Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Emerald Premier Trial

Until 2nd December, we're running a trial to over 200 additional journals from the publisher Emerald.  The new titles are mainly in health sciences, engineering and education.  Ask your Academic Support Librarian for details.

All of the additional journals are listed in SOLAR, or browse them all on the Emerald platform.

Please let your Academic Support Librarian know what you think of this resource.

  • why you would use this resource?
  • what teaching or research would this support?
  • who else would use this resource?

Monday, 24 October 2016

Library of Ideas - Friday 28th October Event

There are to be a series of fascinating talks in the Library of Ideas over the coming week to further explore the themes of the Manchester Science Festival

At 12 pm on Friday 28th October, Gary Kerr, PhD Student in Science Communication, 'Is cancer screening harmful?'  We’re so used to hearing about the importance of regular cancer screening – catch it in its early stages while it can still be treated. But the reality is more complex and screening has real side effects. Scientists have known about these risks for years, but is the message getting across to patients? Join Gary Kerr to debate the big issues in cancer screening. Do we need to start telling people about the risks of screening or should we keep it in the small print? Does screening destroy more lives than it saves?

While you're there, don't forget to peruse the large collection of colourful and informative science books currently available to view.

Library of Ideas - Thursday 27th October Events

There are to be a series of fascinating talks in the Library of Ideas over the coming week to further explore the themes of the Manchester Science Festival

At 10 am on Thursday 27th October, Jessica Kevill, PhD Student in Honey bee research, will deliver a talk entitled 
'The Decline of the Honey Bee'.  High overwinter mortalities of European honey bees (Apis mellifera) have been reported each year in the UK since the arrival of parasitic mite Varroa destructor. This talk will focus on the different variants of deformed wing virus and how they interact with honey bee colonies in the UK. 

At 12pm, Dr Mark Widdowson, Senior Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy, will be delivering a talk entitled 'Psychotherapy and counselling: do they really work?

At 2pm, Donna Peach, Lecturer in Social Work, will deliver the talk 'The lived experience of prospective adoptive parents.'  Who are the people who have thought about becoming adoptive parents but haven't? This pop up talk provides insight into the lives of those who have contemplated adopting a child and some of the wretchedness and hope they have experienced. 

While you're there, don't forget to peruse the large collection of colourful and informative science books currently available to view.

Image by Richard Collier

Library of Ideas - Wednesday 26th Event

There are to be a series of fascinating talks in the Library of Ideas over the coming week to further explore the themes of the Manchester Science Festival.  At 12pm on Wednesday 26th October, Dr Cristina Vasilica, Research Fellow in Digital & Social Media in Healthcare, will be delivering a talk entitled 'Experiences in using an online network for local renal patients'.

While you're there, don't forget to peruse the large collection of colourful and informative science books currently available to view.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Manchester Science Festival - Library of Ideas

Manchester Science Festival is a creative, playful and surprising celebration of science.
It is the largest science festival in England and celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2016.  
As part of this, the Library at the University of Salford is proud to support the Library of Ideas, a pop-up library in Victoria Station,  8am - 6pm (Monday - Friday) and 10am - 4pm (Saturday - Sunday), Thursday 20 October 2016 - Sunday 30 October 2016.

Science thrives when knowledge is shared – and books are one of the best ways to do this. Discover new ideas about science in comfortable surroundings. Take time out as you wait for a train or make a special trip to see us, grab a coffee and settle in for the afternoon.

Books for everyone, whether you’re interested in sharks or the solar system, dinosaurs or DNA.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Architects' Journal

Architects Journal

All staff and students should be able to access the Architects' Journal and the AJ Buildings Library online.

We are aware that this is not happening for some of you.  If you have registered for an account for this, but are not getting full access to both of these resources, then please contact us at library-eresources@salford.ac.uk

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Wiley Online Books

Between now and the end of 2016, all staff and students have access to all 19,000 online books on the Wiley Online Library platform (with some exceptions*)

Having this extended trial allows the Library to see the actual usage of these titles over a whole semester, and then decide which titles to purchase and keep.

So, between now and December, please make the most of these additonal titles.  They are all listed in SOLAR, or view them directly on the Wiley Online Library.

*The items excluded from our access are some of the reference works.

Taylor & Francis eBooks

We've just added 17,000 recently published eBooks from Taylor & Francis to SOLAR.

You can find them individually in SOLAR, or by browsing the Taylor & Francis eBooks platform.

Box of Broadcasts - maintenance - update

We have been informed that the access problem to Box of Broadcasts has now been resolved.  

However, the supplier has informed us that the migration from the old BoB service to the new service has resulted in some problems with embedded links.

Some links re-direct from the old BoB to the new service, but some don’t.  Where they don’t, the clips need to be re-embedded.  Some of the previously embedded content is redirecting fine but some won’t, mainly due to the use of Flash, which the new system can no longer support so as to make it compatible with all mobile devices. It will in those cases be necessary to re-embed those clips and titles using the new codes. They had hoped to be able to avoid that additional inconvenience but have not been able to do so, for which they apologise.

There is currently a security bug with Microsoft products affecting BoB so that links in its products, including PowerPoint, won’t re-direct to the site. They hope to have a fix for this in the near future and will alert users as soon as this has been enabled. Again, they apologise for the inconvenience.
Additionally it is not possible to actually embed new links at the moment. We have been informed that this functionality should be available after October 24th

We are currently experiencing some problems with access to the Box of Broadcasts resource.  The suppliers have informed us that they are carrying out emergency maintenance procedures which may result in intermittent problems.

