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Not sure where to start for your Honors thesis? (Or any other research projects/assignments) Here are 6 tips from your friendly librarians:

 

1. Start off with a broad literature review for your area of interest

Everyone knows what a literature review is, right? If you only have a vague idea, watch this video by NCSU. Back? Good. The video talks about review articles, which are articles that summarise past papers in a given area. Sounds mighty useful, doesn’t it? But how does one find them? Refer to this guide on finding review articles.

Can’t find enough relevant articles? Some options:

 

2. Manage your references and citations with EndNote

Citing and proper referencing can be a chore. While you can use some of the methods listed here to make it easier, if you are reading and citing a lot, we highly recommend learning how to use a reference manager. NUS Libraries supports use of EndNote, a reference manager that allows you to pull in references from databases such as Scopus, ScienceDirect, and JSTOR, then cite them in your preferred citation style with a single click.

Attend one of our upcoming training sessions or check out the materials from our past sessions at your own convenience.

 

3. Check that you have the required software and data

If you are working in a field that requires statistical data or specialised software such as statistics software, do ensure that you have access to such items. Having problems finding statistical data? Refer to some of our library guides or the following tips.

 

4. Set up search alerts

So the review article you found gave you a good idea of the state of art in the research area. You’ve followed up leads with tons of reading, scoped out the area and produced a top class literature review linking and summarizing the work done while showing off your knowledge of the issues. Still, your work is not yet done. To avoid missing out on the latest published material after you finish your search, set up search alerts to keep up with the latest developments.

You can set up alerts:

  • based on keywords from the library catalogue for new additions to the library catalogue
  • from individual databases such as Scopus, Web of Science
  • from Google Scholar, using Google Scholar Alerts  to access paid articles via our subscriptions.
  • for your RSS feed reader using FindMore@NUSL
  • at your favourite journal’s homepage (not available for all journals). You can also use the free JournalTOCs feature to setup alerts together with the proxy bookmarklet to access paid articles via our subscriptions.

For more advice on tracking relevant research see the following article.

 

5. Know the library services you can access as an honours or graduate student

For honors and graduate students, we provide you with additional services to aid your research, which include the following:

  • Document Delivery Service. Sometimes an article you need may not be available via our subscriptions. You can request that the library obtain the article for you, but do take note of the conditions that apply. For more details, see this.
  • Interlibrary loan (graduate students only). Sometimes you may want a book that none of the seven libraries have. We may purchase the book if it is still in print, or borrow it from other libraries. Check out the interlibrary loan service.

 

6. Consult a resource librarian

Confused by any of the above steps or need further help? You can consult a resource librarian in charge of your subject area for more specialized help.

 

New Chemistry Databases

NUS Libraries has recently added the following six databases from the Royal Society of Chemistry to its electronic resources.  These are abstracts & index databases.  If a link to the full text of the publication is not provided in the database, search the Library catalogue, LINC, to see if the required journal issue or publication is available either in print or in online version.  For more tips on this, please refer to the FAQ: How do I check if the full text of journal articles are available?

 

1. Analytical Abstracts

Use this database for literature on the latest techniques and applications in the analytical sciences. It contains abstracts from over 100 publications from 1980 until the latest update. The database’s specialised indexing system comprises 3 types of index fields:

– Analyte: The substance that has been identified or determined such as drugs, food additives, pesticides, nanoparticles.  You can search for a particular element, compound or CAS number (e.g. paracetamol [103-90-2]).

– Matrix: The sample or medium in which the analyte has been measured, e.g. soil, lead alloys, blood plasma.

Technique: The methods used for analysis, apparatus or a field of study, e.g. HPLC, mass spectra, fluorescence, proteomic analysis.

(See sample records)

 

2. Catalysts & Catalysed Reactions

Use the database for graphical abstracts of new developments in catalysis research, including homogeneous, heterogeneous and biocatalysis with emphasis on current growth areas such as chiral catalysts, polymerisation catalysts, enzymatic catalysts and clean catalytic methods.  The database is updated monthly with approximately 200 new graphical abstracts selected from dozens of key primary journals, and are indexed by Products, Reactants, Catalysts, Catalyst Type and Reaction Type.  (See sample records)

 

3. Chemical Hazards in Industry
Use this database for information on safety and health hazards surrounding chemicals encountered in the chemical and related industries.  It is updated monthly with over 250 items.  (See sample records)

 

