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Advice for new students

The sooner you start using the library, the better. Research has shown that the more a student engages with the library, the greater likelihood of them getting a higher grade degree.

We've gathered together all the key information we think you'll need to get started.

One Year Pilot

Covidence: Systematic and Literature Review Management

The Centre for Social and Health Research (School of Health and Society) has funded access to Covidence systematic review management software on a year's pilot basis. In association with Library, Careers and Enterprise (LCE) this is being hosted and made discoverable from within Library Search for easy and reliable access. Here is a link to the resource in Library Search.

Covidence is a web-based software platform that streamlines the production of systematic reviews. It supports citation screening, full-text review, risk of bias assessment, extraction of study characteristics and outcomes, and the export of data and references.

The supplier has created a ‘self-sign-up’ link for access. Users must have an email address with and/or to request an invitation to join the service.

Covidence offers short video tutorials in their Knowledge Base to help you get started. See Getting Started with Covidence and Main steps in Covidence.

Covidence Academy is also a great resource containing useful ‘How to’ guides, step-by-step videos on Covidence features, and helpful links to additional resources.

WordScope - Get support with your writing

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If you are in need of extra academic writing support, then you may be interested in attending Wordscope in order to help build your confidence.

  • Enhance the way that you write
  • Structure your thoughts, ideas and research
  • Become a conscious, coherent and skilled writer

Online and on-campus workshops are available.

Study space in the Library

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Walk-in access to study and PC spaces is now available in the Library, or if you would like to book a seat prior to your visit we have specific areas in the library which are pre-bookable for study tables, PCs, Macs and study rooms.

If you would like to pre-book, decide what type of study you want to do, and where (these spaces are highlighted in blue on the floor plans), and you will be directed to the correct booking form.

Salford Digital Archives

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Find something new today. From photos to literary manuscripts, Salford Digital Archives provides access to a wide selection of unique original material for you to explore. We are growing our content offer, always looking for new opportunities to work in partnership to surface and bring rare and otherwise hidden archive content to new audiences online.

Help us to diversify our collection

We want to build a collection which is inclusive of all members of our student community. We want to ensure it champions all voices, particularly those that are traditionally underrepresented in curricula and on reading lists.

Help us by suggesting a title which has motivated and inspired you, helped you with your research, developed your awareness, promoted discussions between you and your friends, challenged your perceptions or just something you have really enjoyed reading.

The books can be fiction or non-fiction, textbooks, or leisure reading, written in any language – if you want it, we will try our hardest to get it.

Find resources

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We provide high-quality resources to help make your studies a success. We recommend you start with Library Search - the gateway to our print and electronic resources, including books, journals, newspapers and databases.


Students at the University of Salford

Learn about the key IT services and resources to support your studies; how to access online training, trainer-led webinars, and add IT qualifications to your CV with our Microsoft Office Specialist certification programme.

Archives and Special Collections

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We have material relating to the history of the University, from its foundations in 1896 up to the present day.

This rich and diverse resource supports academic research, teaching and learning, while also being of wider interest to local historians, genealogists and anyone with an interest in historical research.