1. Your library pin is your smartcard pin
You probably know your NUSNET ID, since without it, you can’t access your NUS email as well as the all-important IVLE. But a surprising number of students don’t know their library PINs, which is the smartcard PIN issued during matriculation. The library PIN is needed for checking your loan record, renewing books and borrowing books using the self-service machines, among other things. You can retrieve it here.
2. RBR books can be borrowed overnight
Reserve Books/Readings (RBR) are highly sought after because they are recommended readings for various modules and can be borrowed only for 2 hours. However, few students know that they can borrow the an RBR book overnight just before the library closes and return it within one hour of the library’s opening the next day. For details look here.
3. Most books have a grace period
You probably know that the loan period for books is 14 days for undergraduates and 28 days for honours & graduate students. But did you know there is a grace period and that fines don’t start until the 4th day after the due date? Be careful to read the fine print (6. Rate of fines), as the grace period doesn’t apply to RBR books, 7-day loan books, bound journals and other materials.
4. You cannot renew an item if there is already a hold
Sure, you may know that you can renew books three times online, and you may even know how much extension a renewal gives. But what you may not know is that you cannot renew an item once there is a hold on it. That’s why it is a bad idea to bring books overseas for a long vacation as you cannot count on being able to renew the loan.
5. The proxy bookmarklet is your other friend
Google may be your friend, but what happens if it shows a journal article that requires you to pay? Instead of replicating your search in the catalogue, save time by using the proxy bookmarklet to access the article directly! Do note that the proxy bookmarklet only works on journals that the library subscribes to.
Using Google Scholar or PubMed instead? We have you covered as well. Also check out other useful search plugins that will allow you to access NUS Libraries resources seamlessly no matter where you are.
6. There are easier ways to cite and do referencing
We have quick guides to assist in referencing for various styles. But there are many ways to auto-enerate citations quickly. These range from using build-in functions in the library search engines, databases and Google Scholar, to using standalone citation builders you can find online. You can also consider learning how to use a full blown reference manager like EndNote (you can install this for free as a student or staff of NUS by following instructions in our EndNote guide), as these help you auto-insert citations into your Word documents.
7. Librarians have expertise and are here to help you
While librarians can’t do your homework, we can help you find books, papers and data sets relevant to your research and assignments. In addition, some of us are skilled in patent searching, use of reference managers, bibliometrics and may also have subject specific expertise. Contact your resource librarian today, or come for our orientations sessions to learn about using the library effectively for your assignments!
Tay Chee Hsien Aaron
On 20 June 2014, the Science Library was honored with a visit from the Cambridge University Press team. They had specially invited Dr. Phil Meyler, the Publishing Development Director for Science, Technology, and Medicine at Cambridge University Press, for an enlightening talk at the Science Library’s Training Room.
Titled “Academic Publishing in the Sciences and Engineering”, Dr. Meyler’s talk outlined the various stages of journal and book publishing. He provided various trends and insights into the modern publishing landscape and covered topics such as open access journals and some new and upcoming publishing models, e.g. the short book, open access book. During the talk, Dr. Meyler also dispensed several useful tips and practical advice on the preparation and submission of journal articles and book proposals.
Most interestingly, Dr. Meyler explained how the publishing process in Cambridge University Press operates, from the submission of a paper or book proposal, through peer review, production, publication, and beyond. He also revealed how every single publication, book or journal article, in Cambridge University Press is scrutinized and reviewed by the 18 members of the Press Syndicate, also known as Press ‘Syndics’ – a governing body of curators who ensures that the content being published meets rigorous academic standards and upholds the prestigious reputation of Cambridge University.
In the Q&A session after, Dr. Meyler received some thought provoking questions from the 33 participants, most of whom were graduate students. No worries if you have missed this talk, as we have Dr. Meyler’s presentation slides here.
If you are interested, you may also view or borrow the books mentioned by Dr. Meyler from the NUS Libraries. The links are provided below:
Do You Know…?
…That the Hon Sui Sen Memorial Library (HSSML) has a seating capacity of more than 800? (Huat ah!) That makes us the third largest NUS library, after Central Library and Science Library.
…That HSSML has 12 discussion rooms open to all NUS students? They vary in size from small cozy rooms that seat about 4 people, to larger ones that can easily seat 12 to 15 people. (Big small bao ka liao!) Book them online via our Library Portal.
…That we have 8 study carrels for individual study purposes? (Again! Huat ah!) They are the row of small rooms on the second level. The carrels are open to all students, although priority of use goes to Business School students, especially graduate students. Borrow the carrel keys at the Loans Desk for 4 hours at a time.
…That we have a good collection of books on useful skills such as:
- Managing personal finances
- Resume/CV writing
- Improving your IQ and EQ
- Leading and managing people
- Time management
- Learning and studying skills
…That we not only have network computers, photocopiers and network printers, we also have colour printers that can print up to A3 size (great for poster sessions and presentations), and a scanner as well? Check out our Infocommons on the first level.
…That we have not 1 but 2 rooms for quiet study? The 3rd level Quiet Room is a “No-Click Zone” so students are advised not to use their laptops, mobile phones or other electronic devices there, ensuring a peaceful environment. Two sides of the room are floor-to-ceiling windows, so there is plenty of natural light. The 2nd level Quiet Room is tucked in a corner, away from the main reading area, and special carrel tables with high sides and front give students additional privacy. (Silence is golden.…)
…What this huge machine on the third floor does?
This is an industrial sized dehumidifier. It keeps the air inside the library dry so that our books do not suffer from mildew and fungus. (Water may mean fortune in fengshui, but water in the library means we lose a fortune!)
…That we have a Hon Sui Sen Room? Mr Hon was one of our early Finance Ministers, and the library, auditorium, Conference Room on the third level, and even the small road between the Mochtar Riady Building and the Shaw Alumni House are all named in memory of him.
There you go, 8 facts you may not have known about Hon Sui Sen Memorial Library. While we primarily serve the students and staff of the Business School, we do have a plethora of resources that are useful to all NUS students and staff. Come visit us today!
— The Little Teapot
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
“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.
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.
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:
~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。