4. Laboratory Hazards Bulletin
Use the database for key information scanned from primary scientific and trade literature worldwide on hazards encountered in different types of laboratories, including R&D, analytical and hospital laboratories.  Topic coverage includes hazardous waste management, occupational monitoring and safety legislation. (See sample records)

 

5. Methods in Organic Synthesis
Use the database for graphical abstracts of key current developments in organic synthesis.  It provides informative reaction schemes, and covers new reactions and new methods.  Updated monthly with approximately 200 new reaction schemes which are categorised by five indexes: Author, Product, Reaction, Reactant and Reagent.  (See sample records)

 

6. Natural Product Updates
Use the database for graphical abstracts of latest developments in natural product chemistry.  Updated monthly with around 200 new graphical abstracts selected from dozen key primary journals, it includes structure diagrams, trivial and taxonomic names, molecular formulae, physical and biological properties.  (See sample records)

 

Science Library

 

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!

The Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music marks its 10th Anniversary in 2013/2014. In celebration of this special occasion, the Music Library has put up a display to showcase the works of the conservatory’s faculty, students and alumni.

 

These works are available in the library and the call number or stack number may be searched from the library online catalogue, LINC.

Performances by the conservatory may be streamed from ScholarBank@NUS at http://www.lib.nus.edu.sg

 

At the library portal page, click on ScholarBank@NUS at the bottom of the page.

 

If you have read and agree to the terms of use, click ‘I Accept’.

 

Enter the search term and click ‘Go’.

 

At the search results page, select your preferred work.

 

Next, click ‘View in browser’.

 

Click on the arrow as shown in the screenshot.

 

Similarly, for the sound recording, click as shown to listen.

 

Happy viewing/listening in ScholarBank@NUS!

 

New Law Databases

Here are two law databases that were added to our electronic resources collection recently:

eGazette

eGazette gives the pdf version of the printed Singapore government gazette and goes as far back as 1998. It is updated daily and like the print gazette, it covers bills and acts supplement, the subsidiary legislation supplement, the industrial relations and trade marks supplements. 

You can also browse the free version at http://www.egazette.com.sg/Welcome.aspx which is made available for public viewing for 5 days.

 

Investment arbitration reporter

The coverage starts from 2008 onwards and it tracks international arbitrations between foreign investors and their host governments and analyzes key developments in the area of international investment law. Among the areas that it covers are ICC and SCC rules, environmental, energy, mining and telecoms disputes. 

Do note that access to both databases is for NUS students and staff only.

Zaleha Othman
C J Koh Law Library

Medical Drama & Books

I happened to watch a Korean drama recently. The Third Hospital is about the rivalry between a genius neurosurgeon Kim Doo Hyun (Kim Seung Woo, first from the right) and the equally prominent oriental medicine specialist Kim Seung Hyun (Oh Ji Ho, first from the left). The two brothers–along with their own friends and teams–compete ferociously against each other because of their different views on medicine, yet do not hesitate to put aside those differences to save the lives of patients.

Pitting East again West in terms of medicine is an interesting concept that made me ponder about the role of  herbs and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) in modern society. With that in mind I dug up some interesting books in the Medical Library:

 

For The Layperson:

Ginseng “The divine herb”: The secrets of Chinese, Korean and Siberian ginseng (RS165 Gin.B)

Cordyceps: China’s healing mushroom (RM666 Mus.Ha)

Chinese Medicine: The web that has no weaver (R601 Kap)

A general introduction to traditional Chinese medicine (R601 Gee 2010)

Who can ride the dragon?: An exploration of the cultural roots of traditional Chinese medicine (R601 Zha 1999)

The herbs of life: Health & healing using Western & Chinese techniques (RM666 Her.T)

For the TCM Student:

Traditional Chinese medicine (R601 Tra 2011)

Chinese herbal medicines: Comparisons and characteristics (RM666 Her.Y 2002)

For the modern TCM practitioner:

Integrating East Asian medicine into contemporary healthcare (R733 Int 2012)

The way forward for Chinese medicine (R601 Way 2002) 

Chinese Medicine: Modern practice (R601 Chi 2005)

Chinese Herbal Medicine: Modern applications of traditional formulas (RM666 Her.Li 2005)

 

But back to the drama…

This mini Korean version of Grey’s Anatomy packs elements of modern and traditional medicine, professional rivalry, humour and hospital drama.  It also has beauties in the form of Soo Young from SNSD aka Girls Generation (second from left) who plays Lee Eujin, a cute and spunky violist; and Kim Min Jung (second from right) plays a second year resident with a care-free character. Do check out the series!

