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Statistical Databases: Find Out More

TNL supposes that nothing is worse than working with statistics.

But she is told that nothing beats the nightmare of FINDING statistics you want.

 

So the old girl and her colleagues are having a little online session where you can find out more about statistical database such as International Financial Statistics, World Development Indicators, CEIC Data Manager, etc.

 

The webinar allows you to “attend” the session by clicking a link we send you. We will meet in the virtual room to explore the mysteries of statistical databases.

The online (Webex) session will be on:

Date: 22 Mar 2012

Time: 1-2:30pm

Register online

 

Clinic Sessions for Engineering Students

Nothing beats the flexibility of coming to a library session, get a head-start on your project and leave without having to worry about time or rushing for your next class.

That’s what the librarians wanted 1st Year Engineering students of EG1413 (Critical Thinking and Writing module) to have when they developed the 3-hour clinic sessions.

So for 2 days, from 9am-12nn and from 1-4pm, students came into the clinic sessions and left after their questions were answered.

 

 

 

 

 
  
 
 
 

Some stayed on for the whole hog.  It was very much on-the-fly based entirely on topics or questions posed by the students. And boy, was there ever a deluge of questions.

Students wrote their topics or questions on yellow 3-by-5s (old cataloguing cards) and passed it to the librarian.  The librarian would then show how to search and retrieve the articles based on the topics.

Some topics were similar – social media and privacy, social media and the Singapore political landscape, social media and how it affects teens or the elderly, social media and intellectual property violations, etc. These were grouped and search techniques were taught.

 

More than 80 students attended the 2 clinic sessions. At any one point in a session,  there were at least 15-20 students in the class.

It was not just a matter of searching for articles.

Some had topics in mind that were kind of hazy. Some had started reading and found interesting patterns and trends but did not know what to make of it. The librarians guided them to see how headlines, keyword summaries, Subject Terms, etc could guide them in scoping or framing their topic, making it easier for them to manage the deluge of information or a run-away topic.

Differences in the types of information retrieved from the databases Business Source Premier, Communication and Mass Media Complete and Factiva were also demonstrated with the students’ topics.

Those who had to leave gave their email addresses on the yellow cards so that the librarian could email them after the clinic sessions.

2012年2月3日下午3点到5点,国大中文图书馆以及中文学会文学组邀请董农政师父在中央图书馆第一讲堂举办了“容光焕发——龙年世局与十二生肖运势”的风水讲座。活动得到了老师同学们的热烈响应,现场大概有50人左右登记并出席了讲座。

董农政师父以其幽默博学著称,在新加坡文坛也是颇具有影响力的大师。讲座还没有开始,就有师生向董师父请教风水的问题,可见董师父非常受欢迎。

虽然我对于风水的很多专业术语不甚了解,但是,董师父平白易懂的语言让人很快就接受,并且中途有不少互动环节。让人最关心的当然是各个生肖在龙年的运程了。董师父从财运、健康、事业、感情等角度给大家做出了详细的分析。比如,生肖为马的我,在龙年正财、偏财极佳,有异国人士给我带来好运。那么我就期待在我以后的学业中遇上贵人吧。我之前只是听说有风水师这样一门科学,阿里巴巴的CEO马云也信风水;现在看来,还是很符合我目前的状况的,于是特意加了董师父的Facebook,继续关注了解。

互动阶段,现场气氛甚是活跃。我也提了一个问题:信风水和信宗教是否会有冲突。董师父微笑的说不会,人们一说到风水,经常把它和道教联系起来,认为风水就是道教里面的理论;但实则不是,道教只是融合了一些风水这样一门独立科学的内容。这也消除了我信风水的后顾之忧。

最后,由中文图书馆馆长沈俊平博士为董师父颁发纪念品,整个活动完满结束。期待董师父明年的精彩讲座。

 

罗璇
国大中文学会文学组组长

EndNote X5 Sessions in February

From 20-24 & 29 February, we’ll be conducting training sessions for EndNote X5. There will be five sessions of hands-on training, as well as a clinic and a WebEx online session.

EndNote X5 is a bibliographic management software that:

  • stores and organizes citations found from many sources into your own library of citations
  • inserts the citations into a Word document as in-text citation and bibliography
  • automatically formats your citations to your preferred citation style (APA 6th, MLA, IEEE etc.), and much more!

The hands-on sessions will get you started on integrating EndNote into your research workflow so you can produce your papers and theses more efficiently. The WebEx session allows you to participate in the training from the comfort of your home, while the clinic is meant for advanced/Mac users who need troubleshooting for their EndNote issues.

Please install EndNote X5 into your own PCs, laptops and Macs at least one day before the sessions. For problems with installation, please contact IT Care.

Do check out the dates for the sessions and register online!

