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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.



Have you ever experienced one of the following scenarios:

  • You were constantly disrupted by incoming emails, SMS, and phone calls and could not focus on the tasks at hand.
  • You were revising for tomorrow’s exam. You looked at all the 36 required readings (excluding textbook chapters) and wonder: “Why are there so many readings for one module?”
  • You went shopping but there were too many choices for the same type of product. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses. You really didn’t know how to choose.

Most people have experienced at least one of the above scenarios. This is a common problem that people in the 21st century are facing: Information Overload (IO). In the book Overload!: How too much information is hazardous to your organization, Jonathan Spira maps out the causes and effects of IO and shows how much resources are wasted due to IO:

  • Information Overload costs the U. S. economy almost $1 trillion in 2010.
  • A minimum of 28 billion hours is lost each year to Information Overload in the U. S.
  • 66% of knowledge workers feel they don’t have enough time to get all of their work done.

Spira traces the development of information and information tools since ancient time. By knowing how huge amounts of information are created by various tools (e.g., paper, computer, email, mobile phone), we can understand how our daily lives contribute to IO.  For example, the need for convenience causes the invention of email. However, since sending emails is so easy and convenient, many people are guilty of sending emails to tell “the whole world” what they have done.

This book only provides the origins and effects of IO, but it does not provide a concrete solution on how to resolve IO from a corporate level. Spira provides several tips on educating readers to be more responsible on information generated, and be wise on processing incoming information. There is, however, one proposed solution that I like very much:

“Knowledge workers need to become more familiar with content sources…and may also need training, perhaps from a…LIBRARIAN or researcher, in how to choose sources and corroborate findings.” (p. 105).

Wong Wai Kit
Hon Sui Sen Memorial Library


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.  E.gs., 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 http://thenewwok.com/.

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

A Wealth of Information

nest eggRegardless of the subject you take, your hobbies, or the job you plan on taking after graduating, your personal financial status is probably a high priority issue to you. Financial planning can never begin too early, so while you are still here, why not take advantage of the collection of financial planning books in the library collection?

Do a search for “personal finance” and you will find a plethora of books that will give you advice on creating investment portfolios, tips for saving money, and how to plan for your retirement. Speaking of saving money, why buy a personal finance guide when you have literally dozens of guides for free here?

Aside from general guides such as Rich Dad, Poor Dad and its many sequels and The Standard & Poor’s Guide to Personal Finance, there are also books targeted at specific demographics, such as the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Personal Finance in Your 20s and 30s, A Woman’s Guide to Personal Finance, and Personal Finance in Singapore – A Primer (authored by our own NUS Prof Tan Chwee Huat).

For those who are environmentally conscious, you can still make good investment decisions. Learn from Jack Uldrich, author of Green Investing – A Guide to Making Money Through Environment-friendly Stocks. For other books on being financially savvy and environmentally friendly at the same time, try the keywords “green investing” in our catalogue.

So start early and save smart by learning more on how to handle your personal finance prudently and profitably. Other useful terms to try are “investments”, “retirement income” (it’s never too early, remember?) and “credit cards” (learn how to make credit work for you, not against you). With so many guides available in the NUS Libraries collection, there is bound to be at least one that will be suitable for your personality, lifestyle and finacial status.

MNO1001X and MKT1003X Exam Papers

Looking for past year’s exam papers for BIZ modules MNO1001X (Management & Organizatrion) and MKT1003X (Marketing)?
Search the Exam Papers database BUT with the module code MNO1001 and MKT1003 – that is, without the X at the end.
In the past years, these modules did not have the X at the end of the module. Search for it as it was coded then. Without the X.

1. Go to NUS Libraries portal (http://www.lib.nus.edu.sg).



2. Click on Exam Papers. Enter the module code.

exam papers tab


3. Login using your NUSNET ID or Computer ID and password.



4. Select the paper by clicking on any of the blue links.



5. Click on View the attached PDF file.



Sometimes you don’t get the paper because the paper was not released to the library. In such cases, please contact your lecturer.


LawnetLawNet is a prime source of legal information on Singapore by Singapore Academy of Law.  It provides access to primary and secondary legal information on Singapore and about Commonwealth. The legal research module in Lawnet is called Legal Workbench. LawNet also gives access to legal materials from other jurisdictions such as UK, Australia, New Zealand (AustLII), Hong Kong (HKLII) and India. Users can search across jurisdiction, to save time and effort.  AustLII and HKLII are free resources available on web.  

Singapore legal materials include:

  • Singapore Law Reports (1965- )
  • Judgments  (1991- )
  • Legislation (1997- )
  • Parliamentary debates, official reports (1955- )
  • Heritage Law Reports –Early law reports
  • Treaties
  • Journals, text books, legal news etc.

