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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!

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 elcbox63@nus.edu.sg

Visit the Ideas & Exposition website at http://www.nus.edu.sg/celc/programmes/iep.php

For enquiries about NUS Libraries, email: kahwei@nus.edu.sg

 

NUS Libraries are places for learning and research. We all know that library space is limited and this space crunch is more acutely felt when exams are round the corner.

When you leave your personal belongings on tables, chairs, study cubicles and computer terminals you deprive the use of this learning space by others.

 

Not only are your belongings safe when you take them with you, you also enable your fellow students to make use of that space.

According to our Library rules, our staff does have the right to remove bags, books, sweaters, food or any other personal belongings left on reading tables. The seats are for you not your bags, shoes and buckets (yes, we’ve seen it all!)

 

Help us make your Libraries conducive to study and, most importantly, respect the needs of all our Library users.

Together, let us maximize space for our university community!

The Library closest to the Medical library is the Science Library which has a larger seating capacity. Their opening hours during this period is stated below:

Science Library Opening Hours (11 Nov-01 Dec 2013)

Mon-Sat: 8.00am to 10.00pm
Sun: 10.00am to 10.00pm**
Pub Hol: Closed*

* Unless otherwise stated
** Opening hours is extended from 10.00am – 10.00pm on the following 3 Sundays:
17 Nov 13, 24 Nov 13, 01 Dec 13

In addition, the Central Library Level 6 is open throughout the night from 9 Nov to 04 Dec 2013.

Wishing you all the very best for your exams!

NUS Medical Library

Busy finishing your assignments and struggling with citing the papers and books you found?  We have various citation guides you can use to teach you how to manually cite in various styles such as APA, MLA, ASA etc.

But let me show you 5 different ways to automatically cite papers and books you found without manually crafting the reference.

 

1. Use FindMore@NUSL

FindMore@NUSL our default library search on our library homepage allows you to search books and articles we have access to. But did you know that you can use it to automatically provide citations?

Here’s how. Do a search and then click on the folder icon next to the item you want to cite. Then  click on the Saved Items folder icon to output your list of saved results.

From there you can email or cut and paste the citation in APA, AMA, MLA, Uniform , Chicago and Harvard styles.

Comment : By covering almost all the books and articles you have access via NUS Libraries, you can simply type in the item you want to cite and follow the method above to get the citations quickly!

Want to cite something we don’t have access to? Trying clicking on “Add results beyond your library’s collection” on the left, below searching and see if the item comes out.

 

2. Use Google Scholar  

Many of you are big fans of Google Scholar and so are we. Hopefully you have set up Google Scholar to display “Findit@NUSLibraries!” links in it, to allow the easiest access to full-text via NUS subscriptions.

Not sure how to do this? Look at http://libguides.nus.edu.sg/content.php?pid=443597&sid=4030050

But how do you easily cite the items you found?

It’s simple, just click on “Cite” just below each result.

It will offer citations in MLA, APA, Chicago styles.

Comment : Google Scholar is probably one of the broadest one search you can find covering not just standard journal articles but also obscure grey literature like Government documents and papers. However be careful, the quality of the citations produced may vary due to inaccurate or missing data.

 

3. Most other library databases

Most common library databases include databases on the Proquest platform and Ebscohost platform have similar autociting functions. Here are some examples:

 

Ebscohost

Ebscohost covers the basics including AMA, APA, Chicago/Turabian, MLA, Vancouver  styles.

 

Proquest

Proquest databases provide a wide variety of citation styles to choose from.

 

Scopus

Scopus also supports citations in the roughly same style.

 

Ebscohost databases, Proquest databases and Scopus are just 3 library databases that will generate citations of items found in the most common styles. Many other library databases (e.g PsycINFO, EconLit etc) also have similar functions, look for an icon or hypertext that allows you to export or export citation. If you are unable to figure it out and need help, do let us know.

