Posts about: Business

Finding the Financial Times

11 October 2017

The Financial Times is available to view via Newsstand (Gale Infotrac).  However there is a 30 day embargo on content being added to the database so for the most recent copies of the paper look on the on the mobile shelving in the Library extension on the top floor of Clifford Whitworth.

Login to Library Search and click on the Databases link from the top of the screen:

Picture of Library search menu showing database tab.

  • Click on from the menu which appears.
  • click on Newsstand.
  • Click on Link to database.
  • In the Newsstand search screen, click on the Publications tab.
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    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

    Read prize winning research papers in the Library

    26 May 2017

    Emerald logo

    TWO research papers written by academics at Salford Business School have won ‘outstanding paper’ in the annual Emerald Network Awards for Excellence.  The Awards are now in their 24th year and were established to celebrate and reward the outstanding contributions of authors and reviewers to scholarly research.

    The criteria used to judge the awards are based on six areas that inform the development of our products: internationality; diversity; support for scholarly research; encouragement of applied research (impact); commitment to high quality scholarship; and a desire to ensure reader, author and customer experience is the best it can be. read more

    Pre-packed bread is toast according to a new Mintel survey

    19 May 2017
    Mintel infograpgh summarising British Lifestyles Report

    Mintel, 2017.

    There is an article in The Guardian today  today summarising the new Mintel British Lifestyle Report 2017.  Salford University students have access to this via Library Search. Sign in, click on the Databases link in the menu bar.  Click on M and link into the Mintel database.  A search for British Lifestyle will give you access to the full report.

    Photos of Sue, the Business Librarian

    Sue introduces the British Lifestyles Report.

    Read about the economy, the people, the consumers’ response to the EU referendum, concerns for the NHS, Leisure and entertainment pursuits, sources of happiness and much more.  Key consumer findings include: read more

    The CDs and DVDs in Clifford Whitworth Library have moved!

    16 May 2017
    Andy Callen

    Andy tells you about the new location for audio-visual resources in the Library.

    Our CDs and DVDs are now in a much better and more obvious location – on Level 2 of Clifford Whitworth Library, just in front of the link bridge to the Level 2 Extension. This means that they are now very close to the Arts and Media bookstock in the Extension. Please remember though that they are not just for Arts & Media use – there are non-fiction DVDs relevant to many subject areas in the collection. Also you may wish to borrow feature films or music CDs for your own entertainment – most items here are available to borrow. read more

    Exams… preparation is the key!

    24 April 2017
    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.

    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

    Top Revision Tips

    17 April 2017

    If you have exams coming up in the next month or so, you might be thinking about how to get the best from your revision.

  • Time! When is/are your exam(s)? Look at your calendar and block out any times you know you can’t revise because you’re at a wedding / in lectures / working / abseiling down the Eiffel Tower. How much time do you have left? Revision tends to work best in small chunks, so try to plan some little-and-often revision slots.
  • Reward yourself! You need breaks, and you need to do something enjoyable to give your brain time to recover from all that revision. Plan some treats, quiet time off or nights out with friends so that you have chance to relax as well as study.
  • Don’t just highlight! Highlighting and re-reading chunks of information probably won’t help it to sink in. Do something ‘active’ with your notes so that you can understand and process the information: rewrite it in different words, draw diagrams, discuss the topic with someone or tell the goldfish everything you know about it.
  • Use past papers! If you have access to past papers, use them. They will help you to become familiar with the kinds of questions you’ll be asked, the wording, the length of answer required and so on.
  • It’s not just a memory test… Exams are about demonstrating understanding of a topic and applying it to a question or situation, not just regurgitating facts. Think about how the things you’re revising would be used in practice or real life.
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    Alexander Street Video – great resource for all subject areas

    11 April 2017
    Andy Callen

    Andy describes how Alexander Street Video might be a useful audio-visual resource for you.

    Do you need to get hold of video material for your study or teaching, but it’s not on Box of Broadcasts or in the Library’s DVD collection?

    Try Alexander Street Video, an online collection of non-fiction video material for educational use, potentially useful across all subject areas. It includes:

    • News clips from ITN
    • Instructional videos for teachers
    • Over 1,000 films on psychology and counselling
    • Numerous documentary films on artists and designers.

    Access Alexander Street Video from the Databases link on Library Search, OR directly from search.alexanderstreet.com. Your Network username and password are required.

    Any questions? Contact me at mailto:A.Callen@salford.ac.uk. read more

    Do you know how to eSubmit your work?

    3 April 2017
    Amy Pearson

    Amy points out handy resources to help you with e-Submission

    Turnitin is used for the e-submission of your assignments. It is an online tool that you use to upload your work so that it can be marked by your tutor. You access Turnitin from Blackboard.

    Important things you need to know about submitting your work for marking

  • Use the correct naming convention for your files – your school may specify a particular format.
  • Submit your completed assignment to the correct, FINAL submissions folder when it is ready for marking. Work submitted mistakenly to the DRAFT folder at this stage will not be marked.
  • When you submit work for marking, you are accepting the submission declaration.
  • Keep copies of email receipts from Turnitin as proof of submission.
  • Check the file size. Files must be less than 40Mb. Contact your lecturer if your file is greater than 40Mb.
  • Use an accepted file type. File types accepted are: MS Word, WordPerfect, PostScript, PDF, HTML, RTF or plain text. You can ask at The Library for help if you are not sure about a file type. For non text-based assessments (e.g. audio/video, etc.) your tutor may use the Blackboard Assignment Tool.
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    Planning and writing your assignment – your 5 steps to essay success!

    20 March 2017
    Amy Pearson

    This time of year is all about assignments. Amy has shared the Skills for Learning 5 steps to essay success!

    It’s that time of year again when deadlines are looming so we thought we’d share with you our 5 steps to essay success.

    • Step 1: Analyse and Plan
    • Step 2: Search and Evaluate
    • Step 3: Read and Make Notes
    • Step 4: Write your Essay
    • Step 5: Review and Submit

    Read on to learn more about each step!

    Step 1: Analyse and PlanStep 1: Analyse and Plan

    When you are given a question or task to complete you need to make sure that you understand what you are being asked to do and then plan how you will approach it. If you don’t answer the question being set you are more likely to get a low mark. With this in mind, the first step to essay success is to ANALYSE and PLAN. This involves analysing your task, making a plan and identifying useful words that describe your topic. You need to make sure that you pay attention to the instructions you have been given, be clear about the topic you have been asked to explore and any restrictions to the scope of your answer. read more