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Introducing BrowZine — One App. NUS-Subscribed E-Journals. Everywhere You Go

What device do you prefer using when reading e-journal articles? A desktop or laptop for the comfort of a bigger screen but with the issue of bulk, or your mobile device for convenience, but with the hassle of zooming in and out for reading comfort?

Meet BrowZine, a new free app that lets you browse and search e-journals in one place, at your fingertips, and wherever you are. It allows you to keep up-to-date with the current articles from your favorite journals.



What can BrowZine do?

BrowZine creates an easy way to read and monitor scholarly e-journals across all disciplines. With BrowZine, you can:


  • Search and read thousands of NUS-subscribed e-journals on your mobile device anywhere, and anytime.


  • Create a personal bookshelf of your favorite e-journals, and get notified when new issues of these e-journals are available on the app.

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  • Save articles for offline reading, and export journal citations on EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley, and Dropbox.



  • Access NUS Libraries’ subscribed e-journals if you are an NUS staff or student, but public users could also use the app to read Open Access titles.

How do we sign up?

There is no need to create a BrowZine account; just download the app and select ‘National University of Singapore’ as your institution. Then log in with your NUSNET ID and password and you’re good to go!

Which platforms does BrowZine support?

BrowZine is supported on Apple’s iOS, Google Android and Amazon’s Kindle HD Fire tablets, which means you can download the app from the Apple App Store, the Google Play Store, and the Amazon Kindle App Store on your smartphone and/or tablet.

What else do we need to know?

Curious about BrowZine? Find out more at our BrowZine libguide!


Raven Sim

NUS BrowZine Team

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)


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Articles & Sunscreen

Recently, I found a piece of news on the web: photo-ageing can be very severe. Take a look at this:

William McElligott’s job involves driving a truck for several hours each day, and he has been doing that for nearly 30 years. As you can see, the left side of his face is severely wrinkled due to exposure from the sun. According to ABC News, McElligott was seen by dermatologist Dr. Jennifer Gordon, who later published a case study on his skin condition in the April 2012 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).




Out of curiosity, I decided to read the article in NEJM. First, I searched FindMore@NUSL by the name of the journal. 
At the results page, I came across “Looking for The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)? You can find it here.” and clicked on More. 

That led me to the journal’s record, which shows that the library subscribes to the electronic version of the journal through Massachusetts Medical Society as well as SwetsWise. Clicking on either links will work since our subscription is still ongoing (indicated by – after the year).

After logging in with my NUSNET ID & password, I got to the New England Journal of Medicine page.


On this page, I tried browsing the full index but quickly realized that ABC News did not mention the volume and issue in which the article was published, and I was a little too lazy to browse through all the four April 2012 issues. So I decided to search by the dermatologist’s name, Jennifer Gordon.


A quick glance of the abstract shows that it’s the correct article, and so I clicked on PDF to download the article. Well, here’s the article!

So now you know how to search for journal articles, and don’t forget to use sunscreen!

Why We Implemented FindMore@NUSL

FindMore@NUSL was officially launched on 12 December as our default search on the portal. Even though LINC+ is still available, implementing a new search service is not a move that we take lightly. So what does FindMore@NUSL do?

Search across most of our subscribed journals simultaneously

The request to search across many databases has always topped our surveys since 2007. In July 2009, we launched InfoGate, which allowed searching across multiple databases. However, InfoGate was relatively slow and could only search a small number of databases. Yet it was fairly popular, showing that searching across multiple online resources is a highly desired feature.

Here are just two comments from the LibQUAL+ survey in 2009 which saw 5,415 valid completed surveys from NUS staff and students:

“The search engine does not include all the journal papers that the library has subscribed, still in text mode type, and not user-friendly.” – Staff from Faculty of Engineering

“Could the library provide an integrated platform for searching article? For example, one which integrates EBSCO, Proquest, Psychinfo, Sage and Science Direct? Most of the time I need to search separate databases, using the same keyword to search articles.” – Postgraduate student from School of Business

Due to the nature of scholarly communication, it is difficult to simultaneously search multiple databases because articles are stored in hundreds of silos owned by different publishers or aggregators all over the world.

While FindMore@NUSL cannot retrieve 100% of the articles published, it covers most major publishers and platforms such as JSTOR, Web of Science, ScienceDirect, Wiley, Sage, Taylor & Francis and hundreds more.

Retrieve full text articles by typing in the exact article title

The fact that FindMore@NUSL contains millions of journal articles also addresses one of the perennial bugbears that many users encounter, namely, retrieving the full-text of a journal article. Here’s a common feedback:

“It would be good if I can just type in the title of the journal article I want and be brought to the respective page (be it in LINC or to the external websites such as Informa), instead of having to go to Google and search for the journal (name of journal, year, volume, etc.) and then go back to LINC to search for the journal again.”

As FindMore@NUSL contains more than 79 million journal articles, 238 million newspaper articles, 3.7 million thesis, and 3 million book titles (as of Dec 2012), typing in an article title is likely to lead you to the full text article:

While this method is not foolproof as not every article is known to FindMore@NUSL (try the following method if it fails), it works in the vast majority of cases, saving you lots of time.

Locate full-text of books, journal articles and display of table of contents & reviews

Another popular request is to make the table of contents as well as full-text books and journal articles searchable. FindMore@NUSL doesn’t just search and match on table of contents and summaries, in many cases it also searches the full-text of the whole book.

