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Shh… We had a date with MKT1003 students in HSSML

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).

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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?

 

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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.

 

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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!

 

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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

Medical Library & Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies

The Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies (ALCNS) saw its first intake of undergraduates in 2006. Since then, NUS Libraries has actively collaborated with the teaching staff to build up the nursing collection, which is funded by the Centre. To date, there are more than 1200 books, 30 print periodicals, 70 multimedia, as well as 1160 e-books and e-journals.

There are two notable resources which greatly enhance our students’ learning of nursing skills. The Mosby’s Nursing Video Skills DVD set can be accessed by NUS staff and students 24/7 both on campus and remotely. Another resource is the Mosby’s Nursing Consult, which is a one-stop online resource consisting of e-books, e-journals, drug news, patient education info, practice guidelines. ALCNS has also steadily acquired more electronic books on nursing. One example is the e-book Nursing Care Plans & Documentation. This Library-Faculty collaboration has enriched the nursing collection, which was taken into consideration in the 2009 and 2010 accreditation of the ALCNS’ Honours programme.

First year nursing students attending tutorial

To assist students in navigating the increasing number of nursing resources, we have a Nursing Subject Guide. Starting from this year, Honours and PhD students are also taught how to effectively search databases for their review-protocols submitted to the Joanna Briggs Institute, an international organization that promotes evidence-based nursing. For first year students, learning how to locate quality nursing resources is a necessary skill imparted by librarians. EndNote (a bibliographic management software) classes are also offered to the ALCNS’ staff and students.

We look forward to developing more resources and classes that will effectively enhance nursing education at NUS.

Lee Seok Hong
Nursing Resource Librarian
Medical/Science Library

EndNote X3 for NUS Staff and Students

EndNote X3, the latest version of the reference management software, has been available to NUS staff and students via the Software Catalogue since September 2009. For a guide to installing and using EndNote, check out  http://www.lib.nus.edu.sg/lion/e/endnoteguide.html.

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Have you been unable to locate certain output or journal citation styles in EndNote?

To facilitate faster start-up, the typical installation for EndNote X3 was designed to install only the 100 most popular output styles, connection files and filters. If you installed EndNote X3 between September to December last year, you will be unable to find many output styles and library catalogue connections.

To resolve this issue, the NUS Libraries EndNote Team and Computer Centre worked with Thomson-Reuters, the software producer. From this month, typical installation (for Windows only) now installs all connections/output styles/filters (including connection to LINC) by default. If you are unable to locate output styles in your EndNote X3 installed before January 2010, do re-install via the Computer Centre Software Catalogue. Alternatively, Windows and Mac users can download additional journal citation styles as well as suggest new styles to be created in future EndNote updates by visiting http://www.endnote.com/support/enstyles.asp.

For enquiries on installation via Software Catalogue, including the transfer of licenses from one computer to another, please contact IT Care.

 

Training Sessions for EndNote

Do look out for the upcoming series of workshops conducted by NUS librarians in February. Workshop schedules will be announced via the NUS Libraries’ portal news. A trainer from Thomson-Reuters will also be conducting on-site training in March. This is organized by the Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning. Details will be announced in February.

FASS Open House 2008

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Libraries? Is that a discipline my daughter can major in?”, a pleasant but sweaty looking lady inquired at the library booth, last week at the FASS Open House. I regretfully disabused her of that notion and handed her a flyer which highlighted our rich library resources. I also told her that whichever discipline her child ended up studying, we have more than enough academic resources to support her. I want to believe she went on her way, a happier and more relieved mother, even as her child stands at an academic crossroads.

The FASS Open House started slowly for us. The first hour saw staff (both at the booth and in Central Library) standing around holding brochures, with few new students to give them to. Just as we were beginning to wonder whatever happened to these elusive FASS students, they came with a vengeance which took us quite by surprise.

Between the period of 12pm to 3pm, huge crowds of students walked around, asking questions, talking animatedly, milling around, and looking at exhibits. Though they were predominantly interested in finding out more about what each discipline offered, many were pleased to know about the library resources and services available to them as FASS students. Yet others joined us for our guided tours to Central Library- peppering the sessions with questions about the location of certain books, the availability of computers and wireless Internet connections, resource librarians they can approach for help, etc.

As we packed up at the end of a long day, we did so with a sense of satisfaction. Though tired from having interacted so much with new students, we knew the difference we had made in their lives. The notion of a whole network of libraries existing to support and serve them seemed initially, a mind-boggling one to many of them. However, as we shared our mission with them, they left knowing that academic help is never far away; they only have to ask.

We spoke to 292 new students at the booth on that day and Central Library saw approximately 152 visitors.

To view pictures, click on: http://www.flickr.com/photos/26715601@N07/