Monday, 14 August 2017

Box of Broadcasts - maintenance

The Box of Broadcasts service will undergo scheduled maintenance this Wednesday, 16 August 2017 and should be considered at risk between 09:30 and 15:00.

During these hours, Box of Broadcasts subscribers may be unable to access the site and will instead see their temporary maintenance page.

The supplier would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused. 

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Three, two, one and SOLAR is gone

SOLAR, our old library search system, was switched off on Tuesday 8th August.

Library Search, which was launched back in January of this year, will now be the only way you can search for physical and online resources. If you've got any old bookmarks which point to SOLAR they will be automatically redirected to Library Search.

While Library Search has all the same great resources as SOLAR, it is a much more advanced interface which was created with your suggestions in mind.

Here are just a few benefits of Library Search:
  • You can save resources allowing you to access them from anywhere.
  • It is far more mobile-friendly.
  • You can filter results to make them more relevant to your interests.
If you have saved queries and alerts in SOLAR then you may need to set these up again in Library Search to ensure you continue to have access to them. If this is the case contact us and we can help you with this.

Check it out here and bookmark it if you like.

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Practical Law : no off campus access

We are currently working to resolve a problem with off campus access to Practical Law when using Chrome or Firefox.

Please note that off campus access to Practical Law does work when using Internet Explorer

In the meantime, apologies for the inconvenience this is causing.

On campus access to the resource, formerly known as Practical Law Company, is not effected by this.

Friday, 4 August 2017

ScienceDirect access now restored

Update 4th August, 16:44.  Access to ScienceDirect seems to have been restored, and is working as normal.  If there are further problems, please do get in touch with the Library at

ScienceDirect haven't officially told us that the problem is resolved, but access is working and many other institutions are reporting the same.


Update 3rd August, 16:33.  Unfortunately access is still not restored.  Elsevier are aware and are working on this.  The issue is impacting on a number of other institutions, not just Salford.


We are aware that the ScienceDirect service is not currently working correctly.  We are unable to browse the site without seeing an error message.  And we're also not able to download PDFs.

We have been in touch with ScienceDirect, and they are investigating.  This post will be updated as we receive further information.

Sorry for any inconvenience this is causing.

Independent Voices

The Library has made available a collection of alternative press publications from the 1950s onwards, Independent Voices.

The collection includes publications covering a broad range of social issues, as well as creative material.

You can browse and search the collection from on and off campus here:

By being involved in the project at this stage, Salford is able to help to drive the future collection development of Independent Voices, in particular the digitisation of UK focused content.  If you have any  suggestions, please contact us at

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Vogue US and Vogue Italia

Did you know you can access the full runs of Vogue US and Vogue Italia online?

These are high quality, full colour scans of each and every issue, right up to the current month.

And these are extremely detailed archives - you can search the text, the adverts, and all the pictures, for a particular company or brand.  And in Vogue US you can search for people, and even for what they are wearing!

Access them from on or off campus

 Photo by Karim D. Ghantous

Friday, 28 July 2017

Taylor and Francis Secret Files

The Library is now providing access to the e-resource Taylor and Francis Secret Files: From World Wars to Cold War.

Spanning four key twentieth-century conflicts, with a spotlight on the Second World War, Secret Files from World Wars to Cold War provides access to British government secret intelligence and foreign policy files from 1873 to 1953. Sourced from The National Archives, U.K., the range of documents – from signals intelligence reports to government-directed policy and strategy – will support teaching and research from the period of Appeasement right through to the early Cold War.

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

Cambridge Companions

As part of the Cambridge Books Online collection, the Library is now offering access to a wealth of new titles within the Cambridge Companions series.

Cambridge Companions are a series of authoritative guides, written by leading experts, offering lively, accessible introductions to major writers, artists, philosophers, topics, and periods.

The Library is providing access to the whole of the literature and music collection as well as many titles in the philosophy collection.

There are some great titles in there, which will be of interest to students of music, literature and philosophy, including :
The Cambridge Companion to Oscar Wilde
The Cambridge Companion to Duke Ellington
The Cambridge Companion to Thomas Mann

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

Kanopy Video Streaming

The Library is currently offering access to the Kanopy Video Streaming service.

With over 20,000 titles available for educational use, this is a fantastic collection of streaming videos which support all subject areas.

Access these videos, on or off campus, here

And don't forget to check out the fantastic Alexander Street Press video streaming service.

World Nature Conservation Day

Celebrated on July 28 each year, World Nature Conservation Day recognizes that a healthy environment is the foundation for a stable and productive society and to ensure the well-being of present and future generations, we all must participate to protect, conserve, and manage our natural resources.

To celebrate this day, the Library would like to draw your attention to some of our excellent online resources, including the Credo Literati Environment Collection, EBSCO's GreenFILE and, of course, Academic Search Premier.  

This is in addition to some great electronic journals such as, from Taylor and Francis, the Journal of the Institute of Conservation, and from Springer, the Journal of Coastal Conservation.

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

Image by Eric Hentze.