Jonathan Pradubsook
Medical Library

Percussion Music at Music Library

NUS Music Library has an excellent collection of CDs. In this article, I’ve highlighted some percussion music for your listening pleasure.

Among the easy listening pieces is Ichiyanagi’s Paganini Personal for marimba and piano from Striking a Balance: Contemporary Percussion Music. This is a set of variations on the well-known 24th Caprice by Paganini. Written in 1982, it was first performed by Japanese percussionist Hiroyuki Iwaki.  The music moves through various moods, from beautiful to violent, and tuneful to tonally obscure.

 

Also from the same CD is the Prelude in A minor by J.S. Bach from the English Suite No. 2. It shows off the composer’s harmonic and contrapuntal genius where the performance on two marimbas explores the full lower register of the instrument as well as the rich middle-upper ranges.

Across the Sea has a good selection of percussion music from Zhou Long’s Five Elements and The Deep, Deep Sea, Bright Sheng’s Flute Moon and Chen Yi’s The Golden Flute. Scored for flute and orchestra, each element of metal, wood, water, fire and earth in Five Elements is represented in a separate movement in which the activities of yin and yang are manifested as the cyclic changes of nature regulating life on earth.

The Deep, Deep Sea is impressionistic in nature, and the relationship between the flute and ensemble of timpani, harp and strings evokes the “union of man and nature”. In The Golden Flute, the extreme contrasts between the low sonorities of the orchestra and the shrill passages of the solo part supported by the two piccolos and harp are brought to a climax, leading to a coda.

 

Consider listening to Rodion Shchedrin’s Carmen-Suite, which is a brilliant transcription for strings and percussion. In it, the composer’s choice of instruments and tone colours gives the familiar sounding melodies in Bizet’s work unexpected rhythmic twists and subtle changes in notes and chords.

 

 

 

Another CD that is lightly textured is the Hammerhead Consort’s Music for Two Pianos and Percussion. Through intuitive manipulation of the dynamics, all four instruments (two pianos, vibraphone and marimba) in Linea are made to sound as one.

The imagery of the forest, composed of individual entities in the larger context, is cleverly expressed through the exploration of sound timbres of the live performers and the pre-recorded tape into a cohesive musical fabric. Hammer-Suite is made up of three movements.  The first, Magical Flight, has elements of the sonata form, jazz scales, asymmetrical rhythms and imitative writing. Images, the second movement, seems to improvise on motifs, rhythms, dynamics and visual images and Shaman’s Dance, the third movement, skilfully develops thematic materials from a four-note chromatic motif.

To search for more CDs on percussion music, check out our discovery service FindMore@NUSL.

Enter percussion in the text box.

Refine your search by selecting Items in the library catalog and Music Recording under Content Type.

Click on the desired title and take note of the stack number (e.g KC11607):

Next, retrieve the jewel case from the shelves and approach the staff at the loans desk for the CD.

Learn about your loan privileges for music materials here. Enjoy the music and head to Music Library for more delightful surprises!

E-Books with DRM restrictions

Digital Rights Management (DRM) is used in book, music and film publishing to restrict unauthorized copying, conversion and distribution of content. It is also used in some e-books. In the case of Taylor & Francis’ DRM-protected titles in our e-books collection, they have a yellow DRM icon to the right of the title bar:

For Adobe Reader to read the protected document, a plug-in called FileOpen must be installed. Instructions on installing the plug-in can be found here.

Currently, about 25% of the Taylor & Francis e-books purchased by NUS Libraries have DRM protection, and Taylor & Francis is working on reducing this number.

Besides Taylor and Francis e-books, there are other titles in our e-books collection which have DRM restrictions. Here are more FAQs on DRM protected books and e-books in general: http://libfaq.nus.edu.sg/browse.php?tid=19792.

 

Why We Implemented FindMore@NUSL

FindMore@NUSL was officially launched on 12 December as our default search on the portal. Even though LINC+ is still available, implementing a new search service is not a move that we take lightly. So what does FindMore@NUSL do?

Search across most of our subscribed journals simultaneously

The request to search across many databases has always topped our surveys since 2007. In July 2009, we launched InfoGate, which allowed searching across multiple databases. However, InfoGate was relatively slow and could only search a small number of databases. Yet it was fairly popular, showing that searching across multiple online resources is a highly desired feature.

