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On 9 April, 2014, the Science Library welcomed several distinguished speakers from the American Chemical Society (ACS) to the NUS Campus and co-organized the event, “ACS on Campus” with ACS. Comprising a resume writing workshop and a series of talks tailored to scholarly publishing for all fields of science, the event brought together the scientific research community – undergraduates, graduates and research staff alike – to learn, share and benefit from one another.

Dr. David Harwell, the Assistant Director of Industry Member Programs (ACS), provided the 34 participants with insightful advice and tips on crafting effective resumes, while offering an overview of the landscape of industrial hiring trends. Close to 80% of the participants found the workshop very positive.

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Kicking off the series of talks on scholarly publishing was none other than Dr. Andrew Wee, the previous Dean of Faculty of Science, who is also the Associate Editor of ACS Nano. He was most enthusiastic in sharing with the audience his many valuable tips on getting started in writing a scholarly manuscript.

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Dr. Lyndon Emsley from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon took the microphone next. The Associate Editor of Journal of the American Chemical Society impressed upon the audience the importance of peer review and its advantages and limitations. Together with Ms Norah Xiao’s talk on copyright and ethics in scholarly communication, the participants certainly gained much knowledge in navigating the world of scholarly publishing.

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The last speaker, Dr. Burtrand Lee, Program Manager of ACS Petroleum Research Fund, shed much light on writing competitive research grants and proposals. Many critical questions were asked of Dr. Lee, based on his experience as a fund program manager; similarly, several questions and issues were discussed during the other speakers’ Q&A.

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Tea breaks were also offered for the students, staff and speakers to interact and network professionally. The delicious food certainly was a boon to this beneficial event, as was the lucky draw held at the end of the day! One winner was drawn out of the 186 participants and he won a mall voucher.

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If you had missed this exciting slew of workshop and talks by ACS, do not worry! You can view the speakers’ content presentations at the following links:

1)          Introduction to ACS: http://libapps.nus.edu.sg/pdf/knowledge_creation/ACS/Introduction_to_ACS.pdf

2)          Basics in Scholarly Publishing: Getting Started: http://libapps.nus.edu.sg/pdf/knowledge_creation/ACS/Getting_Started.pdf

3)          Basics in Scholarly Publishing: Peer Review: http://libapps.nus.edu.sg/pdf/knowledge_creation/ACS/Peer_Review.pdf

4)          Copyright and Ethics in Scholarly Publishing: http://libapps.nus.edu.sg/pdf/knowledge_creation/ACS/Copyright_and_Ethics.pdf

5)          Writing Competitive Research Grant Proposals: http://libapps.nus.edu.sg/pdf/knowledge_creation/ACS/Research_Grant_Proposals.pdf

6)          Working in Industry: Preparing a Resume Workshop: http://libapps.nus.edu.sg/pdf/knowledge_creation/ACS/Working_in_Industry.pdf


Science Library

Law open house 2014

The C J Koh Law Library participated in the Law Open House held at the Bukit Timah Campus on 15th March 2014. To mark this special event, the Law Library’s opening hours were extended to 6 pm on that day. There were more than two hundred people visiting the Law Library that day as part of their campus tour.




The Law library put up a display of books and journals in conjunction with the open house. It showcased major legal publications of Commonwealth Countries.




There were also Law students who volunteered to give library tours to the visitors. These students did a good job in explaining our collections and facilities to the prospective students and their parents. The Law Library is proud to have hosted this event and looks forward to the next open house!

[As most of you should have figured out by now, this was NUS Libraries Social Media Team playing a small prank on April Fools. We hope this brought a small smile to your face:) Happy April everyone!]

Recently, NUS Libraries launched a  beta run of a revolutionary new service. “Sleeping Corners” were set up at various parts of the Central Library. It was part of a brand new initiative to give students space to rest and relax after a hard day of mugging. The “Sleeping Corners” proved popular, with many students giving their thumbs up of approval.

“I don’t stay on campus, so this is really convenient for me. Now I can recharge in between lectures!” said Tan Ai Khun, a 2nd year FASS student, as he stretched out for a nap beside the LINC terminals on Level 4.


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“I love the mattress and pillows. They are so comfortable, and they make the library look so homely,” said Siti Bte Tidur, a 1st year Engineering student, who decided to spend her lunch break resting in a “Sleeping Corner” at one of the chat points.

It is a common sight to see tired students laying their heads on the table for a short nap. While this simple act may help them to recharge, it could actually bring more harm than good. The position of laying your head sideways on the table may cause neck muscles strain and numbness in the arms. Some students may also inevitably drool on the table due to the awkward position and hence, creating an embarrassing situation when they wake up and also compromising the hygiene of the library facilities.





NUS Libraries hopes to organize more such student-friendly initiatives in the future! Do leave your comments and let us know of any other initiatives NUS Libraries can be involved in!


Need resources in music for your assignment? Help is close at hand 24/7 with the music libguide .

Navigate your way with Library Tips to get started on how to use the library catalogue to find music scores and media materials. Search directly the appropriate Databases such as Oxford Music Online, Classical Scores Library, Naxos Music Library and Naxos Video Library.

You can also browse new music titles, other subjects of interest or create new titles alerts. If you use IE browser, you can select the “Add to Favourites Bar”. While setting up in IE browser, the shortcut will appear on your browser’s favourites bar. If there are newly published titles for the discipline selected, the shortcut bar will be displayed in bold. You can then click on the bar to retrieve a drop-down menu of the recently published titles.

Wish to explore Contemporary Repertoire to perform? Or perhaps need specific contemporary repertoire for Percussion, Piano, String or Brass?

Start with this libguide, whether you are new or looking for specific materials for your research.

