Posts about: Built Environment

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. read more

Introducing Construction Information Service – for all your construction information needs!

16 September 2019
Tracy Breheny

Tracy introduces you to an important resource called Construction Information Service (CIS).

Construction Information Service (CIS) is an online database from which you can quickly access current regulations, construction standards, technical advice and industry news on building, engineering, design and construction processes in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.

Updated weekly, the CIS offers a powerful search engine to find authoritative information for every stage of the construction lifecyle, from design and completion to operation and ongoing use. Easy-to-use search filters allow you to query 23,000+ documents from 300+ publishers and more. read more

LinkedIn Learning goes live at Salford

1 August 2019
Tracy Breheny
Tracy tells you how to access LinkedIn Learning.

All University of Salford staff and students now have access to thousands of professionally produced online courses covering a wide range of technical, creative and professional skills.

LinkedIn Learning offers a broad suite of high-quality online learning that can help us get fit for the future. Its library of video-based content is constantly updated as new technologies and workplace skills needs emerge.

To access LinkedIn Learning:

  1. Connect to LinkedIn Learning at: www.linkedin.com/checkpoint/enterprise/login/71337938?application=learning.
  2. Log in with your University email address and password.
  3. The first time that you log in, you will be taken through a setup process to discover courses tailored to your interests.
  4. Start searching for content!

If you have questions, please contact the Library’s Digital Skills Team at studentdigitalskills@salford.ac.uk. read more

3 steps to easy electronic resource access!

8 March 2019
Tracy Breheny
Tracy shows you how to make finding electronic resources easier!

As a registered student at Salford, you have access to a wealth of information from the Library, much of which is available electronically from off campus.

Many of these sources can’t be found using search engines like Google – meaning you are potentially missing out on crucial academic information for your assessments and research.

All of The Library’s electronic resources can be found through Library Search, and are all accessible 24/7 from any device where with internet access. All you need is your network username and password, and the knowledge of how to access them! read more

Find articles more easily using Library Access

5 March 2019

Tracy Breheny

Tracy introduces you to Library Access – the easier way to find articles!

Library Access is a browser extension, or add-on, available for Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari.

Why is it useful?

Library Access makes it simpler to access articles, journals and databases, particularly when you are studying off campus. It automatically detects when you are on a site the Library provides a subscription to and prompts you to log in.

If you visit a site which the Library doesn’t provide access to, Library Access will try and suggest an alternative route, including Open Access content.

It will also automatically add ‘Findit@Salford’ links to sources found in Google Scholar.

Find out more by watching this short video:

Library Access video on YouTube

 

How do I get it?

Library Access is easy to install – just click on the download link and follow the instructions to add it to your browser.

Once installed select “University of Salford” and it will automatically pop up when you are on a site the Library has a subscription for or alert you to alternative content.

To find out more, take a look at our webpage.

Please note:  You MUST have the most up-to-date version of your preferred browser for Library Access to work.  Please check this if you encounter any technical difficulties.

If you have any questions about this, or would like to find out more, please contact The Library.

Specialist software library locations

5 March 2019

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:

  • Autodesk BDS (the full suite)
  • AutoCAD (also now on all of the open access PCs in Clifford Whitworth Library)
  • Autodesk Revit  (also now on all of the open access PCs in Clifford Whitworth Library)
  • ChemSketch
  • Datastream
  • Estate Manager
  • Inspiration
  • Linux
  • Sibelius
  • Wind

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

Clifford Whitworth Library software PC location

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

Clifford Whitworth Library software MAC location

If you have any problems locating software or the MACs in the Library, please visit the Library Enquiry Desk for further help, or ask your Academic Support Librarian.

Please note:  Due to the popularity of the PCs during peak times, it is advisable to kindly ask any person working on a PC with specialist software on if you can use it if you need it urgently, should other PCs be available to move to.

As noted above, students will be made aware of the PCs with specialist software on because they are clearly labelled.  Related to this, please do allow yourself plenty of time to access the software should you need to use it by a deadline.

Don’t forget that standard software is also available!

There is also a range of standard software available on all of The Library’s open access PCs across campus.  You can find out what software is available here.

To find out where open access PCs are located across campus, and how many are available in real time, take a look at the list here.

As a student you also have access to some software from off campus via the Student Software Portal.  To find out more and learn how to access it, take a look here.

Want books in the library? Ask your Library Champion!

28 January 2019

Tracy Breheny

Tracy tells you how to make the most from the Library Champion Scheme.

Are there new books, electronic books or DVDs you would like to see in the library?

Do you think there are titles we need more copies of?

If so, you can request books through your Library Champion!

Each school has a pot of £5,000 allocated for book requests and a designated Library Champion who can be contacted when you would like to request books for the library.

Find out more about the scheme from two of our Library Champions:

You will need to include details about the items you would like us to order, including:

  • The title, author and ISBN number (this is the specific book number and can be found on Amazon’s website).
  • The year of publication (and edition if there is one).
  •  The number of copies you would like and the price.
  • The library you would like it for (Clifford Whitworth or Media City).

You can also make suggestions for further library developments/services and offer feedback about the library to your Library Champion, who will then pass your comments to us and we will respond.  To find out more about your Library Champion and the scheme, take a look at our webpage here: http://www.salford.ac.uk/library/help/library-champions.

Information sources for building and quantity surveying

30 July 2018

Tracy Breheny

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

Studying a building or quantity surveying-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:

 

Useful reference sources include:

Dictionaries

Encyclopaedias

 

Key journals include:

  • Building Magazine
  • Building Research and Information
  • Built Environment
  • Construction Forecast
  • Construction News
  • Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation
  • Structural Survey

 

Key databases include: 

Academic Search Premier
Alexander Street Press (academic videos)
Architects’ Journal (AJ) including AJ Buildings Library
BCIS Online
BCIS Online Rates Database
Box of Broadcasts (TV scheduling service)

Business Source Premier read more

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:

 

Useful reference works include:

Dictionaries

Encyclopaedias

 

Key journals include:

  • Abitare
  • Architect
  • Architecture Today
  • Architectural Review
  • Azure
  • Blueprint
  • Building Engineer
  • Building Magazine
  • Built Environment
  • Construction News
  • Design Intelligence
  • 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: 

Academic Search Premier
Alexander Street Press (academic videos)
Archinet

Architects’ Journal (AJ) 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.

You can

  • Embed videos onto your blackboard sites
  • Choose from different types of videos, from case studies, interviews and tutorials
  • Helps you to write up methodology for publication in the best research journals

Why not watch this short video for an overview of this great resource

https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/sage-research-methods

 

You can access this content from both on and off campus here.