Posts about: Library Basics

Aren’t Librarians Lovely?

14 March 2018

Did you know that every School has an Academic Support Librarian, who has specialised subject knowledge and is here to help you use Library resources and get the most out of your studies?

You might have already met your Academic Support Librarian in an induction or Library Skills class, but did you know that you can also contact him or her for individual help?

Your Librarian can help you design search strategies, access key databases for your subject area and use them effectively so you find the best information for your assignments or research, show you how to reference that information correctly, provide support for Distance Learners, and use the myriad of Library resources and facilities available to you at Salford. read more

Skills for Learning Easter Giveaway

12 March 2018

Grab yourself a Cadbury Creme Egg or a Galaxy Golden Egg by finding the virtual eggs we have hidden on the Skills for Learning website.

Simply find one, screenshot or snap it and take the picture along to the Hello desk in the Library (between 8am and 5pm) in exchange for an egg!

This is what you are looking out for.

Go to the Skills for Learning website and get searching!

Introducing our new discussion forum – Ask, discuss and share

8 March 2018

Ask, discuss and share

We have introduced a new Skills for Learning Discussion Forum. You can use the space to ask questions about study, research and IT skills. One of the Skills for Learning team will respond but we would also encourage you to get involved with the discussion – if you have an answer to a question or can add to the conversation then please join in!

Got some study ideas to share?

It is also a great place to share your own study tips, resources and ideas – if you have found something particularly useful, share with others. read more

Revision, exams and looking after yourself

7 March 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!

  1. Check out our revision tips
  2. Learn how to improve your study concentration and cope with exam nerves
  3. Have a look at our study guides on revision and exams
  4. Access past exam papers. Have a look at Tracy’s blog post to learn how to do this.
  5. Come to our Revision and Exam Techniques workshop on the 2nd May 1-3 pm.
  6. Don’t forget to live well for learning. Revision and exams can be stressful and time consuming. Make sure you find time for yourself!

Apps and Online Tools

If you like your technology then you might find these apps and online tools helpful.


With ThingLink you can make your images come alive with video, text, images, links and music. Such a great tool for revision if you are a visual learner. Pick an image that you associate with the topic and then add text, links, videos to it that cover the key information. When you need to recall the topic you can mentally work your way around the image and visualise the information you added to it. You can download the app or access it online. Simply go to the ThingLink website to get started. read more

O Reference, reference, wherefore art thou, reference?

12 February 2018

In honour of both our plagiarism week, and Valentine’s day, Romeo soliloquises on the subjects of loving good academic practice, referencing and avoiding plagiarism…

Picture or romeo and juliet

ROMEO: But soft! What quote through yonder sentence breaks?

It is the best, and the essay is done.

Arise, assignment two is begun, too late,

I am already sick and pale with grief

That such books unread mar more clear design.

Be not a reader, since time is grievous.

Internet cut and paste is both slick and clean,

And none but fools do shun it. Print it off. read more

Don’t be daunted by your dissertation

6 February 2018

Here are a few tips for completing your dissertation.

Writing your dissertation is a big job. You need to plan it, find information, do a lot of reading and note taking, structure it, write it, reference, proofread…

Skills for Learning has resources that can help! Have a look at our web site for guidance on writing your research proposal, writing your dissertation and formatting your dissertation.

Knowing some of the tricks and tools in MS Word can save you hours. So if you are unsure about page numbering, creating a table of contents, using styles, headings and section breaks you should have a look at our guides and videos or book yourself onto our Formatting your Dissertation or Thesis workshop on the 12th February. read more

Plagiarism Awareness Week will urge you to ‘Be Original’

6 February 2018

The Library and Students’ Union will be urging you to ‘be original’ when they run their first ever Plagiarism Awareness Week from Monday 12 February to Friday 16 February.

During the week, there will be pop-up stands and workshops to improve your understanding of plagiarism and help make your work your own.

Plagiarism involves taking someone else’s work and presenting it as your own.  This is often done by mistake and Plagiarism Awareness Week will help you understand what it is and how to avoid it. read more

Plagiarism Awareness Week : Feb 2018

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 Awareness 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 Awareness Week, there will be:

Plagiarism awareness pop-up stands in Clifford Whitworth Library, MediaCity 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