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 Journalism 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 analysis of media industries and public relations.
- Business Source Premier – journal articles, reports and books on business topics. Good for information on media industries and public relations.
- Box of Broadcasts - thousands of TV and radio programmes, including lots of current (and older) material. A great source for documentaries as well as commentary on sports and current affairs.
- JSTOR - a great range of books and articles on all kind of topics.
- LS:N Global – a design database, but very good for news stories about social and consumer trends.
- MINTEL – provides market research reports. Great for facts and figures and information on social trends.
- ScienceDirect – A huge database covering research in a wide array of topics (much more varied in content than the name suggests).
- Westlaw – includes articles from legal journals. (Remember to select the Journals tab before you search, unless you are also looking for other legal material.)
- 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.
- National Council for the Training of Journalists – key organisation for developing and training journalists.
- Public Information Online – information from the Westminster parliament and the UK’s regional assemblies.
- Office of National Statistics – facts and figures about the UK
- OECD iLibrary – comparative information about all aspects of aspects of life in countries around the world.
LinkedIn Learning offers thousands of professionally produced online courses covering technical, creative and professional skills and including lots on. 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.
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- Starts: 2 Feb 2023, 12:30 pmFinishes: 2 Feb 2023, 1:30 pmRemaining places: 31Want to prove your Microsoft Office IT skills? Join our programme and find out how to gain Microsoft certified IT qualifications in applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint...You choose which exams to sit to become a Microsoft Office Specialist.
This webinar is delivered online.
- Starts: 9 Feb 2023, 1:00 pmFinishes: 9 Feb 2023, 2:00 pmVenue: Frederick Road Campus, Allerton, C811Remaining places: 7This is an EXAM SESSION for MOS certification. At the time of booking you must have scored over 70% in GMetrix's 'Testing' mode for your chosen application. Bookings not meeting this criteria will be cancelled. Candidates may also join this exam session remotely and take their exam off campus.
- Starts: 15 Feb 2023, 5:00 pmFinishes: 15 Feb 2023, 6:00 pmVenue: MOS Exam - Certiport exam providerRemaining places: 10Have you met the criteria for booking an exam place? This is an online EXAM SESSION for Microsoft Office Specialist certification. When booking you MUST have scored over 70% using GMetrix's 'Testing' mode for your chosen application. Bookings not meeting this criteria will be cancelled.
- Starts: 6 Feb 2023, 11:00 amFinishes: 6 Feb 2023, 12:00 pmRemaining places: 38This 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: 7 Feb 2023, 1:00 pmFinishes: 7 Feb 2023, 2:00 pmRemaining places: 45This online workshop is a live demo of how Library Search works and showcases what it can do to help you find information.
This session is designed for UK and international students to help you prepare for finding information at Salford.
- Starts: 14 Feb 2023, 1:00 pmFinishes: 14 Feb 2023, 2:00 pmRemaining places: 39This workshop provides an introduction to the newspapers we have in our collections in the Library. There will be a a live demo of how to find and use current, historical, national and international digital newspapers. This workshop will be delivered online.