Thursday, 29 September 2016

Banned Books Week: the Freedom to Read


September 25 − October 1, 2016.  Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community; librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types, in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.  Some examples of banned or challenged classics include:-

The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
Ulysses, by James Joyce
Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck

All of these classic titles are held in the Library, along with many, many more.  
Don't forget to check SOLAR for all your Library needs.

Monday, 26 September 2016

European Day of Languages


At the initiative of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, the European Day of Languages has been celebrated every year since 2001 on 26 September.
Throughout Europe, 800 million Europeans represented in the Council of Europe's 47 member  states are encouraged to learn more languages, at any age, in and out of school. Being convinced that linguistic diversity is a tool for achieving greater intercultural understanding and a key element in the rich cultural heritage of our continent, the Council of Europe promotes plurilingualism in the whole of Europe. 

With this in mind, the Library would like to draw your attention to some of our excellent electronic resources, including, from ProQuest, Linguistics and Language Behaviour Abstracts  and, from EBSCO, the MLA International Bibliography.

Don't for get to check SOLAR for all you Library needs.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Discover China Books

The Library has recently purchased the Macmillan book series Discover China.  

Discover China is a four level Mandarin Chinese course specially designed for beginner to intermediate level young adult and adult learners. It employs a communicative approach to language learning. Emphasis is placed on pair work, group work, and on a wide variety of speaking and listening activities to help students become confident Chinese language speakers.
Discover China gives students a comprehensive, integrated and systematic introduction to the language.
The Library now has this series in print form, available at 495.182421, at both our Clifford Whitworth Library and at the Learning Resource Centre.  We also have online access on Blackboard to the MP3 files that are stored on the accompanying CDs.

Don't forget to check SOLAR for all your Library needs.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Springer Journal Archives

The Library is now providing access to the Springer Journal Archives collection.  

The Springer Journal Archives provide more than 2 million records for hundreds of journals from volume 1, issue 1, all on the SpringerLink platform, or find them in SOLAR.

Articles are fully searchable, alongside millions of more recent articles, and five-hundred thousand book chapters.  There's something for everyone - the subjects covered by this collection include:-

  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Business and Economics
  • Chemistry
  • Materials Science
  • Computer Science
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine
  • Physics and Astronomy
 

Thursday, 15 September 2016

More Springer eBooks

With over 73,000 chapters downloaded so far in 2016, Springer is one of our most popular eBook providers.

So, for the start of the new semester, we've added more books.

Or, just search the whole Springer site, for access to thousands of eBooks and millions of journal articles.

Photo by Germán Poo-Caamaño

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Open Music Library

The Library is now providing access to the Alexander Street resource, Open Music Library, a comprehensive open network of digital resources for the study of music.


Curated by a community of music scholars, students, teachers and librarians, the Open Music Library brings together peer-reviewed journal articles, books, music scores, audio, and video recordings from the world’s digital collections.

Don't forget to check SOLAR for all your Library needs.

Monday, 12 September 2016

ScienceDirect eBooks

Image result for sciencedirectIn the 2015/16 academic year staff and students at Salford read chapters from eBooks on the ScienceDirect website a total of 47,689 times.

Let's hope that continues in 2016/17.  We've now added all* the books published in 2016 to our subscription as well. 

*with the exception of some major reference books

Sunday, 11 September 2016

International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences

The Library has purchased electronic access to the International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (second edition, 2015).

This is a fantastic reference work to support learning across a broad range of subject areas, giving thorough explanations of thousands of topics from experts in the field.

Check out 23,000 pages and 3,900 chapters, all on the ScienceDirect platform.

Friday, 9 September 2016

Scopus Maintenance 21 Sept



On September 21st from 5 - 7 pm there will be some maintenance carried out on Scopus. 

