Posts by Ebba

Finding pictures the legal way 3/3

26 June 2017

Welcome to the third in this series on searching for images the legal way. If you missed them, check out part one (using Google image search and Microsoft to find legal images), and part two (safe picture search engines).

Today we’re meeting (possibly) the best colour search engine in the world, also known as the Multicolr Search Engine from TinEye Labs. Use it to search for pictures by colour. This is a fantastic tool, especially if you’re trying to build a colour scheme for a visual piece of work. All the images have a creative commons licence, which means they are going to be fine to reuse in your academic and professional work. read more

Searching for pictures the legal way 2/3

23 June 2017

Welcome to part two of this series on searching for pictures the legal way. If you missed part one, it’s here. If you know how to do a Google search for an image that’s ‘licenced for reuse’ you’ve made a good start. But sometimes the results from Google alone can be disappointing.

Fortunately, there are many other search engines that are dedicated to finding free-to-use images that are licenced for reuse. My favourite is Pixabay – because it’s powerful and intuitive to use. But there are many others which are worth a try: read more

Finding pictures the legal way (1/3)

21 June 2017

When you’re looking for pictures to illustrate or enhance your academic work, how do you search? Do you ‘copy and paste’ from the internet, as a student recently told me? Or simply type your search term in that old reliable, Google?

Unless you’re careful, searching like this can contravene copyright law and potentially get you into legal trouble. Whenever you find an image through a regular Google search, there’s a good chance that it either:

  • has a license which forbids you to use it, or
  • has no license at all

Assuming that you didn’t ask for prior permission to use the content, it’s illegal to use it if either of these two cases applies. read more

Bring Your Own Device for Learning

13 January 2017


Want to get more out of your mobile technology? Perhaps you got a shiny new device for Christmas but aren’t sure how to use it? Or maybe you’d like to use it better in your studies or teaching?

Next week is national Bring Your Own Device for Learning Week and here at Salford we are offering a short online course to help you make the most of your mobile device. Starting on 16 January 2017, this short course looks at how you can make the most of your smart phone, tablet or laptop. The course, for all students and staff, runs for 5 consecutive days with opportunities to engage as much or as little as you are able to, both within the University and the wider community.  The topics for each day are: read more

Excel in the news

26 August 2016

If you’re working with gene names the last thing you want is for Excel to mess up your data. But the BBC recently reported that’s exactly what’s been happening to a significant number of researchers.

About one fifth of scientific papers on gene studies contain errors in the Excel spreadsheets where the data is stored, according to new research published in the journal Genome Biology.

There are 34 gene names which Excel will automatically, and irreversibly, turn into dates unless you instruct it not to – names such as DEC1, FEB1, and SEPT5. read more

Could you be a Digital Champion?

15 February 2016

Are you passionate about using technology? Can you communicate your passion to others? If so, you might have what it takes to become a Digital Champion for the University.

The Library is looking for students who use technology/apps to help them with their studies and who would like to share their skills with others.

We particularly want to hear from you if you have improved the way they study by using a piece of digital technology; or if you use technology/apps in an interesting way to boost your learning. read more

Stampy’s Christmas Cake Caper

15 December 2015

Is YouTubing a career? Ask 24-year old Joseph Garrett, better known as Stampy, whose digital and online gaming skills have led him to enormous success through his YouTube channel. Here’s his first ever public lecture in front of a live audience (this video is available throughout December 2015 via the BBC iplayer).


Banning the Bullet: improve your PowerPoint presentations

5 November 2015

Ever heard of death by PowerPoint? It’s what happens to your audience when your presentation slides are full of bullets. A teacher at the University of Glasgow recently sat through too many student presentations that used bullet points, and decided to show her students how they could improve their own slides with some simple visual ideas. Here are the slides that Maria Jackson came up with. Hope they inspire you to create some interesting and informative slides of  your own:

Banning the bullet – Maria Jackson read more

How to access your F:drive from home

10 October 2015

Know you get a gigabyte of free and secure storage when you’re a student at the University of Salford? It’s otherwise known as your F: drive. You can access it from any networked PC around the University, and also from home – from anywhere in the world in fact, as long as you have reasonable internet connection. Here’s how to access it from home, and how to save work to it from home:


Two ways to top up your printer credit

8 October 2015

Oh no, you’ve run out of printer credit… Here’s how to get some more.
1) The old fashioned way: put some money into one of the Pay Station machines. In Clifford Whitworth Library, for example, there’s one on the ground floor and another on the first floor, in the PC suite near the printers:

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2) the virtual way: No cash either? Then top up using a credit card. Here’s how:

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