For example, which book includes the phrase “We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness“? The answer? George Orwell’s 1984:

Get quick results from a clean interface

One of the comments we often hear from staff and students is that you want a clean and uncluttered interface that does the job quickly. We believe we have achieved this with FindMore@NUSL, which is not only aesthetically pleasing but also swift in returning results: 


Over 9,500 users have tried FindMore@NUSL since August during our testing phase and we have received very positive feedback. Here’s a sample:

As FindMore@NUSL is still a new service, we do expect some teething problems, so please give us your feedback on how to improve or just to let us know if we are on the right track. Want to know more? Refer to our guide or FAQs on FindMore@NUSL.

~Tay Chee Hsien Aaron
Central Library

4 Things You Can Do With FindMore@NUSL But Not With LINC+

FindMore@NUSL is our new library search service, based on the latest library technology. What can it do? For starters, FindMore@NUSL searches every item in the library’s collection, including books, journals, multimedia, microform, and music scores. But it also goes down to a deeper level, allowing you to find other items such as journal and newspaper articles. It also has functions not available in the library catalogue LINC+ or LINC. Here are some of them.

1. Search theses and dissertations in ScholarBank@NUS

Since September 2003, most NUS masters and Phd theses are available online via Scholarbank@NUS, our institutional repository. However, none of these online theses can be found through LINC+ or LINC. So you have to search separately in ScholarBank@NUS to find them. FindMore@NUSL includes items from our institutional repository, so a single search will retrieve not just books but also NUS Masters and Phd theses!

2. Search for articles from  journals and newspapers
Students often ask whether they can search through every online journal subscribed by NUS Libraries in a single search. But due to the nature of scholarly communication, this is very difficult to achieve because articles are stored in hundreds of silos owned by different publishers or aggregators all over the world. While FindMore@NUSL does not quite achieve this lofty goal of 100% coverage, we have come closer to it than any other earlier solutions, such as InfoGate, (the “Articles tab”).

We are perpetually adding more journal articles, newspaper articles and other records into FindMore@NUSL. As of Aug 2012, we have over 160 million items that are searchable (mostly full-text). The new system also allows us to easily add open access or free journals. For example, medical staff and students may be interested to know that free articles from Pubmed Central are searchable in FindMore@NUSL. While specialized subject databases will always have their place, FindMore@NUSL is great for cross-disciplinary research and as a starting point if you are not sure which database to use.

3. Match full-text in books
FindMore@NUSL includes both print and ebooks. But, FindMore@NUSL allows you to match keywords searched in the full-text of books and that often includes print books as well! For instance, you may be looking for an obscure phrase and it occurs in page 40 of a book. In LINC+ or LINC, you will probably not find it unless it appears in the title, subject or summary. But FindMore@NUSL has the ability to search within selected books, allowing such matches to be found.

4. Easily filter results by content type
With books, journal articles, newspaper articles, theses and more in FindMore@NUSL and the ability to match on full-text, you tend to get many results. FindMore@NUSL allows you to narrow down your search in many ways. One of the more useful ways is by selecting the content type you are interested in. Need to find 3 peer reviewed articles to cite for your paper? Click on “articles from peer-reviewed publications”.

Thus, we believe that FindMore@NUSL–with its clean interface, quick response and massive content–is a big step ahead in making more of our materials accessible to you, in just a single search! For an overview of FindMore@NUSL refer to our guide or a list of frequently asked questions.

Tay Chee Hsien Aaron
Central Library

Tip: Finding Journal Articles

Librarians can’t resist sharing information, even when it’s vacation.

Now here’s a perennial question that plagues students: How do I find journal articles?

If you have the citation–e.g. author, article title, journal title, etc–you should search LINC+ with the journal title to check whether we subscribe to either the print or electronic versions of the journal. For more information, check out our guide on this topic.

If you don’t have a citation but want to find journal articles on your topic, you should search a database with keywords for your topic. Try tossing in a pinch of synonyms, boolean operators and other cool geeky stuff for good measure. Since we subscribe to more than 150 databases, which database should you use? Well, you can either check the subject guides created by your resourceful librarians or browse the databases by subjects.

One of the most unforgettable searches I’ve ever witnessed came from a database vendor who eschewed boring and depressing topics and used “french fries” instead. So to beef up your database searching skills, try plonking in your favourite food or hobby and see what quirky results you get. Have fun and let me know how it goes!

New Conference Proceedings Citation Indexes in Web of Science

The Web of Science has added two new citation indexes that allow users to perform integrated searching and citation analysis of journal articles and conference proceedings records within the database.

The Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI) replaces the IS Proceedings database and covers over 110,000 conference proceedings from 2002 from the Scientific and Technical (CPCI-S) and Social Science and Humanities (CPCI-SSH) fields. The Conference Proceedings Citation indexes increases the total number of records in Web of Science to over 40 million.

With the addition of these two indexes, you will have the advantage of monitoring emerging trends in research prior to formal publication in a journal. You may also notice an increase in Times Cited counts for some records due to additional citations by conference papers. 

You will be able to retrieve conference records by selecting “Conference” as a search criterion and the checkbox of the Index. For each record retrieved, detailed information such as conference title, dates and location are indicated as well as the bibliographic information in which the paper was published. You can even retrieve the full-text of selected papers.

Results may be sorted and refined by Conference Title. In addition, a new document type, “Proceedings Paper” is used to uniquely identify conference papers and can be used to further refine the results list.

More information on the new indexes available at: http://www.thomsonreuters.com/products_services/scientific/Conf_Proceedings_Citation_Index