Legal materials from other jurisdictions include:

  • The Malayan Law Journal (Judgments from Malaysian & Brunei Courts)
  • UK Law Reports (ICLR, 1865- ) and Weekly Law Reports (1953- )
  • AustLII (Australia & New Zealand), HKLII (Hong Kong)
  • SCC online (Indian Supreme Court cases, 1969- )

Legal workbench

The simple search option allows searching by keyword over all resources or by citation. Under the Legal Research tab, there are few search options such as basic combined search for all resources and resource specific search under each sub-tab like cases, reference material, legislation etc.

Lawnet legal research

Under Cases, you can restrict your search to Singapore and Malaysian cases or search for AustLII, HKLII and English cases. SCC online provides a separate search interface. Reference material includes journals, textbooks, commentary, legal news and updates. Legislation, which is Singapore’s Versioned Legislation Database, contains statutes, subsidiary legislation and act supplements. Parliamentary reports provides full-text of Parliamentary debates (Hansard reports), sessional and select committee reports. The Treaties section contains bilateral and multilateral treaties and agreements to which Singapore is a party.

NUS Libraries subscribes to LawNet Legal Workbench and all NUS staff and students can access it via the catalogue. Law faculty and students can also access LawNet via the NUS Law proxy service, as it is subscribed by Faculty of Law.

Bissy Ithack
C J Koh Law Library

Oxford Scholarship Online

Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO) consists of online books published by the venerable Oxford University Press.  Just type Oxford Scholarship Online in LINC+ and you will be able to access the website.

Oxford Scholarship Online

OSO provides both quick and advanced search. In advanced search, you can choose to search within books only or both books and chapters. Alternatively, you can choose to browse by subject.

The online book may contain footnotes that you can click on.

Browsing a book

Searching LINC+ for Oxford Scholarship Online also calls up other electronic books that you can browse.

OSO books

Do try the resource and we hope that you will find valuable information!

Zaleha Othman
C J Koh Law Library

New Electronic Resources in Mar 2011

In March, we added new electronic resources to the collection. Most of these are new journals and four are new databases:

New E-Journals

Accounting Perspectives

Asian Economic Policy Review

Simulation in Healthcare

Asian Journal Of International Law

Archives Of Natural History

Corpora: Corpus‐Based Language Learning, Language Processing

Gender And Language

Design And Culture: The Journal Of The Design Studies Forum

International Journal Of Manufacturing Research

Material Religion: The Journal Of Objects, Art And Belief


Food, Culture & Society

Design Principles And Practices

South Asian Studies: Journal Of The Society For South Asian Studies

Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Letters

Aquatic Biology

European Archives Of Paediatric Dentistry

Focaal: European Journal for Anthropology

Greenhouse Gas Measurement and Management

New databases

Declassified Documents Reference System: DDRS

Early English Books Online

Naxos Video Library

Historical Abstracts

New Electronic Resources in Jan 2011

In January, we added new electronic resources to the collection. Some of these are additional links to existing journals (L), while others are new journals (J) or new databases (D):

Attention, Perception & Psychophysics (L)

Business History Review (L)

Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience (L)

Ecological Monographs (L)

Engineering Research Database (D)

Experimental Mathematics (L)

Journal of American History (L)

Journal of Endovascular Therapy (J)

Journal of International Political Theory (L)

Journal of Psychology (L)

Journal of Social Psychology (L)

Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (L)

Learning & Behavior (L)

Legislative Studies Quarterly (L)

Preventing School Failure (L)

SpringerMaterials: The Landolt‐Börnstein Database (D)

The Senses and Society (J)

中國博士學位論文全文數據庫 (D)

中國優秀碩士學位論文全文數據庫 (D)

The Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies (ALCNS) saw its first intake of undergraduates in 2006. Since then, NUS Libraries has actively collaborated with the teaching staff to build up the nursing collection, which is funded by the Centre. To date, there are more than 1200 books, 30 print periodicals, 70 multimedia, as well as 1160 e-books and e-journals.

There are two notable resources which greatly enhance our students’ learning of nursing skills. The Mosby’s Nursing Video Skills DVD set can be accessed by NUS staff and students 24/7 both on campus and remotely. Another resource is the Mosby’s Nursing Consult, which is a one-stop online resource consisting of e-books, e-journals, drug news, patient education info, practice guidelines. ALCNS has also steadily acquired more electronic books on nursing. One example is the e-book Nursing Care Plans & Documentation. This Library-Faculty collaboration has enriched the nursing collection, which was taken into consideration in the 2009 and 2010 accreditation of the ALCNS’ Honours programme.

First year nursing students attending tutorial

To assist students in navigating the increasing number of nursing resources, we have a Nursing Subject Guide. Starting from this year, Honours and PhD students are also taught how to effectively search databases for their review-protocols submitted to the Joanna Briggs Institute, an international organization that promotes evidence-based nursing. For first year students, learning how to locate quality nursing resources is a necessary skill imparted by librarians. EndNote (a bibliographic management software) classes are also offered to the ALCNS’ staff and students.

We look forward to developing more resources and classes that will effectively enhance nursing education at NUS.

Lee Seok Hong
Nursing Resource Librarian
Medical/Science Library

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