Posts about: Library Basics

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.

Saving your work

12 February 2019

Did you know that, as a student, you get access to one gigabyte of personal storage space on our network (your F: drive) and one terabyte of space on OneDrive? That’s a lot of secure space to save all your assignments, and you can access them both on and off campus.

To find out more about the good (and not-so-good) places to save your work click the image below and have a look at our short tutorial.

Are you a new student, or perhaps you’d like a quick refresher? If so, you might like to have a look at some of the other information while you are there. 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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    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: http://www.salford.ac.uk/library/help/library-champions.

    Revision, exams and looking after yourself

    7 December 2018

    We all know that revising is tough. It is difficult to know where to start and very easy to get drawn into other things. Here are a few tips, tools and apps to help you ace your revision and exams!

  • Check out our revision tips
  • Learn how to improve your study concentration and cope with exam nerves
  • Have a look at our study guides on revision and exams
  • Access past exam papers. Have a look at Tracy’s blog post to learn how to do this.
  • Come to our Revision and Exam Techniques workshop on the 13th Dec 1-3 pm.
  • Don’t forget to live well for learning. Revision and exams can be stressful and time consuming. Make sure you find time for yourself!
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    Referencing: an introduction

    29 October 2018

    Anne introduces referencing.

    Even if you are still quite new to university you have probably already heard words like “referencing” and “citations” – and heard that they are VERY IMPORTANT.

    But what is referencing, and why do you need to do it?

    Research is a major part of university education, and it is expected that you will read, understand and discuss the writing of others. It is essential that you acknowledge what you have read to protect yourself against accusations of plagiarism, show the research you have done, and allow your tutors to identify your own ideas and understanding of your subject.

    This is what referencing means.

    To find out more, watch our Citing it Right video. Click the image to play.

    referencing-player

     
    Students on most taught courses at Salford are required to reference using the APA 6th style. There are links to PDF guides plus online examples on the Skills for Learning Referencing and Plagiarism pages.

    To learn more about referencing come to a workshop – and if you need more help you may book an appointment with your Subject Librarian or Study Skills Consultant.

    We want you to do well in your studies!

    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.

    How to use Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)…

    24 July 2018

    MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) is an organised list (or a controlled vocabulary) of medical and health care terms. You can use them like a thesaurus to identify new keywords and to find terms that are not commonly used or known. MeSH terms are best used in conjunction with your own keywords but remember that that a MeSH heading may not always be available for your topic.  This short video explains how to use MeSH in the Cinahl database.

    https://youtu.be/P5YXNpAA_eM