Monday, 16 January 2017

USIR - unexpected downtime

USIR is now accessible again.  If you experience any further problems, please contact us on


The University of Salford Institutional Repository (USIR) is currently subject to unexpected downtime. As such, any documents hosted on USIR, including Exam Papers and Archives, will be inaccessible for the time being.  It is hoped to have a resolution to this problem as soon as possible.
In the meantime, the Library would like to apologise for any inconvenience.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

ProQuest - maintenance

On Sunday 29 Jan. 2017, 3:00 am to 11:00 am, a ProQuest product maintenance window will launch worldwide to upgrade infrastructure, enhance security, and maintain reliability of your products.

During this 8-hour window, some ProQuest products will be unavailable. While the date and time were chosen to minimize the impact on their customers, they realize that some users may be affected, and they apologize for the inconvenience.  Additionally, web-based customer access will be redirected to a webpage stating the planned maintenance times. 

Library Search!

Want a better way to find the books, journals and study resources you need?
Coming soon… ‘Library Search’, the Library’s new catalogue and discovery system. We’re replacing the current SOLAR system, and we’ve made the changes YOU wanted.
·     FIND quality resources to help you with assignments, coursework and exams
·     FIND past papers for your exam preparation
·     CHOOSE where you study - great mobile access
·     NEW user-interface
·     SAVE and sort your records
Library Search (now available as a Beta test version) will be launched officially from the end of January.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Science Direct - Elsevier - Further Update

The problems with off-campus access to Science Direct have now been solved. However, if you experience any further difficulties, please contact us on


We are currently experiencing problems with off-campus access to all Science Direct/Elsevier titles.  The supplier has been notified as a matter of urgency and it is hoped to have a resolution to this problem as soon as possible.

In the meantime access may be gained by taking the following route:-

Upon going to Library Search and accessing the main Science Direct page:-

  • Click on Sign In
  • Then Sign in via your institution 
  • Then Other institution
  • Search or browse the list for University of Salford (network username)
  • Enter your network (Blackboard) username and password as instructed
  • If you are presented with a list of products, click on Science Direct
  • If you are taken to the Science Direct search page, you can either perform your initial search again or, having logged in, go back to the Library Search page where the link should take you in.

In the meantime, the Library would like to apologise for the inconvenience.

Taylor and Francis - Access - update

The access problems to Taylor and Francis titles have now been fixed.  However, if you encounter any further problems, please contact us on


We are currently experiencing problems with access to titles on the Taylor and Francis platform.  This is due to technical issues on the part of the supplier.  However, they have assured us that they are working on it as their highest priority and will continue to keep customers updated.
In the meantime, the Library would like to apologise for any inconvenience.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

BBC Monitoring Portal - trial

On a trial basis, the Library has set up access to the BBC Monitoring Portal. This resource provides news and research services which are based on round-the-clock monitoring of TV, radio, press, internet, news agency and social media sources by analysts in the UK and worldwide.

Upon accessing the BBC Monitoring Portal main page, you will need to:-

  • Click on Login on the main BBC Monitoring Portal page
  • Click on Login via Academic Institution
  • Select University of Salford from the list
  •         Input your network (Blackboard) login details when prompted.
This resource is on trial until January 27th 2017.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

SOLAR unavailable 21st Dec midnight - 4am

SOLAR and Library Search beta will be unavailable tonight from midnight until 4am whilst the essential maintenance is completed.

Access to 'My Library' will be restored tomorrow morning (21st Dec) so you will be able to save records and searches again.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Monday, 19 December 2016

16th - 21st Dec: SOLAR maintenance

Essential maintenance is taking place on SOLAR and Library Search Beta between 16th and 21st December to prepare for the switch to the improved Library Search interface in the new year.
There will be some unavoidable disruption to the service as follows: 
16th - 21st December    
You will not be able to add or edit records in 'My Library' but you will still be able to see records you have already saved.You will still be able to sign in to view your Library Account, make requests and see how long you can borrow an item for.
18th December  SOLAR and Library Search will be unavailable briefly at 6.30am
21st December  SOLAR and Library Search will be unavailable between midnight and 4am
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Box of Broadcasts - maintenance

From around 22.30 on Monday 12 December, this service has been experiencing intermittent outages and issues with some content playback. Content broadcast from around 22.30 on Monday 12 December onwards is still experiencing playback problems. However, system access has now been fully restored. The suppliers are working on fixing playback for these recently broadcast programmes, and will update us when this content is accessible again. The vast majority of archive content remains unaffected and is accessible.

The cause of the disruption has been due to their preparation of a system upgrade and login server maintenance, that was scheduled to take place on 15 December 2016 between 08.00am and 10.00am. This upgrade was due to fix an issue with signing-in and also deliver the new embed code functionality, which has experienced implementation problems.

Due to the problems experienced by users over the last few days, they have rescheduled the server maintenance to 22 December 2016, close to the holiday period, where they hope any disruption will be kept to an absolute minimum. As a result, please consider BoB at risk between 08.00 and 10.00am on 22 December 2016.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Box of Broadcasts - maintenance

There is scheduled login server maintenance affecting all Learning on screen services including BoB on Thursday 15 December 2016 between 08:00 and 10:00 UTC.

Please consider BoB at risk for the duration of this period.  The supplier would like to apologise for the inconvenience.

Friday, 9 December 2016

Stock moves coming up...

PLAN AHEAD and take out the books you’ll need from 19th December - there'll be limited access to stock from 320-569 after this due to book moves.

