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.


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.

Friday, 27 January 2017

Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on 27 January each year. It’s a time for everyone to pause to remember the millions of people who have been murdered or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition during the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. On HMD we can honour the survivors of these regimes and challenge ourselves to use the lessons of their experience to inform our lives today. 27 January marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. 

To do further research into this, or any other subject, don't forget to check the Library's many excellent electronic resources, including EBSCO's Academic Search Premier and Wiley Online Library.

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

Monday, 23 January 2017

Performing Arts Periodicals Database - new name for IIPA

ProQuest's International Index to Performing Arts has changed its name to Performing Arts Periodicals Database.  It indexes around 400 scholarly and trade journals, magazines, books, and newspapers covering theater, dance, film, television, stagecraft, broadcast arts, storytelling and more; drawing from both current files and selected back files to 1864. 160 publications are included in full text.

Monday, 16 January 2017

USIR - unexpected downtime

USIR is now accessible again.  If you experience any further problems, please contact us on


The University of Salford Institutional Repository (USIR) is currently subject to unexpected downtime. As such, any documents hosted on USIR, including Exam Papers and Archives, will be inaccessible for the time being.  It is hoped to have a resolution to this problem as soon as possible.
In the meantime, the Library would like to apologise for any inconvenience.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

ProQuest - maintenance

On Sunday 29 Jan. 2017, 3:00 am to 11:00 am, a ProQuest product maintenance window will launch worldwide to upgrade infrastructure, enhance security, and maintain reliability of your products.

During this 8-hour window, some ProQuest products will be unavailable. While the date and time were chosen to minimize the impact on their customers, they realize that some users may be affected, and they apologize for the inconvenience.  Additionally, web-based customer access will be redirected to a webpage stating the planned maintenance times. 

Library Search!

Want a better way to find the books, journals and study resources you need?
Coming soon… ‘Library Search’, the Library’s new catalogue and discovery system. We’re replacing the current SOLAR system, and we’ve made the changes YOU wanted.
·     FIND quality resources to help you with assignments, coursework and exams
·     FIND past papers for your exam preparation
·     CHOOSE where you study - great mobile access
·     NEW user-interface
·     SAVE and sort your records
Library Search (now available as a Beta test version) will be launched officially from the end of January.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Science Direct - Elsevier - Further Update

The problems with off-campus access to Science Direct have now been solved. However, if you experience any further difficulties, please contact us on


We are currently experiencing problems with off-campus access to all Science Direct/Elsevier titles.  The supplier has been notified as a matter of urgency and it is hoped to have a resolution to this problem as soon as possible.

In the meantime access may be gained by taking the following route:-

Upon going to Library Search and accessing the main Science Direct page:-

  • Click on Sign In
  • Then Sign in via your institution 
  • Then Other institution
  • Search or browse the list for University of Salford (network username)
  • Enter your network (Blackboard) username and password as instructed
  • If you are presented with a list of products, click on Science Direct
  • If you are taken to the Science Direct search page, you can either perform your initial search again or, having logged in, go back to the Library Search page where the link should take you in.

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

Taylor and Francis - Access - update

The access problems to Taylor and Francis titles have now been fixed.  However, if you encounter any further problems, please contact us on


We are currently experiencing problems with access to titles on the Taylor and Francis platform.  This is due to technical issues on the part of the supplier.  However, they have assured us that they are working on it as their highest priority and will continue to keep customers updated.
In the meantime, the Library would like to apologise for any inconvenience.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

BBC Monitoring Portal - trial

On a trial basis, the Library has set up access to the BBC Monitoring Portal. This resource provides news and research services which are based on round-the-clock monitoring of TV, radio, press, internet, news agency and social media sources by analysts in the UK and worldwide.

Upon accessing the BBC Monitoring Portal main page, you will need to:-

  • Click on Login on the main BBC Monitoring Portal page
  • Click on Login via Academic Institution
  • Select University of Salford from the list
  •         Input your network (Blackboard) login details when prompted.
This resource is on trial until January 27th 2017.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

SOLAR unavailable 21st Dec midnight - 4am

SOLAR and Library Search beta will be unavailable tonight from midnight until 4am whilst the essential maintenance is completed.

Access to 'My Library' will be restored tomorrow morning (21st Dec) so you will be able to save records and searches again.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Monday, 19 December 2016

16th - 21st Dec: SOLAR maintenance

Essential maintenance is taking place on SOLAR and Library Search Beta between 16th and 21st December to prepare for the switch to the improved Library Search interface in the new year.
There will be some unavoidable disruption to the service as follows: 
16th - 21st December    
You will not be able to add or edit records in 'My Library' but you will still be able to see records you have already saved.You will still be able to sign in to view your Library Account, make requests and see how long you can borrow an item for.
18th December  SOLAR and Library Search will be unavailable briefly at 6.30am
21st December  SOLAR and Library Search will be unavailable between midnight and 4am
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Box of Broadcasts - maintenance

From around 22.30 on Monday 12 December, this service has been experiencing intermittent outages and issues with some content playback. Content broadcast from around 22.30 on Monday 12 December onwards is still experiencing playback problems. However, system access has now been fully restored. The suppliers are working on fixing playback for these recently broadcast programmes, and will update us when this content is accessible again. The vast majority of archive content remains unaffected and is accessible.

The cause of the disruption has been due to their preparation of a system upgrade and login server maintenance, that was scheduled to take place on 15 December 2016 between 08.00am and 10.00am. This upgrade was due to fix an issue with signing-in and also deliver the new embed code functionality, which has experienced implementation problems.

Due to the problems experienced by users over the last few days, they have rescheduled the server maintenance to 22 December 2016, close to the holiday period, where they hope any disruption will be kept to an absolute minimum. As a result, please consider BoB at risk between 08.00 and 10.00am on 22 December 2016.