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Finding Information

Topic Overview

Why do you need the Library?

If you have Google, why do you need to use the University Library?

Finding information

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Develop your Knowledge

What are Reading Lists at Salford?

Your reading lists are available:

  • Via the link in your Blackboard module – this will take you directly to the list for the module you are studying.
  • By searching readinglists.salford.ac.uk - you can view all lists for all modules.

Reading lists at Salford allows you to:

  • Directly access electronic items from your reading list.
  • See real time library availability of print books.
  • Access online previews of many popular textbooks from Google Books.
  • Create a profile to save notes and set your reading intentions.

We have created these on-line learning materials to help you get started with the system – if you have any queries please contact your Academic Support Librarian (external link).

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How to create your profile

Reading list guide - create your profile

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1.12 minutes


View your list and use the reading list tools

Reading list guide - view your reading list and use the reading list tools

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Advanced

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3.53 minutes

Finding books and more

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Basics

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1.22 minutes


Search for information the academic way

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6.28 minutes


Advanced Library Search

This eLearning will help you to use the advanced features of Library Search.

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Advanced

eLearning

25 minutes


Subject specific guidance

We have a team of Academic Support Librarians who are experts in finding subject specific information. Have a look at our subject support pages for further guidance.

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Class numbers

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1.24 minutes


Finding books on the shelf

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1.34 minutes


Location of your books by subject area

Books for related subject areas are located in the same location. Learn where you can find yours with this simple interactive map.

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eLearning

5 minutes

You can access most of The Library’s e-resources while on campus without having to enter a username or password. You can access all of the e-resources available through Library Search when off campus or at home by logging in using your network (Blackboard) username and password. You can either log in to Library Search itself using the log in option at the top right of the screen or log in when you follow the Read full text at... links in the View It tabs.


e-Books

We've purchased thousands of e-Books to help you get access to a broad range of books online, including many reading list items. All of these e-Books are available via Library Search.

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e-Resources

You can access most of The Library’s e-resources while on campus without having to enter a username or password. You can access them easily whilst off campus using Library Search, the Resources page or Reading Lists at Salford. You will usually be asked to enter your network (Blackboard) username and password when you click on a View It link.

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Loans

The number of books you can borrow depends on what kind of user you are:

Undergraduates

Undergraduates in their final year

Postgraduates

Staff

External Borrowers

25 items

35 items

35 items

35 items

4 items

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Borrowing and returning items

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59 seconds


Get Library help

Using the Library

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1.41 minutes


Online help and FAQs

Want to know more about how to use the Library? Check out the online help and FAQs or submit your questions.

Using the Library

Basics

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Subject specific guidance

We have a team of Academic Support Librarians who are experts in finding subject specific information. Have a look at our subject support pages for further guidance.

Finding information

Basics

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