EndNote Team
NUS Libraries

2012年新春的脚步正在悄悄走近。中文图书馆处处可见的新年装饰和摆设,让沉浸在书海的同学老师们也能感受到龙年到来的喜庆祥和气氛!

在这一喜庆节日里,写春联、贴春联是绝不可缺的华人传统习俗。为此,国大中文图书馆和中文学会书法组再次携手合作,于2012年1月12日(星期四)上午10点至下午2点,在中央图书馆第二讲堂前举办挥春及春联放送活动。

与往年一样,书法组同学受邀到现场挥毫展墨,以笔墨为情、书香为礼,为国大人送去了浓浓的新春祝福。随着中午休息时分的到来,前来观看挥春及索取春联的学生与职员更是络绎不绝。与此同时,我们也另外准备了一张桌子让饶有兴致的观众亲自上阵,一展挥春风采。大家都将对新一年的美好祝愿倾注于浓浓墨香之中,忙得不亦乐乎。今年挥春活动所收到的反响比往年更加热烈。在四个小时内,我们送出了将近120幅春联和50张“福”、“春”、“幸福美满”等等吉祥话语,让大家带回家张贴在家门前,或者散布于校园各个角落去。此外,中文图书馆也搭起一小型春联作品展览供大家欣赏,并在另一角展示一桌子有关春联书法名帖的图书供大家翻阅。

在二月初,中文图书馆还有两场龙年庆祝活动,希望大家继续关注并踊跃参与。活动详情如下:

•        董农政师父风水讲座

时间:2012年2月3日(星期五)下午3点至5点
地点:中央图书馆四楼第一讲堂

•       猜灯谜比赛

时间:2012年2月6日上午9点至下午5点
地点:中文图书馆六楼

在此顺祝大家龙年大吉、身体安康!

袁野
国大图书馆馆员

Chinese New Year is around the corner. For the months of January and February 2012, we will be organising four events as shown below:

 

1. Spring Couplets Display (春联展示)
9-11 Jan 2012 (Mon – Wed)
Chinese Library Level 6

 

2. Spring Couplets Writing (挥春活动)
12 Jan 2012 (Thurs), 10am-2pm
Central Library Level 4 Theatrette2

 

3. Feng Shui Talk by Master Dong Nong Zheng (董农政师父风水讲座)
3 Feb 2012 (Fri), 3pm-5pm
Central Library Level 4 Theatrette1

 

4. Lantern Riddle Competition  (灯谜竞猜)
6 Feb 2012 (Mon), 9am-5pm
Chinese Library Level 6

 

We cordially invite all students and staff to celebrate Chinese New Year with us by taking part in these events!

For the two events of Spring Couplets Writing and Feng Shui Talk by Master Dong Nong Zheng, further details can be found from the two posters below:

 

 

A warm welcome to NUS, and Happy New Year!

Central Library is organising orientation talks and tours for new students on 11 and 13 January:

 

 

During the talk, you’ll find out about the services and facilities of the library, and we’ll reveal how you can search our catalogue and databases more efficiently. We’ll also show how you can get hold of full-text journal articles and past year exam papers, among other things. For the tours, we’ll be walking you around the Central Library and showing you our collections and facilities.

You can come for both a talk and tour, or just either of them. We trust that with the nuggets of information, you’ll be able to breeze through your assignments more rapidly, and get better grades too! See you there! 

 

古代文学专题讲座访

国大中文学会“潇洒魏晋、执著明清”专题文学讲座暨国大中文系“经典中国”系列第三次活动于2011年10月27日下午3点在国大中央图书馆顺利举行。此次座谈会由国大中文学会、中文系和中文图书馆携手合作,共同主办。与会嘉宾共有五人,分别是中文系萧驰副教授、劳悦强副教授、林立博士以及博士生赵振兴和张静,吸引了来自国大各个科系的本科生、交换生、研究生等50余人出席此次座谈会。

Chinese Literature Seminarr

首先,中文系张静学姐带领观众走进了魏晋的自然,以“魏晋士人新的价值选择”为主题,深入剖析了魏晋士人的生活境地和思想演变过程,并讨论了这群生活在乱世中的智者、忠者新的价值取向和人生选择。所谓“国家不幸诗家幸”,在两百年乱世之中,中国文学,尤其是诗学实现了质的飞跃。儒释道三家思想的融合,和人们对生命与人格的重新审视,不仅留给我们潇洒放浪的竹林七贤,也造就了中国诗歌史上的另一个伟人,这便是被王国维评为“四大诗人之一”、“以生命和诗文开创中国文化的永恒圣地”的陶渊明。

紧接着,萧驰教授为同学们讲述了魏晋时代从‘至人无宅、天地为客”到“归园田居”的精神归宿。他列举以嵇康、阮籍为首的竹林七贤纵酒放歌、穷途而哭的怪诞行为,以及他们的优秀诗歌作品,并剖析了陶渊明的精神境界和诗歌风格。最后,也回到现实,为观众展示了现代“陶渊明故居”的破败景象,引发了大家对商业与文化之矛盾的深刻反思。

