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Chemical Safety Databases

Ever wonder what these symbols mean?  What should you do if you see one?

These are some of the symbols used to indicate hazardous materials, so one should exercise caution when dealing with them.  As the degree of hazard varies from material to material, it is best to refer to reliable references on the method of handling for your own safety.

Do not fret, NUS Libraries subscribes to reliable chemical safety databases such as Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), Hazmat Navigator, and Chemistry Hazard in Industry. All you need is to do a quick search in these databases using the chemical name (e.g. ‘Sodium Hypochloride’) or the common chemical trade name (e.g. ‘clorox’) of the material to get the required information.  

Need to find out the common chemical trade name or its synonyms?  Try these resources: Gardner’s Chemical Synonyms and Trade Names (call no. TP9 Han),  The Dictionary of Substances (TP9 Dic), and Common Chemistry.

Let’s all handle hazardous materials appropriately for our own and environment safety!

Editor’s note: The images were taken from Health and Safety Executive.


Explore the New Web of Knowledge

Web of Knowledge has changed its interface recently, as can be seen below.

Web of Knowledge

Besides the enhanced look and feel, some new features include:

Search Features

  • List of stop words has been eliminated.  You can now include common words such as ‘a’, ‘the’, ‘of’ etc in a topic search, e.g. “Vitamin A”
  • Spelling variations such as US and UK spelling differences in topic and title search terms are found automatically, e.g. behavior/behaviour
  • Lemmatization will also automatically find variants or alternative forms of the search terms, including stemming for plurals, verb tenses, degrees of comparison., mouse and mice; fungus and fungi; tooth and teeth; loud, louder & loudest
  • Proximity operator, NEAR/x, is supported, e.g. oil near/5 spill
  • Searchable ResearcherID number field is added.  A search by an author’s ResearcherID will display an author verified list of publications
  • New search fields are introduced in Cited Reference Search: Cited Volume, Cited Issue number, Cited Pages
  • Left-hand truncation, a new feature useful for searching chemical compounds, has been temporarily disabled by Thomson Reuters until further notice.  A search for “*phosphate” would have retrieved results with monophosphate, triphosphate, etc

Managing & Analysing Results

  • No limits to the number of search results returned and more sorting options are provided, such as by publication date
  • Abstract previews are available for search results, without having to go to the full record
  • More options to manage and output selected records
  • Number of records in Marked List is significantly increased to 5000 records, with the option to delete individual records
  • Citation Reports & Analyze Results can be created from records in Marked List
  • All data from Analyze Results can be exported
  • ResearcherID  & Web of Science are now integrated, making it easier for you to update your ResearcherID profile with your publications.  Simply search in Web of Science for your publications and add them to your ResearcherID “My Publications” list by clicking the “ResearcherID” button. 
  • The Web of Science citation count as well as the overall Web of Knowledge citation count are displayed in the full record.  Web of Knowledge Times Cited Count is derived from each of the citation indexes on the Web of Knowledge platform, namely Web of Science, Biosis Citation Index and Chinese Science Citation Database.  Counts across these indexes are de-duplicated.

For more updates and a list of new Web of Knowledge features and capabilities, please visit

 If you have questions about the new interface or would like to find out more, please contact Science Library.

Medical Library: Renewed

Centre for Translational MedicineWhen Medical Library moved out of MD6 in 2007 for the impending demolition of the building, many students, staff and alumni were saddened by the loss of a place which held many fond memories for them.

Since then, Medical Library has been co-locating with Science Library at S6. Meanwhile, MD6 was demolished and rebuilt into the Centre For Translational Medicine (above photo). Come mid-December 2011, Medical Library will move back to MD6 to occupy the 5th floor. The library office will be on the 6th floor.

The library at MD6 will be where its primary users are, with services and facilities being more accessible to the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Faculty of Dentistry and Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies.

Faculty, staff and students will no longer have to trudge up the hill towards S6. Reading areas will be more comfortable. There will also be a café conveniently located on the ground floor to cater to users in need of a bite.

In the meantime, stay tuned for more news and developments!

Jonathan Pradubsook
Medical Library

Cite-Seeing With Scopus & Web of Science

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways …” ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806 – 1861)

One of the citation analysis workshops

Citation counts to one’s publications are important as they signify the impact of one’s research. The counts are commonly used as an indicator of staff performance and may affect one’s promotion or tenure. They are also used as a tool for department benchmarking and university ranking. Thus, it was no surprise that the citation count workshops conducted this month by the NUS Libraries’ Cited Reference Team were once again oversubscribed.

The workshops were targeted at teaching, research and administrative staff. We clarified the often confusing terminologies used in citation counts and illustrated the steps for using Scopus and Web of Science to obtain the citation counts for an author. We also demonstrated how to compile citation counts for both indexed journals and non-indexed publications such as book chapters and conferences. We shared many tips on searching the databases and the interesting exchange of questions and answers with the participants made the workshop a great learning experience for all.

The Cited Reference Team received much favourable feedback which have encouraged us to continue developing and improving subsequent citation count workshops. We would once again like to thank Dr Michael Beer from the Department of Civil Engineering for allowing us to use his name and publications during the workshop demonstrations.

Did you miss the workshops? Are you interested in finding out more about citation counting?  Do checkout our Cited Reference LibGuides page for the presentation slides and detailed guides.

