Posts about: Business

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Finding newspapers using the Library

21 February 2020
Tracy Breheny
Tracy talks about newspapers, why they can be useful and explains how you can access them.

Newspapers can be a useful source of information when undertaking your research.  They can contain useful historical and current event information and commentary, as well as being interesting to read! Depending on what you are studying, there can benefits to reading and using newspaper articles in your research:

  • They can allow you to see what people thought and how people viewed an event when it happened;
  • They can provide multiple points of view and different opinions about a topic or an issue, and sometimes offer comparisons.
  • They can help you to look at the historical detail of an event, the context around it and they can enable you to follow things over time;
  • They can contain commentaries or retrospective articles about events.

Whether used as a primary or a secondary source, newspapers can provide valuable information. However, they can contain bias or be reflective of one side of an argument, so you need to bear that in mind and critically evaluate information you’re not sure of if you are using it for your academic work. read more

Specialist software library locations

25 October 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 (on all of the open access PCs in Clifford Whitworth Library)
  • Autodesk Revit  (on all of the open access PCs in Clifford Whitworth Library)
  • ChemSketch
  • Datastream
  • Estate Manager
  • Linux
  • Avid Sibelius
  • Wind

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

Clifford Whitworth Library software locations

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.

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.

Finding past exam papers the easy way!

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.
  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. 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:

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If you have any problem accessing past exam papers, please contact your Library Academic Support Team for further help.

Library Search contains some useful textbooks on exam revision, and there is also lots of help with exam preparation and revision techniques available on our Skills for Learning ‘My Assessments’ webpage, 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.

Before you take the exam you can use these sample questions provided to help with your revision. Make sure you look at the DataStream questions.

To start the Examination go to https://training.thomsonreuters.com/cert/datastream/ and select ‘Request A Token’ from the left hand menu. This will send you an email, with a link to begin the exam.

Once you have clicked the link in your email you will be given 60 minutes to complete all 30 exam questions.  If you achieve a pass of 80 per cent or more, there will be a link to your PDF certificate.

For more information about DataStream see this blog post.

LS:N – reminder of a great resource in Design

20 February 2017

Andy Callen

Read why Andy thinks LS:N is a great electronic resource.

Just wanted to remind you about the excellent electronic resource for all Design subjects, LS:N Global. LS:N is a trend prediction database that complements the use of WGSN (for Fashion) and Mintel (general business reports). It is extremely useful for business information and analysis, it has up-to-date and easily readable articles that can inform your written work, and great illustrations to inspire your creative work. LS:N is also potentially very useful for other subject areas such as Business and Management.

It’s the kind of database that is best explored by clicking on all its links, but particularly recommended are:

  • The Search function if you’re looking for a particular topic; there are also Filters to limit your search further. Try a search for youth to get results on youth fashion and the importance of youth trends in influencing design.
  • The Trends link for the consumer trends that drive innovation and change in design.
  • Inform for the opinions of industry experts, which would be especially useful for your assignments.
  • There is a Glossary at the bottom of the screen that gives you definitions for the terms used in the articles.
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    Figure it out with DataStream

    23 June 2016

    DataStream is a database for financial and economic research data from Thomson Reuters.  It contains current and historical data on stocks, indices, bonds, funds, futures, options, interest rates, commodities, and economic indicators with coverage back to the 1960s.   PGR students can use DataStream in the PGR room in the Maxwell Building.  It is also available on the first floor of Clifford Whitworth where it can be used by all students – see the map below for the location:

    Map showing location of the software.

    To carry out a simple search in DataStream:

    • Open Excel & click the DataStream tab on the tool bar.
    • Click on the Time Series Request option – this allows you to request data for a specific time period.

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    • The following box will appear:

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  • Use the Find Series button to search for the code for the company, commodity, index etc. you are interested in.
  • Use the Datatypes button to search for the type of data you are interested in – if you leave this box blank the default code P (price) will be used.
  • Use the Start and End Date boxes to specify a time period.
  • In the Options section choose which items you want to display e.g. column headings, currency etc.  Make sure that you do not have Auto Refresh selected – this function will try to update your spreadsheet  whenever you open it.
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