MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) is an organised list (or a controlled vocabulary) of medical and health care terms. You can use them like a thesaurus to identify new keywords and to find terms that are not commonly used or known. MeSH terms are best used in conjunction with your own keywords but remember that that a MeSH heading may not always be available for your topic. This short video explains how to use MeSH in the Cinahl database.
Studying architecture or an architecture-related subject? There are lots of sources of information you can use to help with your research. All of these sources can be accessed via Library Search.
Useful books include:
Useful reference works include:
Key journals include:
Key databases include:
More architecture-related resources can be found here.
Useful websites include:
Don’t forget, you will also have your online reading lists which you can consult for more detailed lists of module-related textbooks and other sources of information.
Did you know that your email may not be private?
Google has recently confirmed that private Gmail messages can sometimes be read by staff at external companies. If you have a Gmail account, check out this video from the BBC on how to hide your Gmail account from prying eyes:
There are other times when your email communications may not be private. Find out more in these blogs:
As a student, you’ll rely heavily on technology to create and store your academic work. It’s important to take the correct steps to protect and secure this information.
This is the last in a series of 4 blog posts in which we’ve been examining how you can protect your digital privacy. (The first three were protecting your digital privacy; changing your online behaviour; and dealing with hackers .)
Most often, security issues arise because of the way people behave online.
So get into these good habits to stay safe online at University and beyond:
Most people fear their email or social media accounts being hacked but don’t know about some simple steps to prevent this from happening.
Be aware: your digital privacy may be breached through hacking.
What you share by email or text may not be as private as you think. An email or text is like a letter that you send in the post. People shouldn’t read it, as they should respect your privacy, but someone could see it. These messages are transmitted from one device to another as a digital code, which can be scrambled, or encrypted, as it is sent. Your message goes first from the sender to a server and then to the recipient. In the process it’s possible for your message to seen by hackers or people who illegally access the code. Free public wifi sites are often not encrypted, so are not secure from hackers. Avoid them. (The University’s wifi is secure, however).
The most common way for your privacy to be breached online isn’t an unknown hacker. It’s your own behaviour.
This is the second in a series of blog posts about how to protect yourself online. (Read the first one here.)
Your own or other people’s online behaviour can breach your privacy.
If you’ve ever walked away from a shared computer without logging out of social media accounts or email, you’ve left yourself open to a breach of privacy. It’s like leaving the door of your house wide open.
We all expect a certain level of privacy when communicating online. However, you may have less privacy than you imagine. So how might your privacy be breached? And how can you protect yourself?
First up, remember this: some online communications are just not private.
Social media platforms are simply not private: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, for example, are fantastic platforms for communicating and collaborating. What you share will be seen by others and may be seen by many thousands or millions of other social media users, through sharing or screenshots, even if you delete your original post. Students can sometimes be shocked that a post on social media will be seen by others at all.
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.
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.
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:
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!