There'll be a retrievals service in place for these items between 19th December and 3rd January, with a 24 hour turnaround.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

International Civil Aviation Day

In 1996 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed that 7 December was to be the International Civil Aviation Day. The day is celebrated around the world for the people of the aviation community like ATC (air traffic control), airport management, airlines and of course the aircraft themselves. 
With this in mind, the Library would like to remind you of some of our excellent electronic resources, such as Jane's All The World's and Federal Aviation Regulations as well as many other resources with an aeronautical theme.

Don't forget to check Library Search for all your Library needs.

Image by Ken Mist.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016


From November 30th, Bankscope will no longer be available. However, an alternative resource will soon be made available which will provide unique market-leading content across ratings, research, financial data and analytics.  Watch this space for further updates in the very near future.

Box of Broadcasts - maintenance - update

The supplier has reported that this issue has now been fixed.  If you experience any further problems, please contact us on


We are currently experiencing difficulties in accessing the Box of Broadcast site.  The supplier has been informed and we are hoping for a resolution to this problem in the very near future.

In the meantime, the Library would like to apologise for any inconvenience.

Monday, 21 November 2016

World Television Day

The first World Television Forum was staged by the United Nations in the mid ’90s, and it was out of this event that World Television Day was born. The forum brought together leading figures from the media industry to analyze the growing impact that TV had on decision-making and public opinion when it comes to issues of peace and security around the planet.

With this in mind, the Library would like to draw your attention to some of the many excellent databases we provide, such as Box of BroadcastsAlexander Street Video and, from EBSCO, Communication and Mass Media Complete.  We also offer many great e-journals such as, from Sage, Television and New Media and, from EBSCO, Television Broadcast Europe.

Don't forget to check Library Search for all your Library needs.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Box of Broadcasts - maintenance - update

Box of Broadcasts were experiencing an issue with their programme guide from Monday morning at 11.30am, which meant users weren’t able to request programmes from the guide going forward. They have been working hard to fix the issue, and the programme guide became available again on Wednesday 16 November at 10.00pm.    
Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this outage might have caused.
This problem was due to a technical fault with their server that captures broadcasts. As a result, content will not be recoverable from a number of channels between Monday 14 November at 11.30am and Wednesday 16 November at 9.30pm.
Accessible channels
All BBC TV and radio channels are served by the BBC Archive link, so users will start being able to request BBC content within 24 hours of broadcast. 
They are also able to upload content broadcast on ITV 1, Channel 4, More 4 and Channel 5 during the affected period, from their off-air recording back-up service. Please get in touch with them at to request uploads. Any uploads will not eat into your institution’s off-air quota.
Inaccessible channels
Content broadcast on all other channels between Monday 14 November at 11.30am and Wednesday 16 November at 9.30pm will be permanently unavailable. They are very sorry for any inconvenience this might cause.
 All clips, playlists and content requested before the outage are unaffected.
In recognition of the inconvenience this technical issue may have caused (and because it is heading towards Christmas) they have upped all user daily recording limits from 10 to 15 until the New Year. 


We’re currently experiencing an issue on the BoB programme guide, where users can’t request some broadcasts. The supplier apologises for any inconvenience this may cause. They’re working hard to get this fixed, and will have an update on this for you soon.

All clips, playlists and previously requested programmes are unaffected and accessible.

International Day of Students

The 17th of November is the International Students' Day, an international observance of student activism. The date commemorates the anniversary of the 1939 Nazi storming of the University of Prague after demonstrations against the killing of Jan Opletal and the occupation of Czechoslovakia, and the execution of nine student leaders, over 1200 students sent to concentration camps, and the closing of all Czech universities and colleges.

                    The day was first marked in 1941 in London by the International Students' Council (which had many refugee members) in accord with the Allies, and the tradition has been kept up by the successor International Union of Students, which has been pressing with National Unions of Students in Europe and other groups to make the day an official United Nations observance.

The University of Salford is committed to the welfare and development of its students and offers support and guidance through such services as askUS, based in University House and,of course, the Students' Union.

The Library offers many excellent resources to support students in all their areas of study, including, from EBSCO, British Education Index and ERIC, the Educational Resources Information Centre.

Don't forget to check Library Search for all your Library needs.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Global Entrepreneurship Week

During one week each November, thousands of events and competitions in 160 countries inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors. Powered by the Kauffman Foundation, the initiative is supported by dozens of world leaders and a network of more than 15,000 partner organizations. GEW is held November 14-20, 2016.
In keeping with this, the Library would like to draw your attention to some of our excellent electronic resources, including FAMEHoovers Online and, from EBSCO, Business Source Premier.  As well as these databases, we also provide many excellent e-journals, such as Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and the Journal of Entrepreneurship.

Don't forget to check Library Search for all your Library needs.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

SAE Mobilus - Trial

Designed for mobility engineers and academics worldwide, SAE Mobilus is the ultimate source of mobility engineering content - including more than 200,000 technical papers, standards, books, magazines and more. 

SAE MOBILUS was designed with the user in mind. This platform's powerful new content and features include:
  • Full-text search
  • HTML Linking
  • Redline Standards
  • Annotations
  • Data Sets
  • 2D/3D Configurator and Graphic File Download Options
  • Video Content
  • Professional Development Content
  • Enhanced user interface
  • Personal Dashboard (including: saved searches, annotations, favorite documents)
  • Additional reporting features

The Library will be trialling this resource from November 9th to December 7th 2016.

Library Search beta available today

Responsive imageFrom today, we're making Library Search beta  available.

Library Search beta has all the same great resources as SOLAR with lots of improvements that you asked for, including:
  • A re-designed interface that makes it easier to find the info you need
  • A more mobile-friendly set up
  • A quick and easy way of saving and organising your records
beta means that we're still working to make it the best it can be before we launch it fully in early 2017.

Please bear with us while we try things out and let us know what you think of the new look service by filling out the form on the Library Search homepage.