Posts about: Library Basics

Plagiarism Week coming soon!

16 January 2018
Tracy Breheny

Tracy tells you about Plagiarism Week and shows you where to get help and advice on avoiding plagiarism in your academic work.

Plagiarism can be a tricky a concept, with many people unsure what exactly it is and how to avoid it.  Want to learn more about plagiarism?  Then read on!

The Library and the Students’ Union are running a Plagiarism Week (12th-16th February) and as part of this there will be a variety of pop-up stands in library spaces and in University House to provide information about plagiarism.

As part of Plagiarism Week, there will be:

Plagiarism awareness pop-up stands in Clifford Whitworth Library and the B’hive learning space at Allerton where you can learn more about what plagiarism is and find out about all of the help available through Skills for Learning.  Test your knowledge by playing the plagiarism game with us, and maybe win a prize! read more

Using Dictionaries and Encyclopaedias

12 January 2018

Want to use something better than Wikipedia for your assignments? Anne suggests some alternatives.

When you get given a new assignment do you head straight to Wikipedia to find out what the words mean?

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing – if you’re going to research a topic and write about it you need to know what it is, right? However, Wikipedia is a crowd-sourced resource – meaning you don’t know who has written the information, or more importantly, if they know what they’re writing about.

The Library provides online access to a wealth of dictionaries and encyclopaedias, and other publications such as directories and handbooks, which are known as reference works. read more

Searching for health resources by global regions

9 January 2018

The Global Index Medicus (GIM) is a WHO tool that provides worldwide access to biomedical and public health literature produced by and within low- and middle- income countries.   If you are interested in health issues in specific regions, this index seeks to increase the visibility and usability of this important set of resources. The  material is collated and aggregated by WHO Regional Office Libraries on a central search platform allowing retrieval of bibliographical and full text information. read more

Want books in the library? Ask your Library Champion!

19 December 2017
Tracy Breheny

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

Are there new books or/and electronic books 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.

You will need to include details about the book(s) 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: read more

Specialist software locations

27 November 2017
Tracy Breheny

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

Clifford Whitworth Library has 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:

  • AutoCAD
  • AutoDesk BDS
  • Datastream
  • Estate Manager
  • Inspiration
  • Linux
  • Sibelius
  • Wind

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

Clifford Whitworth 1st floor PC software map

Clifford Whitworth Library software locations 1st floor

Clifford Whitworth Library software locations 2nd floor

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

Getting through a boring book…

17 November 2017

Hope is one of our English students. She is blogging about reading boring books!

Reading is great…mostly, and if you’re on an English based course like I am, you’ll know that reading is not so much a fun, leisurely pastime as it is a necessity. I don’t know much about other courses reading requirements, but what I do know is that at one point or another, we all have to read a pretty boring book…or two…three…ten?

The problem here is, that when you read for fun, if the book doesn’t grab your attention straight away, or a couple of chapters in you just cannot for the life of you get into it, you can simply put it down and pick up the next on your list of want-to-reads. When you’re required to read for a course, however, it’s not that easy (unfortunately). read more

Finding the Financial Times

11 October 2017

The Financial Times is available to view via Newsstand (Gale Infotrac).  However there is a 30 day embargo on content being added to the database so for the most recent copies of the paper look on the on the mobile shelving in the Library extension on the top floor of Clifford Whitworth.

Login to Library Search and click on the Databases link from the top of the screen:

Picture of Library search menu showing database tab.

  • Click on from the menu which appears.
  • click on Newsstand.
  • Click on Link to database.
  • In the Newsstand search screen, click on the Publications tab.
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    Need to get some reading done? Here are Ella’s 5 favourite places to read on campus.

    9 October 2017

    Another academic year is upon us which many will see as a fresh start. You may be just beginning your degree; or you may see this year as an opportunity to change last year’s habits. One thing we all have in common is we have new reading lists this year! If you are new to University of Salford, you may want to see the previous post Reading Lists and How To Use Them. To mark the occasion, I’ve toured my camera around campus to show you what are, in my opinion, the top 5 reading locations on campus. read more

    Reading lists and how to use them by Ella

    6 October 2017

    Ella Haggis, 2nd year English Language student

    Entering any of our English Programmes, you’ll have a lot of reading to do. The type of reading – Fiction or Non-Fiction – will obviously vary from course to course. Some classes will have one or two “core textbooks” that the lecturer will use throughout the whole course. Other classes may give you a wide variety of authors to read from, which is equally fantastic, but maybe not the most convenient for buying the books for your course outright. Ugh, are you feeling stressed already? Don’t worry. read more

    Need to get a task done? Me too. I’m going to put the Pomodoro Technique to the test

    5 October 2017

    How many pomodoros did it take for Amy to write this blog post?

    My email and phone are off, I’ve got a brew and the tomato is counting down from 25 minutes. I’m going to see how long it takes me to write this blog post. I’m reckon I can get it finished within one pomodoro but it may take two.

    Confused? Then read on to learn all about managing your time and tasks using the Pomodoro Technique.

    What it the Pomodoro Technique?

    The Pomodoro Technique is all about breaking time down into intervals by using a timer. When Francesco Cirillo developed the method in the 1980’s he used a tomato shaped kitchen timer. Francesco is Italian, pomodoro is the Italian name for tomato and so the Pomodoro Technique was born. read more