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Researcher Unbound

Whether you are an academic, a researcher or a student working on a research paper, we welcome you onboard Researcher Unbound, a series of workshops which will buoy up your research journey in NUS.

Starting on your research? Have an idea and wonder if anybody else has written on it? Working on your literature search?

Fret not, we are here to help you. Researcher Unbound aims to help researchers like you discover and grasp essential skills such as literature searching, referencing and publishing your research work.

Here is what to be expected in Researcher Unbound:

Find out more about Researcher Unbound and our scheduled workshops at our official site:

Want to know more? Contact our Librarian:

Iftikhar Hayat
NUS Libraries
Tel: 6516-2030



         新加坡著名风水大师董农政师父于2014年1月22日(星期三)下午四点到六点在中央图书馆第一讲堂开展了精彩的风水讲座。董师父近几年都受邀到中文图书馆主讲新年风水生肖运程。经过进一步的了解, 我们才知道, 原来董师父不仅是新加坡著名的风水大师,他在诗歌创作上也多有建树。得知董师父熟知星象命理等传统文化的同时也精通现代诗歌创作,小伙伴们纷纷表示十分惊讶!原来,董师父在十九岁时就开始自己创作诗歌了,同时,他还是新加坡五月诗社的会员。他的一些作品也被收藏国大中文图书馆,如:《没有时间的雪》,《伤舌》,《一抹芙蓉泣断水乡外》,等等。有兴趣的朋友,可以到中文图书馆借阅,欣赏董师父另一方面的才华。


本次讲座除了有学生参与,也有听众是慕名而来的国大工作人员。 许多听众也将讲座重点认真地记录下来。董师父在讲座中用浅显易懂的语言,为我们解释了专业的风水名词,同时以现实的事例加以说明,使大家意识到,原来高深的风水知识其实非常平易近人。 再加上董师父幽默, 风趣的语言, 整个讲堂气氛轻松愉快,近两个小时的讲座,大家都听得兴致盎然,频频点头。其中让人最感兴趣的, 当然是各生肖在龙年的运程了。 董师父详细讲述了各个生肖在马年里的运程和该留意的人事物,并提供了一系列转运的方式,也特别指出今年犯太岁的生肖分别是马、鼠、牛、兔, 也告诉观众可以通过一些方法如家居摆设等避免因犯太岁而造成的厄运。





两个小时的讲座不知不觉就来到了尾声。讲座结束前,董师父仔细地回答了听众提出的问题, 与大家积极热情的互动。大家也对这场精彩的演讲报以热烈的掌声。许多听众在讲座结束后, 依然意犹未尽, 在讲堂中互相交流新学到的风水知识, 有些还围着董师父问东问西,留下合影留念。 看来,无论时间如何流逝,华人对风水文化的热衷和兴趣都是经久不衰的。谢谢国大中文图书馆请董师父带来这么精彩的演讲,让我们更加了解华人的这项传统文化。



Red Queen’s Race

The use of technology in the library has saved both users and librarians heaps of time and effort, although the fast-paced advancement of technology has also made the use of it in research and study a Red Queen’s Race. For those who have not yet read Lewis Carroll’s excellent tale “Through the looking-glass and what Alice found there”*, here is an excerpt of what the Red Queen’s race is:


Alice never could quite make out, in thinking it over afterwards, how it was that they began: all she remembers is, that they were running hand in hand, and the Queen went so fast that it was all she could do to keep up with her: and still the Queen kept crying ‘Faster! Faster!’ but Alice felt she COULD NOT go faster, though she had not breath left to say so.

The most curious part of the thing was, that the trees and the other things round them never changed their places at all: however fast they went, they never seemed to pass anything. ‘I wonder if all the things move along with us?’ thought poor puzzled Alice. And the Queen seemed to guess her thoughts, for she cried, ‘Faster! Don’t try to talk!’

The Queen propped her up against a tree, and said kindly, ‘You may rest a little now.’

Alice looked round her in great surprise. ‘Why, I do believe we’ve been under this tree the whole time! Everything’s just as it was!’

‘Of course it is,’ said the Queen, ‘what would you have it?’

‘Well, in OUR country,’ said Alice, still panting a little, ‘you’d generally get to somewhere else—if you ran very fast for a long time, as we’ve been doing.’

‘A slow sort of country!’ said the Queen. ‘Now, HERE, you see, it takes all the running YOU can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!’


