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.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016


Six months ahead of schedule, MediaPlus , in partnership with JISC, have announced that all 73,000+ video titles are now available and ready to view with enhanced indexing and resource discoverability.  MediaPlus is cross-searchable with all your video and audio collections from Alexander Street via and will support teaching and research across the humanities and social sciences.

Browseable sub-collections include:
  • AP Archive
  • Amber Films
  • Anglia Television Library
  • Biochemical Society
  • British Paramount News
  • Channel 4 News
  • Channel 5 News
  • Films of Scotland
  • Gaumont British News
  • Gaumont Graphic Newsreel
  • Getty (moving images)
  • ITN
  • ITN Clip Reel
  • ITN Collections
  • ITN Non-released
  • ITN Open-ender
  • ITN Reports
  • ITN Rushes
  • ITN  Specials
  • ITN News
  • Imperial War Museum (films)
  • Logic Lane
  • Programmes as Broadcast (PAB)
  • Reporting 66-67
  • Reuters News
  • Roving Report
  • Royal Mail Film Classics
  • Visnews
  • Wellcome Library (moving image and sound)
Don't forget to check SOLAR for all your Library needs.

Friday, 4 November 2016

Box of Broadcasts - update

The suppliers of Box of Broadcasts are happy to say they’ve fixed an issue with BoB links in MS Office documents not resolving, so users can link through to BoB from PowerPoint and Word documents.
 They’ve had to reschedule the release of the new embed function. This will be going live at the end of next week. They apologise for any inconvenience this might cause.  
 Show repeat broadcasts
It’s now ever easier to find content in BoB, with the option to 'show repeat broadcasts' when carrying out a search. Click the tick box at the bottom of the drop down search panel and you’ll see all the different broadcasts BoB has of a particular programme. 

Monday, 31 October 2016

AIP Scitation - Update

AIP Publishing are improving the Scitation website to give you a better reading experience across all AIP Publishing journals and Member Society publications. 

Scitation is already home to the most influential journals in the physical sciences. Soon, all titles delivered through their website will benefit from a new design and enhanced navigation on your computer, tablet and phone. 
Starting in December 2016, changes will include:-

  • Faster navigation to the articles and research you're searching for, plus editors' recommendations to help you find similar content wherever it appears in AIP Publishing titles
  • Redesigned pages to reduce distractions and make articles easier to read
  • An enhanced figure viewer to help you explore visual content
  • More reliable access and improved readability across the spectrum of mobile devices and browsers
  • Dedicated collaboration tools to simplify sharing information with colleagues and social networks
Scitation provides access to online journals hosted by the American Institute of Physics, such as Applied Physics Letters and Journal of Applied Physics and includes titles from the following publishers-
  • Acoustical Society of America
  • American Association of Physicists in Medicine
  • American Association of Physics Teachers
  • American Crystallographic Association
  • AVS: Science and Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing
  • Chinese Physical Society
  • Chinese Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
  • Laser Institute of America
  • The Society of Rheology


Halloween, or Hallowe'en, also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve, is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows),martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers.

If you would like to haunt the Library's collections to see what you can summon up in terms of classic Gothic literature, you could go to ProQuest's Literature Online.  Alternatively, if the spirit is willing, you could check out EBSCO's Journal of Folklore Research or any of our other excellent e-resources.  
Let's hope your PC doesn't need re-ghosting.

Web of Science - maintenance

Please be advised that there will be a release of Web of Science 5.23 expected on Sunday, 6 November.
Clarivate Analytics (formerly the IP & Science business of Thomson Reuters) advise that they do not expect to have any outages or downtime during the release, however some users may experience slower than usual response times.
Maintenance window = Sunday 6 November 12:00 GMT to Monday 7 November 00:00 GMT.
Clarivate Analytics apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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