Thursday, 20 July 2017

Sage - maintenance

We are currently experiencing difficulties accessing resources on the Sage platform as it is currently undergoing maintenance work. They are working hard to make the site available as soon as possible.
In the meantime the Library would like to apologise for any inconvenience.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Three, two, one and SOLAR is gone

SOLAR, our old library search system, will be switched off on Tuesday 08 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.

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 than you may need to set these up again in Library Search to ensure you continue to have access to them.

Check it out here and bookmark it if you like.

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

ProQuest - now available as usual

Update: 8.18am, 19/7/17

All ProQuest services are now working correctly.  

ProQuest have published an apology and explanation of what happened, and how they intend to provent this from happening again, on their blog.
Update: 16.25pm.  

ProQuest Parliamentary Papers and Literature Online are now accessible as usual.
The main ProQuest platform, which includes databases and full text journals, is still unavailable.  Sorry for the inconvenience caused.

ProQuest have advised that their platform is not currently available, and are apologising for the inconvience.

They have identified the issue, and are working to resolve this.

This means that for the timebeing you have no access to the main ProQuest platform, which includes databases such as the British Nursing Index and a significant number of full text journals across humanities disciplines.

There is also no access to the ProQuest Parliamentary Papers platform, or to Literature Online.

Access to ProQuest eBook Central is working.

You will find updates on the ProQuest twitter page here

Thursday, 13 July 2017

ScienceDirect access now restored!

The problems that off-campus users have been having with ScienceDirect for much of 13th July are now resolved.

Access was removed from Salford's account with ScienceDirect due to a user systematically downloading large amounts of content from the site, which is not allowed.   Please remind yourself of the acceptable uses of resources provided to you by the Library here.

We're experiencing problems with our usual direct login to ScienceDirect for off-campus users.

Whilst we work with the supplier to resolve the problem, please follow the alternative instructions below:

•    Click on Sign In at the top, right hand side
•    On the right, select Other Institution
•    Type ‘salford’ in the box, and select University of Salford (network username)
•    Enter your Salford login details as usual

We hope to get this fixed as soon as possible.  Apologies for the inconvenience in the meantime.

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.

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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.

Friday, 9 June 2017

HeinOnline - new databases

In addition to our previously subscribed contentHeinOnline now includes the following databases:

  • Legal Dictionariescontaining nearly 300 legal dictionaries 
  • Foreign Relations of the United States - presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity.
  • History of International Law - Includes hundreds of titles and more than a million pages dating back to 1690 on International Law subjects such as War & Peace, the Nuremberg Trials, Law of the Sea, International Arbitration, Hague Conferences and Conventions and much more!

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

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Digimap Lidar - Trial

Digimap have launched their new Lidar Digimap Collection. The new Collection is available to preview for all Digmap users until the 31st of July 2017. Lidar data can be downloaded through the Lidar Download for use in GIS and CAD applications; there is no Lidar Roam application for viewing the data.

The service allows you to download current and past Lidar data from the Environment Agency (EA), Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA).

Lidar data is very useful when creating 3D terrains and models. For creating 3D scenes, it is very useful to use a Digital Surface Model (DSM) to create a surface and hillshading from which you can drape other data over, such as the imagery from Aerial Digimap.

They are also very keen to know what you have been doing with Lidar data in the past or what you plan to do with the Lidar data you are going to get from the new service. To find out this information from you they have put a survey in the interface and you have the chance to win a £20 Amazon just for filling it in!

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?

This resource is on trial until July 31st 2017.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

JSTOR access interrupted

We've currently lost access to all of our subscribed content on the JSTOR platform.

We are in touch with them, and hope to have this issue resolved shortly.

Apologies for the inconvenience this causes.