It seems nonsensical and paradoxical, but yet it is very true. To stay where we are – ie., proficient in conducting research or locating information for our studies – we have to continuously adapt and re-adapt, and re-adapt again, to the constantly changing faces of technology.

We figure out how to do the same thing through generations and varieties of browsers (Internet Explorer, Safari, FireFox, Chrome and so forth), on generations and varieties of devices (PCs and Macs, tablets and smartphones and so forth), and to add salt to our wounds, databases and websites frequently change their interfaces and even names. Yesterday’s Global Market Information Database – an excellent resource for consumer product markets worldwide – becomes today’s Passport. Web of Science – a well-respected index of peer-reviewed journals – changes its front page drastically, offering a simplified search box instead of a list of databases.

Nonetheless, we sally forth, gamely learning and re-learning how to use our favourite databases, figuring out how to get the best information in the least amount of time, passing on tips and tricks to colleagues and classmates on search strategies.

Until the next time the databases go through another major revamp, that is. Then we start running as fast as we can again, to stay in the same place. But looking back at the “good old days” of flipping through huge tomes of printed indices in the hopes of finding something relevant, or swapping out CD-ROM after CD-ROM while staring at a bulky cathode-ray tube (CRT) monitor, technology has still been more of a boon than a bane.

If you do feel swamped and overwhelmed by the deluge of new things to learn, new interfaces and new devices, you are not alone. And of course, for library databases, help is only a phone-call (or email, or chat screen) away.

* You can find “Through the looking-glass and what Alice found there” in the Central Library (call #:  PR4611 T).

2014 Chinese New Year Events @ Central Library and Chinese Library

NUS Libraries wishes you a Prosperous Year of Horse!

For the months of January and February 2014, NUS Libraries held four celebration events as shown below:

1. CNY Couplets Exhibition (春联展示)
17-20 Jan 2014 (Fri – Mon)
Chinese Library Level 6
-The celebration of CNY kicked off with the spring couplets exhibition held in the Chinese Library.


2. CNY Couplets Writing (挥春活动)
21 Jan 2014 (Tue), 11am-1:30pm
Central Library Level 4 Theatrette2
– There were more than 100 couplets which were given away to staff and students. The participants were amazed by the calligraphy arts and enjoyed the happiness and warm wishes that have been brought to them.


3. Feng Shui Talk by Master Tong Nonng Chin (董农政师父风水讲座)
22 Feb 2014 (Wed), 4pm-6pm
Central Library Level 4 Theatrette 1
-There were over 30 staff and students who attended the talk and received useful tips on how to improve their luck in the Year of the Horse!


4. Lantern Riddle Competition (灯谜竞猜)
13 Feb 2014 (Thu), 9am-5pm
Chinese Library Level 6
– The lantern riddle guessing game will be the final event to mark the end of the celebration.

We thank all the students and staff who participated in our events and hope they had an enjoyable time! We wish everyone a prosperous Year of the Horse ahead!

Heima Photo Exhibition at Arts Buzz



Rajnish sharma is a 25 year old fine-art photographer. He was a research engineer at the Department of Chemical Engineering and has completed his Masters of Engineering from NUS in 2013. He has been into photography for more than a year and some of his photos have been published and exhibited at Stark Magazine, Yellowkorner, Vogue Italia, Finearts America, Lens Folio, Photodemocracy London, Redbubble etc.


His motivation for photography began in his early days when he used to live in a small town in India, and where he often liked to watch sunset at the river near his home. The sunset, river, boats, birds and clouds often formed a poetic version of nature and so in order to express the feelings and emotions inspired within, he delved into contrastingly abstract, alter-modernism, minimal and aesthetics photography.


The Current gallery at Arts Buzz at Central library has set of 23 photos, which he relates to some of memories of the early days and also his idea of Home. The theme “Heima” is actually an Icelandic word for “home”, and was inspired by his favorite band Sigur rós.


You can come by Central Library (Arts Buzz Display) to view his photographs. This exhibition will run until 25 February 2014.


You may want to contact him via :

Tel No:  +65-85066584



Book and Art Exhibition on Chinese Popular Religion @ Chinese Library

To promote the growing interest in research on Chinese popular religions of the NUS community, an exhibition showcasing over 180 publications on Chinese temples in Southeast Asia was put up in the Chinese Library. This was also to raise awareness on the primary resources and research works on Chinese temples kept in the Chinese Library.