 Comment : Though individual databases do not cover as much as FindMore@NUSL or Google Scholar, this method can still be useful, and you can grab the citation there while you happen to be downloading full-text from there anyway. You may also get more accurate citations here.

 

4. Other standalone citation builders

Besides functions built-in databases, there are also a few standalone citation builders you can try. Note NUS Libraries does not officially support them.

Many of these standalone citation builders guide you to cite less conventional sources such as website or blogs, though you have to enter the data in the online form first. Bibme allows you to both search via Worldcat for the item you want, or do it manually via online forms.

Above shows an online form that you fill in if you want to cite a website using the NCSU Citation Builder, and the form will produce a citation in MLA.

Comment :  A mixed bag of methods.  As mentioned they allow you to cite less common sources such as blogs and websites ,  but rely on you to manually fill in the details in each file.

 

5. Endnote and other Reference Managers

If none of the methods above are good enough for you and you want to do heavy duty citations, you may want to consider investing the time to learn a reference or bibliographic Manager. NUS Libraries currently supports EndNote.

Why use a reference manager which takes a bit longer to learn over the above methods?

  • Access to a large number of styles –eg Endnote has over 5,000 styles!
  • Keeps track of your citations in one place so you won’t lose track.
  • When writing a paper it not only creates your bibliography but also your in-text citations or footnotes and dynamically links it, so if you remove it from your in-text citation the bibliography is automatically removed as well.

 

Curious?  Take your first step by going to our EndNote guide that shows you how to install it. We conduct hands-on tutorial, lecture style and even online classes on how to learn EndNote, but you can try learning it yourself.

Watch the  “How To Use EndNote in 7 Minutes (Windows Version)” for a super-fast introduction.

 

Conclusion : The method above always you to create citations without knowing the exact details of citation styles. But be careful, auto-generated citations are sometimes not 100% correct, due to various reasons including wrong or missing data (eg The publication year might happen to be wrong from Google Scholar) or the citation style rules might be a bit off in certain cases. Always remember to manually double-check your citations before submissions!

 

Aaron Tay

NUS Libraries

The Library has revamped its self-service fine payment facilities! Library users can now pay library fines more conveniently via NETS FlashPay at the self-service payment booth.

NETS FlashPay mode is available at all NUS Libraries. When you are paying fines, you will be prompted to enter your matriculation/staff/library membership card number and the fines will be deducted accordingly from the card. Please ensure that you have sufficient funds in your card before proceeding to payment.

 

You can refer to the table below to get a clear picture of the existing self-service fine payment modes at NUS Libraries.

 

Central Library & Chinese Library Science Library Medical Library Hon Sui Sen Memorial Library Music Library C J Koh Law Library
By Cashcard Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
By Ez-link card Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
By NETS ATM card At Loans Desk 4 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
By NETS FlashPay Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

 

If you are unable to make it down to our Libraries in person, you may also try paying by Cheque or even pay by Credit Card/eDebit (Internet Banking) online. For further instructions and more details, please view the FAQ here.

 

Yuan Ye

NUS Central Library

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 http://libfaq.nus.edu.sg/a.php?qid=150390 , 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 <http://libfaq.nus.edu.sg/a.php?qid=479928> 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 http://nus.preview.summon.serialssolutions.com/

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 http://nus.preview.summon.serialssolutions.com/ and let us have your comments  at https://esurvey.nus.edu.sg/efm/se.ashx?s=2891D03D0A7B4AB3

 

Conclusion

 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

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!

 

The 6th annual NUS Libraries E-Resource Discovery Day (ERDD) took place on Thursday, 29 August at the Central Forum. We had plenty of activities such as quizzes and games to help our students be better acquainted with the E-Resources.

 

As a pre-event activity, we held a two-week Online Quiz. This year the quiz was tougher as participants were required to score full marks before being eligible for the lucky draw. On the day of the event itself, some of our E-Resource vendors set up booths to promote the use of E-Resources to the NUS community. Over 300 NUS Staff and students participated in the Forum Quiz where they learnt how to do certain tasks of varying difficulty on NUS’ subscribed E-Resources from the vendors and be eligible for the Forum Quiz Lucky Draw.

