Whether you're a new student starting your first assignment, further on in your studies, or starting a research project, this page will help you find and use the best information for your subject. You will also find resources to help develop your academic, study and digital skills.
If you can’t find what you need here, please contact your Academic Support Team: library-SAM@salford.ac.uk
Key resources for Games Design students
Books & Journals
The first place you should look is your reading list – you will find a link to this in your Blackboard modules. It lists all the core texts for your subject as recommended by your lecturers. All our other books and journals can be found in Library Search
Whilst Library Search is your starting point when researching a topic, sometimes it’s helpful to restrict your search to one of our specialist sources.
- ABI Inform Collection – provides business information on all sorts of areas including computer video games and digital media industries.
- Business Source Premier – a good source for journal articles, reports and books on digital industries.
- Box of Broadcasts - thousands of TV and radio programmes, including lots of current (and older) programmes on cultural topics, including those exploring the digital world.
- JSTOR - a great range of books and articles on all kind of topics including games design.
- Science Direct – A huge database covering a wide array of topics including broadcasting, media and communications technologies.
- Wiley Online Library – another big database, but it includes articles and book chapters from sources that include visualisation and computer animation.
- Google Scholar – always worth checking for academic books and journals. To get the most from it, make sure you’ve added Library Access to your browser.
Screenskills.com – invaluable for information on jobs, industry-based events, online workshops, training, and networking opportunities.
LinkedIn Learning offers thousands of professionally produced online courses covering technical, creative and professional skills and including lots on using media specific software.
Always use our institutional login to log in – you will need your University email address and password.
The first time you log in, you will be taken through a setup process to discover courses tailored to your interests.
Find out more in our video: Using LinkedIn Learning at Salford.
APA 7th (Harvard) style is the main referencing style in use at the University. We've compiled an easy to follow list of guidebooks and examples to help you get to grips with complexities of referencing.
Newspapers are a valuable source of information. They provide insight into what interests and concerns people both now and in the past.
The Library provides some excellent newspaper sources that allow you to search simply and easily across many newspapers at once.
Dissertations and Theses
During the course of your studies, you may find that you need to search for dissertations or theses.
You can use Library Search to help you find them and there are a number of different ways to search, depending on what you want to find.
Book a one to one
If you’ve tried our eLearning and classroom sessions and need more help, you can request a one to one appointment for information finding, academic and writing or digital skills. Select your chosen time slot and book on through Advantage.
Book on a workshop
We offer a wide range of face-to-face skills training. If you need to improve your IT skills, learn how to find information for your assignments or improve your study skills this is a great place to start.
All workshops are bookable through Advantage by clicking on the workshop title. Where a session has no remaining spaces you can add yourself to the waiting list.
- Starts: 4 Oct 2022, 5:00 pmFinishes: 4 Oct 2022, 6:00 pmRemaining places: 10This workshop will help you understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it in your work. Please note: This workshop is online.
- Starts: 5 Oct 2022, 1:00 pmFinishes: 5 Oct 2022, 2:00 pmRemaining places: 8Got an assignment and don't know where to start? Come and learn about types of assignment, managing your time, and planning and structuring your work. This workshop will be delivered online.
- Starts: 11 Oct 2022, 11:00 amFinishes: 11 Oct 2022, 12:00 pmVenue: Frederick Road Campus, Mary Seacole, 132Remaining places: 18This practical session will take place on campus and the content is aimed primarily at students who are new to essay planning. However, it will also be useful for anyone hoping to improve how they plan and structure their written work. Please feel free to bring an essay question you are working on.
- Starts: 12 Oct 2022, 12:00 pmFinishes: 12 Oct 2022, 12:50 pmRemaining places: 44Find out about the main IT tools, resources and services you need to get started as a student at the University of Salford.
- Starts: 14 Oct 2022, 1:00 pmFinishes: 14 Oct 2022, 2:00 pmVenue: Frederick Road Campus, Allerton, C811Remaining places: 5This is an EXAM SESSION for Microsoft Office Specialist certification. At the time of booking you must be registered on the MOS programme & scored 70% plus in GMetrix's 'Testing' mode in your chosen application/s. Bookings not meeting this criteria will be cancelled. Bookings open.
- Starts: 17 Oct 2022, 1:00 pmFinishes: 17 Oct 2022, 2:15 pmRemaining places: 14This course will teach you to:
-Organise your work (OneDrive + OneNote)
-Improve your critical analysis (matrix tables)
-Use speech-to-text for easier paraphrasing and writing
- Improve your reading (Office Lens, Immersive Reader and other tools)
- Starts: 5 Oct 2022, 3:00 pmFinishes: 5 Oct 2022, 4:00 pmRemaining places: 33This workshop will show you how to find and use electronic books (eBooks) in Library Search. This workshop will showcase eBooks and what they can do, and will include tips on using built-in tools to help save you time and advice on targeting your reading. This workshop is online.
- Starts: 6 Oct 2022, 10:00 amFinishes: 6 Oct 2022, 11:00 amVenue: Peel Park Campus, New Adelphi, New Adelphi 535GExploring Creative Contexts - Introduction to the Library and research for this subject area.
- Starts: 6 Oct 2022, 1:30 pmFinishes: 6 Oct 2022, 2:30 pmVenue: Peel Park Campus, New Adelphi, New Adelphi 535JExploring Creative Contexts - Introduction to the Library and research for this subject area.