Here are just two comments from the LibQUAL+ survey in 2009 which saw 5,415 valid completed surveys from NUS staff and students:

“The search engine does not include all the journal papers that the library has subscribed, still in text mode type, and not user-friendly.” – Staff from Faculty of Engineering

“Could the library provide an integrated platform for searching article? For example, one which integrates EBSCO, Proquest, Psychinfo, Sage and Science Direct? Most of the time I need to search separate databases, using the same keyword to search articles.” – Postgraduate student from School of Business

Due to the nature of scholarly communication, it is difficult to simultaneously search multiple databases because articles are stored in hundreds of silos owned by different publishers or aggregators all over the world.

While FindMore@NUSL cannot retrieve 100% of the articles published, it covers most major publishers and platforms such as JSTOR, Web of Science, ScienceDirect, Wiley, Sage, Taylor & Francis and hundreds more.

Retrieve full text articles by typing in the exact article title

The fact that FindMore@NUSL contains millions of journal articles also addresses one of the perennial bugbears that many users encounter, namely, retrieving the full-text of a journal article. Here’s a common feedback:

“It would be good if I can just type in the title of the journal article I want and be brought to the respective page (be it in LINC or to the external websites such as Informa), instead of having to go to Google and search for the journal (name of journal, year, volume, etc.) and then go back to LINC to search for the journal again.”

As FindMore@NUSL contains more than 79 million journal articles, 238 million newspaper articles, 3.7 million thesis, and 3 million book titles (as of Dec 2012), typing in an article title is likely to lead you to the full text article:

While this method is not foolproof as not every article is known to FindMore@NUSL (try the following method if it fails), it works in the vast majority of cases, saving you lots of time.

Locate full-text of books, journal articles and display of table of contents & reviews

Another popular request is to make the table of contents as well as full-text books and journal articles searchable. FindMore@NUSL doesn’t just search and match on table of contents and summaries, in many cases it also searches the full-text of the whole book.

For example, which book includes the phrase “We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness“? The answer? George Orwell’s 1984:

Get quick results from a clean interface

One of the comments we often hear from staff and students is that you want a clean and uncluttered interface that does the job quickly. We believe we have achieved this with FindMore@NUSL, which is not only aesthetically pleasing but also swift in returning results: 

Conclusion

Over 9,500 users have tried FindMore@NUSL since August during our testing phase and we have received very positive feedback. Here’s a sample:

As FindMore@NUSL is still a new service, we do expect some teething problems, so please give us your feedback on how to improve or just to let us know if we are on the right track. Want to know more? Refer to our guide or FAQs on FindMore@NUSL.

~Tay Chee Hsien Aaron
Central Library

近年来环境问题备受各界关注,在日本尤其是3.11地震和海啸发生后,环境和公害问题不仅成为了人们日常生活中极为关注的事,也成为了大专学府的研究课题。由于教学和研究的需要,中文图书馆也开始收集有关日本环境问题的资料,其中以「環境と公害」創刊30周年纪念光盘最为特殊。 这套光盘收录了「環境と公害」(前称「公害研究」)三十年来(第1巻第1号~第30巻第4号)刊登的全部论文和报告的全文,可可说是回顾和追溯过去三十年来日本,亚洲,甚至是世界的环境和公害问题的珍贵资料。

Environmental and pollution issues areof particular interest in Japan, especially after the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. These issues are not only matters of concern to the general public, but have also become popular research topics in colleges and research institutes. In view of the teaching and research needs, Chinese Library has started to collect materials on environmental issues in Japan. Recently, the library received a special set of materials: Kankyō to kōgai: Sōkan 30-shūnen kinen CD-ROM ākaibu (translated as “A memorial publication in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of “Research on environmental disruption” CD-ROM archive) published by Japan Environmental Council. It consists of all the articles and reports published in the Kankyō to kogai.

「環境と公害」于1971年创刊,由日本環境会議(JEC:Japan Environmental Council)出版,编辑委员会由研究環境问题方面的专家学者组成。

Kankyō to kōgai first started publication in 1971, and is published by the Japanese Environmental Council. The editorial committee is formed by experts and researchers of environmental issues.

「環境と公害」創刊30周年纪念光盘,可于中央图书馆(Central Library)4楼3号柜台借阅。目录详情如下:

The CD-ROM is now available at the loans desk 3 in the Central Library. The catalogue details are as follow: 

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