Posts tagged: library resources

Want books in the library? Ask your Library Champion!

16 October 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 your Library Champion to order for the library, including: 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

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


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

Getting the most out of Library Search

16 April 2018
Tracy Breheny

Tracy tells you how to use Library Search smarter!

Trying to find sources for your academic work can be difficult, time consuming and overwhelming.  Sometimes, even deciding where to look can be tricky!  But fear not, help is at hand!

Library Search can make your academic life easier by helping you to find a range of reliable and trustworthy sources for your work.  It contains a wealth of information to help you make the most of your studies, including books/eBooks, journals/eJournals, articles, databases, past exam papers, the University’s research, the University’s Archives and Special Collections and more. read more

Getting through a boring book…

17 November 2017

Hope is one of our English students. She is blogging about reading boring books!

Reading is great…mostly, and if you’re on an English based course like I am, you’ll know that reading is not so much a fun, leisurely pastime as it is a necessity. I don’t know much about other courses reading requirements, but what I do know is that at one point or another, we all have to read a pretty boring book…or two…three…ten?

The problem here is, that when you read for fun, if the book doesn’t grab your attention straight away, or a couple of chapters in you just cannot for the life of you get into it, you can simply put it down and pick up the next on your list of want-to-reads. When you’re required to read for a course, however, it’s not that easy (unfortunately).

I study English Literature, and for one of my modules, I am currently reading Emma by Jane Austen, and after battling my way through Moll Flanders and (most of) Evelina, I feel a little bit like I’m dragging my feet through quick sand. Anyone else?

So, for that reason I’ve taken a break from my dear friend Emma, to jot down some ways to pull myself, and you, through those ridiculously boring books we all have to read.


  1. Just try it.

    Okay, so, number one is to give the book a serious go. Some stories take an unholy amount of time to get to the point. Have a rule. Mine is 60 pages. If by page 60, I’m still bored out my wit, then the next steps might help.

  2. Set goals.

    Grab your calendar, or your planner, or whatever it is you use, and start by figuring out how many days you have before you absolutely HAVE to have the book read. Now divide the number of chapters equally amongst the daysyou have, so that you have a clear goal of. For example, if you have 7 days to finish a book, let’s say The novel has 54 chapters, that’s 7 chapters a day, which yes, seems like a lot, but when you then realise that each chapter is only (roughly) 5-8 ish pages, that’s only really between 35-56 pages a day, which is perfectly manageable! Not only that but having a stop point gives you something to look forward to, rather than just idly reading and wondering when it’s going to end.

  3. Put. Your. Phone. Away.

    Yes, you read that right, ditch it. And your laptop, your iPad, your PlayStation and whatever else you are currently using to put off that terrible book you have to read. Put everything on silent, put them in a drawer or another room, turn the TV off and get to reading. Having distractions around you and readily available will only make your life harder. Trust me, Call of Duty, Fifa and even Crash Bandicoot can wait.

  4. Get a good night’s sleep.

    How many of you have tried reading when you’re tired? It’s not going to happen. You’re going to be falling asleep at the wheel, struggling to concentrate, getting frustrated, and you’re probably going to be even less interested in what you’re reading than you were to begin with! Try to get some early nights, eat breakfast, and try not to be too that won’t help either.
    BONUS: This is good for your overall physical and mental health too!

  5. Take breaks.

    Once you’ve got a goal for each day, that doesn’t mean that you have to reach that goal in one go. If you have to read 7 chapters in a day, break it up, let your mind wander and think about other things in between your reading sessions so you won’t get so sick of it so quickly. Do some baking, watch an episode of The Great British Bake Off, eat some cake, find a new cookie recipe.Yes, I like baking. And cake. And Paul Hollywood.
    But back to the point. Don’t overdo it all in one go.
    BONUS: Cake

  6. Highlight, underline, or annotate your book.

    I know this sounds like a bit of a silly one, but trust me it works. When you come across a quote you like, or a point you find interesting, highlight it in your favourite colour (obviously only do this in your own books!). This will draw your attention to that particular quote or paragraph on the page, and that’s what will stick in your mind. Make the best of a bad situation and find small things that you do like in a text that you don’t. As well as this, actively looking for words that you aren’t sure of can give you a break from reading to look it up, and also make you feel like you’ve gained and learned something from the read. A sense of accomplishment in one form or another is always a good way to pull yourself through.

  7. Summarise.

    After each chapter you read, grab a pen and paper and just scribble down some bullet points; what was the chapter about? Did you find anything particularly interesting? What were the key points? Which characters were introduced/involved in the chapter? It doesn’t have to be a full blown textual analysis, just a quick list of referable points, so that when you come to want to think or refer back to a particular point or event in the narrative, you can scan over your points and find the chapter it’s from.
    BONUS: This will also help you retain more information from the novel!

  8. Figure out why you don’t like the book.

    Is the plot poor? Are the characters badly described? Are the points and themes explored in the narrative not interesting? Is it something in the way the book is written? I realise this might seem like you’re focusing on the negatives of what you’re reading rather than trying to, as I mentioned earlier, make the best of what you have, but this will be a really useful set of ideas and points if you later have to analyse and criticise the text. You already have a starting point!

  9. Comprehension questions are your best friend.

    Still bored? Well, when you (finally) finish, rather than jumping straight on to Facebook and doing a quiz to find out which Disney princess you are or which Hogwarts house you belong in, (although I am partial to reinforcing my dream of being Belle and playing tricks on the muggles with my Slytherin buddies) try and find a quiz based on the book you read. Trust me there are tonnes!
    BONUS: You could even write the quiz for yourself as you go along. Write a question or two for each chapter, and when you get to the end, try to answer them or quiz a friend who has read the same book!

  10. Treat yourself.

    WOOOOO! You finished! GO YOU! Now get some ice cream, cake, sweets and chocolate and binge watch some Netflix  (I highly recommend Stranger Things, Once Upon a Time and Fresh Meat). Forget all about that terrible book you just spent the last 7 days trudging through. That is, until you have to do an assessment on the damn thing.




IF ALL ELSE FAILS, build a fort out of blankets, and fill it with pillows. Now Gather as much junk food and fizzy drinks as you can carry, turn off all the lights and add some fairy lights. Forget the rest of the world exists and just read.

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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.


  • 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.

DataStream 1Capture

  • The following box will appear:

DataStream 2Capture

  • 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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    Using other academic libraries

    15 March 2016

    Did you know as a member of the University of Salford library you can use many other libraries in the UK and Ireland? Perhaps you’d like to visit one during the vacation?

    If so, then you need to apply online from the SCONUL Access website at:


    To qualify for SCONUL Access you must be registered as a library user in good standing.

    Once you have filled in the online application form, and your application is approved, the University of Salford library will send you a confirmation email which you will need to take to your chosen library, along with your University of Salford ID card.

    Please check the website of the library you want to visit for their opening hours and other specific conditions.

    As an undergraduate student you will only be able to use the libraries for reference purposes.

    The host library should issue you with a library card, which will allow you to use facilities until your SCONUL Access membership expires.