Posts about: Built Environment

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

Is formatting your dissertation/thesis harder than you expected?

17 July 2017

If you’re struggling with word processing your dissertation/thesis, then you’re not alone. It can be a demanding task, with many students find this aspect of the process more time consuming and stressful than they anticipated. But MS Word provides tools and features that make this task so much easier to manage. You can save time, learn the skills 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 Word’s ‘Captions’ for figures and tables, and create automatic listings for them?
  • Apply different page numbering formats to the different parts of your document?
  • 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… read more

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

Email etiquette tips

30 June 2017
Email etiquette cartoon

Cham, J. (2015). How to write an e-mail to your instructor or T.A. Retrieved from http://phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=1795

When emailing friends it is fine to use an a familiar and informal style, however, when you write an email about a job application or internship, an interview or when emailing your tutors it is good practice to adopt a more formal style.

Tips for writing a formal email:

  • First impressions count – Think about your email address a prospective employer might remember you for all the wrong reasons if you contact them using an email address such as wildandcrazygeek@gmail.com.  It is a much better idea to use your university email account – you can forward emails from this account to your personal email using the instructions here.
  • Include a greeting– if you know your tutor using their first name in the greeting is fine. If you do not have a familiar relationship with them then use their family name e.g. Dear Dr. Smith.  If you are applying for a job and don’t know the name of the person who will be reading your email it is good practice to include the greeting Dear Sir or Madam.
  • Use the subject line and be informative – try to avoid just typing “hello” or “help”. If emailing your tutor tell them why you are contacting them e.g. Query about case study in Clinical Skills lecture.  If you are applying for a job include details about the job being applied for e.g. Application for Library Assistant post ref: LIB/6291.
  • Avoid text speak – Save ROFL and YOLO for emails to friends. Use full sentences and punctuation when emailing tutors and prospective employers.  Use the spell check to make sure your message is correct before pressing send.
  • DON’T SHOUT – Names, dates, places, most acronyms and the start of a new sentence should be capitalised, entire sentences shouldn’t.
  • Size matters – Tutors and employers are busy people so be as concise as possible. Also avoid sending large attachments – find information about compressing files here.
  • Provide details – Give the person you are contacting the information they need to answer your query effectively e.g. if you are querying something that was said in a lecture include the date and time.
Good manners cost nothing but are always appreciated – include a please and thank you when making a request.

Photo of Sue

Sue is blogging about email etiquette.

  • Include a sign off:
    1. To a tutor – “best wishes” or “regards”
    2. To a prospective employer you have addressed as Dear Sir or Madam the sign off should be “Yours faithfully”.
    3. To a prospective employer when the name is known e.g. Dear Mr. Smith the sign off should be “Yours sincerely”.
  • The sign off should be followed by your full name. read more

    How to find construction contracts

    12 June 2017
    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 contracts.  These contracts can be tricky to find as they are often  located in various places.  We have access to various construction contracts through Library Search. Library Search can be found here:  https://sal-primo-production.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/search?vid=SAL_MAIN&lang=en_US&sortby=rank. It is always worth signing in to Library Search as soon as you access it for ease of use off-campus. read more

    Looking for dissertations and theses? Library Search can help.

    29 May 2017
    Tracy Breheny

    Tracy talks you through finding and accessing dissertations and theses.

    During the course of your studies, you may find that you need to look for dissertations or theses.  Maybe you would like to see what other research has been undertaken in relation to your topic, or perhaps you would like to see what a dissertation or thesis looks like.

    You can use Library Search to help you find them and there are a number of different ways to search depending on what you want.

    Finding University of Salford dissertations and theses

    You can use the ‘Advanced Search’ option in Library Search to find the dissertations and theses by previous University of Salford students. read more

    Looking for newspaper articles? – Try Nexis Business and News

    22 May 2017

    If you are searching for full text newspaper articles on almost any topic, Nexis Business and News is a great place to start. It provides content from local, regional and national papers from around the world.

    You can find Nexis via Library search, which gives access to all the Library’s resources.

    1. Connect to Library Search
    2. Search for Nexis Business and News
    3. The database should be the first item in the search results. Click on the link for online access

    You can use the search box to type in keywords, but your search will be more focussed, if you set some other criteria.

    It may be helpful l to –

    • Select where your keywords must appear – either in the headline, at the start of the article, or maybe as “major mentions”
    • Select which dates you want to search.
    • Select what which news publications you want to search. For example you may want to restrict your search to UK National Newspapers, or to Major World Publications (English)

    The full text of any articles you find can be read on screen, or downloaded as a file for you to save. read more

    Surviving your exam

    1 May 2017

    If you have exams coming up, here are some top tips to help you do your best

  • Double check the time, date and location of the exam. You don’t want to go to the wrong building or miss the exam! Also check what you’re allowed to take in with you.
  • Try not to stay up late the night before doing last-minute revision.
  • Eat a good breakfast / lunch beforehand.
  • In the exam, make sure you read the paper thoroughly from start to finish before you try to answer anything. Check the instructions (e.g. do you have to answer all of part A and choose one question from part B?) Don’t rush!
  • If it’s an essay-based exam, look at how many marks each part is worth, and split the time between the questions accordingly.
  • Plan your answer – jot down the main points you want to include, and think about how you’ll structure your answer before you start writing. If your mind’s gone blank, try and write down anything relevant you can think of, and hopefully this will help you to remember more information.
  • You don’t always have to answer the questions in order, as long as it’s clear which answer goes with which question. This is particularly useful for short answer papers, where you might want to leave a tricky question out and come back to it later.
  • Answer the question! Don’t just waffle on and tell the marker everything you know about the topic.
  • Read it through afterwards to check your answers make sense.
  • Ignore everyone else! The person next to you might have filled four answer booklets, but they could have written complete rubbish…
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    Tips, tools and apps to help with revision

    26 April 2017
    Amy Pearson

    Need help with revision? Here are some tips and tools to help you.

    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!

    Tips

    The trick to revision is to use more than one strategy to give yourself some variation on how you are revising. It is better to revise ‘actively’ (giving your brain something to do with the information) than revise ‘passively’ (just reading things through). This should make revision less boring, as well as helping you remember material! read more