Thursday, 23 November 2017

Earth and Environmental Science eBooks

You can access over 500 eBooks on a whole range of topics in earth and environmental science, all on the Springer platform.

These can all be accessed from on- or off-campus, and can be found in Library Search.

Alternatively, search and browse all of the journal and eBook content available from Springer here

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Psychology eBooks

You can now access recent content from four Book Series from Elsevier, in the field of Psychology.

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In addition there are over 180 eBooks from Springer in the field of Behavioural Science & Psychology.

You can find all of these in Library Search, or browse these on the Springer platform here:

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

World Television Day

In December 1996 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 November as World Television Day commemorating the date on which the first World Television Forum was held in 1996.  The purpose of the day is to recognise the increasing impact television has on decision-making by alerting world attention to conflicts and threats to peace and security and its potential role in sharpening the focus on other major issues, including economic and social issues.

In light of this the Library would like to draw your attention to some of the many excellent electronic resources we offer, including Box of BroadcastsKanopyBroadcast and Alexander Street Press Video.

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

Monday, 20 November 2017

Box of Broadcasts - new features

As part of Thursday 9 November's maintenance, Box of Broadcasts have upgraded the My BoB area of the site. Here is a summary of the exciting new features, which they hope you will find useful:

  • The default landing page on login has been changed from “Requested” to "Playlists"
  • Users can now remove requests, playlists and clips from “My BoB”
  • Users can now sort lists by title and date
  • Users can now filter/search content with in requests, playlists and clips. 
  • Users can add content to playlists directly from the requests and clips panels in “My BoB”. 
  • Users can manually arrange/sort programmes inside a playlist by dragging programmes around. 
Don't forget to check Library Search for all your Library needs.

The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music

The Library has set up a trial on the online version of the The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music

You can access this trial, until 17 December 2017, from on a off campus here

Please do let the Library know what you think of this additional resource.

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

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Taylor and Francis - maintenance

Please be advised that some features on Taylor and Francis Online will be unavailable on Monday 20th November, from 04:30 – 19:30 GMT. This is due to a scheduled update to the platform. You’ll still be able to search, browse and read our articles, but you won’t be able to register, edit your account, purchase content, or activate tokens or e-prints during that period.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  Their developers will be working as quickly as possible to deploy the release. 

Monday, 6 November 2017

Emerald Engineering Journals

The Library is very pleased to be able to offer full text access to all of Emerald's Engineering journals.

You can access them on on and off campus via Library Search.

The collection contains the following journals

Emerald Health & Social Care

The Library can now offer full access to Emerald's Health & Social Care journals collection.

The collection can be access from on a off campus, via Library Search, and is made up of the following titles

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

World Vegan Day

World Vegan Day is an annual event celebrated by vegans around the world every 1 November. The benefits of veganism for humans, non-human animals and the natural environment are celebrated through activities such as setting up stalls, hosting potlucks and planting memorial trees.

To mark this day, the Library would like to draw your attention to some of our excellent e-resources, including links to such sites as the Nutrition and Food Sciences DatabaseFriends of the Earth International, the Food Standards Agency database and, from IHS, Food and Drink Safety.

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

Tuesday, 31 October 2017


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.  
Also, don't forget to check some of the fabulous spooky tales in our Leisure Reading collection, which includes such great authors as Dean Koontz, Joe Hill and, of course, Stephen King.
Let's hope your PC doesn't need re-ghosting.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Knovel update

Knovel have launched an update to their platform.  The update includes the following changes:

  • Intuitive navigation throughout Knovel with easier access to Knovel’s powerful tools, including interactive equations, tables and graphs.
  • Improved search functionality with enhanced auto-suggest and a new “engineering concepts” feature.
  • Redesigned My Knovel which now includes your search history and recently viewed items.
  • New Browse page feature that lists Knovel’s recently added content.
  • New content viewer with note-taking capability
Access to Knovel content, both on and off campus, will be unaffected by these changes.

Knovel have produced a series of tutorial videos to using the new platform.  These can be found here.

As ever, if you have any queries or concerns, please contact us on 

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

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Dawson E-Books - Adobe Digital Editions

From the 1st November all content (both PDF’s & ePub’s) that are downloaded from the Dawsonera platform, will be via an ACSM file which can be opened with Adobe Digital Editions and the Bluefire Reader; the download boxes on dawsonera will reflect these changes.

 A .acsm file is a "Adobe Content Server Message File." There is a free Adobe Digital Editions 1.7.2 installer that can be downloaded from the Adobe website.

