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-healthandsociety@salford.ac.uk

 

 

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Key resources for sociology 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.

Referencing

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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.

Newspapers

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
    • Constructing an Argument 2. The Modes of Persuasion [Online]

      Starts: 25 May 2022, 12:00 pm
      Finishes: 25 May 2022, 1:15 pm
      Remaining places: 25
      This session will explore the elements that make up an academic argument. Session 2 explores ethos, pathos, logos and utopias/dystopias as methods used to persuade an audience. Being aware of these tools can hep develop your critical reading and writing.
    • A short introduction to critical and analytical skills [online]

      Starts: 6 Jun 2022, 1:00 pm
      Finishes: 6 Jun 2022, 2:30 pm
      Remaining places: 37
      This session is aimed at undergraduate and master's level students who wish to improve their critical thinking, reading and writing skills. This workshop will be delivered online.
    • Constructing an Argument

      Starts: 7 Jun 2022, 12:00 pm
      Finishes: 7 Jun 2022, 1:00 pm
      Venue: Frederick Road Campus, Allerton, L219
      Remaining places: 30
      This session explores the elements that make up an academic argument, how to write your own and to challenge ones you disagree with. This is an on campus event.
  • Digital Skills
    • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam session [Online]

      Starts: 26 May 2022, 4:00 pm
      Finishes: 26 May 2022, 5:00 pm
      Venue: MOS Exam - Certiport exam provider
      Remaining places: 6
      This is an online EXAM SESSION for Microsoft Office Specialist certification. When booking you MUST have registered on the MOS programme AND scored 70% plus in GMetrix's 'Testing' mode in your chosen application. Bookings not meeting this criteria will be cancelled. Bookings open 3 May.
    • Word: Formatting your dissertation or thesis

      Starts: 31 May 2022, 10:00 am
      Finishes: 31 May 2022, 1:00 pm
      Venue: Frederick Road Campus, Allerton, C811
      Remaining places: 7
      Ready to start writing up? Learn about heading styles & captions to create automatic Table of Contents, Table of Figures, etc. Apply different page number formats & change page orientation via Section breaks. This workshop requires a basic knowledge of Word. This workshop is on campus.
    • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Exam session [Online]

      Starts: 16 Jun 2022, 4:00 pm
      Finishes: 16 Jun 2022, 5:00 pm
      Venue: MOS Exam - Certiport exam provider
      Remaining places: 10
      This is an online EXAM SESSION for Microsoft Office Specialist certification. When booking you MUST have registered on the MOS programme AND scored 70% plus in GMetrix's 'Testing' mode in your chosen application. Bookings not meeting this criteria will be cancelled. Bookings open 26 May.
  • Information Search Skills
    • Making the most of eBooks [online]

      Starts: 14 Jun 2022, 2:30 pm
      Finishes: 14 Jun 2022, 3:30 pm
      Remaining places: 40
      This 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.
    • Finding information using Library Search [online]

      Starts: 21 Jun 2022, 5:00 pm
      Finishes: 21 Jun 2022, 6:00 pm
      Remaining places: 38
      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 online.
    • Finding information using Library Search

      Starts: 12 Jul 2022, 12:00 pm
      Finishes: 12 Jul 2022, 1:00 pm
      Venue: Peel Park Campus, Clifford Whitworth University Library, Clifford Whitworth Library, Learning Suite 1
      Remaining places: 18
      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 on campus.