Posts about: Library Basics

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 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 NEC3 contracts (or NEC4 Contracts depending on which ones you’d like to access) 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 NEC 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

    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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    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.


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

    Getting the most out of Google Scholar.

    22 May 2018

    Do you want to know how to link Google Scholar to Library Search, find the most recent papers or see how an idea has developed over time? Do you want to save papers to your Google Library or set up alerts for your research topic? The Library has written a handy FAQ that covers all this and more.Google scholar logo

    Exams… preparation is the key!

    4 May 2018

    Tracy Breheny

    Tracy tells you how to find past exam papers to help with your exam preparation.

    Got exams coming up?  Looking over past exam papers can be really useful when preparing for an exam.   The Library has a collection of past exam papers which are all available electronically.

    To find past exam papers, you need to:

  • Go to our past exam paper webpage here:
  • Type in a couple of keywords to limit your search; often words from the module title bring back useful results.
  • You will then be presented with a list of past exam papers we have access to that match your search. When you find the one you would like to look at, click on the title and you will be able to open it.
  • If you are off-campus, you will be requested to sign in with your network username and password to view them.
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    Exercise, sleep and study – you need to get the balance right

    30 April 2018

    Daley O’Neal is back with some more advice about living well for learning.

    Last week I blogged about the relationship between exercise and staying well for your studies, something that is particularly important as we approach exams and assessment deadlines. Exercise and the resulting release of endorphins helps you to manage the feelings of stress and anxiety associated with the pressure of studying. The problem is that when you are studying hard you may not be getting enough sleep. The temptation to work into the night and get up early can lead to significantly reduced sleep levels. Drinking that extra energy drink, or your 5th cup of coffee only provides temporary relief from exhaustion.

    Why is a lack of sleep a problem?

    1. If you are tired you may not exercise to your full potential, which means you won’t exert as much energy and therefore will burn a lower amount of calories and release fewer of those all important endorphins during your workout.
    2. If tiredness sets in, you are going to require more energy dense foods, which is going to affect your diet. Consuming more energy dense foods, in order to compensate for your lack of sleep, to help supply your body and your brain with the nutrients its needs, is going to effect the energy balance, which is vital to maintaining a healthy weight.
    3. A lack of sleep can also have a negative impact cognitively, especially relating to your ability to retain information. Obviously, this is vital during the exam period.
    4. Getting the right amount of sleep will help determine your energy levels throughout the following day, not only in relation to the effectiveness and efficiency of your workouts, but it also affects your ability to perform your day to day tasks effectively.
    5.  A lack of sleep (especially on a consistent basis) will subsequently effect ability to perform workouts to your maximum level, and effect the amount of calories you burn and endorphins you release within the session.

    What can I do to help myself?

  • Make sure you are getting enough sleep. During the lead up to exams, getting your required amount of sleep (see NHS Guidelines) is vital to provide you with the platform to not only perform within an academic setting, but to look after own wellbeing in general.
  • If you are feeling tired entering the gym consistently, as a result of a lack of sleep – take a rest day. Ensure that your sleep patterns are right, and that you are getting the recommended amount which is 8 hours.
  • Avoid energy drinks and foods that are high in refined sugar such as chocolate. Opt for water and diluted juice and if you need a sugar hit go for fruit instead of chocolate.
  • Take regular breaks. A walk, an hour in the gym or going to your favourite exercise class will re-energise you and leave you feeling ready to tackle your studies again.
  • Get plenty of fresh air and day light. Your body and mind will thank you.
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