Posts about: Social Work

How to use the ProQuest Social Sciences Database

4 October 2019

This video will show you how to use the ProQuest Social Science database to find academic journal articles and other high-quality resources for research, essays and assignments. You can access the ProQuest database from our Library Databases web page.  

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.

Discover Allerton Learning Space

9 August 2016

 

 

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The Learning Space is conveniently located directly opposite the Mary Seacole Building, on the Frederick Road Campus. It’s an ideal space for students in the school of Health Sciences and the school of  Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences.

If you’re looking for somewhere to study, or just have a bit of spare time in between lectures, please pop in and have a look around.

You should also explore our newest study space on Allerton Campus – The B’Hive: and there are many more study spaces available to you on campus.

The Learning Space is open from 8am until 9pm, Monday to Friday.

What is there?

Level 1

Here you’ll find the library enquiry desk, which is staffed from 9am – 5pm during the week. Staff can answer any queries you may have regarding your library or IT account and help you to access electronic resources. We also provide support for using printers, laptops, and any other library services.

There are 60 laptops available for students to borrow and use in the learning space. You will need your student ID card to borrow one – more information here.

Lockers are available next to the enquiry desk so that you can store your belongings and not have to carry everything around campus. Again, just make sure you have your ID card.

 

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There is a seminar room which you can book online here. It has 2 PCs, a large screen monitor and space for 5 or 6 students. It’s great for group work, meetings or even a quiet spot to work on your own.

On level 1, you’ll also find a collection of Skills for Learning study guides, on topics such as critical analysis, referencing, reflective writing and IT skills.

 

Level 2

The main area on level 2 is a large open space for group and social study. There are a number of sofas, comfy armchairs and coffee tables along with more traditional study desks. There are flipcharts which you can use to prepare for presentations and plenty of power sockets to plug in your laptop. There are also print, copy and scan facilities on this floor, as well as height adjustable desks.

 

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Extension

The Level 2 extension is a quiet study area with lots of space and natural light. There are some open access PCs and two study pods, as well as more height adjustable desks. Ask a member of staff if you’re not sure how to use these.

 

There is a second group study room with PC, large screen and whiteboard, which can be booked online.

 

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The PC suite in the extension (ALS203) is sometimes used as a training room but if not, you are free to use the PCs in here. The extension also has a silent study room.

 

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Level 4

We have a large open access PC suite with space for up to 100 students. You can always check whether PCs are available here or anywhere on campus by visiting this page

 

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Remember, from any PC you can access all the e-books and other electronic resources, such as journal articles, that the library subscribes to.

There are printers and a separate training room (ALS402), which is free to use when there are no classes.

Assistive Technology

We have an assistive technology room, which can be booked at the library enquiry desk. This room has a height adjustable desk and also has the following software installed:

  • Zoomtext
  • JAWS
  • Aspiration

 

Academic Support

If you’re a NMSWSS student, your Academic Support Librarian is based in the Allerton Learning Space. Do you know who it is? Or how we can help you? You can find our contact details, book an appointment, and read about the support that we offer here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Library Resources for Social Work Students

1 August 2016

The library subscribes to a number of databases which specialise in your subject area. They are not available freely via the web, so you won’t be able to find the resources we have here by using Google. They give you access to quality, up to date, peer-reviewed material such as journal articles, case studies and research papers.

To begin with, you may want to search for books using Library Search. If you want to do an in-depth search for journals relating to a particular topic you might find it easier to search within a subject database.

It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with these databases and learn how to use them. They’re a great source of information and will be useful throughout your time at Salford.

 

Key Databases

 

Academic Search Premier and CINAHL

Designed specifically for academic institutions, Academic Search Premier and CINAHL are multi-disciplinary databases containing full text for more than 4,600 journals, including nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. You can read more information about using these databases here.

 

Community Care Inform

Community Care Inform is an online comprehensive data source that contains a wealth of expert-written, practice related information, including guidance to key pieces of legislation, expert articles and practice guides. There are two databases – Community Care Inform Adults and Community Care Inform Children.

Read the blog post with more information, including a step by step guide showing how to access and log in to the CC inform databases here.

 

Science Direct

Science Direct contains over 25% of the world’s science, technology and medicine full text and bibliographic information. Students and staff at Salford can access hundreds of full text journals, and also thousands of e-Books published since 2011

 

Social Care Online

Social Care Online is the UK’s most comprehensive database of social care information. It includes research briefings, reports, government documents, journal articles and websites. Subjects include learning disabilities, public health and social work.

 

How to access the Databases

 

You can see the full list of recommended databases for Social Work students here.

Or, from the library website, click on ‘Resources’ from the menu at the top of the page, as shown below.

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Next, select Social Work from the dropdown menu. If you’re off campus, you will need to log in using your University of Salford network username (e.g. ABC123) and password.

 

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At this point you will see the full list of resources. After choosing an option from the list, click on ‘link to Database’ to proceed.

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Help and Support

 

Are you having trouble accessing or logging in to any of these databases? Or would like some more information on how to use them? You can find the contact details for Jen, your Academic Support Librarian, here j.a.earl@salford.ac.uk or telephone :0161 295 3972.

Community Care Inform

9 June 2016

Did you know that the library provides access to the following databases for Social Work and Social Policy students?

  • Community Care Inform: Adults
  • Community Care Inform: Children (For Social Workers who work with children, young people and their families)

Both databases contain a wealth of expert-written, practice-related information including:

  • Guidance to key pieces of legislation
  • Expert articles
  • Practice guides
  • Current events and recently published articles
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