Posts about: Sociology, Criminology and Social Policy

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


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.




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.





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.


seminar room


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.




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.









Oxford Handbooks Online

5 July 2016



Did you know that the Library subscribes to the Criminology and Criminal Justice section of Oxford Handbooks Online? They are a great resource for Sociology and Criminology students here at Salford.

These handbooks contain over 400 articles written by leading scholars, which evaluate the current thinking on criminology and criminal justice topics and make original arguments. The Oxford Handbooks are one of the most successful and cited series within scholarly publishing, containing in-depth, high-level articles by scholars at the top of their field.

You have access to more than 400 essays and articles, or can browse the contents of the following Oxford Handbooks:


  • Crime & Criminal Justicejustice
  • Crime and Public Policy
  • Crime Prevention
  • Criminological Theory
  • Ethnicity, Crime and Immigration
  • Gender, Sex and Crime
  • Juvenile Crime and Criminal Justice
  • Organized Crime
  • Police and Policing
  • Sentencing and Corrections
  • White Collar Crime



How to access Oxford Handbooks

You can access the database from here.

Or, to see the list of all databases available to you, go to this page and select Criminology or Sociology from the drop down menu.

Remember that if you are off campus, you will be asked to enter your network username and password.


Searching the Database

From the Oxford Handbooks homepage, select Criminology and Criminal Justice.




You can search the database for content and refine your search using categories such as keywords, author or handbook title.

Alternatively, you can browse the collection of handbooks, or the articles and essays contained within them.

When you find something you want to read, you will have the option to either view online or download a PDF version.

Below is a video guide showing you how to search, view articles and find your way around the collection.


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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