Posts about: Business

Getting the most out of Google Scholar.

22 May 2018

Do you want to know how to link Google Scholar to Library Search, find the most recent papers or see how an idea has developed over time? Do you want to save papers to your Google Library or set up alerts for your research topic? The Library has written a handy FAQ that covers all this and more.Google scholar logo

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

Finance students – do you know you can get a qualification in DataStream?

14 February 2018

Do you use DataStream to find financial and economic research data?  As a University of Salford student you can undertake Datastream Certification for free. The tutorials and exam are both online and can be taken anywhere at any time. There are 27 tutorials in total covering:

Image of the logo for DataStream.
Basic information
Working with different chart types
Working in MS office
Analytics and tools
Exploring the data content

It will take around 6 hours to complete all the tutorials.

The exam takes place online and you will have  60 minutes to answer 30 multiple choice questions, you can use DataStream during the exam.  You have two attempts at the exam and you receive your results instantly. 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

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.
  • 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

    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