In conjunction with this exhibition, 8 sketch paintings on Chinese temples and shrines in Singapore by Dr Ho Chee Lick, Senior Lecturer of the Department of Chinese Studies cum local artist, is displayed next to the book exhibition. The paintings included temples and shrines of Buddhism, Taoism, popular religion, and sectarian religions from antiquity to contemporary times. They are selected from over 300 sketch paintings that Dr Ho made in 2012 and 2013.


combined 3 and 4EDIT


We cordially invite you to visit the exhibitions at the Chinese Library Exhibition Area at Level 6!

In addition, the online versions of the two exhibitions are setup to enable them to reach out to a wider audience. For details, please visit:

Book Exhibition on Chinese Temples @ Southeast Asia

Sketch Paintings on Chinese Temples @ Singapore



1. 庙宇@东南亚资料展



2. 新加坡华人庙宇素描展

本展览所展示之八幅素描作品,由本地画家暨本系高级讲师何自力博士于 2012年至2013年间绘制。各幅作品各具特色,涵盖本地佛教、道教、一贯道及民间宗教信仰的庙宇。各幅作品皆注明庙宇中英文名称、路名/街名及创作日期等简要信息。







Hold on, Tembusu and CAPT students!

Before you leave for your holidays, we got to get you interested in Jan 8-9, 2014, 9am-4pm. 

NUS librarians will be showing some nifty stuff at an Open House organized by The Writing Unit at Education Resource Centre (just above Starbucks).


The Open House is organised for students to find out about the Ideas and Exposition modules (I&E) so that they can register for the modules they are interested in. Lecturers of these modules will be on hand to answer any questions.


What would the librarians be showing you that is going to make a difference? Well, we will show you:


  • Electronic resources used for assignments of I&E modules — fancy databases such as LLBA, and did you know you could get transcripts of interviews from Factiva?


  • Services which you can use without leaving UTown — did you know you can renew books online, chat with a librarian, book discussion rooms at Central Library without going there?


  • FindMore@NUSL – NUS Libraries’ search engine — From one search box, retrieve full-text of e-books, e-journals and a whole lot more.


  • The loads of information we have in the NUS Libraries portal such as what are the opening hours of all 7 NUS libraries, where can you scan your documents, where is the Singapore/Malaysia collection and more.


So make a date with NUS librarians at UTown’s Writing Unit’s Open House cum Walk-in registration for Ideas and Exposition modules (I&E) on 8 and 9 Jan 2014, from 9am-4pm!

For enquiries about the Open House, email CELC at

Visit the Ideas & Exposition website at

For enquiries about NUS Libraries, email:


4 Improvements in the New Semester

We try our best to improve the facilities & services of NUS Libraries to meet your needs, here are some of the improvements and changes we made since the new semester began on Aug 2013.


1. More powerpoints in Central Library

Table in the Bound Journal Section,   Central Library, Level 5

In our library survey done earlier this year, the lack of powerpoints in Central Library for charging of your laptops, tablets & smartphones was a common issue mentioned.

This was a very difficult problem to solve due to the age of the building which made upgrading to support more power difficult , but we finally achieved this with the help of the Office of Estate and Development (OED), and now every seat in Central Library Level 6, and most seats at Level 5 come with a powerpoint each.


2. Availability of scanners

Besides power points, the lack of scanning services in the library was also mentioned in our survey. Again, you asked, we listened and responded.

As of Aug 2013, Scanning services are available at the photocopy rooms of

  • Central Library
  • Hon Sui Sen Memorial Library
  • Science Library
  • Medical Library
  • C J Koh Law Library (near the networked printers)

More details can be found at , but do observe the copyright regulations when using the scanners.


3. Books dispenser at UTown

Our book dispenser, NUSL Express at University Town 

We have installed a new book dispenser at UTown so you can borrow selected books 24/7! You can not only borrow books but can return books there but it only accepts books borrowed from the book dispenser. To find out what is available for borrowing at the machine, search FindMore and restrict the search under “Library Location” to “NUSL Express”.

How to search for books available at NUSL Express at University Town 

Refer to our FAQ <> for more details.


4. Improvement to library search – FindMore@NUSL

 Since the final launch of FindMore@NUSL, we have not rested on our laurels and continued to try to improve the system. Among many changes, one recent change was making finding online standards in British Standards Online a lot easier.