Please note the ACSM link that Adobe Content Server produces unfortunately is not supported by Adobe Reader.

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact us at

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

Monday, 16 October 2017

World Food Day

World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world on 16 October in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. The day is celebrated widely by many other organisations concerned with food security, including the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.
With this in mind, the Library would like to draw your attention to some of the excellent electronic resources we provide, including Food and Drink Safety, the database of the Food Standards Agency and the Institute of Food Science and Technology.  And, of course, from EBSCO, Academic Search Premier.

Don't forget to check Library Search for all your Library needs.
Image by Michael Stern.

Friday, 13 October 2017

eResource logins NOW AVAILABLE AGAIN

Update 13.27.  The login to Barbour Index  is now working again.

Update 10.26.   This issue is now resolved, and off campus access to e-resources is now available.  Login to Library Search is also now working.  There is still a problem accessing Barbour Index, and we are working to fix this.  If you have any further probelms, please contact the Library.

We are aware that the login system for Library Search and for eresources is not currently available.

Ths will mostly impact on off campus users trying to access eresources, but also means that some resources will not work on campus.

Digital IT are working to resolve this as quickly as possible.

Apologies for the inconvenience this is causing in the meantime.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Community Care Inform - maintenance - further update

Institutional access to these resources has now been fixed. As such, upon accessing the site, simply click on Log In, then choose Sign In with Shibboleth, select University of Salford (Network username) from the list, then log in with your network username and password.  The specific credentials held on Blackboard, as described in the previous update, will still be available as an alternative access route.


Until such time as the institutional access is fixed, the supplier has provided us with a username and password to access these resources.  They have been placed on the e-password page in Blackboard.  Access the database as usual and then click on the Log In button in order to input these credentials.


We are currently experiencing problems with access to the resources Community Care Inform - Adults and Community Care Inform - Children.  The supplier has assured us that this is a known problem and that their technical team are working towards a resolution.
In the meantime, the Library would like to apologise for any inconvenience.

Monday, 2 October 2017

World Architecture Day

Created in 2005 by the Union International des Architects (UIA), World Architecture Day is a day to show appreciation for the work architects do and to celebrate some of the great global architectural works.
Architecture is incredibly important and architects have the potential to shape all of our lives through their hard work. In addition, architecture plays an essential role in planning for the future, sustaining population growth and tackling a number of social problems.
The Library provides access to numerous excellent electronic resources in the area of architecture, such as ProQuest's Art and Architecture ArchiveConstruction Information Service and Archinet.
These databases are supplemented by a range of valuable electronic journals, such as the Journal of Architectural Education and, of course, Architect's Journal including AJ Buildings Library.
Don't forget to check Library Search for all your Library needs.
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Sunday, 1 October 2017

Five video streaming options

For a huge range of online videos, you have several great options.  All of these can be accessed on and off campus using the links below.
First, The Library is offers 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.

Second, you have access to the fantastic Alexander Street Press video streaming service.  Over 30,000 online videos for an academic audience, plus a collection specifically aimed at teaching.

Third, there the Sage Research Methods Video service.  Great for researchers at all levels.

Next up, is Digital Theatre Plus - watch over 300 classic, contemporary and international productions, many along with commentary, essays and study guides included.

And finally, there's Box of Broadcasts.  Here you can watch and record thousands of TV programmes from dozens of UK free-to-air channels.  This service is only available within the UK.

Friday, 29 September 2017

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Newsstand (Gale Infotrac)

The Library is now providing access to the e-resource Newsstand (Gale Infotrac).  

This is a  full-text newspaper resource which allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, author, newspaper section, or other fields. InfoTrac Newsstand provides access to more than 2,300 major U.S. regional, national, and local newspapers, as well as leading titles from around the world. It also includes thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts. Exclusive features, including Topic Finder, InterLink, and a mobile-optimized interface, support and enhance the search experience.

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

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NEC4 Contracts

The Library is now providing access to the NEC4 Contracts, guidance notes, flow charts and 'how to' guides. 

Access will be via the 'NEC4 Contracts' record in Library Search

Or go direct to

This page on Blackboard contains the following NEC contracts, including guidance notes and flow charts :
  • Engineering and Construction Contract
  • Engineering and Construction Short Contract
  • Engineering and Construction Short Subcontract
  • Engineering and Construction Subcontract
  • Framework Contract
  • Professional Services Contract
  • Professional Services Short Contract
  • Supply Contract
  • Supply Short Contract
  • Term Service Contract
  • Term Service Contract
Access to the NEC3 Contracts is still available via Blackboard.

Image by Arthur Crowther

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