Posts by Tracy

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:

Dictionaries

Encyclopaedias

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: 

More architecture-related resources can be found here.

Useful websites include:

RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects)

Don’t forget, you will also have your online reading lists which you can consult for more detailed lists of module-related textbooks and other sources of information. read more

Finding past exam papers the easy way!

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:

  1. Go to our past exam paper webpage.
  2. Type in a couple of keywords to limit your search; often words from the module title bring back useful results.
  3. 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.
  4. Off campus?  You will be requested to sign in with your network username and password to view them.

Want to see how to find them?  Check out this video:

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If you have any problem accessing past exam papers, please contact your Library Academic Support Team for further help.

Library Search contains some useful textbooks on exam revision, and there is also lots of help with exam preparation and revision techniques available on our Skills for Learning ‘My Assessments’ webpage, so take a look! read more

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. read more

Looking for dissertations and theses? Library Search can help!

29 May 2017

Tracy Breheny

Tracy talks you through finding and accessing dissertations and theses.

During the course of your studies, you may find that you need to look for dissertations or theses.  Maybe you would like to see what other research has been undertaken in relation to your topic, or perhaps you would like to see what a dissertation or thesis looks like.

You can use Library Search to help you find them and there are a number of different ways to search depending on what you want.

Finding University of Salford dissertations and theses

You can use the ‘Advanced Search’ option in Library Search to find the dissertations and theses by previous University of Salford students.

To find out how to do this, take a look here:

Video on finding Salford dissertations and theses

Further information can be found here.

Using databases to find other dissertations and theses

There are a number of databases you can use to find dissertations and theses from other academic insitutions.  You can access these through Library Search.

To find out how to do this, take a look here:

Video on finding dissertations and theses using ProQuest and EThOS.

Further information can be found here.

Helpful tips when looking for dissertations and theses:

  • Select a couple of keywords and use these when searching.  Don’t try to enter too many keywords all at once as it’s often useful to see what else there is around your topic.  Also, entering too many keywords can make your search too specific and you may struggle to fnd what you need.
  • Can’t find what you need? Many databases only contain PhD level manuscripts.  Using advanced search options within certain databases can sometimes allow you to specify other manuscript levels.
  • Don’t worry about topic area too much if you just want to see what one looks like.  Looking at any of them should give you an idea of layout and format.  Always check any guidelines you have been given by your school.
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    Finding books in the library

    30 January 2017
    Tracy Breheny
    Tracy discusses finding books in the library.

    Finding books in the library can be a little bit daunting, especially if you are new to an academic library. In this blog post, we will talk you through the easiest way to find the books you need for your studies.

    Library Search

    Library Search is the portal into all of The Library’s print and electronic academic resources.

    When you search for a book in Library Search, it will tell you if it is available electronically, in print or in both formats. If it is available in print, you will see a location, which tells you which library the book is in, and a subject number followed by some letters that appear under the title of the book you want to find: read more

    Tips for evaluating websites

    21 August 2014

    web searchingAre you using information from websites in your research and wondering how you can tell if it’s a good resource to use?  If so, there are a number of checks you can run  through when evaluating a website which will tell you if it’s a reliable and trustworthy resource suitable for your academic work.

     

    Firstly, ask yourself a couple of questions:

    Is the website from a credible source?

    Does the website help advance your argument?

    Is it relevant to your topic?

    Then, run a few checks when reviewing the website…

  • Check the source of the information (You can often look at the domain name for some help with this; does it have an .edu, .ac.uk or a .gov domain name for example?)
  • Check when the website was last updated (Is it recent?  Does it even have a date?  If not, you need to be cautious about using it)
  • Check the author out (Is there an authors name attached to it?  Do you recognize the author as an expert in the field? Remember, an author can be a company or an organization as well as an individual person.  again, if there is no author evident you need to be cautious about using it)
  • Check the content and look for any possible bias (Is the author trying to promote, publicise or sell anything?  Is the website heavily biased towards one side of an argument?  If so, take this into account when using it in your work)
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