Posts about: Built Environment

Information sources for architecture-related subjects

10 July 2018
Tracy Breheny

Tracy suggests some architecture-related information sources that you can use.

Studying architecture or an architecture-related subject?  There are lots of sources of information you can use to help with your research.  All of these sources can be accessed via Library Search.

Useful books include:

  • Architecture:  Form, Space and Order by Frank Ching

Key journals (both print and electronic) include:

  • Architect
  • Architecture Today
  • Architectural Review
  • Azure
  • Building Engineer
  • Building Magazine
  • Built Environment
  • Construction News
  • Detail
  • Domus
  • Dwell
  • El Croquis
  • Journal of Architecture
  • Journal of Architecture and Urbanism
  • L’Architecture d’aujourd’hui
  • Mark
  • Metropolis
  • Modulo
  • Urban Design

Key databases include: 

More architecture-related resources can be found here.

Useful websites include:

RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects)

Don’t forget, you will also have your online reading lists which you can consult for more detailed lists of module-related textbooks and other sources of information. read more

Creating accessible documents with SensusAccess

26 June 2018
Tracy Breheny

Tracy talks about making documents accessible using SensusAccess.

Students and staff can use SensusAccess to convert documents into a range of alternate media including audio books (MP3 and DAISY), e-books (EPUB, EPUB3 and Mobi) and digital Braille.

SensusAccess can also be used to convert inaccessible documents such as image-only PDF files, JPG pictures and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations into more accessible and less tricky formats.

To use the service:

  1. Upload your file.
  2. Choose the type of file you would like returned.
  3. Enter your University email address. A link to your converted file will be emailed for you to open or download.

Information on different types of files

Conditions of use

You can make an accessible copy if you own the copyright (e.g. it’s your own work), have permission from the copyright holder, if the copyright has expired, or if it’s for someone with disability. If you use SensusAccess, so you need to agree to the following terms and conditions: read more

Sage Research Methods Videos

9 May 2018

Looking to undertake some research this year? Need some expert help and guidance? SAGE Research Methods is the essential online resource for anyone doing research or learning how to do research. With more than 800 books, reference works, journal articles, and videos, it provides information on writing a research question, conducting a literature review, choosing a research method, collecting and analyzing data, and writing up the findings. SAGE Research Methods’ coverage spans the full range of research methods used in the social and behavioral sciences, plus a wide range of methods commonly used in science, technology, medicine, and the humanities. read more

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:

  1. Go to our past exam paper webpage here: http://www.salford.ac.uk/library/research/exam-papers
  2. Type in a couple of keywords to limit your search; often words from the module title bring back useful results.
  3. 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.
  4. If you are off-campus, you will be requested to sign in with your network username and password to view them.

Want to see how to find them?  Check out this video:

If you have any problem accessing past exam papers, please contact your Academic Support Librarian for further help: http://www.salford.ac.uk/library/help/academic-support

There is also lots of help with exam preparation and revision tecniques available on our Skills for Learning webpage here: http://www.salford.ac.uk/skills-for-learning/home/assessment-revision-and-exams so take a look! read more

Getting the most out of Library Search

16 April 2018
Tracy Breheny

Tracy tells you how to use Library Search smarter!

Trying to find sources for your academic work can be difficult, time consuming and overwhelming.  Sometimes, even deciding where to look can be tricky!  But fear not, help is at hand!

Library Search can make your academic life easier by helping you to find a range of reliable and trustworthy sources for your work.  It contains a wealth of information to help you make the most of your studies, including books/eBooks, journals/eJournals, articles, databases, past exam papers, the University’s research, the University’s Archives and Special Collections and more. read more

Finding EU Law

30 January 2018

How to find EU legal materials

Image of first page of tutorial

This short guide shows you how to find the EU legal materials you need

This short guide will show you how to use Westlaw, LexisLibrary or the EUR-Lex website to find the EU legal materials you need for module work or your assignments.

Click on the image above, or use the link https://sway.com/0RkdbfELFlEW8uFA, to access the guide.

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

Specialist software locations

27 November 2017
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:

  • AutoCAD
  • AutoDesk BDS
  • ChemSketch
  • Datastream
  • Estate Manager
  • Inspiration
  • Linux
  • Sibelius
  • Wind

To help you find them, we have some maps showing where the PCs are located in Clifford Whitworth Library:

Clifford Whitworth Library specialist software locations

We also have MACs available in the Library, should you need them: read more

Blueprint – yet another new online resource for Art & Design!

4 September 2017

We’re pleased to announce that one of the leading Design journals, Blueprint, is now available to you online in full text from 2013 onwards. Particularly good for Interior Design and Architecture, it’s great for full colour illustrations and features on individual designers. Access it by searching for Blueprint on Library Search, then choose Online Access, or directly at https://reader.exacteditions.com/magazines/21930/issues/

Network username and password are required off-campus. read more

Art and Architecture Archive – great new online resource!

25 July 2017

We’re very pleased to announce that you now have access to a brilliant new resource for art, architecture and all design subjects. Art and Architecture Archive consists of scanned articles from journals, so it is great for full colour illustrations as well as full text. It covers the years 1895-2005, a much longer historical period than our other journal resources for this subject area. It is potentially very useful for visual arts, art history, architecture, graphic design, interior design, photography and many other subjects. read more