Thursday, 23 March 2017

Churchill Archive - Trial

On a trial basis, the Library is currently offering access to the resource Churchill Archive.  The Churchill Archive is a digital library of modern international history.
It includes more than 800,000 pages of original documents, produced between 1874 and 1965, ranging from Winston S. Churchill’s personal correspondence to his official exchanges with kings, presidents, politicians, and military leaders. This is more than a fantastic collection of primary source material; it is a unique online resource offering new insight into a fascinating period of our past.

This resource will be available from March 24th to May 21st.

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


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

World Poetry Day 2017

March 21st is World Poetry Day.  The purpose of the day is to promote the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry throughout the world and, as the UNESCO session declaring the day says, to "give fresh recognition and impetus to national, regional and international poetry movements".

The Library has many excellent resources on offer to help you celebrate this special day.  From ProQuest, there is the ever popular Literature Online and, from EBSCO, there is of course Academic Search Premier which touches upon a wide range of subjects including literature.

Beyond that, we have many great e-journals including, from Taylor & Francis, the Journal of Poetry Therapy and American Poetry Review.

And, of course, we have many fine print publications on poetry and a wealth of other subjects.  Keep your eyes open for some wonderful publications as part of our non-academic reading collection.

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

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Friday, 10 March 2017

British Science Week - March 10th to 19th

British Science Week (BSW) is a ten-day programme of science, technology, engineering and maths events and activities across the UK for people of all ages.

Anyone can organise an event or activity, and the British Science Association helps organisers plan by providing free activity and support resources.

With this special week in mind, the Library would like to remind you of the many excellent resources we provide, including Web of Science : All DatabasesScitation and of course, from Elsevier, the ever popular Science Direct.

This is in addition to the many marvellous e-journals we provide, such as, from EBSCO, Science News and Current Science.

And, of course, it wouldn't be a Library without an impressive selection of books.  Along with a wealth of invaluable science textbooks, the Library have also invested in an array of popular science books which we purchased as part of our involvement with the Manchester Science Festival - Library of Ideas.  Look out for these colourful and informative items in the coming months.

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


Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Library Search upgrade 12th March

Library Search will be upgraded to the latest version on Sunday 12th March. It will be unavailable for a short time around 2am whilst the work takes place.


The new release brings new features and improvements:
  • Performance - you should see improvements in performance following the upgrade 
  • Paging through results - In order to improve accessibility and to make it easier to move between results the endless scrolling has been replaced with options to load more results. 
    Available on the left hand side and bottom of the results list
  • Citation trails - the release reintroduces citation trails which were previously available in SOLAR. These help you find related articles and explore the original article further.


Please contact the Library if you have any feedback or would like any help with using Library Search.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Zetoc - enhancement

Please be advised that there is an added display enhancement, applied today, Monday, 6 March.

Zetoc includes OA data harvested from Europe PubMed Central and Biomed Central and it is expected that Zetoc will include further Open Access materials in the future.

The Zetoc enhancements are to the display options on the Zetoc search results ‘Brief record’ pages, and on the Full record page.


For any results that are Open Athens articles an OA symbol has been added.

You can view examples of records displaying the new symbol here.

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


Friday, 3 March 2017

Box of Broadcasts - maintenance to the reports function.

The suppliers of Box of Broadcasts are carrying out essential updates on the BoB reporting function. The service is unavailable while the updates are taking place and will become available again next week. They will send a message round when you can access your reports again. 

Thursday, 2 March 2017

World Book Day 2017

World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

What better place to spend World Book Day than in the Library?  As well as a wealth of fabulous electronic resources, such as Literature Online and EBL - Ebook Public Access Library and e-journals such as ProQuest's Journal of Children's Literature and, from EBSCO, Journal of Modern Literature, we also have, of course, thousands of BOOKS.  From classics of the past to classics of the present, our shelves boast the work of such great authors as:-

  • Charles Dickens
  • William Shakespeare
  • Charlotte Bronte
  • H.G. Wells
  • Ian Fleming
  • Stephen King
  • J.K. Rowling
and many, many more.  Keep your eyes open for our forthcoming non-academic reading collection.

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

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Box of Broadcasts - maintenance - update

Please note, the suppliers of Box of Broadcasts are postponing the scheduled maintenance that was due to occur tomorrow, Thursday 2 March. This work will now be taking place a week later. 

Please therefore consider BoB at risk on Thursday 9 March between 07:00 and 09:00. 


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The suppliers of Box of Broadcasts have scheduled BoB maintenance work on Thursday 2nd March 2017 between 07:00 and 09:00.

Please consider BoB at risk for this period.

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





Oscars 2017

Have you been swept up in the excitement of the 2017 Oscars? Don't forget that when it comes to the world of motion pictures, the Library has many great resources to offer.
For example, from the British Film Institute, we have BFI In View and BFI Screen Online, (available on campus only).

In addition to that, we have BroadcastBritish Pathe and Alexander Street Video.

As well as databases, we have many excellent e-journals, such as EBSCO's Film and History and, from ProQuest, the Journal of Film and Video.

Furthermore, as part of our Non-Academic Reading Project, we will soon be making available many great books which have been made into successful films, such as:-

  • Gone Girl
  • The Lovely Bones
  • The Silver Linings Playbook
  • The Girl On The Train
  • The Shining
  • Master and Commander
  • Let The Right One In
  • Life of Pi

and many, many more.

