Posts tagged: research

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. read more

Read prize winning research papers in the Library

26 May 2017

Emerald logo

TWO research papers written by academics at Salford Business School have won ‘outstanding paper’ in the annual Emerald Network Awards for Excellence.  The Awards are now in their 24th year and were established to celebrate and reward the outstanding contributions of authors and reviewers to scholarly research.

The criteria used to judge the awards are based on six areas that inform the development of our products: internationality; diversity; support for scholarly research; encouragement of applied research (impact); commitment to high quality scholarship; and a desire to ensure reader, author and customer experience is the best it can be. read more

Important Changes to Ref Me

17 February 2017
Jen Earl

Jen wants to make you aware of changes to Ref Me.

It has just been announced that RefMe will be changing to Cite This For Me on February 28th 2017. Full details on this news can be found on the Ref Me website.

If you have a RefMe account you will still have access to your account and saved Reference lists until June 1st, 2017, but you will need to export them before this date or you will lose them.

If you want to create an account for Cite This For Me it will cost £6.99 a month but you are able to generate a reference list without creating an account. However without an account your reference list won’t be saved for future use. 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 read more

Goodbye Fitch Connect, hello Orbis Bank Focus.

20 December 2016

The Library has subscribed to Orbis Bank Focus as a replacement source of bank data for Fitch Connect .  Orbis bank Focus provides

  • Bank Focus offers detailed, standardized reports and ratios for over 44,000 banks across the globe (28,000 US and 16,000 non-US).

Some of the features in Bank Focus:

  • Access to very detailed information on individual banks
  • Create benchmarking analyses comparing a bank against its peers
  • Search by hundreds of criteria
  • Illustrate financials with an easy-to create graphs
  • Get a quick view of a bank’s financial status and exposure
  • Look at a bank’s corporate structure in a tree diagram and find all companies with the same parent
  • Detailed accounts and preliminary data
  • Bank and Country ratings (from Moody’s, Fitch, Standard & Poor’s and EIU)
  • Stock data
  • CEOs and contacts
  • Ownership data
  • Subsidiaries etc.
  • read more

    Web of Science Advanced Searching

    20 July 2016

    Are you a PhD or research student who needs to know more about advanced searching in Web of Science?

    This video is perfect for explaining truncation, combining keywords with ‘and, or and not’ and gives a great overview of proximity searching of keywords.

    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: read more

    Literature Reviews

    13 June 2016

    Many of you will be trying to tackle a literature review as part of your summer project or Masters dissertation.

    It is important to remember the purpose of a literature review when you are approaching it. The review is not purely a list or summary of previous research in your chosen area, but also an opportunity to critically assess this previous research. This assessment is often then used to identify how your project/dissertation adds to the body of knowledge already out there.

    When you are reading sources for the literature review, the kinds of questions you should be asking yourself are: read more

    Cross the Library bridge and find more resources

    28 April 2015

    Did you know there are more library resources in the Clifford Whitworth extension on the top floor of the Library?

    These include:

    • Print books and journals
    • Audiovisual materials such as DVDs and CDs
    • Quick reference materials
    • Command papers
    • Training and seminar rooms
    • PCs for student usage
    • Bookable study rooms for up to 8 people. Book at

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    Tips for evaluating websites

    21 August 2014

    web searchingAre you using information from websites in your research and wondering how you can tell if it’s a good resource to use?  If so, there are a number of checks you can run  through when evaluating a website which will tell you if it’s a reliable and trustworthy resource suitable for your academic work.

    Firstly, ask yourself a couple of questions:

    Is the website from a credible source?

    Does the website help advance your argument?

    Is it relevant to your topic?

    Then, run a few checks when reviewing the website… read more