讲座主题接着进入了明朝阶段。历时约三百年明朝是中国历史上最后一个由汉族人建立的封建王朝,是一个不乏故事的王朝,也是一个具有广泛研究价值的王朝。在这一部分,首先由赵振兴学长带来了他的研究课题:“《金瓶梅》的异类审美特质”,与观众们探讨这部署名“兰陵笑笑生”的奇作中所反映出的当时市民的金钱价值观,以及整个社会时代的商业化进程。接着,劳悦强教授以“晚明士大夫的执著”为主线,以王阳明、李梦阳、李贽、王艮等明代大儒为观众们讲述了王守仁“知行合一”的 “阳明心学”之创立和发展过程。

讲座的最后,林立教授带领同学们来到了清朝末年。作为我国第二个由少数民族统治全国的历史时期,尽管大清前期有过国富民强的康乾盛世,但更令人刻骨铭心的是清末列强的炮火、丧权辱国的条约和有志之士奋起的声音。林立博士逆“辛亥革命100周年”纪念主流思潮,讲述了革命推翻清朝以后,清代遗民这一类“为异族效忠”的特殊人群,列举了他们采取的留辫、投水自尽、填词等效忠亡朝的记忆行为,讨论了他们的命运和价值观。

讲座虽然超出了预定的两小时时限,但在主办三方的通力合作下,观众的热情丝毫不减。最终讲座圆满结束,成功落幕。

刘芮珏
中文学会文学组会员

Book & Garage Sale 2011

We recently had our annual book sale in conjunction with our E-Resource Discovery Day 2011. This year, everything seemed bigger and better. Having a longer collection period of about 3 months allowed us to obtain a larger variety of books to put out on sale. This in turn allowed us to collect an even larger sum of money surpassing our target. For the first time, we also had a garage sale to raise more funds, and the items were donated by the staff of NUS libraries.

From mid-May onwards, we placed posters about the events around campus as well as blue and white book collection boxes near the entrance of all the libraries. While initially our collection was a bit slow, there were some enthusiastic donors who gave us boxes of books. Special thanks goes out to UBS for donating several boxes of new books and audio visual materials.

Pricing and sorting the large amount of books and donated items was definitely an interesting experience and we even stumbled upon treasured finds!  Here are some awesome vintage books:

collage of books

The days of the sale was hectic but fun. Many students and staff exclaimed their surprise at finding such good books at unbelievably low prices. Over at the garage sale, the first item – a vintage toy accordion – was sold almost as soon as the stall was set up. The second day of the sale drew an even larger crowd, for both book and garage sale. We also put out National Geographic and Readers’ Digest magazines that went for 5 for $1! There were many who snapped up boxes of books as it was a good deal. They confided that they would buy the books now and read later!

accordian and teddy bears

Previously we had collected over $6,000 for our cause. This year our total collection for both the book and garage sale is $11,000.30! This would not have been possible without your support! All proceeds go to the Annual NUS Giving Bursary Fund to help the needy students in NUS. So, it was all for a very worthy cause! Thank you so much for all the donated books and for supporting our 2 days of sales! 

Umarani Jayapal and Georgiana Glass
Central Library

In order to appreciate the ancient Chinese culture, Chinese Society Literature Group will organise a Chinese Literature seminar on 27 October 2011 (Thursday), which is in collaboration with NUS Department of Chinese Studies and Chinese Library.

The celebrities of Wei-Jin and Ming-Qing Dynasty in ancient China have honorable behaviors standing out from the vulgar prevalent custom. How could they keep themselves from being polluted in that material world, surrounded by power and money? By means of taking advantages of culture and even sacrificing themselves, patriots in Qing Dynasty dedicated their whole lives to serving and saving their country and boycotting the advent of new era brought by Xin-Hai Revolution. Their perspectives of life and world, which represented their particular social images, exerted great impacts on the then governments and populace.

We cordially invite all the students and staffs across the campus to take this opportunity to get an insightful view on how these cultural celebrities lived a wonderful life in that turbulent society.

Details of the seminar are as follows:

Topic: Romantic Wei-Jin and Persistent Ming-Qing in Ancient China (潇洒魏晋、执著明清)
Date: 27 October 2011 (Thursday)
Time: 3pm-5pm
Venue: Central Library Level 4 Theatrette 1
Speakers: Prof Xiao Chi, Dr Lam lap and Prof Lo Yuet Keung from the Department of Chinese Studies, NUS

This event is free admission. For further information, please refer to the poster on the NUS Libraries’ portal.

For enquiries, please contact Luo Xuan at 90786765.

Luo Xuan
NUS Chinese Society Literature Group

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