Subject support

Every school has an Academic Support Librarian assigned to provide specialist expertise.

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We can help you find and manage the large amounts of information you will need to undertake your research. We have resources to help you disseminate your research output so that it achieves optimum visibility and impact. We can help you identify these resources and use them effectively.

A programme of IT skills training suitable for researchers is delivered throughout the year. These sessions are free, but places are limited so you must book in advance.

  • IT Skills Courses - a range of free courses in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.
  • Online Training - workbooks and interactive tutorials are also available for more self-paced learning.

One-to-One Support - please email the Academic Support Librarian for your subject if you have a query about finding information in your subject area or would like to arrange one-to-one support.

Salford Postgraduate Research Training Programme (SPoRT) - The Research and Graduate College offers an extensive range of training activities to help postgraduate students develop their research and transferable skills. This programme has been designed to equip researchers both for their university studies, and for their future careers whether in academia, elsewhere in the public sector, or in industry and the private sector.

Accuracy in referencing every piece of literature you use during the course of your research is essential.

There are major two systems of referencing: Numeric, where citations in the body of your text are indicated by numbers; and Author-Date (also known as parenthetical or Harvard), where the in-text citations are in the form of the author & date of the article enclosed in parentheses. Within these two main systems there are many different styles.

  • A PhD thesis is a peer-reviewed document, and therefore you must use the referencing style that is appropriate for your discipline. Your supervisor will be able to advise you which style you should use.
  • Academic journals often have their own referencing style, so before you submit an article for publication you should check which style is required. You can find out what this is by looking at the journal's 'instructions for authors' page, which you will find either within the journal or on the publisher's website.

For more advice about avoiding plagiarism and referencing, see:

Legal Citations

Students in the Salford Law School should use the Oxford Standard for Citation Of Legal Authorities style:

Give it maximum visibility and impact.


University of Salford's Institutional Repository (USIR) uses indexing that is picked up by search engines, placing your work in USIR means that it easy for others to find.
For help see Depositing Research Material in the University of Salford Institutional Repository (USIR) [pdf].

Journal Citation Reports

This is a comprehensive resource that allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data drawn from over 7,500 scholarly and technical journals, which includes virtually all areas of science, technology, and social sciences. Citation and article counts are important indicators of how frequently current researchers are using individual journals.
Journal Citation Reports can show you the most frequently cited journals in a field, the highest impact journals in a field, and the largest journals in a field.
If you are thinking of publishing an article it is a useful tool to help you decide which journals you could submit your paper to, for maximum impact.
To use Journal Citation Reports go to: Once in JCR, see the 'Information for New Users' link for information about using the service.


Bibliometrics is a term used to describe the statistical analysis of the impact of research; bibliometric methods can be used to measure the impact of an academic journal article, the impact of a group of researchers, or the impact of a field of research. Most typically, bibliometrics are used to analyse the number of citations a journal article receives in subsequent articles, thus indicating the impact the original article had on future research in that field.
For more information see Bibliometrics [pdf].

The Library receives a print copy of every Doctoral and Masters by Research thesis, which you can find via Library Search.


We have a collection of full-text Electronic Theses on USIR. This includes both past and present theses written by postgraduate researchers and staff at Salford.
If you are currently undertaking a Doctoral Degree or Masters by Research Degree you will need to submit a copy of your completed thesis to USIR. You should deposit the final, passed version of your thesis, with all corrections included and permission obtained for any 3rd party copyrighted material you might have used. Please see the guide Depositing your e-Thesis in USIR and the Electronic Theses webpages for advice about what is required.
If you are nearing completion of your degree and would like help putting your thesis in USIR please take a look at our Research Support section.

Finding Theses

See Finding Theses [pdf] for advice about finding theses from the University of Salford, and other universities both in the UK and worldwide.

Writing a thesis

The following titles may be of interest.

Theses in Progress

There is no single listing of theses currently being researched and written, but some useful sites to try are:

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