You will be able to perform most of the usual operations
But you won't be allowed to perform operations writing into the database such as:
 - Saving/editing a search query
- Saving/editing an alert
- Creating or modifying a list
- Changing a user configuration

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Rutherford's Vascular Surgery

This book is now available to you online here

Please note that there are only three concurrent users allowed to use this ebook, so you may have to wait for a copy to become available.  If this happens you can join a queue by creating a MyEBSCO account - you will then be sent an email when the book is available to you.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Zero Waste Week

Zero Waste Week (Sept 5th - 9th) is a grassroots campaign raising awareness of the environmental impact of waste and empowering participants to reduce waste.
Launched in 2008, the campaign is conducted almost exclusively online and is committed to reducing waste through reuse, recycling and repurposing material for a longer life.
With this in mind, the Library would like to draw your attention to some of the many excellent electronic resources we provide, including the Friends of the Earth International, Elsevier's ScienceDirect and, of course, EBSCO's Academic Search Premier, covering a broad spectrum of disciplines, including Environmental and Global Management.

And for business students, green your business with

Friday, 2 September 2016

Parliamentary papers

There is a new platform to access UK Parliamentary Papers.

Read accounts of debates in the Houses of Commons and Lords, look up command papers, and search  for details of MPs past and present.  And on the new platform, do it with these benefits


  • Faster, more intuitive interface
  • Post-search filtering
  • Ability to bookmark search forms
  • Dedicated Search by Number form
  • Dedicated Member search form
  • Full-text searchable PDFs for immediate download
  • The Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology

    The Library has recently purchased the online version of the Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology.

    This valuable resource, available from Wiley Online Library Reference Works, includes well over 500 A-Z entries covering the main topics, key concepts, and influential figures in this field.


    • Serves as a comprehensive reference with particular emphasis on the scientific basis of the field; philosophical and historical issues; cultural considerations; and conflicts and controversies

    • Offers an historiographical overview, demonstrating how concepts have developed over time and the ways in which research influences practice

    • Cites the best and most up-to-date scientific evidence for each topic and encourages readers to think critically when evaluating the validity of various scientific claims, theories, and techniques

    • Interactive cross-referencing links and powerful searching and browsing capabilities within the work.
    Don't forget to check SOLAR for all your Library needs.

    Cambridge Core: new platform


    News from Cambridge University Press

    Cambridge Core launch date announced

    We are pleased to announce that the launch of Cambridge Core will take place this Sunday 4th September. Launch is due to be completed by midnight UK time.

    From Sunday’s launch, redirects will be in place to direct users from Cambridge Journals Online (CJO), Cambridge Books Online (CBO) and our other platforms to the relevant content on Cambridge Core. At this point, the existing platforms will no longer be accessible and all usage will be tracked on Cambridge Core.

    Thursday, 1 September 2016

    Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior & Society

    The Library has recently purchased the online version of the Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior and Society.  

    This is the first comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and international reference work on all aspects of the social scientific study of health and illness. The online version will be regularly updated with new research and theoretical findings.

    This valuable resource offers more than 700 entries across 20 sub-disciplines.

    Don't forget to check SOLAR for all your Library needs.

    The Joanna Briggs Institute Book Collection

    The Library has recently purchased a set of books, via Ovid, from the Joanna Briggs Institute.  
    This unique book series, published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and available only on Ovid, enables clinicians, managers, and other healthcare professionals to:
    • Understand the JBI model of evidence-based healthcare
    • Evaluate qualitative and quantitative research
    • Appraise evidence from intervention and diagnostic accuracy studies
    • Learn ways to minimise risks from adverse events
    These valuable titles include:-






    Don't forget to check SOLAR for all your Library needs.

    Emerald Transport Ebooks

    The Library has recently purchased the Emerald Transport Ebooks collection.  This collection provides access to high quality, international research through 44 Emerald book titles, previously only available in print.


    The collection spans a wide range of transport related disciplines, including modes of transport, transport safety, systems, logistics, transport planning and the environment. With several titles featured in the Books Citation Index, and contributions from leading experts in their field, this collection provides an essential resource for universities, government ministries, research centres and other organizations focusing on transportation.

    Don't forget to check SOLAR for all your Library needs.