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One year after the launch of FindMore@NUSL, we would like to introduce the new 2.0 beta version of our library search at http://nus.preview.summon.serialssolutions.com/!

 

 

It’s totally redesigned based on a new take on the existing library search. New features include:

  • Modern, streamlined Interface
  • Jump start your research – 50,000 entries drawn from reference sources like Wikipedia
  • Content Spotlighting – Grouped news and images makes finding what you need easier
  • Discipline filter – Easily zoom in to one of 59 standard discipline-specific (e.g Economics, Physics) content
  • Automatic query expansion – FindMore@NUSL will include additional keywords and spelling variations for common topics for better results
  • Connect to your resource librarian – Dynamically recommends appropriate librarian to contact for more help
  • Infinite scroll – Need more results? Just continue scrolling, no “next page” click needed!
  • Redesigned Advanced search – Create precise controlled searches with title, abstract, subject field searches!
  • More!

 

We are rolling out it on a pilot basis so do try it out and let us know what you think! Try it at http://nus.preview.summon.serialssolutions.com/  or access it from the portal.

 

 

Look out for future posts where we will show you some nifty tricks FindMore@NUSL 2.0 can do!

As a librarian, I frequently tell people that Google is not the best tool for research; but I do acknowledge that the search engine is useful and has its purposes. Recently, I was trying to find out if a local journal was still being published. Trawling through several pages of Google search results yielded only ex-editors and reviewers, a defunct web address, old phone numbers and addresses, and acronym websites. It did look like the journal had ceased publication.

I have been using search engines for what seems like forever (anyone still remember Excite and Cicada? Does anyone still use Mamma and Hotbot?) and experience taught me that Google usually has the best and most up to date results. This time, though, I had the nagging feeling that Google was not giving me the whole story. Lo and behold, after entering the exact same search into Yahoo, I got what I wanted, at the very first result on the first page.

Habit can be a terrible obstacle to overcome. How many times have I “googled” for something and considered the results I received the best ones I could get? I’m sure many students are in the same boat as I am when it comes to searching for information. We get the available data from sources we are accustomed to using, and forget or ignore the other alternatives that could give us better results.

I guess it is time to bookmark a few more search engines in my browser. (My apologies for the over-use of the word “results”. I may also need to buy a new thesaurus.)

FindMore@NUSL is our new library search service, based on the latest library technology. What can it do? For starters, FindMore@NUSL searches every item in the library’s collection, including books, journals, multimedia, microform, and music scores. But it also goes down to a deeper level, allowing you to find other items such as journal and newspaper articles. It also has functions not available in the library catalogue LINC+ or LINC. Here are some of them.

1. Search theses and dissertations in ScholarBank@NUS

Since September 2003, most NUS masters and Phd theses are available online via Scholarbank@NUS, our institutional repository. However, none of these online theses can be found through LINC+ or LINC. So you have to search separately in ScholarBank@NUS to find them. FindMore@NUSL includes items from our institutional repository, so a single search will retrieve not just books but also NUS Masters and Phd theses!

2. Search for articles from  journals and newspapers
Students often ask whether they can search through every online journal subscribed by NUS Libraries in a single search. But due to the nature of scholarly communication, this is very difficult to achieve because articles are stored in hundreds of silos owned by different publishers or aggregators all over the world. While FindMore@NUSL does not quite achieve this lofty goal of 100% coverage, we have come closer to it than any other earlier solutions, such as InfoGate, (the “Articles tab”).

We are perpetually adding more journal articles, newspaper articles and other records into FindMore@NUSL. As of Aug 2012, we have over 160 million items that are searchable (mostly full-text). The new system also allows us to easily add open access or free journals. For example, medical staff and students may be interested to know that free articles from Pubmed Central are searchable in FindMore@NUSL. While specialized subject databases will always have their place, FindMore@NUSL is great for cross-disciplinary research and as a starting point if you are not sure which database to use.

3. Match full-text in books
FindMore@NUSL includes both print and ebooks. But, FindMore@NUSL allows you to match keywords searched in the full-text of books and that often includes print books as well! For instance, you may be looking for an obscure phrase and it occurs in page 40 of a book. In LINC+ or LINC, you will probably not find it unless it appears in the title, subject or summary. But FindMore@NUSL has the ability to search within selected books, allowing such matches to be found.

4. Easily filter results by content type
With books, journal articles, newspaper articles, theses and more in FindMore@NUSL and the ability to match on full-text, you tend to get many results. FindMore@NUSL allows you to narrow down your search in many ways. One of the more useful ways is by selecting the content type you are interested in. Need to find 3 peer reviewed articles to cite for your paper? Click on “articles from peer-reviewed publications”.

Thus, we believe that FindMore@NUSL–with its clean interface, quick response and massive content–is a big step ahead in making more of our materials accessible to you, in just a single search! For an overview of FindMore@NUSL refer to our guide or a list of frequently asked questions.

Tay Chee Hsien Aaron
Central Library

Library Info the Interactive Way

Are you new to NUS and eager to use the library, but not sure where to begin? Try our new Interactive Library Guide!

This online guide consolidates all the information that new students and staff will need to know. 

Find out about the library’s services and your loan entitlement, keep up with our news & events, watch our latest Youtube videos and so much more!

 The guide highlights the key information you need and provides convenient link-outs to FAQs and ways to contact us so that you’ll never be left without help.

It also brings together live updates from our various social media channels so that you can view our latest happenings all in one place!

Try out the new interactive library guide today and let us know what you think!

