Sociology, Criminology and Social Policy

Sue Barker-Mathews

Hi! I’m Sue Barker-Mathews, Academic Support Librarian for Sociology, Criminology and Social Policy.

If you need to find information for your  assignment or research, but don’t know where to start then this page is for you.  You may not be the first student to ask a particular  question so check out the blog posts I’ve written below, it could have all the information you need to get going.

If you can’t find the answer to the subject and library questions you have using Skills for Learning then please contact me on:

Phone: 0161 295 3301


New to the University? Check out Get Going, our online introduction to studying at University










Referencing your sources

There’s lots of support available to you to help with referencing, including the full university guide as well as an easy to use quick guide. Look out for referencing workshops that run throughout the year and make a start by completing this short, e-learning programme – an introduction to how and when to use references

Subject Resources

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

Finding Things

Not sure how to find resources using Library Search? This short video on how to find books is a good place to start.

Search the Academic Way

This presentation demonstrates how to find good quality, academic information.


Skills for Learning

Skills for Learning offers support with academic skills, library skills and digital skills. We can help you to develop skills in Critical Analysis and Reflective Writing. Brush up on your Referencing, gain Microsoft Office qualifications and learn how to deliver a great presentation.

Have a look at our newest online resource, 5 steps to essay success.

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 for a 1:1.


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.