Social Policy



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:



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Key resources for Social Policy students

Browse your Reading Lists

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Your tutors select books, articles, videos and other resources for your reading lists and the Library buys them so you don't have to.

Find the lists for your modules in Blackboard, or in Library Search.


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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.


A selection of newspapers

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

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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.

  • Academic Writing Skills
    • Hands-on Essay Planning [On Campus]

      Starts: 11 Oct 2022, 11:00 am
      Finishes: 11 Oct 2022, 12:00 pm
      Venue: Frederick Road Campus, Mary Seacole, 132
      Remaining places: 9
      This 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.
    • Avoiding plagiarism in your work

      Starts: 11 Oct 2022, 5:00 pm
      Finishes: 11 Oct 2022, 6:00 pm
      Remaining places: 34
      This workshop will help you understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it in your work. Please note: This workshop is online.
    • Constructing an Argument [Online]

      Starts: 12 Oct 2022, 12:00 pm
      Finishes: 12 Oct 2022, 1:15 pm
      Remaining places: 5
      This session will explore the elements that make up an academic argument, how to write your own and to challenge ones you disagree with.
  • Digital Skills
    • IT Essentials at Salford [Online]

      Starts: 12 Oct 2022, 12:00 pm
      Finishes: 12 Oct 2022, 12:50 pm
      Remaining places: 40
      Find out about the main IT tools, resources and services you need to get started as a student at the University of Salford.
    • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam session

      Starts: 14 Oct 2022, 1:00 pm
      Finishes: 14 Oct 2022, 2:00 pm
      Venue: Frederick Road Campus, Allerton, C811
      Remaining places: 5
      This 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.
    • Digital Notemaking [online]

      Starts: 17 Oct 2022, 1:00 pm
      Finishes: 17 Oct 2022, 2:15 pm
      Remaining places: 11
      This 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)
  • Information Search Skills
    • L4 Film TV and Stage Design [SAM]

      Starts: 6 Oct 2022, 10:00 am
      Finishes: 6 Oct 2022, 11:00 am
      Venue: Peel Park Campus, New Adelphi, New Adelphi 535G
      Exploring Creative Contexts - Introduction to the Library and research for this subject area.
    • L4 Costume Design [SAM]

      Starts: 6 Oct 2022, 1:30 pm
      Finishes: 6 Oct 2022, 2:30 pm
      Venue: Peel Park Campus, New Adelphi, New Adelphi 535J
      Exploring Creative Contexts - Introduction to the Library and research for this subject area.
    • Finding information using Library Search [online]

      Starts: 12 Oct 2022, 5:00 pm
      Finishes: 12 Oct 2022, 6:00 pm
      Remaining places: 15
      This workshop is a live demo of how Library Search works and showcases what it can do to help you find information. This workshop will show you how to find and use Library Search, and will include tips on making the most of all of its features, saving you time! This workshop is delivered online.