Posts tagged: databases

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Finding newspapers using the Library

21 February 2020
Tracy Breheny
Tracy talks about newspapers, why they can be useful and explains how you can access them.

Newspapers can be a useful source of information when undertaking your research.  They can contain useful historical and current event information and commentary, as well as being interesting to read! Depending on what you are studying, there can benefits to reading and using newspaper articles in your research:

  • They can allow you to see what people thought and how people viewed an event when it happened;
  • They can provide multiple points of view and different opinions about a topic or an issue, and sometimes offer comparisons.
  • They can help you to look at the historical detail of an event, the context around it and they can enable you to follow things over time;
  • They can contain commentaries or retrospective articles about events.

Whether used as a primary or a secondary source, newspapers can provide valuable information. However, they can contain bias or be reflective of one side of an argument, so you need to bear that in mind and critically evaluate information you’re not sure of if you are using it for your academic work. read more

Sage Research Methods Videos

9 May 2018

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.

You can

  • Embed videos onto your blackboard sites
  • Choose from different types of videos, from case studies, interviews and tutorials
  • Helps you to write up methodology for publication in the best research journals

Why not watch this short video for an overview of this great resource

https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/sage-research-methods

 

You can access this content from both on and off campus here.

Finance students – do you know you can get a qualification in DataStream?

14 February 2018

Do you use DataStream to find financial and economic research data?  As a University of Salford student you can undertake Datastream Certification for free. The tutorials and exam are both online and can be taken anywhere at any time. There are 27 tutorials in total covering:

Image of the logo for DataStream.
Basic information
Working with different chart types
Working in MS office
Analytics and tools
Exploring the data content

It will take around 6 hours to complete all the tutorials.

The exam takes place online and you will have  60 minutes to answer 30 multiple choice questions, you can use DataStream during the exam.  You have two attempts at the exam and you receive your results instantly.

Before you take the exam you can use these sample questions provided to help with your revision. Make sure you look at the DataStream questions.

To start the Examination go to https://training.thomsonreuters.com/cert/datastream/ and select ‘Request A Token’ from the left hand menu. This will send you an email, with a link to begin the exam.

Once you have clicked the link in your email you will be given 60 minutes to complete all 30 exam questions.  If you achieve a pass of 80 per cent or more, there will be a link to your PDF certificate.

For more information about DataStream see this blog post.

Information sources for Journalism – useful databases

27 January 2017

Databases for Journalism students 

Library Search is a great way to start a search for information on a particular topic, but if you want to use a specialist database, we have a huge range of sources that can provide you with information.  The list below is just a small selection.

Databases

  • Academic Search Premier – general full text journal article resource, good for a wide range of subject areas.
  • Arts & Humanities Index – titles include both scholarly journals and selected trade and consumer titles relevant to applied arts and cultural studies. Subject strengths include music, theatre, film and cultural studies.
  • Broadcast – a weekly online (and print) magazine covering the UK TV and radio industry. Useful for broadcasting news, commissioning, analysis and opinion.
  • Box of Broadcasts – provides access to an archive of TV and radio programmes from UK broadcasters. Allows you to request recordings of programmes yet to be broadcast (from the next 7 days).
  • Business Source Premier –journal articles, reports and books on business topics
  • Communication & Mass Media Complete – covers all aspects of communications, including media technology and social impacts.
  • Performing Arts Periodicals database – journal articles on all aspects of artistic performance, including film and broadcasting.
  • Nexis – full text press articles from regional, national and international newspapers and magazines.
  • Web of Science – despite its name this is a very useful and comprehensive resource for all social science topics – often worth checking.
  • Public Information Onlinecontains information from the Westminster and the UK’s regional parliaments/assemblies, plus a range of non-parliamentary material.
  • Westlaw includes articles from legal journals. (Remember to select Journals before you search, unless you are also looking for other legal material.)
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Figure it out with DataStream

23 June 2016

DataStream is a database for financial and economic research data from Thomson Reuters.  It contains current and historical data on stocks, indices, bonds, funds, futures, options, interest rates, commodities, and economic indicators with coverage back to the 1960s.   PGR students can use DataStream in the PGR room in the Maxwell Building.  It is also available on the first floor of Clifford Whitworth where it can be used by all students – see the map below for the location:

Map showing location of the software.

To carry out a simple search in DataStream:

  • Open Excel & click the DataStream tab on the tool bar.
  • Click on the Time Series Request option – this allows you to request data for a specific time period.

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  • The following box will appear:

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  • Use the Find Series button to search for the code for the company, commodity, index etc. you are interested in.
  • Use the Datatypes button to search for the type of data you are interested in – if you leave this box blank the default code P (price) will be used.
  • Use the Start and End Date boxes to specify a time period.
  • In the Options section choose which items you want to display e.g. column headings, currency etc.  Make sure that you do not have Auto Refresh selected – this function will try to update your spreadsheet  whenever you open it.
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    Finding databases for Computing, Science and Engineering

    7 June 2016

    When you have an assignment or dissertation to write you will need to find information to support your argument. As well as books you will need to use journal articles, as they can provide highly-specialised, up-to-date, and properly researched and verified information.

    The Library subscribes to a wide range of databases which allow you to search across thousands of journals at once, to help you find exactly the information you need to help you write your assignment.

    To find the best databases for your subject area, start at Library Search.

    Library Search - databases and sign in link

    • Click the Databases link.
    • Scroll down the menu to find your subject area.

    database lists

    • When you have selected your subject click the Submit button.
    • You will see a list of results like this:

    database results

    There are lists for the following subject areas:

    • Acoustics
    • Aeronautical Engineering
    • Audio and Video Technology
    • Civil Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Data Communications
    • Gas and Petroleum Engineering
    • Mathematics
    • Mechancial Engineering
    • Physics
    • Robotics and Automation

    As well as journal articles, our databases provide access to all sorts of other information: e-books, conference papers, standards, theses, broadcasts and more.

    Have a look and see what is available for you to use.