Happy counting,

Mission Accomplished

Last December, the Medical/Science Library building completed the fire safety regularization project. The aims of the project are to improve the fire safety standard of the building and provide a better study and research environment.

We have introduced open-concept washrooms and added toilets for those with special needs. Ceilings are now higher and the air circulation has improved.  Automatic sensor taps were installed to meet the National Environment Agency’s water saving requirements.

The central staircase is now protected by roller shutters in the event of an emergency. The shutter prevents smoke and fire from coming into the central staircase, making sure those in the building can leave safely. The two existing emergency staircases are now enhanced with a separate smoke-stop lobby on each floor. This small air-con monitored room serves as a buffer area for air circulation in case of fire, making sure that fire or smoke does not enter the evacuation staircase. An outdoor emergency staircase was built, with emergency doors opening to each floor of the building. This emergency route provides yet another evacuation route. All emergency doors are electromagnetic locked and monitored by the central security system. The signage and EXIT lightings were also relocated to improve their visibility.

Roller Shutter

The library is now implementing a one-stage emergency evacuation system, i.e. once the fire alarm is activated, everyone within the building must evacuate immediately without any further instructions needed. This will ensure the maximum safety of our users as well as our staff.


Liu Yupeng
Medical/Science Library

What is SciFinder Web?

SciFinder web is the web version of SciFinder Scholar 2007 (client version).

SciFinder Web

It has new and enhanced features that speed up your research and workflow. These features allow you to:

  • Export a reference from SciFinder web to your EndNote library
  • Set an alert for a topic using the Keep Me Posted tool
  • Search for additional or similar reactions
  • Refine reaction result using Non-participating Functional Groups tool
  • Create your own substance template
  • Search a substance using CAS number / common chemical name
  • Convert your client saved .sfr files to web .akx files using this program.

Unlike SciFinder Scholar 2007, there’s no installation for SciFinder web. You only need to do a one-time registration using your NUS email account.

Click here for the registration details and guides on accessing SciFinder web on and off campus. To learn more about SciFinder web, watch the SciFinder web online tutorial. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding SciFinder web.

Linda Janti Oei
Science Library

Renovation Work in Medical/Science Library

Dearest Users,

The Medical/Science Library will finish the last of its renovation works by mid-October. We apologize for any inconveniences caused during these few months and thank you for your understanding.

New features in the library include

  • smoke-stop lobbies at all staircases of the library spanning all three levels
  • incorporation of a new staircase as an emergency exit near the newspaper corner
  • installation of roller shutters at the central staircase to act as a smoke-stop lobby
  • upgraded toilets with improved ventilation, nicer basins and cubicles as well as automatic flushing systems

We hope to make your time spent in the library safer and more enjoyable.

Medical Science Library

Renovations at the Medical/Science Library

renovationsThe Medical/Science Library at S6 will be undergoing renovations soon. This is part of the library’s continuous efforts to increase the safety and comfort of our users by improving our facilities.

The changes include the construction of smoke-stop lobbies at the extreme ends of the library spanning all three levels; incorporation of a new staircase as an emergency exit near the newspaper corner; and installation of roller shutters at the central staircase to act as a smoke-stop lobby. Lastly, the toilets will be upgraded with improved ventilation and eco-friendly features.

Renovation work will start in May, to avoid clashing with the examination period. However, we apologize in advance for any inconveniences during the renovation period and humbly seek your understanding. The works will be completed by August, so that you can enjoy a safer, better library environment in the new semester.

EndNote X3 for NUS Staff and Students

EndNote X3, the latest version of the reference management software, has been available to NUS staff and students via the Software Catalogue since September 2009. For a guide to installing and using EndNote, check out


Have you been unable to locate certain output or journal citation styles in EndNote?

To facilitate faster start-up, the typical installation for EndNote X3 was designed to install only the 100 most popular output styles, connection files and filters. If you installed EndNote X3 between September to December last year, you will be unable to find many output styles and library catalogue connections.

To resolve this issue, the NUS Libraries EndNote Team and Computer Centre worked with Thomson-Reuters, the software producer. From this month, typical installation (for Windows only) now installs all connections/output styles/filters (including connection to LINC) by default. If you are unable to locate output styles in your EndNote X3 installed before January 2010, do re-install via the Computer Centre Software Catalogue. Alternatively, Windows and Mac users can download additional journal citation styles as well as suggest new styles to be created in future EndNote updates by visiting

For enquiries on installation via Software Catalogue, including the transfer of licenses from one computer to another, please contact IT Care.


Training Sessions for EndNote

Do look out for the upcoming series of workshops conducted by NUS librarians in February. Workshop schedules will be announced via the NUS Libraries’ portal news. A trainer from Thomson-Reuters will also be conducting on-site training in March. This is organized by the Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning. Details will be announced in February.

BMJ Blogs and Podcasts

Read the latest medical news by some of the medical world’s leading practioners. The blogs are sorted by category so you can zoom in on topics that interest you right away. Alternatively you can also check out the group blogs which focus on specific topics.



The podcasts allow you to keep track of all things medical wherever you may be. A wide range of issues are covered and sorted by category. There is also an archive of previous podcasts that goes back to 2006.

BMJ Podcasts

BMJ’s blogs and podcasts give you bite-sized medical news and opinions wherever you are, whenever you like.