ASTM International - new resource

The Library is now providing access to the e-resource ASTM International.

ASTM International is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of voluntary consensus standards. They serve a broad range of industries: metals, construction, petroleum, consumer products and many more.

Of interest to all engineering and construction disciplines, you will be able to access:-
  • over 13,000 active ASTM standards, plus thousands of historical standards
  • eight full text journals
  • high quality digital videos
  • 60,000 special technical papers
  • 1,500 books
Don't forget to check Library Search for all your Library needs.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

ProQuest Art and Architecture Archive

The Library is now providing access to the ProQuest resource Art and Architecture Archive.  

This resource is a full-text archive of magazines comprising key research material in the fields of art and architecture, dating from the late-nineteenth century to the twenty-first. Subjects covered include fine art, decorative arts, architecture, interior design, industrial design, and photography. The magazines are scanned from cover-to-cover and presented as full-color page images; detailed indexing permits quick, efficient searching and navigation of this material.

The archive covers access to the following titles

American Craft (1979-2005)
Aperture (1952-2005)
Apollo (1925-2005)
The Architects' Journal (1919-2005)
The Architectural Review (1896-2005)
Art Monthly (1976-2005)
Art and AsiaPacific (1993-2005)
The Bead Journal (1974-1978)
The British Journal of Photography (1860-2005)
The Builders' Journal and Architectural Engineer (1906-1910)
C (1987-1992)
C : a Critical Visual Art Magazine (1983-1986)
C Magazine (1986-2005)
The Canadian Architect (1955-2005)
Ceramics Technical (1995-2005)
Craft Horizons (1941-1978)
Craft Horizons with Craft World (1978-1979)
Eye: the International Review of Graphic Design (1990-2005)
Graphis (1944-2005)
Ornament (1979-2005)
Print (1940-2005)
Sculptors International (1982-1985)
Sculpture (1987-2005)
Southwest Art (1973-2005)

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

Image by Twan Verrijt

Monday, 10 July 2017

Public Information Online

Public Information Online is a fantastic resource which provides access to a wealth of information from
For more information, see the video below.

You can access all of this information from both on- and off-campus here


Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Oxford Bibliographies

The Library is now providing access to Oxford Bibliographies.  Developed cooperatively with scholars and librarians worldwide,Oxford Bibliographies offers exclusive, authoritative research guides. Combining the best features of an annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopedia, this cutting-edge resource guides researchers to the best available scholarship across a wide variety of subjects, including:-

  • Cinema and Media Studies
  • Criminology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
Don't forget to check Library Search for all your Library needs.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Leisure Reading Collection

 Tired of the stress of revising and exams?  Fancy an entertaining summer read?  Don't forget to check out our fabulous Leisure Reading collection, boasting some wonderful fiction from a wealth of authors including Stephen King, Ian Rankin, George R R Martin and J K Rowling.  As well as fiction, there are also many fascinating biographies, non-fiction works and books on popular science.

This collection has recently moved from the ground floor and is currently situated on the second floor of the Clifford Whitworth library, near to the windows and the deck chairs.  An ideal location to peruse the many brilliant items.

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

Image by Margie O'Hara

Friday, 23 June 2017

Web of Science - maintenance

The upgrade to Web of Science to version 5.25 is complete.

For information on the new features of the WoS upgrade (including screenshots) please see the WoS Release notes at:

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

The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology

The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology is available to browse online.

Each entry is written and updated by specialists in the field, providing clear, concise, expert definitions and explanations of the key concepts in the broad field of sociology - an essential resource for students!

There are over 2,100 topics covered, and of these over 800 have been recently added or updated.

Access the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology from anywhere here:

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Dictionary of Old English

The Dictionary of Old English (DOE) defines the vocabulary of the first six centuries (C.E. 600-1150) of the English language.

The compilers of this resource are working their way through texts to add and update this all the time.

Recently the publisher Dictionary has added H:

The new release includes 2,956 H entries, from h (the letter) to hȳwet (hewing), with many humdingers between, spanning heofon and hell and joining heorte to hēafod.
Read more about the project here

Access the Dictionary of Old English here:

And access the Dictionary of Old English web corpus here:

Monday, 19 June 2017

Digital Theatre +

The Library is now providing access to the database Digital Theatre Plus.

Founded in 2009, Digital Theatre+ is the world’s leading educational platform for English and the Performing Arts, providing over 3 million students, within over 1000 schools, colleges and universities, across 65 countries, with access to 600+ theatre productions and educational resources.

DT+ is constantly evolving, with more productions, interviews, and written content being added every month.

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

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Library Search upgrade - 18th June 2am

Library Search will be upgraded to the latest version on Sunday 18th June. It will be unavailable for a short time around 2am whilst the work takes place.

The upgrade adds features to Library Search such as:

Viewing your search history - use the icon in the top right hand corner to access 

Save your searches and set up alerts to find out about new results. When you're signed into Library Search you'll see an option to 'Save query' at the top of the results list

The eJournal search has been updated so is now available from within the Library Search interface.