Specialist software library locations

By Oct.25, 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. read more

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How to use the ProQuest Social Sciences Database

By Oct.04, 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.  

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How to find construction contracts and other related sources

By Sep.29, 2019

Tracy Breheny

Tracy explains how to locate various construction contracts you may need for your studies.

When undertaking your studies you may find you need to access a number of different construction contracts and specific construction law-related sources.  These sources of information can be tricky to find as they are often  located in various places.

We have access to various construction contracts and construction law-related sources of information through Library Search. Library Search can be found here. It is always worth signing in to Library Search as soon as you access it for ease of use when off-campus.

NEC contracts

We have a collection of NEC contracts available through Library Search.  To access these:

  1. Go to Library Search.
  • Sign yourself into Library Search by clicking on Sign-in (top right-hand corner of the Library Search homepage) and then enter your network username and password.
  • Type NEC4 Contracts into the main Library Search box.
  • Follow the link and you will be prompted to log in with your network username and password.  You will then have access to all of the NEC4 contracts and documents, which can be read online and/or downloaded.
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    Introducing Construction Information Service – for all your construction information needs!

    By Sep.16, 2019

    Tracy Breheny

    Tracy introduces you to an important resource called Construction Information Service (CIS).

    Construction Information Service (CIS) is an online database from which you can quickly access current regulations, construction standards, technical advice and industry news on building, engineering, design and construction processes in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.

    Updated weekly, the CIS offers a powerful search engine to find authoritative information for every stage of the construction lifecyle, from design and completion to operation and ongoing use. Easy-to-use search filters allow you to query 23,000+ documents from 300+ publishers and more.

    CIS is particularly useful for subjects such as; Architecture, Architectural Design and Technology, Building Surveying, Quantity Surveying, Civil Engineering, Construction, Construction Project Management and Construction Law.

    CIS includes valuable and up-to-date construction-related information, including:

    • BRE reports and papers
    • CIBSE guides and documentation
    • CIOB papers and technical information documentation
    • FIDIC contracts, guides and procedure documentation
    • JCT agreements, contracts and frameworks
    • RIBA contracts, guides and documentation
    • Statutory instruments
    • Various construction-related legislation, building regulations, reports, guidebooks and manuals.

    CIS can be found in Library Search here and is accessible both on and off campus.  Check this video out if you want to see CIS in action:

    CIS video

    Need further help using CIS?  Check out the help available here:

  • Guided tour of the CIS interface
  • CIS eLearning video
  • CIS help index
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    LinkedIn Learning at Salford

    By Aug.01, 2019

    Tracy Breheny
    Tracy tells you how to access LinkedIn Learning.

    All University of Salford staff and students have access to thousands of professionally produced online courses covering a wide range of technical, creative and professional skills.

    LinkedIn Learning offers a broad suite of high-quality online learning that can help us get fit for the future. Its library of video-based content is constantly updated as new technologies and workplace skills needs emerge.

    You can find out more about LinkedIn Learning here:

    To access LinkedIn Learning:

    1. Connect to LinkedIn Learning.
    2. Log in with your University email address and password.
    3. The first time that you log in, you will be taken through a setup process to discover courses tailored to your interests.
    4. Start searching for content!

    If you have questions, please contact the Library’s Digital Skills Team at: studentdigitalskills@salford.ac.uk. read more

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    Saving your work

    By Feb.12, 2019

    Did you know that, as a student, you get access to one gigabyte of personal storage space on our network (your F: drive) and one terabyte of space on OneDrive? That’s a lot of secure space to save all your assignments, and you can access them both on and off campus.

    To find out more about the good (and not-so-good) places to save your work click the image below and have a look at our short tutorial.

    Are you a new student, or perhaps you’d like a quick refresher? If so, you might like to have a look at some of the other information while you are there. read more

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    Referencing: an introduction

    By Oct.29, 2018

    Anne introduces referencing.

    Even if you are still quite new to university you have probably already heard words like “referencing” and “citations” – and heard that they are VERY IMPORTANT.

    But what is referencing, and why do you need to do it?

    Research is a major part of university education, and it is expected that you will read, understand and discuss the writing of others. It is essential that you acknowledge what you have read to protect yourself against accusations of plagiarism, show the research you have done, and allow your tutors to identify your own ideas and understanding of your subject.

    This is what referencing means.

    To find out more, watch our Citing it Right video. Click the image to play.

    referencing-player

     
    Students on most taught courses at Salford are required to reference using the APA 6th style. There are links to PDF guides plus online examples on the Skills for Learning Referencing and Plagiarism pages.

    To learn more about referencing come to a workshop – and if you need more help you may book an appointment with your Subject Librarian or Study Skills Consultant.

    We want you to do well in your studies!

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    Need maps? Check out Digimap!

    By Aug.03, 2018

    Tracy Breheny

    Tracy talks about Digimap and all of the different types of maps you can get access to through Library Search.

    The Library has access to a collection of databases provided by Digimap.  These contain a variety of different maps which you can access using Library Search.  Our subscriptions include access to various different types of maps, scans, satellite images and land coverage information, and  can all be accessed online.

    We currently subscribe to the following Digimap collections:

    Digimap Environment

    Digimap Environment provides access to Land Cover Map data from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. This is a parcel-based classification of UK land cover derived from satellite images and digital cartography and gives land cover information for the entire UK. Land cover is based on UK Biodiversity Action Plan Broad Habitats.

    Help using it can be found here.

    Digimap Ordnance Survey

    This collection includes a variety of Ordnance Survey maps and licenced data.

    Help using it can be found here.

    Digimap Historic

    Historic Digimap provides access to the valuable historic Ordnance Survey map collection online. The maps included are digital scans of Ordnance Survey paper map sheets.

    The historic maps can be viewed online, printed and downloaded as images for use in image processing and GIS software.

    Help using it can be found here.

    Want further information?

    Digimap also has a blog which can be useful for keeping up-to-date with Digimap developments and new content.

    There is also a Digimap YouTube channel which contains lost of videos on using various components of the resource.

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    Information sources for building and quantity surveying

    By Jul.30, 2018

    Tracy Breheny

    Tracy suggests some building surveying-related information sources that you can use.

    Studying a building or quantity surveying-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 sources include:

    Dictionaries

    Encyclopaedias

     

    Key journals include:

    • Building Magazine
    • Building Research and Information
    • Built Environment
    • Construction Forecast
    • Construction News
    • Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation
    • Structural Survey

     

    Key databases include: 

    Academic Search Premier
    Alexander Street Press (academic videos)
    Architects’ Journal (AJ) including AJ Buildings Library
    BCIS Online
    BCIS Online Rates Database
    Box of Broadcasts (TV scheduling service)

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    How to use Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)…

    By Jul.24, 2018

    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 MeSH heading may not always be available for your topic.  This short video explains how to use MeSH in the Cinahl database.

    https://connect.ebsco.com/s/article/Using-the-CINAHL-MeSH-Headings-Feature-in-EBSCOhost-Tutorial?language=en_US

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