If you need to find information for your assignment or research, but don’t know where to start then this page is for you. The links below will give you all the information you need to get going.

Our Skills for Learning pages contains lots of useful library and study skills information, they’re a great starting point for anything you might want to know more about.

We look forward to hearing from you!


If Skills for Learning hasn’t got the answer you are looking for, we are also available for one to one and group appointments.


Introduction to the Library

Get Ahead is the perfect guide to all for all our new students. Packed with information about computing, library, research study, it also provides a great refresher for existing students.

Why Library Skills are important to the Nursing profession?

In January 2011 the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) published: “Finding, using and managing information: nursing, midwifery, health and social care information literacy competencies”

It sets out the competencies that the RCN expect healthcare staff to develop and achieve.

The Library can help you to gain and improve your application of these RCN Competencies.

Meet your Library Champion!

The Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences Library Champion for academic year 2016/17 is Vikki Downs.

The Library Champion scheme, it’s a way for you to influence the book stock we currently hold. If there are books or eBooks you’d like to see in the Library, contact Vikki to request the titles and providing they are related to your field of study we’ll order them in for you. The Library Champion role is also a way for you to raise any library-related issues and make suggestions for improvements or new services.

Feedback has been positive, so do get in touch with Vikki if you have any questions for the library, if you would like to offer any suggestions or feedback about the library or if you would like to suggest titles for us to order. This can be used for new items, extra copies of existing items and reading list items.

You can read more about Library Champions here and you can contact Vikki at

Finding information for your assignment

When you have an assignment to write it is a good idea to use journal articles as well as text books and other sources, as they provide highly specialised and up-to-date information.

The links below will help to find out more about different types of information and how you can find them.

Subject Resources

Follow these links to read about some of the key resources for your subject that we recommend.

Trying to make sense of health research?

Understanding Health Research is a tool for making sense of the evidence you find. The tool guides you through a series of questions to help you to review and interpret a published health research paper. It will help you assess the quality of research and teaches you health literacy skills which will be critical during your time as a student.


Referencing your sources

Referencing is a way of acknowledging the sources that your have referred to in your work.

Failure to acknowledge your sources could lead to accusations of plagiarism – a form of academic misconduct for which the penalties can be severe. The following guides will help you.

Skills for Learning

Skills for Learning offers support with academic skills, library skills and digital skills. Click on the options below to see what’s available. If you’ve worked through the online material and still feel like you could use some extra support, feel free to book onto a workshop or make an appointment.

Read a study guide

Do some e-learning

Come to a workshop


Other Salford blogs

There are a number of other University of Salford blogs which you may find interesting.