Library Enquiry Desk for further help, or ask your Academic Support Librarian.

Please note:  Due to the popularity of the PCs during peak times, it is advisable to kindly ask any person working on a PC with specialist software on if you can use it if you need it urgently, should other PCs be available to move to.

As noted above, students will be made aware of the PCs with specialist software on because they are clearly labelled.  Related to this, please do allow yourself plenty of time to access the software should you need to use it by a deadline.

Don’t forget that standard software is also available!

There is also a range of standard software available on all of The Library’s open access PCs across campus.  You can find out what software is available here.

To find out where open access PCs are located across campus, and how many are available in real time, take a look at the list here.

As a student you also have access to some software from off campus via the Student Software Portal.  To find out more and learn how to access it, take a look here.

How to find construction contracts and other related sources

29 September 2019

Tracy Breheny

Tracy explains how to locate various construction contracts you may need for your studies.

When undertaking your studies you may find you need to access a number of different construction contracts and specific construction law-related sources.  These sources of information can be tricky to find as they are often  located in various places.

We have access to various construction contracts and construction law-related sources of information through Library Search. Library Search can be found here. It is always worth signing in to Library Search as soon as you access it for ease of use when off-campus.

NEC contracts

We have a collection of NEC contracts available through Library Search.  To access these:

  1. Go to Library Search.
  • Sign yourself into Library Search by clicking on Sign-in (top right-hand corner of the Library Search homepage) and then enter your network username and password.
  • Type NEC4 Contracts into the main Library Search box.
  • Follow the link and you will be prompted to log in with your network username and password.  You will then have access to all of the NEC4 contracts and documents, which can be read online and/or downloaded.
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    Introducing Construction Information Service – for all your construction information needs!

    16 September 2019

    Tracy Breheny

    Tracy introduces you to an important resource called Construction Information Service (CIS).

    Construction Information Service (CIS) is an online database from which you can quickly access current regulations, construction standards, technical advice and industry news on building, engineering, design and construction processes in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.

    Updated weekly, the CIS offers a powerful search engine to find authoritative information for every stage of the construction lifecyle, from design and completion to operation and ongoing use. Easy-to-use search filters allow you to query 23,000+ documents from 300+ publishers and more.

    CIS is particularly useful for subjects such as; Architecture, Architectural Design and Technology, Building Surveying, Quantity Surveying, Civil Engineering, Construction, Construction Project Management and Construction Law.

    CIS includes valuable and up-to-date construction-related information, including:

    • BRE reports and papers
    • CIBSE guides and documentation
    • CIOB papers and technical information documentation
    • FIDIC contracts, guides and procedure documentation
    • JCT agreements, contracts and frameworks
    • RIBA contracts, guides and documentation
    • Statutory instruments
    • Various construction-related legislation, building regulations, reports, guidebooks and manuals.

    CIS can be found in Library Search here and is accessible both on and off campus.  Check this video out if you want to see CIS in action:

    CIS video

    Need further help using CIS?  Check out the help available here:

  • Guided tour of the CIS interface
  • CIS eLearning video
  • CIS help index
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    LinkedIn Learning at Salford

    1 August 2019
    Tracy Breheny
    Tracy tells you how to access LinkedIn Learning.

    All University of Salford staff and students have access to thousands of professionally produced online courses covering a wide range of technical, creative and professional skills.

    LinkedIn Learning offers a broad suite of high-quality online learning that can help us get fit for the future. Its library of video-based content is constantly updated as new technologies and workplace skills needs emerge.

    To access LinkedIn Learning:

    1. Connect to LinkedIn Learning at: www.linkedin.com/checkpoint/enterprise/login/71337938?application=learning.
    2. Log in with your University email address and password.
    3. The first time that you log in, you will be taken through a setup process to discover courses tailored to your interests.
    4. Start searching for content!

    If you have questions, please contact the Library’s Digital Skills Team at: studentdigitalskills@salford.ac.uk. read more

    3 steps to easy electronic resource access!

    8 March 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! read more

    Need a study room? Book online!

    11 February 2019
    Tracy Breheny
    Tracy shows you how to book a study room.

    You can book Library study rooms online using The Library’s room booking software. You can access the software and book a room of your choice (if available) using the Library self-service room bookings icon on the desktop of all of our open access PCs, or by visiting our website and following the link.

    You can book rooms in a number of locations, including:

  • Clifford Whitworth Library.
  • Chapman Building.
  • Allerton B’Hive.
  • Allerton Learning Space in Allerton Building.
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    Need maps for your research? Check out Digimap!

    3 August 2018

    Tracy Breheny

    Tracy talks about Digimap and all of the different types of maps you can get access to through Library Search.

    The Library has access to a collection of databases provided by Digimap.  These contain a variety of different maps which you can access using Library Search.  Our subscriptions include access to various different types of maps, scans, satellite images and land coverage information, and  can all be accessed online.

    We currently subscribe to the following Digimap collections:

    Digimap Environment

    Digimap Environment provides access to Land Cover Map data from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. This is a parcel-based classification of UK land cover derived from satellite images and digital cartography and gives land cover information for the entire UK. Land cover is based on UK Biodiversity Action Plan Broad Habitats.

    Help using it can be found here.

    Digimap Ordnance Survey

    This collection includes a variety of Ordnance Survey maps and licenced data.

    Help using it can be found here.

    Digimap Historic

    Historic Digimap provides access to the valuable historic Ordnance Survey map collection online. The maps included are digital scans of Ordnance Survey paper map sheets.

    The historic maps can be viewed online, printed and downloaded as images for use in image processing and GIS software.

    Help using it can be found here.

    Want further information?

    Digimap also has a blog which can be useful for keeping up-to-date with Digimap developments and new content.

    There is also a Digimap YouTube channel which contains lost of videos on using various components of the resource.