This year we had a new lunch time event called the New E-Resource Discovery Game Show (NERD). We had 12 participants who went through 1 nail biting group round of a variety of questions to determine our top four who then battled it out in a fastest fingers first race! Everyone walked away a winner that day though! Do check out our winners at the end of this post!

 

Of course, we had our popular NUS Fund Raising Sale this year from 29 to 30 August. We placed our donation boxes at all the NUS Libraries and encouraged everyone to donate their books that were still in good condition from 23rd May to 5th August, which were then priced and organized into various categories. For our Garage Sale, our items came from some generous colleagues. Some of these items were displayed on a mannequin in NUS Central Library’s lobby. On the days of the sale, most were quite impressed with the variety and the low prices of the books and items in our Fund Raising sale. We also had special offers this year like a tie up with Ben & Jerry’s in giving away a scoop of ice cream to those who spent a certain amount at our sale and flash sales!

We collected a total of $11,500 at the end of the sale. This amount was then given to Annual NUS Giving Bursary Fund, which is a fund dedicated to assisting students with financial needs.  We would like to thank everyone who either donated books and/or came down to purchase books and items for our sale! We hope to see you again at future NUS Libraries events! Do check out our Instagram account (@nuslibraries , #erdd2013)  for photos & videos!

Online Quiz Lucky Draw winners

Prize Winner
1st: iPad mini 16 GB with Wifi (iGroup) Koh Yi-Da David
2nd: iPod Nano (16GB) (UBS) Vivian Tai Huan Fen
3rd: Philips digital wireless headphones and clock radio (Taylor & Francis) Lam Mingjun
4th: S$150 Kinokuniya vouchers (Kinokuniya) Kendrick Okeefe
5th: S$100 Kinokuniya vouchers (Lexis Nexis) Li Xiaoxi
6th: iPod shuffle (Sage) Ting Jun Xiang
7th: Creative D80 Bluetooth Speakers (Proquest) Yuen Wee Siang
8th: Portable mobile charger (One Source) Dr Koh Geok Liang
9th: Wireless mouse (MIMS) Ko Zheng Teng

Forum Quiz Lucky Draw winners

Prize Winner
1st: iPad Wifi 32GB (Elsevier) Le Sy Quoc
2nd: iPad mini 16 GB with Wifi (Ovid) Liao Fang Bo
3rd: iPad Bluetooth keyboard (IEEE) Dang Truong Hoang Ngan
4th: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) (Wiley) Chauhan Jay Mukesh
5th: iPod Nano (EBSCO) Zhu Yi
6th: S$150 Capitaland vouchers (Gale Cengage) Ashiwini Kumao Sham
7th: Carbon Audio Zooka Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (Thomson Reuters) Vu Thi Thuy Trang
8th: Swatch Watch (Springer) Chew Rong Ping, Victoria
9th: S$100 Kinokuniya vouchers (LexisNexis) Sahar Tavakoli
10th: TDK Headphones (ProQuest) Zhou Jieliang

N.E.R.D Game Show winners

Prize Winner
1st: One iPod Nano (16GB) + One iPod Nano WatchBand (Ovid) Shubhabrata Sen
2nd: Nikon Coolpix L610 camera (red; limited edition) (participating vendors of ERDD 2013) Wesley Teo
3rd: SkullCandy Hesh earphones (participating vendors of ERDD 2013) Chen Jiaying
4th: Seagate 1 TB external desktop hard drive (participating vendors of ERDD 2013) Viswam Parthiban
Consolation prizes 5-12: $20 Capitaland Vouchers (participating vendors of ERDD 2013) Shivam BhardwajJimmy Lam MingJun

Vishnukumar VJ

Sravana Kumar

Rishita Changede

Loke Pei Ling Yvonne

Dave Mangindaan

Qin Bin

 

 

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