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




Monday, 27 February 2017

Social Care Online - new feature

From March 2017, users of Social Care Online will be asked to register or login to the site to access all of the following features: 
  • ·  search filters in standard search to help refine your search results
  • · links to available resources
  • · advanced search to let you build complex search queries
  • · the saved search function
  • · email topic alerts

Social Care Online will remain free to use, but by registering and logging you will be able to make the best use of the resource. Registering will also help them find out more about how you use the site and plan developments in the future. If you have already registered on the site in the past, you do not need to re-register, just login with your current details.

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






Thursday, 23 February 2017

Bridgeman Education - Trial

On a trial basis, the Library is currently providing access to Bridgeman Education.  Bridgeman Education is a brand of Bridgeman Images, the worlds leading supplier of rights managed art, culture and historical images.
The Bridgeman Education database is an invaluable research, teaching and learning tool: a unique archive of digital images sourced from the world’s leading museums, galleries, contemporary artists and private collections.
This resource is available until March 22nd.

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

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

MyiLibrary - maintenance

We are currently experiencing access problems to resources on the MyiLibrary platform.  The service providers have confirmed that the MyiLibrary IT Team are currently working on resolving this and will let us know when this is complete.

In the meantime, the Library would like to apologise for the inconvenience.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Psychology Databases - Trial

The Library is currently running trials for two American Psychological Association databases.  PsycCRITIQUES includes a searchable database of more than 38,000 reviews, dating back to 1956, plus tables of contents for recent weekly releases. More than 900 reviews are published annually.  

Subject coverage includes:-

  • Applied psychology
  • Communication systems
  • Developmental psychology
  • Educational psychology
  • Experimental human and animal psychology
  • Personality
  • Psychological and physical disorders
  • Physiological psychology and neuroscience
  • Professional personnel and issues
  • Psychometrics and statistics

While PsycTESTS provides bibliographic, plus full text and multimedia of psychological tests from the early 1900s to the present. Test records include descriptive summaries of the test and its development and administration, mostly drawn from articles in peer-reviewed journals or books, with downloadable tests. 75% of the test records contain the actual test or test items.
Subject coverage includes:-

  • Developmental measures
  • Scales for beliefs, Relationships, or expectancies
  • Aggression, coping, or functional status questionnaires
  • Racial and ethnic identity scales
  • Resilience, anger response, or substance abuse inventories
  • Physical health related assessments
  • Personality assessments
  • Educational measures
  • Neuropsychological assessments
  • Aptitude and achievement measures

These trials will run until 19 March 2017.

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

Health Research Premium Collection - Trial

The Library is currently running a trial to the ProQuest resource Health Research Premium Collection.  This database addresses the diverse needs of health care students, researchers, medical professionals, hospital administrators, or even patients and their families, by offering a central access point to a variety of essential content. Health Research Premium Collection serves a wide range of users with a broad collection of journals, evidence-based resources, and full-text dissertations, and includes the top ProQuest health and medical databases.

This trial will run until 19 March 2017.


London Fashion Week - February 2017

Organised by the British Fashion Council (BFC) for the London Development Agency with help from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, London Fashion Week first took place in October 1983. It currently ranks alongside New York, Paris and Milan as one of the 'Big Four' fashion weeks.

In light of this, the Library would like to draw your attention to some of the many excellent resources we offer, including Vogue (US) Archive 1892- and the leading on-line trend-analysis and research service WGSN.  

These are in addition to the many fabulous Fashion journals we provide, both print and electronic, such as the Taylor and Francis title Fashion Practice and, from Springer Link Fashion and Textiles.

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


Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Mintel - extra content to replace Key Note

The Key Note resource has been deactivated in our Resources list. However, in light of this, the Library is pleased to announce that extra content is now available in the Mintel resource, as follows:-


Until the end of July 2018, there are a number of additional reports available on Mintel. These include reports on markets in :
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Ireland
  • the USA
  • Canada
There are also additional UK reports available on retail, lifestyles, brands, business technology and finance.

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

Library Lovers' Month - February 2017

February is Library Lovers’ Month, a month-long celebration of libraries of all types. This is a time for everyone, especially library support groups, to recognize the value of libraries and to work to assure that the Nation’s libraries will continue to serve.

Here in the Library at the University of Salford, we strive to provide support for academic study through the provision of effective study spaces and a wide range of resources, both print and electronic.  The diversity of our collections means that we can also cater for the cultural and recreational needs of our Library users.

Further information can be found here.

And don't forget, a Library is forever, not just for February.

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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Taylor and Francis - maintenance

Taylor & Francis Online is experiencing some technical difficulties. While the site is accessible, it’s not allowing the download of PDFs or viewing the full text. They apologize for the downtime and are working to restore access to the site as soon as possible.

BoB - Maintenance

Maintenance is taking place on the Box of Broadcasts platform from 12.00 to 1.00pm today.  Please consider those services at risk during this time.
Both the supplier and the Library would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by this.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Dawsonera - maintenance - update

The problems with access to resources on the Dawsonera site have now been resolved.  Both the supplier and the Library apologise for any inconvenience.

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We are currently experiencing difficulties with access to Dawsonera resources at the moment.
The supplier has been informed and are looking into it as a matter of urgency.
In the meantime, the Library would like to apologise for any inconvenience.