 

Gerrie Kow
Central Library

Searching for Singapore legislation? Look no further than Singapore Statutes Online at http://statutes.agc.gov.sg/. This official government website is maintained by the Singapore Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC).

 Singapore Acts have been made available through this free access database for several years. But the AGC has recently included Subsidiary Legislation and Acts Supplements in its menu of legislation.

Search capabilities are now more advanced to enable you to enter more detailed search criteria and obtain more specific results. Instead of using the Search function, however, you may simply browse the lists for the revelant Act or Subsidiary Legislation.

With these enhancements, the AGC seeks to provide up-to-date information on Singapore legislation to all researchers.

Lee Su-Lin
C J Koh Law Library

Chrome is Back

Good news! We have finally implemented a solution to the Google Chrome massive downloading problem. This means that users can now use Google Chrome to access our e-resources.

A quick recap of the problem: since last year (as we announced), we had to impose a temporary block on Google Chrome’s access to our electronic resources. The latest version of Google Chrome comes with a built-in PDF plug-in API which reportedly improves the browser’s support for PDF. However, we discovered that this results in Chrome downloading the same PDF file multiple times. This interfered with the current method used by e-resources publishers and our library proxy violation prevention system to detect massive downloading, causing both the publishers and the library proxy to consider this as a violation. NUS was blocked by a publisher on this account. Users also received warning messages and temporary suspension of  access to e-resources.

We have removed the block since 1 Jun 2012, after the successful implementation of a solution which required significant effort and financial commitment to address the issue.

We would like to thank all NUS staff and students who use Chrome for their patience!

Yow Wei Chui
Library Information Technology Unit

Making of Modern Law (MOML) is a comprehensive full-text collection of Anglo-American legal treatises which covers the legal development during 19th and 20th century. Treatises trace the evolution of historical and contemporary legal study in the U.S. and Britain during periods of monumental change. The database encompasses a range of analytical, theoretical and practical literature for research in United States and British legal history. Legal treatises are key research tools for researchers and scholars. MOML encompasses works from key legal thinkers including Bentham, Austin, Maine, Kent, Story and Holmes. MOML is relevant to modern libraries as it is often difficult to obtain these rare and historical documents which are still relevant for research purposes. This collection consists of more than 22 thousand volumes, derived primarily from the special collections at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, and York University in Toronto. It covers many aspects of Law.

Search features
This database consists of about 10 million digitised pages, and every page provides an exact image of the original document. MOML is a fully searchable database. Basic search functions allow keyword search using Boolean search operators. MOML also provides advanced search options, which allow limiting the search to specified fields such as author, title, subject etc. Users may also choose to browse the collection either by author or by title. It also allows searches within individual documents. Individual pages can be printed from the browser or as PDF files.

Bissy Ithack
C J Koh Law Library

This is J.

J is at Hon Sui Sen Memorial Library.

J is looking for the textbook for ACC1006 Accounting Information Systems.

J takes out his smartphone. J clicks on a square of pixels.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

J looks at his smartphone. The title of the book and its call number appear.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

J goes to the RBR shelves. J looks for the call number of the book. J borrows the book.

Yay for J!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

You have just read how QR codes can help you locate a textbook of one of the 10 Level 1 Business foundation modules.

Yup, folks. With smartphones and QR codes, suddenly, locating books at libraries got a tad easier and faster.

HSSML is piloting this project and hope you give us your feedback on it. Leave your comments here.

Other QR codes stuff we are doing – check out our journals collection.

About 2 weeks ago, we revealed the beta version of our new portal.

Since then, many of you have looked at it, used it and provided valuable feedback to us. We really appreciate it and work to improve upon what we already have as we move towards the official launch date.

Beta library portal

For those who have not seen it, it’s not too late. Try it here and let us know what you think!

We have a new mobile beta portal as well! Those of you with smartphones will be led to the mobile version of the beta library portal first when you access http://libportal.nus.edu.sg. From there, you have the option to view the full version of the portal.

Mobile library portal

The mobile version extracts features from the main portal that are more frequently used by our staff and students and displays these in a simple row style that loads quickly. Do try it on your phones and let us know of any issues encountered. If you do have ideas for enhancements, do let us know too by emailing us.

Happy surfing!

NUS Libraries

More Enhancements In LINC+

Article Search

With the recent upgrade, LINC+ has even more functions than before!

Now, you can search not just the usual stuff from the library catalogue—books, journals, microfilms and multi-media materials—but also articles. These articles are retrieved from four pre-selected databases, namely Business Source Premier, JSTOR, Scopus and Web of Science.

In the middle of the page after some catalogue results, “Top results for articles” shows the top three results from the pre-selected databases.

Article

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clicking on format>articles to the left of the page lets you browse the search results by the four databases. You can also choose articles that are either peer reviewed or have full text. To search other databases simultaneously, click on “More resources” and you’ll be led to the federated search engine InfoGate.
 Articles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you’re prompted to login, do use your staff or student card number and library PIN instead of your NUSNET ID and password as you usually do for accessing our subscribed e-resources.

More Searchable Fields & Google Books Preview

Before the latest enhancements, some searches were only possible in LINC, the classic catalogue, but not in LINC+. But now you can search LINC+ by call number, ISBN, and ISSN. For RBR materials, you can also search by either module number or name of the lecturer.  For the bright-eyed ones, you may have noticed that if a Google book preview is available for the book you search, you can launch the preview directly within LINC+.

With each new batch of enhancements, LINC+ becomes even more effective!

Lynette Lim & Hashimah Johari
Music Library & Central Library

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