After the social whirlwind of Welcome week it is time to turn your attention to your studies. Joining in with our #SalfordSmart programme is the perfect way to prepare yourself for the year ahead. Week by week we will take you through the skills you’ll need as you study will us. From finding information for your studies, writing and submitting your first assignment to delivering the perfect presentation and managing your time, #SalfordSmart has got your back.
Let’s get stuck into Week 1, it’s time to set yourself up for learning.
Did you know that every School has an Academic Support Librarian, who has specialised subject knowledge and is here to help you use Library resources and get the most out of your studies?
You might have already met your Academic Support Librarian in an induction or Library Skills class, but did you know that you can also contact him or her for individual help?
Your Librarian can help you design search strategies, access key databases for your subject area and use them effectively so you find the best information for your assignments or research, show you how to reference that information correctly, provide support for Distance Learners, and use the myriad of Library resources and facilities available to you at Salford.
We know you are busy settling in and finding your way around campus, meeting new people etc… make sure you are connected to wi-fi and email so that you can easily share your details with new friends, hook up on social media etc… Unsure how to do this? We have a video about Student email that will help you:
Free Wi-Fi is available on campus. Connect using the UoS-WiFi network. There is no password for this network, you should just be prompted to sign in with your IT account username and password the first time you connect. After this, you should be connected automatically. If you need support to get onto the wi-fi network you can drop into the IT help desk in the registration area of the Maxwell Building, 12 -2pm every day Monday to Friday. After Welcome Week the IT Help Desk will run at the same times but will be on the first floor of the Clifford Whitworth Library on Peel Park Campus.
We’re pleased to announce that one of the leading Design journals, Blueprint, is now available to you online in full text from 2013 onwards. Particularly good for Interior Design and Architecture, it’s great for full colour illustrations and features on individual designers. Access it by searching for Blueprint on Library Search, then choose Online Access, or directly at https://reader.exacteditions.com/magazines/21930/issues/
Network username and password are required off-campus.
Yet another brilliant new resource for Art & Design! Our new Fashion resource, Vogue Italia archive, neatly complements our existing online access to Vogue US. Vogue Italia archive consists of scanned articles from the journal’s launch in 1964 onwards, and so is excellent for illustrations, retro interest in Fashion and the historical development of garments. Use the keyword feature to search for garments, designers etc.
To access it – from Library Search choose Databases, then choose Vogue Italia from the A-Z list. Network username and password are required off-campus.
We’re very pleased to announce that you now have access to a brilliant new resource for art, architecture and all design subjects. Art and Architecture Archive consists of scanned articles from journals, so it is great for full colour illustrations as well as full text. It covers the years 1895-2005, a much longer historical period than our other journal resources for this subject area. It is potentially very useful for visual arts, art history, architecture, graphic design, interior design, photography and many other subjects.
If you’re struggling with word processing your dissertation/thesis, then you’re not alone. It can be a demanding task, with many students find this aspect of the process more time consuming and stressful than they anticipated. But MS Word provides tools and features that make this task so much easier to manage. You can save time, learn the skills to work more effectively and reduce your anxiety levels too.
Do you know how to…?
No? What??? Then you need to check out our handbook and video resources…
Did you know that Sunday 16th July is Disability Awareness Day? The world’s largest voluntary-led disability exhibition is held in the grounds of Walton Hall Gardens, Warrington. For more details please see http://www.disabilityawarenessday.org.uk
The University of Salford, and The Library in particular, have many features in place to ensure their services are as accessible as possible. These include mind-mapping software (Inspiration), screen reading (Jaws), and the numerous applications available on My Study Bar – the latter should be available on all networked student pcs. To find out more, including accessible access to the different Library sites, go to http://www.salford.ac.uk/library/help/accessibility
Patents are useful as they can show the latest technological development in a particular field, and often describe significant developments long before they are revealed elsewhere. If you are working in a field of engineering, for example, and need to think of a design solution to a particular problem you might like to look at some patents for inspiration.
You might be familiar with Scopus for finding journal articles, but did you know it provides access to over 28 million patents from five patent offices as well?
Do you want to know whether you can “borrow” from someone else’s work for your own performance or artwork? Do you want guidance on how to seek permission to use someone else’s work, or to protect your own?
A great place to start when looking for anything on copyright for the creative industries is COPYRIGHTUSER.ORG.
This online resource provides easy to read, accessible information on copyright law for people engaged in the creative industries. It has sections for musicians, film-makers, performers, writers, visual artists and developers. There is a helpful FAQs section, and the guidance includes videos, as well as links to further resources. All well worth exploring.