Posts tagged: finding information

Lights, camera, action.. information sources for film

9 April 2020

Finding films to watch

Those of you with subscriptions to Netflix, Disney, Sky etc. will have access to a huge number of mainstream films.  However, the Library also provides some excellent sources for films old and new, both mainstream and more alternative.

Box of Broadcasts – This is a treasure trove for film buffs.  It’s a vast collection of programmes broadcast on TV and radio over the past 20 years or more.  Many thousands of films have been aired on TV, and the recordings are available in this database.  This blog describes how to use Box of Broadcasts to find a particular film. read more

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

Want books in the library? Ask your Library Champion!

13 January 2020

Tracy Breheny

Tracy tells you how to make the most from the Library Champion Scheme.

Are there new books, electronic books or DVDs you would like to see in the library?

Do you think there are titles we need more copies of?

If so, you can request books through your Library Champion!

Each school has a pot of £5,000 allocated for book requests and a designated Library Champion who can be contacted when you would like to request books for the library.

Find out more about the scheme from two of our Library Champions:

You will need to include details about the items you would like us to order, including:

  • The title, author and ISBN number (this is the specific book number and can be found on Amazon’s website).
  • The year of publication (and edition if there is one).
  •  The number of copies you would like and the price.
  • The library you would like it for (Clifford Whitworth or Media City).

You can also make suggestions for further library developments/services and offer feedback about the library to your Library Champion, who will then pass your comments to us and we will respond.  To find out more about your Library Champion and the scheme, take a look at our webpage here: http://www.salford.ac.uk/library/help/library-champions.

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.

Obstetrics & Gynaecology Podcasts

30 March 2017

Jen Earl

Interested in hearing from some key speakers in midwifery? Jen’s found some great up-to-date podcasts for you.

Interested in listening to some up-to-date podcasts about areas of Obs and Gynae such as: mental health and abortion; FGM, community work and lots more? The websites below provide open access to clinically-oriented podcasts and audio recordings, delivering a broad mix of lectures and interviews and conversations and commentary. The content on these sites can be listened to online or downloaded.

Have a listen at these podcast sites delivered by key experts in the field.

Podcast Sites

The site also has blogs in lots of different fields such as Nursing, Medical Imaging and Orthopaedics.

LS:N – reminder of a great resource in Design

20 February 2017

Andy Callen

Read why Andy thinks LS:N is a great electronic resource.

Just wanted to remind you about the excellent electronic resource for all Design subjects, LS:N Global. LS:N is a trend prediction database that complements the use of WGSN (for Fashion) and Mintel (general business reports). It is extremely useful for business information and analysis, it has up-to-date and easily readable articles that can inform your written work, and great illustrations to inspire your creative work. LS:N is also potentially very useful for other subject areas such as Business and Management.

It’s the kind of database that is best explored by clicking on all its links, but particularly recommended are:

  • The Search function if you’re looking for a particular topic; there are also Filters to limit your search further. Try a search for youth to get results on youth fashion and the importance of youth trends in influencing design.
  • The Trends link for the consumer trends that drive innovation and change in design.
  • Inform for the opinions of industry experts, which would be especially useful for your assignments.
  • There is a Glossary at the bottom of the screen that gives you definitions for the terms used in the articles.
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    Finding books in the library

    30 January 2017
    Tracy Breheny
    Tracy discusses finding books in the library.

    Finding books in the library can be a little bit daunting, especially if you are new to an academic library. In this blog post, we will talk you through the easiest way to find the books you need for your studies.

    Library Search

    Library Search is the portal into all of The Library’s print and electronic academic resources.

    When you search for a book in Library Search, it will tell you if it is available electronically, in print or in both formats. If it is available in print, you will see a location, which tells you which library the book is in, and a subject number followed by some letters that appear under the title of the book you want to find: read more

    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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    Library Resources for Social Work Students

    1 August 2016

    The library subscribes to a number of databases which specialise in your subject area. They are not available freely via the web, so you won’t be able to find the resources we have here by using Google. They give you access to quality, up to date, peer-reviewed material such as journal articles, case studies and research papers.

    To begin with, you may want to search for books using Library Search. If you want to do an in-depth search for journals relating to a particular topic you might find it easier to search within a subject database.

    It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with these databases and learn how to use them. They’re a great source of information and will be useful throughout your time at Salford.

     

    Key Databases

     

    Academic Search Premier and CINAHL

    Designed specifically for academic institutions, Academic Search Premier and CINAHL are multi-disciplinary databases containing full text for more than 4,600 journals, including nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. You can read more information about using these databases here.

     

    Community Care Inform

    Community Care Inform is an online comprehensive data source that contains a wealth of expert-written, practice related information, including guidance to key pieces of legislation, expert articles and practice guides. There are two databases – Community Care Inform Adults and Community Care Inform Children.

    Read the blog post with more information, including a step by step guide showing how to access and log in to the CC inform databases here.

     

    Science Direct

    Science Direct contains over 25% of the world’s science, technology and medicine full text and bibliographic information. Students and staff at Salford can access hundreds of full text journals, and also thousands of e-Books published since 2011

     

    Social Care Online

    Social Care Online is the UK’s most comprehensive database of social care information. It includes research briefings, reports, government documents, journal articles and websites. Subjects include learning disabilities, public health and social work.

     

    How to access the Databases

     

    You can see the full list of recommended databases for Social Work students here.

    Or, from the library website, click on ‘Resources’ from the menu at the top of the page, as shown below.

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    Next, select Social Work from the dropdown menu. If you’re off campus, you will need to log in using your University of Salford network username (e.g. ABC123) and password.

     

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    At this point you will see the full list of resources. After choosing an option from the list, click on ‘link to Database’ to proceed.

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    Help and Support

     

    Are you having trouble accessing or logging in to any of these databases? Or would like some more information on how to use them? You can find the contact details for Jen, your Academic Support Librarian, here j.a.earl@salford.ac.uk or telephone :0161 295 3972.

    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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