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New Students

Topic Overview

Getting connected

Learn how to connect to essential resources like BlackBoard, your Uni email, Library Search and much more - whether you're at home, on campus or on the bus.

Basics

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4.55 minutes

Develop your Knowledge

Changing your network and email passwords

Digital fluency

Basics

Video

1.35 minutes


Student Email

Communication

Basics

Video

1.25 minutes


Forwarding your student email

Communication

Basics

Video

1.34 minutes


Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi is available on campus. Connect using the UoS-WiFi network. There is no password for this network, you should just be prompted to sign in with your IT account username and password the first time you connect. After this, you should be connected automatically. More information is available on the Digital IT webpages.

Digital fluency

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Salford PC Desktop Tour

Digital fluency

Basics

Video

3.40 minutes

Set up your mobile device

Choose your device and learn how to access your University email, save your work, connect to the University Wi-Fi, access Blackboard Mobile and more.

Digital fluency

Basics

eLearning

15 minutes


Salford App Store

All the apps you'll need in one handy place. Download the iSalford app, Blackboard Student and many more from the store.

Digital fluency

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Office 365

Digital fluency

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Video

1.54 minutes


Microsoft Training

If you need to brush up on your Word, PowerPoint or Excel skills, visit our IT and Digital Skills pages for guides, workshops and online tutorials that you can access on or off campus.

Digital fluency

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Student Software Portal

Much of the software recommended to students for their coursework can be downloaded to their personal laptop or desktop, free-of-charge, from the Student Software Portal whether you are studying on or off campus. If you have been advised that you can obtain software via the University, but you cannot find it on this portal, please contact your tutor in the first instance. Note that the software advertised on the portal is also installed on University PCs in appropriate locations.

Digital fluency

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Assistive Technology

Details of the assistive technology that we have on campus and where to find it.

Digital fluency

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Become a Microsoft Office Specialist

Boost your CV whilst learning new skills that will benefit your studies and working life, with Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 2016. It’s a globally recognised IT qualification available to current students at Salford University. This is a self-taught study programme, so all the resources you need to pass your chosen MOS certification/s are available online. This allows you to practice in your own time, at your own pace from any location. To complete the exams free of change you will need to come onto campus. If you are studying off campus you can choose to find a testing centre near to you (there will be a cost for this).

Digital fluency

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Professional Skill

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Salford App Store

All the apps you'll need in one handy place. Download the iSalford app, Blackboard Student and many more from the store.

Digital fluency

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Student Channel

The student channel provides links to all of the crucial resources you will need to make use of as a Salford student. We recommend familiarising yourself with this as early as possible, as it's the easiest way to access your email, Blackboard and our Skills for Learning site as well as lots of other useful info.

Digital fluency

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Get to know Blackboard

Digital fluency

Basics

Video

1.57 minutes


Saving your work

You have various options for saving your work whilst studying with us. This short iunterctive tutorial will help decide which is best for you.

Digital fluency

Basics

eLearning

15 minutes


Printing

You can print from a University PC, your laptop or other wireless connected device and you can even send documents to our printers from home to collect next time you are in Uni. Learn all this and more via our printing FAQs.

Digital fluency

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Live PC Availability

Need to find a PC on campus? Don't waste time going to a building where they are all in use. This blog post tells you how to find out which PC suites and availability.

Organisation

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Manage you digital footprint

Things you put online don't disappear overnight. Make sure that you use social media thoughtfully so that your digital footprint leaves a good impression of you.

Digital fluency

Advanced

Professional Skill

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Get IT Help

Digital fluency

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Video

1.52 minutes


Digital IT student self help

Information about how to get help with you IT account

Digital fluency

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Topic Overview

Why do you need the Library?

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

Finding information

Basics

Video

1.07 minutes

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).

Finding information

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How to create your profile

Reading list guide - create your profile

Finding information

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Video

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

Finding information

Advanced

Video

3.53 minutes

Finding books and more

Finding information

Basics

Video

1.22 minutes


Search for information the academic way

Finding information

Basics

Video

6.28 minutes


Advanced Library Search

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

Finding information

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.

Finding information

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Class numbers

Finding information

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1.24 minutes


Finding books on the shelf

Finding information

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Video

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.

Finding information

Basics

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.

Using information

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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.

Using information

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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

Using the Library

Basics


Borrowing and returning items

Using the Library

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Video

59 seconds


Get Library help

Using the Library

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Video

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

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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

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Topic Overview

Get Going with introduction to studying at University

Get Going is Salford’s online introduction to studying at University. Through videos, interactive content and quizzes, this online programme will help you to get started and understand the step up to university study.

Study smart

Basics

eLearning

60 minutes

Develop your Knowledge

Have the right attitude for success

Study smart

Basics

Video

5.33 minutes


Learn about academic and essay writing mistakes that can cost you

In this short guide you will learn about the 7 academic and essay writing mistakes are poor academic practice, can lose you marks and impact on your final degree classification.

Good academic practice

Basics

eLearning

20 minutes


Keep up to date with University life

Communication

Basics

Video

1.59 minutes


Get help when you need it

Don't be afraid to ask for help. This short eLearning course introduces the support you can get with your studies. In addition to this academic support you can help help and support on a wide range of student issues, including finances, visas, wellbeing and disability from AskUS.

Study smart

Basics

eLearning

10 minutes


Live well for learning

Visit the USSU Wellbeing Zone to assess your wellbeing, get loads of great nutrition tips, learn about meditation and relaxation techniques to beat stress and have a go at some of the guided exercise programmes. You can also download a handy app to help you to keep track of your wellbeing.

Study smart

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