P.S. If you are doing research on Singaporean composers, Music Library also has a growing collection of works by well-known and emerging local composers.

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Are you curious about what librarians in Hon Sui Sen Memorial Library have been doing recently?  Let’s take a look at what’s been happening at HSSML Training Room (3rd floor).


This screen looks familiar. It looks like a database interface! Yes, this is a popular business database – Business Source Premier! Students are sitting up and listening attentively. They are eagerly learning how to search for journal articles and company profiles such as for Apple Inc. But, where are our librarians?



There they are! Meet our instructors for this session, Kah Wei and Kash ($$$). Kash is waiting for the students to apply their own searches in the databases taught while Kah Wei is assisting them.



That hand belongs to Kash, one of our friendly librarians who is explaining the function of using truncation in Business Source Premier. In the example above, strateg* retrieves a variation of word such as strategy, strategies, strategic, etc. He then combined “market* strateg*” to bring together the different possible variations on the words market and strategy. Awesome!



The librarians also taught another key business database: Passport (aka. GMID, Euromonitor). In the picture below, Linyu is showing students how to navigate Passport. She pointed out relevant resources derived from one starting point: a “Beer in Singapore”. She also showed company profiles such as a profile on “Asia Pacific Breweries”. Last but not least, she encouraged students to look at consumer lifestyles reports.

Students who attended the session gave great feedback. Many suggested we should continue conducting this tutorial in the future. Thank you for all your comments, MKT1003 students. The Librarians enjoyed their “date” with you!

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Our Emails are:

–          linyu@nus.edu.sg

–          hlbtg@nus.edu.sg

–          kahwei@nus.edu.sg


~Hon Sui Sen Memorial Library


         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).

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!



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

Email: rajnish.sst1@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RajnishSharmaPhotography

Love our default library search – FindMore@NUSL? Now try FindMore@NUS 2.0 which was recently released for pilot testing! It has over half a dozen new features  but the following 3 stand-out to me as potentially most useful.


1. Browse the collection by disciplines


The richness and abundance of material you can find in NUS Libraries is great but can be very daunting.  FindMore@NUSL (which has most but not all of our online collection) lists over 380 million items.


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380 million results displayed in FindMore@NUSL 2.0!


Now on top of searching by keywords and looking at the results, you can filter by disciplines.

Most items in FindMore@NUSL are classified into 59 standard disciplines eg. Physics, Economics, Education), and you can use them to look at your results through the lens of totally different disciplines to get different takes on the same subject. (How does the new Discipline filter differ from the existing Subject Term filter?)

Say for example, you have an assignment to discuss the review the role and function of vampire myths, legends and folktales around the world and the on-going fascination with the vampire myth.

You could try search terms like Vampire myth, vampire films etc, but a different tack would be to search for a broad term like Vampire and then try to refine to various disciplines to see what you get.

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Do a broad search in FindMore@NUSL 2.0 “vampire” and then filter by discipline.

Obvious disciplines to filter to would be film, anthropology, psychology etc. But don’t miss out trying other less obvious disciplines, you may find odd connections and ideas. For example for dental, you get an interesting half-joking example, “can vampires get cavities”.

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For some of the results you may notice the results aren’t too relevant, so to tighten the results you may want to tighten up the results using the technique from Part (I) above and do a tighter search where the search term is only in the subject or title using advanced search.

For example say you are considering doing research using a specific quantitative or qualitative technique. Besides books or papers on the actual technique you might want to see examples of articles that actually use that technique across different disciplines.

Say, you might want to see how “ground theory” or “logistic regression” techniques are used in actual papers from different disciplines

Just use advanced search to restrict the search to the subject logistic regression then filter to the different disciplines you are interested in.


2.  Grouped Newspaper articles and image spotlighting


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One major difference you will notice when looking at the results in 1.0 vs 2.0 of FindMore@NUSL is you will notice groups news and images.

One of the feedback we received was how the newspaper results often swamped the search results when you weren’t looking for newspapers. On the other hand, filtering out newspaper articles by default meant those of you actually looking for newspaper articles would miss that.

2.0 offers the best of both worlds, where it will when relevant show the top 3 news results matching the search as shown above. If you are interested in seeing all news for that search just click on the top title .

Also new is FindMore@NUSL 2.0 now spotlights images, photos etc from image databases. Currently, we don’t have that many databases included but will add more in the future.


3. Powerful Advanced Search

I know we are used to Google type keyword searching and FindMore@NUSL supports that very well. But there are times, where the relevancy may not be up to the scratch and these are the times when you might like to flex some of your advanced search skills. FindMore@NUSL 2.0 gives you this opportunity.

For instance try this search : “national service” singapore


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Go look at the results  and come back (see above). Notice how some of the results are not quite relevant.

Now, try instead the following search in advanced search. To get to the advanced screen, click on the arrow button next to the search button.


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Click on the down arrow to access the advanced search


In the advanced search try this search


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An advanced search restricting Singapore to be in title/subject terms/geographic location/abstract


Look at the results here , notice the improvement?

For those of you who don’t understand what this search does, you can brush up on the concept of Boolean operators for searching here. What this search does is that it limits to results where Singapore can be found in Title OR Subject Terms OR Geographical Location OR abstract rather than in all fields including full-text.

This improves the precision of the search as otherwise you may get books that only mention Singapore in passing but isn’t really about Singapore.

You can use the same trick for any other Singapore topic. For example here are the results for space history Singapore, using this search technique.


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Another example of advanced search in FindMore@NUSL 2.0



These are just 3 of the new features, in the 2.0 version of FindMore@NUSL. Why not give it a try and let us know what you think?

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