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

Email: rajnish.sst1@gmail.com

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

3 great new features in FindMore@NUSL 2.0

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.


380 mil results

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.

FM Broad Search

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”.

can vamp get cavities


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


grp newspaper


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


ns singapore


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.


fm search bar

Click on the down arrow to access the advanced search


In the advanced search try this search


advanced search

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.


advanced search2

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?

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。







Tips for your Honors Thesis (edited repost)

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


Try the new 2.0 version of FindMore@NUSL(beta)

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!

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 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


Help us make more space for you!

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

5 ways to automatically create citations

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



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



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

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