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LawNet

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

Transportmetrica

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

Attending a book launch was a nice diversion from the routine and humdrum of everyday work. It was held at the old Supreme Court Building, in the former Court of Chief Justice Wee Chong Jin on 28 September.

Mrs Wee Chong Jin & the Guest of Honour, Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong

The First Chief: Wee Chong Jin—A Judicial Portrait is written by John Koh, a lawyer in Legal Service during the time of Wee Chong Jin’s tenure as Chief Justice. It was commissioned by the Singapore Academy of Law’s Legal Heritage Committee and published by its publishing arm.

The book attempts to analyse the important decisions of the first Asian chief justice of Singapore, who was appointed a judge in 1957 and Chief Justice in 1963. He retired in 1990, after 33 years on the bench. The First Chief is divided into 8 chapters, starting with the early years. Chapter 1 is entitled Penang, Cambridge and Singapore, while subsequent chapters trace the period when Wee Chong Jin worked as a lawyer in Singapore. The bulk of the book records his judgments during the many years of his stewardship on the bench. As the author acknowledgers, the work is not a scholarly biography but rather a study of the judicial work of the man.

Discussions of the leading cases of the day and their legal arguments might be heavy reading for a non-legally trained person, but much of it remains interesting reading. The book is well researched and well written, giving a very clear landscape of the major judicial proceedings of Singapore over a 30-year period.

Carolyn Wee
C J Koh Law 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

I “Heart” Google

GoogleContrary to what many think, there are librarians who love Google.

I, for one, can’t imagine life without it. I use Google several times a day to verify citations, unearth nuggets of information, read reviews and pursue my hobbies. I have colleagues who are such power users of Google that watching them will leave some of us quivering in our shoes. Okay, I exaggerate but you get the idea!

But why do some professors tell you not to rely on Google or Wikipedia? As a first step in your research process, Google—or any other search engine—is fine for filling those little gaps of knowledge. But it is risky to rely on information that you find on the Internet without evaluating it. So what do you need to check? Among other things, you should evaluate a website for its currency, accuracy, objectivity, and authority. Well, google (I love using this as a verb) evaluate websites site:edu and you will find all that you need to know.

There’s another wrinkle in the otherwise perfect picture. Many of us may not be aware that Google and other standard search engines only trawl the surface of the web, but do not retrieve information from what is known as the “deep web”. The deep web contains information from databases and other Internet sources that are either dynamically created or too deep down to be accessed by the standard search engines. Thus, if you rely entirely on search engines, you are missing a lot of good stuff.

In addition, in-depth research for most disciplines entails using different types of sources. Each type of source has its inherent advantages and disadvantages. For example, books may contain information that are not as up-to-date as those from journal articles, due to the lengthier publishing process. Thus, if you cite only from books and websites, there is a high chance that your research is incomplete. Consider using databases to look for relevant journal articles and conference proceedings, and your professor may give you a few brownie points. If the thought of using databases makes you swoon, try Google Scholar for a start, together with the proxy bookmarklet.

But if you’re adventurous and prefer to use a database that NUS Libraries subscribes to, but don’t know how to start, do ask a librarian. Can’t tell a librarian from a regular two-legged being? Just ask for one at the information desk of any of the NUS Libraries. You can also email or tweet us. If you’re too far away from the ivory tower and find it cumbersome to describe your research woes, check out our subject guides to get a headstart before the stampede begins in August.

Legal Fiction

booksC J Koh Law Library is known for its vast amount of primary and secondary sources of law.  But little is known about its small treasure trove of legal fiction. The library’s store of older fiction includes books by barrister John Mortimer QC  about the life of Rumpole, better known as Horace Rumpole or Rumpole of the Bailey, an ageing London barrister who defends any and all clients. There is also a series by British County Court Judge Henry Cecil (1902-1976). His works of great comic genius have often highlighted the absurd contradictions in the legal system.

The law library now keeps up-to-date with the writings of famed author John Grisham. His latest legal suspense offering is The Associate. The protagonist in this novel is Kyle McAvoy, who is forced to work as an associate in a top law firm after he is blackmailed with a secret from his past. In his job, he is required to lie, cheat, steal and risk his life.

Scott Turrow’s Innocent, sequel to Presumed Innocent, is the latest legal novel to grace the law library’s shelves. The book continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who are, once again after 20 years, pitted against each other in a riveting psychological match following the mysterious death of Rusty’s wife.

Interested in the law library’s legal fiction collection? Search the catalogue for titles under your favourite author or browse the shelves under call numbers PR, PS or KB222 on the third storey of the library. Happy reading!

Lee Su-Lin
C J Koh Law Library

中文图书馆创设的“东南亚华人文献数据化”网页,自2006年启用以来,深受研究东南亚华人的学者和一般对历史感兴趣的用户欢迎,到访的人次与日俱增。

SEA History

截至2010年5月31日为止,已上载到该网页的东南亚华人文献,已多达214种,内容包括新加坡早期的报章《叻报》(1887-1932)、星报(1890-1898)、天南新报(1898-1905);槟榔屿的珍贵日报《槟城新报》(1895-1941)等10种,曾经风行新马的华文期刊《蕉风》(1955-1999)、百多种华人社团、商团、庙宇、华校的特刊和期刊,以及其他形式的文献如族谱、指南、统计数据、调查报告、个人著述和华人移民文献等。详目请见: http://www.lib.nus.edu.sg/chz/SEAChinese/zynr.html.

2010年5月新上载的文献,共有34种。以下数种较为罕见,欢迎查阅:

– 邱菽园著:《新出千字文》(1902)
– 邱菽园著:《菽园诗集》(1949)
– 李西浪著:《劫灰集》(1946)
–《南洋民党光华诗集》(1950)
–《仰光日报周年纪念特刊》(1927-1930)
–《新加坡宁阳会馆130周年纪念特刊》(1952)
–《新加坡安溪会馆30周年纪念特刊》(1952)
–《马来亚台山会馆联合会纪念特刊》(1948)
–《泛马来亚番禺会馆联合会特刊》(1953)
–《马来亚高州总会纪念特刊》(1955)
–《槟城龙岩会馆22周年暨新厦落成纪念刊》(1952)
–《槟城福州会馆银禧纪念特刊》(1952)
–《槟城东安会馆成立65周年第一期特刊》(1957)
–《马六甲琼州会馆91周年纪念特刊》(1960)
–《新加坡华侨中学师范班毕业纪念刊》(1948-49)
–《新加坡南洋华侨中学校1938级毕业纪念刊》(1938)
–《新加坡官立华义中学高中毕业班特刊》(1957-1959)
–《银河音乐会周年纪念刊(1939,1948)
–《中艺十周年纪念特刊》(1938-1948)
–《中国歌舞剧艺社马来亚旅行公演特刊》(1947)
–《新声合唱团首次演唱会特刊》(1957)

李金生帖文
中文图书馆

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