Posts by Tracy

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

Find articles more easily using Library Access

5 March 2019

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.

Find out more by watching this short video:

Library Access video on YouTube


How do I get it?

Library Access is easy to install – just click on the download link and follow the instructions to add it to your browser.

Once installed select “University of Salford” and it will automatically pop up when you are on a site the Library has a subscription for or alert you to alternative content.

To find out more, take a look at our webpage.

Please note:  You MUST have the most up-to-date version of your preferred browser for Library Access to work.  Please check this if you encounter any technical difficulties.

If you have any questions about this, or would like to find out more, please contact The Library.

Specialist software library locations

5 March 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 (also now on all of the open access PCs in Clifford Whitworth Library)
  • Autodesk Revit  (also now on all of the open access PCs in Clifford Whitworth Library)
  • ChemSketch
  • Datastream
  • Estate Manager
  • Inspiration
  • Linux
  • Sibelius
  • Wind

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

Clifford Whitworth Library software PC location

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.

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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    Want books in the library? Ask your Library Champion!

    28 January 2019

    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:

    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.

    Information sources for building and quantity surveying

    30 July 2018

    Tracy Breheny

    Tracy suggests some building surveying-related information sources that you can use.

    Studying a building or quantity surveying-related subject?  There are lots of sources of information you can use to help with your research.  All of these sources can be accessed via Library Search.


    Useful books include:


    Useful reference sources include:




    Key journals include:

    • Building Magazine
    • Building Research and Information
    • Built Environment
    • Construction Forecast
    • Construction News
    • Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation
    • Structural Survey


    Key databases include: 

    Academic Search Premier
    Alexander Street Press (academic videos)
    Architects’ Journal (AJ) including AJ Buildings Library
    BCIS Online
    BCIS Online Rates Database
    Box of Broadcasts (TV scheduling service)

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    Information sources for architecture-related subjects

    10 July 2018

    Tracy Breheny

    Tracy suggests some architecture-related information sources that you can use.

    Studying architecture or an architecture-related subject?  There are lots of sources of information you can use to help with your research.  All of these sources can be accessed via Library Search.


    Useful books include:


    Useful reference works include:




    Key journals include:

    • Abitare
    • Architect
    • Architecture Today
    • Architectural Review
    • Azure
    • Blueprint
    • Building Engineer
    • Building Magazine
    • Built Environment
    • Construction News
    • Design Intelligence
    • Detail
    • Domus
    • Dwell
    • El Croquis
    • Journal of Architecture
    • Journal of Architecture and Urbanism
    • L’Architecture d’aujourd’hui
    • Mark
    • Metropolis
    • Modulo
    • Urban Design


    Key databases include: 

    Academic Search Premier
    Alexander Street Press (academic videos)

    Architects’ Journal (AJ) read more

    Exams… preparation is the key!

    4 May 2018

    Tracy Breheny

    Tracy tells you how to find past exam papers to help with your exam preparation.

    Got exams coming up?  Looking over past exam papers can be really useful when preparing for an exam.   The Library has a collection of past exam papers which are all available electronically.

    To find past exam papers, you need to:

  • Go to our past exam paper webpage here:
  • Type in a couple of keywords to limit your search; often words from the module title bring back useful results.
  • You will then be presented with a list of past exam papers we have access to that match your search. When you find the one you would like to look at, click on the title and you will be able to open it.
  • If you are off-campus, you will be requested to sign in with your network username and password to view them.
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    Getting the most out of Library Search

    16 April 2018

    Tracy Breheny

    Tracy tells you how to use Library Search smarter!

    Trying to find sources for your academic work can be difficult, time consuming and overwhelming.  Sometimes, even deciding where to look can be tricky!  But fear not, help is at hand!

    Library Search can make your academic life easier by helping you to find a range of reliable and trustworthy sources for your work.  It contains a wealth of information to help you make the most of your studies, including books/eBooks, journals/eJournals, articles, databases, past exam papers, the University’s research, the University’s Archives and Special Collections and more.

    First, sign into Library Search, with your network username and password using the link in the top right hand corner of the screen:

    Image of the Library search menu bar showing sign in link.


    Signing in gives you access to all the electronic resources and to your Library account so you can check which books you have out on loan.

    If you haven’t used Library Search before, there are some really useful videos you can watch to get you started:











    Library Search also has advanced features which can save you time and help you get better results.  Library Search can help you:

    • Locate print sources in the Library by showing you a map
    • Save (‘pin’) and organise the sources you find
    • Save your search and set alerts
    • Filter your results so that they are more manageable
    • Reference what you find

    Watch this video to find out how to get the most from Library Search:








    If you have any questions about Library Search, or you want any further help, please contact your Academic Support Librarian who will be happy to help.

    Searching will never be the same again!