How to search for British Standards in FindMore@NUSL

You can now enter the full standard code (e.g BS EN 62034:2012) and preferably the title into FindMore and if the item is available in British Standards Online, it will now show up in FindMore@NUSL.  Clicking on the result will bring you directly to the online standard.

To improve the precision of the results, you may need to act quotes around the search and/or refine to “standards” under “Content Type”.

Another bigger piece of news is that we are currently testing a new version of FindMore at

The new preview version of FindMore.

Among some of the new features includes

  • A new discipline facet (e.g. Economics, Psychology) to refine your search
  • Grouped newspaper article results to help you focus on the types of content you want
  • A new advanced search which allows you to do controlled searching by specific fields such as subject term, author, title, publication title, doi and more.

The new preview advanced search of FindMore.

It’s still in the test phase, but you can be the first to try it out at and let us have your comments  at



 We hope you are excited and happy with these improvements. Of course this isn’t the end, and we are still working through and studying the tons of feedback you gave us during the library survey earlier this year and hope to put in place more improvements based on your feedback.


Aaron Tay

NUS Libraries

FindMore Turns 6 Months Old

FindMore@NUSL was launched on 12 Dec 2012 and has seen over 340 thousand visits and 1.1 million searches. We have received numerous feedback and are continually improving the system.

Some improvements which we have made include:

  • Adding of new materials, including open-access e-journals and e-book packages
  • More accurate display of content types, especially for e-books
  • Various small tweaks to the interface for usability, such as clarifying of confusing terms
  • Setting up of database and “best bets” recommendations

Some users have suggested that the relevancy ranking can be improved, and this is something we are working on. In the meantime, the statistics we have gathered show that the Book/eBook filter at the results page is used very often. Hence, we have added new radio buttons below the search box:

This helps to save time, as you can now pre-filter the results to only Books or Articles if that is the material type which you need. Of course, you can always use the default “Everything” option.

You can further filter the results by author, as shown at the bottom left corner of the screencapture below:

While this tweak helps, it does not resolve all relevancy ranking issues. You may want to try the recommendations that may appear for better results:

We are planning to release the next major update, FindMore@NUSL version 2.0, in July/August 2013. This upgrade will improve the user interface with the grouping and spotlighting of similar materials such as newspapers articles or reference works. Moreover, the automatic query expansion feature will further improve relevancy ranking by automatically searching for synonyms when appropriate. For example when you search for “heart attack” it will also search for the technical term, Myocardial infarction.

Do continue to let us know your thoughts about FindMore@NUSL as we work to improve it further.

Aaron Tay
FindMore Support Team 

Prof. Peter Ellinger: A Tribute

Professor E. P. Ellinger is a Professor Emeritus of the National University of Singapore. In April, C J Koh Law Library put up a display of works by Prof. Ellinger to commemorate his many years of teaching at the NUS Faculty of Law.

Peter Ellinger was born in Vienna, Austria to a Jewish family on 25th April 1933. The family eventually settled in Tel Aviv where he graduated in 1959 with an M. Jur. Degree from Hebrew University (Jerusalem). He started work at the Faculty of Law in Singapore in 1961 and in 1963, he married a Singaporean Chinese lady who was a school teacher.

Prof. Ellinger obtained his doctorate from St. Catherine’s College of Oxford in 1964. His thesis formed the basis of the book Documentary Letter of Credit: A Comparative Study, which was published in 1970 and established Prof. Ellinger’s reputation as a leading scholar in banking law.

He has published a number of books on the subject, including Modern Banking Law (Oxford university Press), The Law and Practice of Documentary Letters of Credit (with Dora Neo) and chapters in Benjamin’s Sales of Goods and Chitty on Contracts, as well as many articles in scholarly periodicals.

In 1967, Prof. Ellinger accepted a chair at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand where he stayed for 10 years before moving to Melbourne, Australia in 1977. In 1986 he rejoined the Faculty of Law in NUS and has remained a well-respected professor and scholar ever since.

We wish Professor Ellinger many years of good health and happiness in his retirement.


Neo, D. S. S. (2007). Biography of Peter Ellinger. In D. S. S. Neo, H. W. Tang & M. Y. M. Hor (Eds.), Lives in the Law: Essays in honor of Peter Ellinger, Koh Kheng Lian, Tan Sook Yee. Singapore: NUS, Faculty of Law: Academy Pub.

Bissy Ithack
C J Koh Law Library