Posts about: Referencing and Plagiarism

Finding Patents

4 July 2017

Looking for patents? Anne shows you where you can find them.

Patents are useful as they can show the latest technological development in a particular field, and often describe significant developments long before they are revealed elsewhere. If you are working in a field of engineering, for example, and need to think of a design solution to a particular problem you might like to look at some patents for inspiration.

Scopus

You might be familiar with Scopus for finding journal articles, but did you know it provides access to over 28 million patents from five patent offices as well? read more

The 7 study mistakes too many students make – learn what they are and don’t make them yourself!

3 March 2017
Amy Pearson

You really don’t want to miss what Amy has to say about the 7 study mistakes that can cost you marks.

Some study mistakes are no big deal, others really are a big deal as they can affect your final degree classification. This is why we have put together a short online package to introduce you to the 7 things, why they matter and how you can avoid them. They are:

  • Plagiarism
  • Self-plagiarism (or double submission)
  • Collusion
  • Falsifying experimental or other investigative results
  • Contracting another to write a piece of assessed work / Writing a piece of assessed work for another
  • Taking any unauthorised material into an examination. Copying from, or communicating with, another examination candidate during an examination.
  • Bribery
  • read more

    Important Changes to Ref Me

    17 February 2017
    Jen Earl

    Jen wants to make you aware of changes to Ref Me.

    It has just been announced that RefMe will be changing to Cite This For Me on February 28th 2017. Full details on this news can be found on the Ref Me website.

    If you have a RefMe account you will still have access to your account and saved Reference lists until June 1st, 2017, but you will need to export them before this date or you will lose them.

    If you want to create an account for Cite This For Me it will cost £6.99 a month but you are able to generate a reference list without creating an account. However without an account your reference list won’t be saved for future use. read more

    It’s Hedgehog Day

    2 February 2017

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    Today, 2nd February, is Hedgehog Day, and this little fellow has been brushing up on his Skills for Learning.

    He is doing his best to Get Ahead.

    He has set up his device for learning, found his reading lists, learned how to find information for his assignments, improved his writing skills, and now knows how to reference the information he has used. What a great start to the semester!

    Don’t you think he looks a bit tired now though?

    Curate. Don’t drown in a sea of information. Organize.

    18 January 2017

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    Welcome to day 3 of national Bring Your Own Device for Learning Week. Here at Salford we are offering a short online course to help you make the most of your mobile device, as well as on campus activities all week. There’s no need to book, just follow the link below and participate as much or as little as you like.

    Day three

    Today’s theme is curating – how to stay on top of the latest developments in your area, and how you can organise your documents, ideas and notes. Drop in to Mary Seacole, room 187, between 12:00 and 13:00 today to find out more. read more

    Struggling to get your essay started? Follow our 5 Steps to Essay Success

    16 November 2016

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    Skills for Learning is hotter than a vindaloo!

    11 October 2016

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    You are well into week 3 of your first semester, you have got to grips with your timetable and are attending all your lectures – pretty soon you are going to start writing your first assignment.

    Remember that there is a wealth of information to help you on the Skills for Learning web pages.  We have study guides, e-learning packages and details of free workshops you can attend covering reading & note-taking, writing an assignment and how to reference your work.

    However – this week is National Curry Week which is great excuse to relax and enjoy a great meal with your new friends. read more

    Ambiguous Citations

    15 July 2016

    Or, how do you know what is what?

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    Let’s start with the basics:

    When you are referencing your information sources you use citations within your text. These are brief, just names and a date in brackets, in your text.

    Then at the end of your essay or assignment you have a reference list. This is a list of everything you have cited, with each reference providing the full details of the works you have cited in your writing.

    This means if someone reading your work sees an interesting idea they can use the citation to find the matching reference, and then use the details in the reference to find the original work to read for themselves. read more

    World Giraffe Day

    21 June 2016

    Today is World Giraffe Day, an annual event supported by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation to celebrate the longest-necked animal in the world on the longest day of the year (or longest night if you happen to be on the other side of the planet).

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    Not only is 21st June the longest day, it is also the First Day of Summer – and this means that the Skills for Learning Summer School is underway. From now until the end of June we are running workshops which cover a range of areas, from finding information for your assignments, improving your study skills and building or refreshing your IT skills. read more

    Join us at our Summer School 2016

    6 June 2016

    Events running 20-30 June

    We’re running lots of workshops during June which are perfect if you’re new to the University or even if you’ve been here a while, but just not noticed some of the excellent workshops we provide! We’re calling it our ‘Skills for Learning – Summer School 2016’ and it would be great if you, and the sun, could join us.

    So if you need to learn how to find information for your assignments, improve your study skills and build on your IT skills this is the place to start.

    Some workshops/events require you to book a place whilst others just invite you to turn up. read more