Posts about: Library Basics

Boost your maths and numeracy skills

19 July 2020
Tracy Breheny
Tracy shares the new Skills for Learning reading list to help you boost your maths and numeracy skills.

Struggling with your maths and numeracy skills? Want to develop your skills and knowledge further? Our Boost your maths and numeracy reading list might be just the thing you need!

The collection of resources include a variety of useful websites (containing help guides, practice exercises and workbooks), textbooks, videos and learning packages that will help you to develop your maths and numeracy competency. 

It includes resources at all levels, from beginners to advanced.  We’ve included a range of helpful sources, ranging from general maths and numeracy resources and subject-specific materials to statistical support. read more

Struggling to get motivated with your studies?

21 May 2020


I am a runner. I run because it’s important for my mental and physical health and my overall aim is to get fit. During my regular morning run there are lots of obstacles in my way like dog poo, overhanging branches, low-lying bushes, wheelie bins, people and their dogs, squirrels and bumps in the pavement. Some days are really tough and I feel like my legs are made of concrete. I look up and my end point seems so far away and like I’m never going to reach it. Doing your academic work is a lot like running; it can be hard to get started, sometimes you feel like you’re not getting anywhere or your progress is really slow and it feels like you’re never going to finish that assignment/trimester/degree. Being off campus can be challenging too when you’re not interacting with your tutors and classmates as usual. So, what can we do to get started and stay motivated? Here are my top 3 tips to set you on your way: read more

Lights, camera, action.. information sources for film

9 April 2020

Finding films to watch

Those of you with subscriptions to Netflix, Disney, Sky etc. will have access to a huge number of mainstream films.  However, the Library also provides some excellent sources for films old and new, both mainstream and more alternative.

Box of Broadcasts – This is a treasure trove for film buffs.  It’s a vast collection of programmes broadcast on TV and radio over the past 20 years or more.  Many thousands of films have been aired on TV, and the recordings are available in this database.  This blog describes how to use Box of Broadcasts to find a particular film. read more

Is formatting your dissertation/ thesis harder than you expected?

9 March 2020

Work smarter with Word’s tools

If you’re struggling with word processing your dissertation/thesis, then you’re not alone. It can be a demanding task, and many students find this stage more time consuming and stressful than anticipated. But MS Word provides tools and features that make this task so much easier to manage. Use them to save time, to work more effectively and reduce your anxiety levels too.

Do you know how to…?

  • Create an automatic table of contents for your document headings
  • Apply ‘Captions’ for figures and tables, and create automatic listings for them
  • Change page orientation mid-document, e.g. to accommodate a large chart

No? What??? Then you need to check out our handbook and video resources…

Tip: You need to use Section Breaks to use different kinds of page numbering formats.

Handbook and Videos

These resources focus on the key MS Word tools and features that you should know about and use when Formatting your dissertation/thesis. read more

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Finding newspapers using the Library

21 February 2020
Tracy Breheny
Tracy talks about newspapers, why they can be useful and explains how you can access them.

Newspapers can be a useful source of information when undertaking your research.  They can contain useful historical and current event information and commentary, as well as being interesting to read! Depending on what you are studying, there can benefits to reading and using newspaper articles in your research:

  • They can allow you to see what people thought and how people viewed an event when it happened;
  • They can provide multiple points of view and different opinions about a topic or an issue, and sometimes offer comparisons.
  • They can help you to look at the historical detail of an event, the context around it and they can enable you to follow things over time;
  • They can contain commentaries or retrospective articles about events.

Whether used as a primary or a secondary source, newspapers can provide valuable information. However, they can contain bias or be reflective of one side of an argument, so you need to bear that in mind and critically evaluate information you’re not sure of if you are using it for your academic work. read more

How to use the ProQuest Social Sciences Database

4 October 2019

This video will show you how to use the ProQuest Social Science database to find academic journal articles and other high-quality resources for research, essays and assignments. You can access the ProQuest database from our Library Databases web page.  

How to find construction contracts and other related sources

29 September 2019

Tracy Breheny

Tracy explains how to locate various construction contracts you may need for your studies.

When undertaking your studies you may find you need to access a number of different construction contracts and specific construction law-related sources.  These sources of information can be tricky to find as they are often  located in various places.

We have access to various construction contracts and construction law-related sources of information through Library Search. Library Search can be found here. It is always worth signing in to Library Search as soon as you access it for ease of use when off-campus.

NEC contracts

We have a collection of NEC contracts available through Library Search.  To access these:

  1. Go to Library Search.
  • Sign yourself into Library Search by clicking on Sign-in (top right-hand corner of the Library Search homepage) and then enter your network username and password.
  • Type NEC4 Contracts into the main Library Search box.
  • Follow the link and you will be prompted to log in with your network username and password.  You will then have access to all of the NEC4 contracts and documents, which can be read online and/or downloaded.
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    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

    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!

    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 MeSH heading may not always be available for your topic.  This short video explains how to use MeSH in the Cinahl database.

    https://connect.ebsco.com/s/article/Using-the-CINAHL-MeSH-Headings-Feature-in-EBSCOhost-Tutorial?language=en_US