We have contacted them to ensure that any access problems we have will be resolved as soon as possible.  In the meantime, the Library would like to apologise for any inconvenience.

Monday, 10 October 2016

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day (10 October) is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in more than 150 countries. This day, each October, thousands of supporters come to celebrate this annual awareness program to bring attention to Mental Illness and its major effects on peoples' life worldwide.
The Library would like to draw your attention to some of the excellent e-resources we provide such as PILOTS, or Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress,  PsycEXTRA, available from Ovid and, of course, a wealth of academic data from EBSCO's Academic Search Premier.
There are also various University events to mark this occasion.  Details of these events can be found here. 
Don't forget to check SOLAR for all your Library needs.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Journal Citation Reports - new platform

Journal Citation Reports, (the journal evaluation database using citation data drawn from over 8,000 journals), is now offered on the InCites platform, allowing you to access and explore the underlying data that informs JCR metrics from citation networks to self-citations.  This expanded capability lets you conduct analysis and comparisons of citation relationships across journals and categories over time.  You can even localize your analysis to understand publishing practices within your organization.

Journal Citation Reports will be available until December 2016.

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

FAME - new interface

Financial Analysis Made Easy (FAME) is now available through a new state-of-the-art interface. It provides an immense richness of content on both quoted and private companies, coupled with very extensive functionality.

Fame is a database of companies in the UK and Ireland covering:
  • Financials 
  • Adverse filings
  • Directors and managers
  • Financial strength metrics including credit scores and ratings and CCJs
  • Shareholders and subsidiaries and corporate structures and families
  • M&A deals and rumours
  • Industry descriptions, SIC codes and research 
  • News
  • Original, as filed accounts and documents as filed at Companies House and the Companies Registration Office in Ireland
The old FAME platform will still be available until December 2016.

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

Gale Primary Sources

Gale Primary Sources is a collection of leading online digital archives and rare historical content from the world's most prestigious libraries.  A vital research resource, Gale Primary Sources brings together such collections as the 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection and Nineteenth Century Collections Online as well as providing access to new features such as the Listener Historical Archive 1929-1991 and the Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive 1902-2011 along with numerous other valuable resources.

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

Can I download eBooks to my device?

We've got an answer to this question on our FAQs : http://salford.libanswers.com/e-resources/faq/92183

For some eBooks you'll need to install a specific programme onto your PC or app onto your phone or tablet, so make sure you read any instructions on the screen.

 Photo by Miguel Angel

Tuesday, 4 October 2016


Update 4/10/16: The problems described below are now resolved.


We are aware that some features on the Dawsonera platform are not working correctly, namely printing, copying and making notes.

We're in contact with Dawsonera to resolve this, and are hoping that this will be done shortly.

Apologies for the inconvenience in the meantime.

Monday, 3 October 2016

Black History Month

October 2016 is Black History Month.  Also known as African-American History Month in America,  Black History Month is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated annually in the United States and Canada in February, and the United Kingdom in October.
The Library provides many excellent resources to assist research into contemporary history and civil rights, including, from HeinOnlein, the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and, from Oxford University Press, the Journal of Human Rights Practice.  We also provide a wealth of valuable databases including ProQuest's Political Science and, of course, from EBSCO, Academic Search Premier.

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

Check it out to avoid disruption

Borrow your books now to ensure continued access!

The Library refurbishment picks up pace from 10th October - we’ll need to move books between floors and some stock won’t be accessible.

We’ve increased your loan limits to help you. Your books will be automatically renewed for you unless requested by someone else.

Friday, 30 September 2016

Emerald Downtime 4/10/16

Emerald Insight have informed us of upcoming maintenance, which is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 4 October 2016, beginning at 08:00 GMT - lasting for up to 12 hours.

During this time, the site will be placed into ‘read-only’ mode, making the following functionality unavailable for the duration of the upgrade:

•    Activating access tokens
•    Adding publications as favourites
•    Alert subscriptions
•    Any changes to ‘My Account’ and ‘Institutional Account’
•    E-commerce
•    Registration
•    Search

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Banned Books Week: the Freedom to Read

September 25 − October 1, 2016.  Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community; librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types, in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.  Some examples of banned or challenged classics include:-

The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
Ulysses, by James Joyce
Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck

All of these classic titles are held in the Library, along with many, many more.  
Don't forget to check SOLAR for all your Library needs.

Monday, 26 September 2016

European Day of Languages

At the initiative of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, the European Day of Languages has been celebrated every year since 2001 on 26 September.
Throughout Europe, 800 million Europeans represented in the Council of Europe's 47 member  states are encouraged to learn more languages, at any age, in and out of school. Being convinced that linguistic diversity is a tool for achieving greater intercultural understanding and a key element in the rich cultural heritage of our continent, the Council of Europe promotes plurilingualism in the whole of Europe. 

With this in mind, the Library would like to draw your attention to some of our excellent electronic resources, including, from ProQuest, Linguistics and Language Behaviour Abstracts  and, from EBSCO, the MLA International Bibliography.

Don't for get to check SOLAR for all you Library needs.